What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an integrative, client-centred and solution-focussed therapy, which has shown to be effective in treating a variety of medical and psychological problems, including:
- Stress / anxiety related conditions
- Performance anxiety
- Self esteem issues or lack of self-belief
- Habits and addictions
- Stopping smoking
- Weight control
- Sleep problems
- Managing illness and/or pain
Hypnotherapy allows unique access to the unconscious mind by using a combination of hypnotic, psychodynamic, behavioural and cognitive behavioural techniques.
Guided by the therapist, the motivated client is helped to access their mental and physical resources. Negative habits can be adapted for more appropriate behaviour.
The client may also be helped to experience improved self-esteem and develop effective coping mechanisms and skills which can effect lasting and beneficial change in their lives.
What Happens In A Session?
A session with a hypnotherapist will usually last for about an hour. The client will then sit or lie, fully clothed, in a reclining chair or on a couch as the therapist finds out what the client hopes to achieve. The therapist will take the client through a relaxation process and when the client is completely comfortable, the therapist will then guide the client into a deeper state of relaxation.
The client is fully aware of what is going on in the room and is, at any time, able to open their eyes and end the session. The hypnotherapist is able to make specific suggestions such as, for example, the client will find the smell and taste of cigarettes completely unappealing; or that when in a crowded place, the client will in future remain calm and in control.
Because hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind it is not recommended for people with epilepsy, schizophrenia, severe depression, psychosis or other mental health problems. If you are in any doubt as to whether this therapy is suitable for you, have a chat with your doctor before booking with a therapist.