Hypnotherapy is a natural and effective way of changing unwanted patterns of behaviour at a subconscious level so that we can regain control of our thoughts and actions. We can sometimes find ourselves repeating mistakes, slipping into bad habits and generally falling into the same old traps of thinking that seem to hamper even our greatest efforts to change. We might get angry or distressed by our seemingly endless ability to sabotage our own best intentions and may even begin to find ourselves anxious or upset for no particular reason.Will power fails us, common sense deserts us and no amount of conscious effort seems to be able to raise us from those feelings of frustration or failure.
Why does this happen?
Our mind is made up of two parts: the Conscious and the Subconscious and unless both these parts are in agreement over a specific change we will continue to generate internal resistance to any new way of thinking. This is because our subconscious is the storehouse of all our beliefs and past patterns of behaviour and will prompt us to respond in a learnt way until we specifically re-educate it otherwise. Put simply our subconscious will continue to promote past beliefs - even if they are harmful, damaging or maybe just outdated until we encourage it to take a new approach.
The good news is that positive change can be made simply and effectively by ensuring all our desired thoughts and actions are addressed at both a conscious and subconscious level.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis and cognitive / behavioural approaches to access the conscious and subconscious parts of our mind in order to gain the fresh attitudes and new ways of thinking required to change not only how we feel about ourselves but also our response to life - in effect you are given the opportunity to reassess any faulty or outdated programming that you may have received in the past.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of focused concentration - a good starting point when trying to describe this state is to compare it with a daydream. This is something we have all experienced and happens naturally. When we are in our daydream state we are awake and conscious of what's around us but in a comfortably detached way and this just about sums up how we feel when in a hypnotic trance.
Is Hypnosis the same as sleep?
NO - a hypnotised person is not asleep, they do not lose consciousness and they are aware of their surroundings. They do not hand over control to the hypnotist, or lose any ability to think for themselves. In actual fact a hypnotised person will be able to think much more clearly about their concerns, goals and ambitions and this is because they are bypassing those past subconscious patterns of thought that trigger unwanted patterns of behaviour.
Clinical Hypnotherapy utilises relaxation techniques to harness this natural state of trance and most people report feeling wonderfully calm and refreshed after their session.
Further information on:
Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP)
General Hypnotherapy Register
General Hypnotherapy Standards Council / Register
Hypnotherapy Society (HS)
National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)
ANLP - Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)