Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to counselling because the hypnotic state allows you to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories you might have hidden from you conscious mind. In addition, hypnosis enables one to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness, using skilled relaxation techniques, allows me to then make appropriate suggestions, with a view to positively influencing thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The technique does not involve you being put into a deep sleep, and you cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. You remain fully aware of your surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command. The important thing is that you want to change some behavioural habit or addiction and are highly motivated to do so. You have to want the treatment to work.
The hypnotic state allows you to be more open to discussion and suggestion. It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:
Phobias, fears, and anxiety - Sleep disorders - Depression - Stress - Post-trauma anxiety
Grief and loss.
Hypnosis also might be used to help with pain control and to overcome habits, such as smoking or overeating.
During your first session, we will discuss your goals together and compile an induction and script , based on feedback given by you.
The induction is the relaxation part of the session and the script is the suggestion and information offered during this relaxed state.
There are different ways that people learn and process information and we will look at what suggestions and words are best for me to use with you.
An initial appointment will last approximately one hour with script preparation during and outside of the sessions. Subsequent appointments will be forty five minutes to one hour.