This is a question that I am often asked, both in the practice room and also just when I tell people what I do. We all have a natural fear of being out of control and with Stage hypnotists doing their thing, it adds fuel to the misguided notion that somehow I will be making my lovely clients do something silly.
Contrary to these ideas, hypnosis does not involve taking control of the mind or making a person do anything that they don’t want to. The subconscious mind simply rejects any suggestion that is not appropriate.
In fact, trance states are very natural and we all experience a similar state every day. Have you ever driven home and not being aware of time passing? This is a natural state of focused attention or ‘day dreaming’ and not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised. During therapeutic hypnotherapy, you are simply guided into a similar state of deep relaxation. Whilst in this relaxed state, the subconscious mind is more responsive to suggestion. These suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help change unhelpful thought patterns.
The type of Hypnotherapy that I practice is Solution Focused, which uses Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy techniques to make positive changes which help towards moving towards a more preferred future. It is highly effective in helping to relieve symptoms associated with anxiety and stress.
Focusing on solutions means that we do not dwell on problems. During the first part of each session we talk about the progress made. I will encourage positive expression, focusing on solutions and preferred future rather than dwelling on problems.
I will then guide the client into a relaxed state of Hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed. People often comment on how wonderfully relaxing Hypnotherapy is and how motivated they feel to make those changes needed to get back in control of their lives.
Visit www.alexanderhypnotherapy.co.uk for further information about the types of conditions that can be helped by using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy