WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes. The type of Psychotherapy I practise does not involve delving into painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant past events, these are acknowledged but not analysed. Instead, I work with you to help you move forward to where you would like to be.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I practice ‘Solution Focused Therapy' techniques which are designed to reduce feelings of anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past. Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems. Instead we:
– acknowledge where you are currently
– identify where you want to be
– help you to make the necessary changes.
WHAT HYPNOSIS IS AND ISN'T
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting, the suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns. Clients often comment about how “ordinary” Hypnosis feels – it’s not unlike daydreaming – you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided daydreaming.
Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind –Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.