What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the term used for the therapeutic use of hypnosis to help you lessen symptoms or change habits, and to treat a variety of conditions. Hypnosis is a relaxed mental and physical state, during which you are fully aware at all times and in complete control of the process. At your first session, we will discuss what you would like to achieve from hypnotherapy and agree on the course of your treatment. Once you are deeply relaxed, you will hear appropriate suggestions to your imagination and your unconscious mind. You are likely to feel relaxed, safe and very comfortable during a hypnosis session, but you remain aware of your surroundings and able to stop the process at any point if you wish.

Hypnotherapy with an ethical, qualified and experienced therapist is entirely different to “stage hypnosis”! There is no danger of you being asked to do anything you are not comfortable with and as a qualified and ethical therapist I will never (and nor would I be able to) suggest anything to your unconscious without your full knowledge and consent.

Hypnosis Is a Powerful Tool for Inner Transformation

Our beliefs, feelings, and behaviours operate at an unconscious level, and affect our experience of reality, whether it be pleasant or unpleasant. If our experience of reality is unpleasant, or when our beliefs, feelings and behaviours don’t help us to achieve our goals, then we may want to bring about change. But there can be a problem with that, if most of our attempts at change seem to be short lived and fruitless. It can seem so difficult to make the changes we desire, as if we are always pushing up hill. The reason for this is that we attempt to make changes on a conscious level, using willpower, together with whatever motivation we can rustle up using logic and external factors.   When our willpower runs low or our motivation drops off, we find ourselves back at square one. Sound familiar? The thing is, if you really want to make those changes, you must make them at a subconscious level in order for the changes to be effective and permanent. Also, and this may surprise you, it is a lot easier to make those changes on a subconscious level, than it is to use will power/temporary motivation. Hypnosis is a bridge to your subconscious mind, which allows you to gain access to parts of yourself of which you are not usually aware on a day to day level.   Hypnosis allows you to learn new ways of believing, thinking, feeling, and behaving at a subconscious level. This is fantastic, because all true learning happens at a subconscious level!  So, let's take a look at some of the amazing things that hypnosis can do.........

What can hypnotherapy do for you?

1. You can control your physiology 

Did you know that it can actually be healthy to go into hypnosis? Studies show that your immune system actually gets stronger under hypnosis.

2. You can manage pain

Hypnosis has been used for years to manage and relieve pain. Studies have revealed that hypnosis works by decreasing the brain’s response to pain signals and also helps deal with the psychological part of pain that can make pain seem even more intense.

3. Health problems can be alleviated using hypnosis

Many health problems are brought about by psychological causes. It is no secret that the way we think, feel, and believe can have a direct effect on our health. Ever heard of psychosomatic illnesses? Additionally, there are also behaviours that result from psychological imbalances that can have a negative effect on our health, such as drug use, smoking, overeating, and lack of exercise.

Here are a few areas where hypnosis has been used successfully to alleviate health problems:

* insomnia
* skin conditions
* Weight control
* addictions
* high blood pressure
* impotence

4. You can heal emotional problems with hypnosis

As I am sure you are aware, the way you believe and think at a subconscious level will have a direct effect on how you feel. Also, how you feel has a lot to do with how much you enjoy life and how you behave. The way you currently believe and think was mostly conditioned into you at a young age and has been absorbed subconsciously. Hypnosis can be used to find the causes behind the way you feel, to “un-learn” those old ways of believing and thinking, and learn new, healthier, and more empowering ways to believe and think. Here is just a very short list of emotional problems that can be treated effectively with hypnosis:

* anxiety/stress/nervousness
* depression
* self-worth/confidence issues
* anger
* guilt
* fears and phobias

5. You can gain freedom from addictions and unhelpful habits
In very general terms, we can think of addictive behaviours and unhelpful habits as being a result of the emotional imbalances mentioned above, as well as the ways of thinking and believing that are at the root of those imbalances, Of course there is more to it than that, but this is not the place for a more in depth explanation.

In the same way that hypnosis can help a person deal with the emotional problems mentioned above, it can also help deal with the addictive behaviours and bad habits that result from them. Let us list a few addictive behaviours and bad habits that hypnosis can help a person gain freedom from:

6. Hypnosis can improve the overall quality of your life

If all our emotional problems are healed and those addictive behaviours and bad habits dealt with, what’s next? Well, you won’t be surprised to hear that, Just as hypnosis can help you “un-learn” those old ways of believing, thinking, feeling, and behaving, it can also help you “re-learn” new and better ways of believing, thinking, feeling, and behaving. Here are a few examples of how your life can improve with hypnosis:

* motivation to exercise
* healthier eating habits
* increased fulfilment in relationships
* emotional well-being and happiness
* increased health
* more positive mental outlook
* confidence/assertiveness

This is a very brief overview of hypnotherapy!  I just wanted to give you an idea of what hypnosis is capable of and why it works, and to get you thinking about hypnosis and what it can do for you.

If you would like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you to feel better and live well, contact me now, either using the “Contact Alex” button at any time or by calling me on 96652791 during normal business hours.