What is Hypnotherapy?
Technically, 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.
What Happens at a Session?
Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic! This is not true!
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
The initial consultation is one hour long and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need.
Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than Hypnosis. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made and I’ll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I’ll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of Hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is Hypnosis Like?
Actually, we all experience the Hypnotic state in our everyday lives.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being Hypnotised.
During Hypnosis you will be guided into a similar state so that beneficial suggestion can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
Can You Make Me Cluck Like a Chicken (Or Anything Else I Don’t Want to Do?)
Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind – no one can Hypnotise you against your will. We all have a ‘moral code’, which means if we won’t do it in ‘real life’, we won’t do it under hypnosis!
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Are You Registered?
This is actually a very good question, and one you should ask of any therapist you are considering working with. Personally, I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and the Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. These bodies are the leaders in the UK, and they ensure that my training is up to date and regularly continuing. I am also bound by the published codes of ethics of these groups, and must be fully insured. I also hold an enhanced CRB check.