What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years.

We’ve already established that Hypnosis can help build confidence, change behaviour and get rid of fear, anxiety and phobias.

Have you ever been so absorbed in a book or a film it has felt as if you are actually there? Have you ever been aware of everything going on around you before you’ve totally woken up?   Have you ever caught yourself day dreaming or having to read a page of a book again because you didn’t take it in the first time?  Well… if you have, you’ve been hypnotised.

Young Woman with Her Hand on Her Belly and Man Beside Her WritingThere are many myths surrounding Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy and when we chat I will explain in more detail, but suffice to say that you are in control all the time, you always know what is happening and you can come out of hypnosis at any time.  It’s simply an altered state of consciousness which you will allow yourself to enter with the help and guidance of a therapist.

While you are in the hypnotic state, your mind is more open and more receptive to suggestion.  While in the hypnotic state, you cannot be made to do anything against your moral values.  The hypnotic state is a natural form of consciousness which many people experience on a daily basis, just like day dreaming or dreaming while you are asleep.

When brain waves slow down to a more relaxed level, like when you are asleep, ideas, images and thoughts come out of your unconscious mind; these are your dreams.  In fact, all of our behaviour controlling thoughts come from our unconscious mind;  sometimes the problem is that most of us are unaware of the thoughts and feelings that live there.

When you are in a state of hypnosis, your therapist can help to unpack the thoughts feelings you have selected, make helpful suggestions to change them before repacking them in a new, more helpful way.

It’s useful to know that the subconscious mind does not distinguish between ‘real’ and ‘imagined’ experiences (which is why dreams can feel real) and so mental imagery or visualisation can also be utilised to help people make dramatic changes in their lives relatively quickly.  Having said that, there is no way to predict how long it’ll take before you see change because it depends partly on your own level of commitment.

HYPNOSIS IS NOT DANGEROUS.   You cannot be made to do anything you don’t want to do.