What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a an evidence based therapy which can help relieve the symptoms of medical problems as long as you are ready to actively participate in the process. Although there are about 70,000 research references worldwide, it is still often misunderstood by the public. People still think that hypnosis means ‘going under’ or losing control, but actually, you are in charge throughout the whole process and actually allowing it to happen.
What is hypnosis?
I practise solution focused hypnotherapy which combines talking therapy with developing an understanding of the workings of the brain (first part of the session), and hypnosis (second part of the session). Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind: “First of all, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is not always a trance state or a sleep state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping.
Hypnosis is really a natural state of mind and is an important part of everyday life. Whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route or watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis. People who are in a hypnotic state are known to slow down their brain waves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, sometimes in a deep trance this could also be to a theta state. This is not dissimilar to the level of brain activity experienced during meditation.” When used in the therapy room, hypnosis is an effective tool that helps you to bypass the critical faculty of the mind and to work directly with the subconscious so you can reprogramme the unwanted responses.
What is solution focused hypnotherapy?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a mind focused therapy that enables you to make sense of both neuroscience and the workings of the brain, as well as their practical application in everyday life. This type of therapy looks to the future rather than the past.
During our session I will encourage you to visualise a more positive future and to apply your own skills and resources to finding solutions to the problems that concern you. It is an empowering technique that will build up your confidence and positive expectations.I will show you how you can train your mind to adopt new habits and decisions.
These techniques will reduce your stress levels and consequently alleviate the physiological processes that cause distressing symptoms. Solution focused hypnotherapy is effective on many levels as it encourages us to think and act in a positive way, have a healthier lifestyle, sleep better, control or change our habits and overall, achieve a balance in all aspects of our life.
Do we need to talk about my childhood or analyze my past experiences?
No, we don’t. Solution focused hypnotherapy is different from analytical therapy, which is based on the notion that our development as a person is directly affected by past experiences – often from childhood or earlier life. Analyzing the past has proved to be counterproductive as it is keeping us in the ‘primitive brain mode’.
If there are feelings or traumas we need to let go then hypnosis, as one of the gateways to the subconscious, allows us to remove the emotional charge about them in an easy and gentle way, without dwelling on the past. All this enables you to focus your thought energy on how you want things to be, rather than how you don’t want them to be. Moreover, if there is anything you want to keep private, you are most welcome to do so.
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