Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened and focused attention and is the most fascinating phenomena of the human psyche.
It is an altered state of awareness, perception, consciousness or trance used in treating psychological and physical problems.
All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious.
Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to endless possibilities for healing, self expression and change.
When we enter into a state of hypnosis, we utilize thoughts, talents, experiences in ways not usually accessible to us.
Hypnotherapy is often faster than many other forms of treatment.
It is a state of being highly focused on what one is doing to the EXCLUSION of any other thought, emotions, or sensation such as pain or discomfort.
Using Hypnotherapy, we can develop our latent abilities that enable making desired changes in our thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
Hypnotherapy is safe when practiced by a well trained licensed professional.
Clients can make lifestyle changes in some or all of those areas either by post hypnotic suggestions from the therapist or from our unconscious mind, provided that the suggestions are consistent with our beliefs and expectations.
No one can control our mind or force us to things we would not otherwise be prepared to do. In Hypnotherapy, the body responds physically to thoughts.
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The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviors are stored as information.
The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognized strengths and knowledge.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind - the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviors and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.
Any therapeutic intervention implies change, so entering a trance state alone does not signify a therapeutic endpoint. Once the individual has achieved a trance state the hypnotherapist uses many different therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to psychotherapy.
As in a counseling sessions, the therapist may ask about past, present or future concerns to establish the reasons for the problem.
Alternatively the therapist may give suggestions to the subconscious mind aimed at overcoming specific problems such as lack of self confidence.
Some uses such as calming a person require minimal change on the part of the individual, however, more complex behavior patterns such as overeating or treatment of panic disorders or reactive (non-clinical) depression require a more complex therapeutic intervention together with psychological and behavioral homework.
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The initial task of the therapist is to establish rapport with the client. This involves encouraging the client to talk about his or her concerns. The therapist would spend time with the client first to take a clinical history. As well as establishing a clinical record, the discussion contributes to building trust and confidence between the therapist and the client. Feeling safe, comfortable and secure with the therapist helps the induction of a hypnotic trance.
Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed upon and a full explanation of hypnosis is provided. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis would also be dealt with. There are many different ways of achieving trance state.
The therapist talks to you in a slow and soothing voice. You may be asked to imagine or visualize walking down a country lane, or in beautiful secret garden, or stare at a fixed point or to just listen to the sound of the therapist's voice. Suggestions for relaxation may also be given. To deepen the trance, the therapist may count you down from 10 to 1 or ask you to imagine walking down a flight of stairs. You will become and feel very relaxed always still aware of your surroundings.
To return to full consciousness, which you can do all by yourself at any time, the therapist may count up from 10-1.
The length of treatments depends on the problem or symptom and the individual's circumstances. With some people a problem like nail biting can be successfully treated in one session. Other problems such as panic attacks can take up to 5 or 6 sessions.
In the course of the therapy clients are usually taught self-hypnosis as part of a number of therapeutic homework tasks. The first session usually lasts one and a half hours with subsequent sessions between an hour and an hour and a half.