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About hypnotherapy

More frequently asked questions and answers about hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a very effective way of helping people overcome a variety of problems.
It combines hypnosis with therapy, helping a person to make changes to their life at a deep subconscious level. These changes can then influence behaviours positively at a conscious level.

Hypnosis is a relaxed, natural, altered state. In fact, so natural that most people are not aware that they drop in and out of light trance states many hundreds of times throughout the day. Concentrating closely on a particular task, such as reading a book or driving a car on a regular route, are times when you may have been so absorbed in what you are doing that you've lost a sense of your surroundings. At such times you are less consciously aware of what is going on, because you have entered a light state of hypnosis, and are accessing the subconscious mind.

It's this state which we utilise in hypnotherapy. Whilst in an hypnotic state, a person is completely aware and awake, but because the conscious mind is much more relaxed it is possible to access the highly creative subconscious mind and to make changes at this deeper level.

How can hypnotherapy bring about change

There are three main ways in which hypnosis can help to bring about behavioural changes:

  • In an hypnotic state, a hypnotherapist can make direct suggestions to the subconscious mind, telling the subconscious exactly how you, the client, want to feel or think about something.
  • It's also possible to work very creatively with the subconscious by creating scenarios for the subconscious mind to explore and change. These could be scenarios such as a Boardroom setting, where the characters around the table are all parts of your personality, and where it is possible to speak to the characters and to attempt negotiations in order to get all the personality parts working in harmony on an issue.
  • Hypnosis can also be utilised for regression work, helping you to review past events, and to change your perception of these past events which may still be influencing your current thinking and behaviours in a negative way.

Common issues which respond well to hypnotherapy:

  • boosting confidence levels
  • overcoming fears and phobias
  • learning how to relax and let go of stress
  • losing weight and taking control of your eating habits
  • stopping smoking and boosting your health
  • managing pain

This is not a definitive list, and hypnotherapy can also help with a whole range of social, medical and emotional problems as it's so effective at challenging and overcoming faulty thinking and behavioural patterns.

If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy could help you, please feel free to book a free initial consultation. Or if you have any other questions please feel free to email me and I can usually respond within 24 hours.