What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the practical use of Hypnosis, which together with the application of Psychology, is a treatment for ailments of a psychological nature. Hypnosis is a very pleasant state of relaxation when the client allows carefully worded beneficial suggestions to enter into the unconscious mind, thereby helping to alleviate or end an ailment.
Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person’s attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on is temporarily blocked out or ignored.
Hypnosis is a therapy of consent. Contrary to popular belief Hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness when the mind is taken over. Whilst under Hypnosis the client remains aware of what is happening and can, at any time, leave the state of Hypnosis should he or she wish to do so.
Common Fears & Misunderstandings
The portrayal of Hypnotists and the effects of Hypnosis in films, books and television by sensation seeking authors and producers, gives a completely wrong impression to the general public. Stage Hypnosis in particular is very misleading as it can involve alcohol or inappropriate psychological manipulation by the stage Hypnotist. These people are entertainers, not therapists. You do not, whilst undergoing medical Hypnosis, lose control of yourself, have your mind taken over, risk falling asleep forever, reveal your innermost secrets nor do you act upon unacceptable suggestions which would cause you to feel foolish.
The human mind consists of two parts, the Conscious and the Sub-Conscious. The Conscious part of your mind is the logical thinking part and the Sub-Conscious the feeling non logical part. Psychological ailments which are those we cannot deal with through the use of our Conscious thinking minds lie in the Sub-Conscious. As Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy deal with ailments at a Sub-Conscious level, that is to say at the level of the mind where they originate, it is reasonable to assume that the only truly effective treatment of ailments such as anxiety, feelings of inferiority etc. is a treatment that reaches the Sub-Conscious mind.
I hope that this has helped you to understand the value of hypnosis when undertaken by an experienced and qualified therapist. All treatment is given in the strictest confidence and conducted with the clients best interests in mind at all times.