Hypnotherapy is a treatment in which the client enters a deep state of relaxation in order that they are in an altered state of consciousness; this allows the hypnotherapist to work with the subconscious to make positive, beneficial suggestions set and agreed by the client, to alleviate whatever difficulty they are experiencing. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of difficulties including: weight loss, anxiety, depression, anxiety, phobias, low confidence/esteem, sleep disorders, IBS, OCD and for aiding relaxation.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential and changing limiting beliefs/ behaviours.
Although hypnosis may be light, medium or deep, a medium trance is usually used, during which metabolism, breathing and heartbeat slow and the brain produces alpha waves. Normal states of consciousness i.e. sleeping, dreaming and being awake, can be detected in the wave patterns produced by the brain, hypnosis differs from all three. The brain waves associated with quiet, receptive states are called alpha waves. In alpha states, the body gradually relaxes, hypnosis, meditation, daydreaming, being absorbed in a book, music or television are good examples of alpha state. Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, people remain in complete control of any suggestions given. The objective of clinical hypnosis is to take back control that has been lost and which has therefore resulted in the symptom or problem.
The length of treatments depends on the problem or symptom and the individual’s circumstances, 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. This will be discussed with you and agreed before commencing any treatment.