The fundamental truth is that you have the capacity, within yourself, to get where you need to be. Always.
You can change. You can learn and unlearn. In fact, you are already doing this, all the time, already. Hypnotherapy is just a way of doing this in a focused and intentional way. It uses your ability to imagine, rehearse, and relax to create new and better habits and behaviours. It is safe. You are in control. You stay in control.
Hypnotherapy is basically a method that can help you harness your energy towards your intended goal.
Of course, sometimes we need some help. That is why we look for people who have the experience or the skills we need – a helping hand.
That is where we come in.
What is Hypnotherapy and How can it Help?
Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural healing technique that aims to change the client’s mental habits, and improve their wellbeing, without the use of medication.
Therapy can help with many issues:
- Smoking Habits
- Pain Management
- Stress and Anxiety
- Weight Problems
- and more…
As the name suggests, it uses hypnosis to provide therapeutic treatment and support.
The way that it does this is by helping the individual move into a relaxed state. In this relaxed state, we are more able to think clearly and to visualise our goals and solutions to our troubles. We are more able to express ourselves, and more willing to listen to ourselves. Learning self-hypnosis gives you the opportunity to centre yourself and refocus – to do this intentionally and at will – helping you to stay in control throughout your daily life.
There is also something to note about self-hypnosis. But lets rewind for a moment, and ask, what is hypnosis?
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is defined as ‘an intentional mental and emotional stance of passive receptivity and increased suggestibility’. This may sounds a bit weird, but it is essential to understand how this is a choice. It is like mindfulness, or passively listening to rainsounds. There is a calm in it, a sense of peace and wellbeing. A sense of acceptance. From this state of mind, we are naturally more receptive and less protective. Hypnosis is therefore something very difficult to pin down as ‘a thing’ or ‘a measurable state of mind.’
What is important to note is that fall under ‘self-hypnosis’ quite a lot of the time. Think about it…
If I tell myself “I am ugly” every day, I will believe “I am ugly“. And because I believe that I am ugly, I will tell myself “I am ugly” every day. Viscious circles start, and we get stuck.
This is an example of automatic negative self-hypnosis. If you were to think critically, from an outside perspective, you would be unlikely to go about your day following behind someone telling them they were ugly, or useless, or not good enough. And yet, we do this to ourselves – unthinkingly, uncritically, almost unknowingly. You see how this shows ‘passive suggestibility’? And yet, you are still in control of this.
Moving forward, if someone then came along and told you “I’m beautiful, it is more likely that I simply won’t believe that they are telling the truth – because it does not agree with my truth. The truth I create.
Hypnotherapy will generally work by deepening the person into what we might call a ‘trance state’. This could also be called a state of focused introspection – where we are more alive to what is going on within us, and in some respect through this heightened awareness, more sensitive to change.
Who is in Control?
You are. You are and always have been and always will be in control of what goes on inside you.
Nothing will change unless you want it to change.
No-one but you can reach into your mind and change things up in there against your will. There is great freedom in this, but also it means that the responsibility to change comes from within.
“True change is within; leave the outside as it is.”– Dalai Lama XIV
If we feel out of control, it is often because we are giving our power to someone else. Or we are unable to hold onto it. This usually happens when we feel stressed or under pressure. Hypnotherapy however is a process of relaxation before anything else. Relaxing into our centre, and finding ourselves there.The whole exercise of relaxation is about building trust – about telling yourself “It’s OK”.
It’s OK to –
- Relax, to let go of some fear, or anger, or pain.
- Make space for that fear, or anger or pain, and know that in this state, it will not overwhelm you.
- Trust – another, yes, but most importantly, yourself. In fact, these people mean only to help you live your life more fully, more genuinely, and more completely.
It is up to you. And we are just so excited to meet all those people who are interested in helping themselves improve their lives.
Back to Hypnotherapy
It would be unethical to claim that a ‘cure’ is guaranteed to any issue. This is a practice of slow change – progressively building new habits that will add up. Small steps turning into big changes.
This being said, a committed and motivated client is likely to reach the realistic goals that they set for the hypnotherapy.
The power to act, think, believe and change resides only within the client, so no client is or can be forced to do anything against their will. This guarantees the safety of the client, but also means that their determination and conviction to change is essential to any successful outcome of the therapy.
What to expect?
Getting in Touch
When you get in touch with me, I will reply to you to either have or to organise a free, no obligation 30 minute consultation. This gives us plenty of time to get to know one another, and to make sure that we want to go into therapy together.
Therapy is collaborative, so a relationship trust between client and therapist is essential.
What about Sessions?
- 50 pounds per hour
- The cost of the first session will include a personalised hypnotherapy tape for you.
- More personalised tapes can be requested and cost an extra 50 pounds as they take me over an hour to create.
- (Rates are negotiable on a client by client basis.)
The time frame for hypnotherapy and the number of sessions will be discussed during the initial consultation, but will be subject to review throughout the therapy, and any changes will be discussed with you, the client.
The first three sessions are usually about building trust and getting to the centre of things.
The following three are usually about change and building up new more helpful habits and pathways in the brain.
Six sessions is a good starting point for treatment of a single issue, and if needed or requested, therapy could continue past this point. What may need to be defined again at this point that are the specific goals, and the specific steps to achieve the set goals.
This is, however, just an average – each person is different and will present their own unique issues and solutions.
Where can I read more about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Here are some of the leading, peer-reviewed, scientific research journals:
- The International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis
- The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
- Contemporary Hypnosis
Here is a page that we have found to be useful about the myths and truths of hypnosis and hypnotism:
Towards an Evidence-Based Hypnosis: Research Findings – UK College Of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Though we cannot promise that everything will be easy, we guarantee to apply our training, expertise and experience to most effectively help you address your issues, in as timely manner as can be reasonably expected.
Change takes dedication, and some reasonable adjustments. Sometimes, it takes being uncomfortable, or challenging oneself. Wellbeing, happiness, or simple contentment are always possible though.
Don’t give up on yourself.
Get in Touch to ask us questions, to learn a little more about hypnotherapy, or to book a free initial consultation with us.