What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy (hypnosis used for therapeutic purposes) is the art of using communication in the form of positive suggestions, symbolic language, metaphors, stories and imagery to produce a desired outcome which is previously agreed with the client.
In the UK, hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is recognised as a Complementary Therapy. It is used to help clients suffering from behavioural and emotional disturbances and, occasionally, to manage physical symptoms that seem real to the client but that have no apparent biological basis, such as IBS.
When used in conjunction with psychotherapy, coaching and NLP, hypnotherapy can produce very positive results.
Hypnosis is a state of mind characterised by heightened attention drawn inwards, i.e. from the external environment to the client's internal world. The client's internal world consists of thoughts, emotions, mental images and body sensations of which the client may or may not be consciously aware.
A state of hypnosis allows the mind to pay attention to these inner currents.
This state of heightened attention and focus allows clients to explore their perceptions, emotions, needs, deeper yearnings and intuitive knowledge. This exploration helps clients become aware of new ways of dealing with their problems.
When actively engaged in the process, clients can find themselves re-connecting with the emotions stored in their bodies; they can begin to see possible solutions to their problems; access the internal resources to overcome their limitations and become aware of themselves at a level not always achieved by simply thinking logically about a problem.
Sometimes the solution comes as a realisation, a new understanding, intuitive insight, a symbolic image or a memory that has meaning within the internal framework of the client's experiences.
In this sense, hypnotherapy is a psycho-imaginative technique that utilizes the clients' imagination to tap into inner resources that are often hidden from normal daily awareness. As a result, clients may feel they are able to think clearly and process the emotional content of their experience. Often clients find themselves feeling less emotional and more able to cope with their situation. Many people report a sense of "something being lifted," a common feeling brought about by a new awareness and sense of self.
The best results are obtained when therapist and client have built a solid therapeutic relationship and agree to use hypnotherapy to enhance the client's capacity to find the solutions that are right for them.
Dispelling common assumptions about hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is not meditation
Although a state of profound relaxation can result if that is the agreed goal, hypnosis is not the same as meditating.
Hypnosis is not sleep
Although in a state of deep inner focus, the client is not asleep. Some clients may fall asleep during the session, however, even if they do, they are still listening to the voice of the therapist and are able to respond when given the relevant cues. Although it is not ideal to fall asleep during a session, there is nothing to be ashamed of if it does happen. Hypnotherapy is not less effective because the client has fallen asleep.
No one can make you do something you don't want to or that it goes against what you believe in.
Some people believe that under hypnosis, they will be made to do things they don't want to do. This is a myth. First of all, you don't go "under" or "into" hypnosis. Hypnosis is something that people do, like when you watch a film and are so concentrated on it that you do not listen to what your partner is telling you although you can hear them talking. You are aware during hypnosis and you can respond to anything that it is said to you. You remain in control at all times.
"Hypnotherapy does not work"
Some people say "hypnotherapy" does not work or "it doesn't work for me"
It is true that some people may not benefit from hypnotherapy. This happens for many reasons that have little to do with the approach. It may be that the client is not ready for change, there is not enough trust in the relationship with the therapist, they have some blockages that need to be cleared first with talking therapy or coaching or they have other reasons not related to the problem they want to solve. Everybody is different and two people with the same issue may experience different results with the same approach. This is why, I do not just do "hypnosis". We work together in a collaborative relationship where I help you get clear on what you want to accomplish and how you can get there.
I use a number of modalities to help you with your problem:
Neurolinguistic Programing (NLP)
Cognitive Behavioural Coaching
My practice is client-centered. This means that I listen to my clients and their needs before I make a decision on the best approach to help them.
I establish a collaborative relationship with clients.
My aim is to empower you so that you can live your life as the authentic expression of your true identity.
I work with people who struggle with:
Self-confidence and problems associated to lack of self-worth
Weight management and reduction
Career path, vocational purpose