What is Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy uses a variety of hypnotic inductions to induce the natural phenomenon of trance states as a therapeutic tool in dealing with emotional and psychological problems. Inductions can vary and can include visualisation and breathing techniques for example. In addition, a wide range of other highly effective techniques are used and combined within the therapeutic setting, working on cognitive, emotional and sometimes behavioural levels in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Hypnosis “is a state of relaxation and concentration with heightened awareness and increased receptiveness to positive suggestions.”
It is completely natural for us to experience hypnotic trance states every day. If you have ever had the experience of:
- Driving along on a routine journey and arriving at your destination with no conscious memory of passing particular places.
- Reading a good book and becoming so absorbed in it that you are not aware of your surroundings.
- Daydreaming and feeling “far away in your thoughts’’,then you have already experienced hypnosis.
You will be guided into this pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing state of hypnosis for the purpose of therapy.
Hypnosis itself is not the therapy but a tool in therapy. It allows a client to access the subconscious mind fast and direct and makes therapy very effective.
Other techniques and therapies include:
NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is a very powerful and effective tool in identifying thinking strategies and in engineering change of behaviour pattern and assist in personal development.
EFT or ‘Tapping method’ is especially useful for addressing and changing emotional/affective issues.
EMDR is used also for releasing emotional and Trauma related problems. Timeline, Analysis, and Psychotherapy
There are different approaches which are specifically devised to suit your personal problems, making appropriate use of above mentioned techniques, and these in turn form two major strands of therapy:
- Suggestion Therapy
- Analytical Hypnotherapy
Suggestion Therapy, often in connection with NLP and EFT is usually used for less complex problems such as smoking, losing weight, pre-test nerves, confidence building etc., and is tailor-made for each client, taking into account the uniqueness of each individual. It usually requires between one and three sessions.
Analytical Hypnotherapy – Psychotherapy, EFT (Tapping) or EMDR is used to successfully treat more complex
psychological problems and concentrates on finding the root cause of symptoms and inappropriate behaviour patterns. As a rule every symptom must have a cause.
It is often that an important emotional event is linked to a current pattern or problem, like a phobia or anxiety for example, an issue which a person may not even be aware of. Hypnoanalysis can lead to a total release from symptoms by revealing and removing originating causes.
By enabling past events to be re-examined and the emotion released, the symptoms and inappropriate patterns of behaviour can cease to exist. Analysis is also indicated to prevent ‘Symptom Replacement’ , i.e. one symptom is removed, but if an underlying problem is not addressed, it manifests itself in a new symptom.