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What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. It is often conducted when in a deep state of relaxation during which suggestions are made to create beneficial changes in individuals' ideas or behaviours. Basically, their Mind-Set is changed for the better!
During hypnosis, clients often experience a sense of deep relaxation with their attention focused on the therapist speaking to their subconscious mind; positive and helpful suggestions are made to help individuals overcome any problems or issues that they may have.
It is a very pleasant and effective treatment which helps individuals make positive changes within themselves. In other words, they become empowered and more confident about dealing with their issues. The subconscious mind, which always wants the best for a person, helps them to overcome the difficulties they may have been experiencing. The subconscious mind controls the involuntary functions of the body, including things that are done 'automatically' - it is fuelled by individuals' emotions and imagination and directs the energy from within. The subconscious mind also contains memories of every single thing that has happened to us.
Clients are usually induced into a trance-like state, which is a bit like a daydream, but it is an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the therapist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. Helpful suggestions are made and these helpful 'seeds of suggestion' become firmly embedded in the mind, empowering a person to effect change. The practice of promoting healing or positive development is known as hypnotherapy.
In hypnosis the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions which encourage more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality. However, this therapy can also be conducted when a client is in an alert state but the suggestions that are being made are also effectively utilised by the subconscious mind.
Sometimes clients will ask if they were in the right 'state' because they could hear everything and their mind could also wander. This is fine, too. They are where they need to be and the subconscious mind is still processing what is being said. They do not have to be 'asleep' for the therapy to work. This is a misconception.
Therefore, the aim is to re-programme someone's patterns of behaviour in their mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative beliefs or thought patterns and suppressed emotions to be overcome. For example, if you a person has a fear of spiders, they may have tried everything they can in a conscious state to overcome that fear, but not succeeded. By working with their subconscious mind, their deep seated fears and instincts can be reprogrammed so that they disappear or are altered. However, clients are fully aware of what is happening and can choose to come out of the trance if you want to.
The number of sessions required usually varies from person to person and from issue to issue; however, most people feel some benefit from Hypnotherapy immediately.