I am afraid of losing control under Hypnosis
This is a quite common fear but there is no need to be afraid. Contrary to the impression you may have gained from watching stage hypnosis, you remain essentially in control. Hypnosis is a natural, safe, pleasant process. Evidence shows that people cannot be made to say or do anything, against their own moral code. If a Hypnotherapist tried to make you do or say something against your will, your subconscious mind would simply reject it. In the therapeutic environment the level of trance that is required, means you could open your eyes at any time you wish. You are in a state of deep relaxation but you retain control.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis uses relaxation and visualisation to help you focus on your strengths and to encourage a shift in perspective towards the positive outlook being sought. It is an altered state of awareness that we enter and leave naturally, throughout the day. It feels very much like ‘day dreaming’, or the state between sleeping and waking. Most of us have experienced becoming engrossed in a film or book, or finding we've driven somewhere on 'automatic pilot'.
You are led, by means of the Hypnotherapist’s gently guiding voice, into a state where your body and mind are deeply relaxed. To an onlooker it might seem as if you were asleep but in fact, though you will normally feel very relaxed, you will generally remain awake enough to be aware. Also awake will be those parts of your mind which the Therapist is working with to induce beneficial changes. This may mean that you will be picturing, as in a daydream, the things which are being spoken of and that you may experience the associated pleasant feelings.
It is worth noting that if at any time you feel should uncomfortable and want to terminate the session, then you will be perfectly capable of doing so.
Can everyone be Hypnotised?
Yes! In the context of hypnotherapy it can be regarded very much as a process of relaxing and letting go. If you are a little nervous of the process at first, it can sometimes take a couple of sessions to get really comfortable, learn to let go fully and fully enjoy the experience. With a little practice you should find yourself falling into a trance quite naturally.
Why do you call yourself ‘Solution Focused Hypnotherapy’?
In addition to using hypnosis I make use of a powerful form of psychotherapy called “Solution Focused Brief Therapy”. I work with you on what you want to achieve rather than dwelling on the problems. The emphasis is on paying attention to the present and preferred future rather than the past. I encourage you to consider what would have changed if the problem had improved. This encourages your subconscious mind to consider new solutions to your problems and to work towards them.
In all, I use practical, modern and well researched strategies that include the best of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and direct hypnosis. Together these help you make significant, positive changes in your life in a relatively short period of time. I help you succeed by awakening abilities that often appear beyond your deliberate control.
Why does it take more sessions to deal with something like Anxiety or Depression?
Some therapies like anti-smoking and simple phobias can be dealt with quickly, but there are good reasons why we would take a little longer over problems like anxiety or depression. The good news is that you can normally expect to make good progress quickly. Most clients choose to continue therapy to the point where they feel confident of maintaining progress on their own. Remember that Hypnotherapy is anyway very quick and effective compared to most other forms of therapy.
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