Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can be used to make positive changes in your life and to provide relief from a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. Hypnotherapy is a brief, strategic therapy – one that is aimed at finding a resolution to your problems as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.
The use of hypnosis to treat disease is not new, in fact it’s been around for a long time, both the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association approved its use in the 1950s . Due to its effectiveness, it’s therapeutic use, ‘hypnotherapy’ has grown in popularity ever since. In some areas Hypnotherapy is now available through the NHS.
“Research shows that there is more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy… by using hypnosis, people can perform prodigious feats of will-power and self-healing.”
Health Education Authority
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Why is Hypnotherapy so effective?
Hypnotherapy is effective because although we often want to make changes on a conscious level, we are often unaware of unhelpful limiting beliefs and thought patterns that can be collected throughout our lives. These negative thought patterns sit in the unconscious/subconscious mind quietly blocking conscious goals we may have. The subconscious mind is very powerful; it controls your emotions, self-esteem and even affects your immune system.
Hypnotherapy enables us to uncover, understand and deal with any past events, or current
beliefs or issues which may be holding you back or creating difficulties for you. These old,
outdated or inappropriate patterns of behaviour can then be replaced with more positive thoughts and actions.
What’s the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy ?
As a qualified hypnotherapist, I also work with your subconscious mind to initiate and activate more adaptive ideas and behaviours, then bring it back into alignment with your conscious wishes and goals.
Essentially hypnosis can be described a relaxed state of focused awareness. This is a natural state where your mind remains highly focussed on something, while your body becomes relaxed and mental stresses are reduced. The ‘hypnotic trance state’ is similar to when you daydream or become engrossed in activity such as reading a book, watching a film or driving on ‘autopilot’. We all experience this state quite naturally and during these ‘zoned out’ times we remain in total control of ourselves. It’s the same with hypnosis.
Even in a light form of hypnosis it is possible to make immediate changes. During hypnosis, the mind is more receptive to positive suggestions. It is also possible to access areas of the mind that are beyond the normal level of conscious awareness, described as the ‘subconscious’ or ‘unconscious mind’. This allows us to effect the positive changes we wish to make on a deeper level.
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic work carried out by a qualified hypnotherapist whilst the client is in hypnosis; utilising this natural hypnotic state can aid gentle, yet profound changes.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health, recognises Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy as a valid psychological intervention.
Clinical hypnotherapy is also recognised by many private health care schemes and some Primary Care Trusts. I am happy to work with these providers and accept referrals.