Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness. It’s the same state as when we are daydreaming and ‘staring into space’. The conscious part of the mind temporarily goes into rest mode and the subconscious part is more open and receptive to suggestion, direction or change. It is in this hypnotic state where therapeutic changes can take place.
We all spend time in and out of this hypnotic/trance state but, during a hypnotherapy session, you are gently guided into trance by the therapist through the use of words and imagery. It is very relaxing and safe and you are always in control. You cannot be hypnotised against your will and cannot think, do or say anything that you don’t want to. Whilst you are deeply relaxed, the conscious mind remains awake and observant. You are able to come out of hypnosis at any time. If there was an emergency where you needed to leave the building, you could stand up and walk out of the door feeling awake and alert … but wonderfully relaxed!
Hypnotherapy is therapy in a hypnotic state. To understand hypnotherapy, it is firstly useful to understand how our minds work.
Our mind has two parts, the conscious (10%) and the subconscious (90%). The conscious mind is the thinking, analytical part, which can process up to 7 pieces of information at any time.
The subconscious mind is the creative, imaginative part and can process billions of pieces of information at any time. It is like a gigantic memory bank, storing all our memories, thoughts and life experiences from the moment we were conceived. It is the information stored in our subconscious mind that affects our behaviour and actions in different situations.
Our conscious mind is usually involved in learning new things e.g. riding a bike, driving a car or tying shoelaces, we consciously learn the processes required but, with practice and repetition, the information filters through to our subconscious mind until it takes over and we are able to do these things subconsciously without thinking about them. The same thing happens with beliefs and behaviours … if you think something e.g. ‘I am stupid’ enough times and have it reinforced through repeating the thought, or from other people’s words or actions and events, then this can become a fully embedded belief in our subconscious which then drives us on a daily basis and becomes difficult to change at a conscious level.
When thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours are having a negative impact on our lives in some way or another, hypnotherapy can help by identifying the root cause of them, challenging and releasing them and then presenting alternative better behaviours, which can begin the process of positive change.
We have all the answers and resources we need to make changes to our lives … we are more knowledgeable and resourceful than we know. It’s my job to help you identify and find the solutions to your problems and bring them to the surface, helping you to make positive changes in your life.
Every client’s issues, background and desired outcomes are unique so the session will be tailored to your needs.
We will start by discussing your presenting issue, any relevant background information and what you would like to achieve from the session.
If there are any obvious unresolved traumas from your past which I feel are contributing to your issue, I will deal with these first through the use of EFT (emotional freedom technique). This technique involves tapping on certain acupressure points to reduce the emotions experienced whilst reviewing a traumatic memory.
We will then explore the cause of your issue through hypnosis by regressing to significant past memories. We deal with what comes up as appropriate and work to resolve the revealed beliefs/feelings. I then present to you new positive desired feelings, thoughts and behaviours, allowing the mind to visualise these in future scenarios, thus facilitating positive change.
1-3 sessions is usually enough to help clients achieve their desired outcomes. In some cases, however, up to six may be necessary if there are more complex issues to resolve. I can usually gauge, during the consultation, how many sessions I think you will require.
After the session I will email you the audio recording of the hypnosis section. It will be approximately 20 minutes long and I will ask you to listen to it every day for 21 days. This is a very important part of the therapy to reinforce the positive suggestions we have worked on. Just like exercising and strengthening muscles in a gym workout, it is important to strengthen the new ‘neural pathways’ you have created and, the more you listen to the recording, the stronger they will become. I may also give you some mind-coaching homework tasks to support the positive changes.
Sessions cost £250 and include a free 20 minute consultation, 2-2 ½ hours of hypnotherapy, an audio recording and weekly follow up support for 3 weeks.
If more than one session is required, I offer discounted package rates of £450 for two sessions and £650 for three sessions.
Call on 07867 533344 for an initial discussion or alternatively email me or fill in the contact form below. We can then arrange a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your requirements and agree a treatment plan.