What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a state that you are guided into by a hypnotherapist. In this state, the unconscious mind, which is key to permanent change, is more accessible for therapeutic work. Hypnosis is a state in which therapy takes place.
In our mind, we have what is known as the critical faculty. If you imagine this to be like a gatekeeper between the conscious and unconscious mind. In a hypnotic state, the critical faculty opens up and allows the therapist to work directly with the unconscious part of the mind
Why does hypnotherapy work?
Our conscious mind is our logical, critical, thinking mind. We can decide to change but the conscious mind cannot create change. This is why so many people struggle to change. They make a conscious decision and try to use willpower alone to change.
Our beliefs, habits, behaviours, stories, perceptions etc are programmed into the unconscious part of our mind; formed when we were children from what was going in from the people and world around us. Our programming means that 95% of our behaviours are automatic – we don’t even think, we just do.
If you think of the two parts of the mind to be like an iceberg. The section above the water represents our conscious mind. However, there is so much more underneath the water, the part we don’t see (unconscious mind)
Often our two minds can work against us and when we want to change it can feel like a tug of war and we grew frustrated and give up or we stop because of fear.
E,g, we make a conscious decision to lose weight. We have been overweight for years – our unconscious mind has a program for that weight – not the new weight we want to be
So we start on the weight loss journey, 100% committed and determined. We can’t stick to it because consciously we want to lose weight but unconsciously we are programmed to be at that weight, so the battle between the conscious and unconscious continues. We give up. This is why so many people yo-yo diet or many people start a journey to live their dream and give up.
This is why hypnotherapy is so effective in creating lasting change. The change is created in the unconscious part of the mind. Accessible in a hypnotic state.
Is it Safe?
Hypnosis is a natural occurring state. We go in and out of hypnosis or trance states everyday, such as when we are driving and can’t remember which route we took home. Through repetition driving has become a program in our mind and is an automatic behaviour.
Hypnosis has been around for years. In ancient Egypt and Greece they had sleep temples for wellbeing where people were guided into hypnosis through hypnotic suggestion.
Dr James Esdaile, was a Scottish Surgeon in the 1800s and performed over 300 surgeries through hypnosis (before the days of anaesthesia)
There are many myths and perceptions about what hypnosis is and is not. Most of which have come from stage hypnosis.
It is not mind control, It is not sleep, you are not made to act like a zombie or cluck like a chicken. You cannot made to do anything that goes against your own values
Hypnotherapy is a cooperative agreement between client and therapist. The client allows themself to be guided into a hypnotic state for their own good. You are in control at all times.
Hypnotherapy can often be the most effective to create permanent change