What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state, which is often compared to daydreaming. During hypnotherapy, the sound of the therapist’s voice is used as a tool to relax the client; the client may experience heaviness in their muscles/limbs or a sense of weightlessness. This relaxed feeling allows the client’s mind to drift off; in this natural state of relaxation, the therapist talks to the client’s sub-conscious (unconscious) mind and suggest making previously agreed, beneficial changes to improve the client’s physical or psychological wellbeing or to address unwanted behaviours.
Due to life experience, everyone thinks and behaves in a particular way; as we encounter different experiences, the sub-conscious mind is not always updated with more appropriate ways of thinking and behaving. The consequences of this are that we continue to use outdated and unproductive ways of thinking and behaving. These may often lead to unhelpful coping strategies and psychological issues, preventing us from leading our lives or achieving our potential.
The Hypnotherapist works closely with the client to facilitate positive change; the changes that the client wishes to make are discussed collaboratively prior to therapy and a treatment plan is agreed upon prior to the commencement of treatment.
During the hypnotic state, we can also focus on events and processes that we have already experienced and challenge our perception of these in order to encourage a new way of thinking and behaving.
Clinical Hypnotherapy does not involve anything magical or unsafe; the client is in control at all times throughout the session and it is a reliable and effective practice, which has been very successful in helping to improve the health & wellbeing of many clients.
When you contact me, I will carry out an initial, brief, free telephone consultation, where we can discuss what you hope to achieve from hypnotherapy. If we both feel that treatment would be beneficial for you, we can then decide whether you would like to book your first session.
After your initial telephone consultation, if you do not feel that Hypnotherapy is the treatment for you, there is no obligation to continue and book a session.
The first session lasts approximately 90 minutes; I will take an extensive client history, which will help me to produce a treatment plan. The first session will also include your initial session of Hypnotherapy.
After your initial 90 minute session, all following sessions will last for 60 minutes. The number of sessions that you require will depend on the issues that you wish to tackle; this will be discussed with you in the first session. Hypnotherapy is usually a short-term therapy; most clients will feel the benefits after undertaking 3-6 sessions.
Everyone experiences Hypnosis in their own way, but it is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Hypnotherapy is a safe practice and clients will always be aware of and in control of the process and what is happening around them.
Most clients, if willing can be hypnotised; however, if a client is reluctant to be hypnotised or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, hypnotherapy may not be suitable and an alternative therapy may be more appropriate. Hypnotherapy may not be suitable for very young children and clients with severe cognitive impairment.
Payment for each session is made at the time of your treatment; payment methods will be discussed with you on your telephone consultation.