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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis Explained


The subject of hypnosis can be quite confusing so here is an uncomplicated description of what it is and how it works. And also to let you know that sometimes people don’t get instant results or miracles they were expecting and can give up. It’s all about how we talk to our minds and the pictures we use in our heads. Hypnotherapy is the most powerful tool available to work with your mind and gets amazing results!

Now to reassure you – Hypnosis is not about putting someone into a trance and getting them to cluck like a chicken! or indeed getting you to things that are against your true beliefs. Far from it, hypnosis works by re-educating your subconscious mind into positive behaviours to help you lead a better life and achieve your goals.

So what is your subconscious mind I hear you ask?  It’s the part of your mind that takes care of your breathing, makes your heart beat etc. Its also the part that allows you to do something without thinking like driving, walking, eating, and its where we store our memories.

In hypnotherapy we re-educate your subconscious mind.  We take an event where an emotion (usually negative) is stuck in your mind and we un-glue it! Let me explain…

Think of someone who has hurt you in the past, someone maybe you feel angry with, you may suddenly feel yourself getting hot and shaky even though that person is not in the room. So at some stage in the past you went into a mini hypnotic state and glued the feeling of anger or anxiety with that person. Hypnosis un-glues that emotional attachment.

So we can use hypnosis to change a response. In a session we take deliberate control of the way you feel by relaxing you and having you imagine things that make you feel good. Then we have you rehearse doing the problem situation whilst feeling the way you want to feel, hearing what you want to hear and seeing what you want to see.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Your mind learns fast and that is why hypnotherapy is so successful!

It works the same with habits you have formed. And it is!
Think of the applications…

  • If you want to lose weight, change how you feel about the foods you eat
  • If you’re a smoker, change how you feel about cigarettes
  • If you dislike public speaking, change how you feel about that so you can give that wedding speech or the works presentation

This simple tool allows you to achieve this and much much more….

The mind works in many ways. One is repetition, like when you are learning to drive a car, you get better each time you do the task until eventually it becomes part of your subconscious mind and you perform the task without thinking of it.

Time for another example or two…

  • You meet a gorgeous person who you really fancy and you blush! The blushing is an emotional reaction and its stored in your subconscious. So when you see someone you fancy your mind says – I know what to do in this scenario – I’ll blush!
  • You are in a car crash and you may have been hurt, you may not, but the fear that went with that experience stays with you and every time you get in the car you experience that fear again.

The common factor is all these scenarios is emotion. Emotion makes the ‘pattern’ stick. The more emotion, the more stuck it gets, and the greater the effect in the future.

So, given this fact that emotion causes patterns to ‘stick’ in the subconscious mind, what happens if you think negatively all the time? If you create thoughts that make you feel anxious and worry then guess what, you will repeat the pattern, with the emotion, and it will make the pattern “stick”. The more you do it the worse it gets. Your subconscious mind has learnt what you do and how you want to feel when you are in a situation or have negative thoughts for example.

So with hypnosis and hypnotherapy the patterns are changed and repeated in a positive way, so that the repetition becomes familiar. The emotion around it is good and you achieve the outcome you want to achieve, not the one you had before. Give the subconscious mind clear instructions of what you want to achieve, practise them, add emotion. Job done!

Then when you are out of hypnosis and back in the real world, you can’t call yourself ‘changed’ until you’ve done what you were aiming to do,  feeling the way you wanted to feel, experiencing the event in the way you had practised. And once you’ve done it, you are change. Your experience is then changed forever. And no-one can ever take that away from you.

This is really at the core of all hypnosis. Once you understand this, you will understand almost all self-help approaches – positive thinking, affirmations etc. They all use this.

That’s why, if you want to get out of your own way, we recommend using hypnosis on a regular basis. This gives you the immediate benefits of the hypnosis itself, plus in the longer term, stops you doing negative self-hypnosis and making life difficult for yourself.
In summary

Hypnosis works by re-educating the subconscious mind, giving you control over responses that you can’t control consciously, or by trying harder.  So give me a call and give it a go!  It’s so relaxing and as my clients have testified it works so well!


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