HYPNOTHERAPY - What it is... What it treats... What happens at a session.
The mind exists on many levels and hypnotherapy is a process whereby the conscious mind is encouraged into a relaxed, trance like state in order to access the intricacies of the subconscious mind. It is then possible to gain an insight into and understanding of, the memories, behaviour patterns and belief systems that often underpin many of the problems we experience in our everyday lives. Suggestions, alternative behaviour patterns and coping methods can then be introduced to the subconscious in order to bring about positive change.
What does it treat?
Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for many issues/difficulties and has traditionally been used where people are seeking help with: fears, phobias, lack of confidence, low self-esteem; wanting to give up smoking, lose weight or would like help with pain management, among others.
What to expect at a session
The therapist will begin by discussing with you the reasons for your visit and what you hope to get from the session. The therapist may then ask you some questions about yourself in order to ascertain the best approach suitable for you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and then when you are ready you will be asked to make yourself comfortable in an easy chair. The therapist will then talk to you in order to get you to relax and gradually go into trance. Soft music may be played in the background. Once in trance the therapist will continue by talking to you about your problem and will use a variety of spoken strategies in order to alleviate this. The session is completely confidential and should you have aspects of your problem that you don't wish to discuss it is not necessary to divulge them. The session ends with the client being brought out of trance and a short conversation about the outcome and progress made. Future sessions can then be arranged but are not always necessary.