No swinging watches, no loss of control, no sleep, no getting ‘stuck’ in a hypnotic trance state. The best way to describe hypnosis is to see it as a way to change the way you think, or to re train your brain to see things differently. When you start to think differently you start to feel differently and then act differently. Hypnosis is an amazing feat of human nature, we are all capable of so much more than we currently do!
There are four levels of brain wave activity, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. The top level, Beta, is complete consciousness and the deepest level, Delta, is deep unconscious sleep. The light relaxed state of Alpha is all that is necessary to achieve in order to make behavior changes.This is why most people do not think they are “hypnotized” because we have all been misled as to what hypnosis really is. There is no blindly following instructions, its just you in an altered state of awareness, which facilitates change more easily.So there we can rule out one of the public’s main fears about hypnosis – you ARE still in control, no one is automatically able to control you to do ANYTHING you don’t want to. You cant get stuck in hypnosis, just like you cant get stuck in a day dream. And you wont be expected to eat an onion and enjoy it like an apple- unless you want to!! Im a clinical hypnotist not a stage hypnotist.
So now we come to hypnotherapy. In hypnotherapy we use the power of the mind, the full power that is. You can imagine the mind as an iceberg, only the tip shows(this is all we actually know and remember)- beneath the surface is the unconscious mind (this part is hidden, but contains all the important memories and knowledge we have EVER seen). The sub-conscious mind is a massive resource of both trouble, but equally- solutions. A ‘trance state’ may not be what you are thinking. These ‘trance’ states occur everday, we just dont know it as that. Often a doctor or other health professional might recommend you to me, as a means to an end. That is for example.. to enable you to overcome your fear of the dentist, or to help you stop smoking- two classic example’s of the power of hypnotherapy.
You may or may not realize you have even entered a different state at all. Many clients do not even think they have been hypnotized! The point is that changes do start to occur, even if you dont actually remember what was said to instigate the change.Your mind is the most powerful tool known to man, and with the right guidance there is not much that Hypnotherapy cannot help with. Hypnotherapy is a low cost, quick*, non-invasive, and comfortable method of treatment.
You should see therapy as being about strength NOT weakness! Knowledge is power and learnign more about yoursel and your own capabilities is a skill we all need to use more.
* In terms of counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and other forms of therapy hypnosis is very quick and therefore much more cost effective.
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