Updated: Nov 19, 2018
What exactly can hypnosis help you with and what is it?
Hypnotherapy takes you into a trance or theta state, which is deeply restful and meditative. You are not asleep, you are still aware, but your mind is highly focussed on the hypnotherapists voice and everything else falls away. The hypnotherapist by-passes your mind to speak with your unconscious. We speak to your unconscious as our unconscious guides 95% of our lives and decisions. We don't always know what subtle programs we may have learnt or what our belief systems actually are. You are always in control and know what is happening. You can only be guided to bring about change when you agree to the change. It's possible there is a part of you that is not in alignment - who wants to keep smoking or who gains some benefit from an illness and they may block the change. For example being ill may mean your family visits you each day and this may be of greater benefit than healing, so a deeper unconscious part of you may resist getting well. It's possible to meet the part of you who is in resistance and bring them into alignment with the part of you that wants the change.
During hypnotherapy you may be sitting or lying down and you will be asked to close your eyes. Afterwards you may feel a little like you have had a long, deep rest. Hypnosis can work with psychological issues as well as issues that effect the nervous system such as anxiety, as it's great for switching the nervous system from fight or flight to relaxation. For this very reason is can work brilliantly for IBS which can be linked to holding anxiety or stress in the gut. Hypnotherapy can also work wonders for phobias, as often the phobia is governed by the unconscious rather than the conscious.
Hypnotherapy works with the premise that the body will always work toward healing (a cut or headache heals or a bone will knit) and that if the body is not healing there is some sort of block in the unconscious. The programs we have learnt when we were young can be outdated and untrue and hold you back in your life. For example an abusive parent may have taught us we were worthless. Are you really worthless? We can help retrain the unconscious to drop this unhelpful belief.
I have to say when someone walks out symptom free after years of anxiety, it does feel magical but hypnotherapy is by no means a magic cure-all. While I have some clients who walk out after 4 sessions having reached their goal (symptom-free), there are others who take longer or for whom it is less successful. I have noticed it's those who really commit to the self-help tools and bring awareness into their everyday who seem to make the fastest progress. People often ask what hypnotherapy can assist with, so I have compiled a list of some of the conditions that hypnosis can help with:
Hypnosis for Psychological
Hypnotherapy works with suggestions to shift the relationship
to self and bring about new behaviours.
Hypnosis to Strengthen self confidence
to Motivate and help with procrastination
to Help with low self-esteem, Self Hatred, Shame
for managing anger or frustration issues
to help cope with grief
to help with depression and anxiety
for Helplessness and hopelessness
for Feeling Safe
Hypnosis for Trauma
Hypnosis for Phobia
Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious to release anxiety
in any phobia including:
Fear of flying
Fear of School
Fear of Dentist
Fear of Doctor
Fear of Surgery
Fear of needles
Fear of spiders or animals
Fear of Heights
Fear of small spaces or large spaces
Performance: Guiding the unconscious
Hypnotherapy in the form of creative visualisation and the power of
the mind has been used by sports professionals all around the world.
Hypnotherapy can help create new patterns of thinking and ways of being.
Fear of public speaking
Fear of Failure
Fear of Success
The Physical Body
There are some medical issues that have been clinically proven to benefit from hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis for IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Hypnosis for Chronic pain management
Hypnosis for Depression and anxiety
Hypnosis for Insomnia
Hypnosis for Weight Loss
Our nervous system is often in fight or flight mode and hypnotherapy can bring about the changes in your responses and feelings of relaxation. It can be useful for:
Learning how to Relax
Anxiety and Stress
Learn to feel safe after Trauma
When our automatic system is in charge and you can't seem to control the habit, hypnotherapy can be a really useful way of speaking and changing the unconscious to bring about changes in:
Hypnosis for Smoking
Thumb Sucking (BFRB)
I hope this helps and feel free to get in contact.