Hypnotherapy Explained

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy is a 'quiet medicine' in which I use a soothing, quiet voice to help you go into a state similar to day-dreaming. In this state of deep relaxation your unconscious mind becomes very receptive to the life-changing, solution-focused suggestions I give you. Once the session has ended, your 'reprogrammed' unconscious mind implements these suggestions to enable you to make positive life changes and achieve the goals you've set yourself.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Rest assured you will remain in control at all times throughout the session and cannot be hypnotised against your will.

You won't tell me anything you don't want me to know, nor will you do anything you don't want to do or that goes against your moral beliefs or values.

You may not remember everything you hear during the hypnosis session, but your unconscious mind will always be able to recall whatever it's important for you to remember.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
In our initial session I'll take a detailed case history to get to know you and agree on the goals you wish to achieve. I'll also explain how hypnotherapy works and answer any questions you may have. Then, once you're sitting comfortably, I'll hypnotise you and then teach you self-hypnosis, which you'll use to help you relax, reduce your stress levels and move towards your goals.

Afterwards, I'll wake you up gently (although you can do this yourself at any time simply by opening your eyes) and you'll be left feeling energised and refreshed. Finally, we'll agree on 'homework', which will include twice-daily self-hypnosis sessions along with other techniques, to reinforce the therapy.

In subsequent sessions I'll use a variety of hypnotic techniques to help you gain a better understanding of your issue and give you suggestions for resolving it.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL YOU NEED?
I will always strive to help you reach your goals in the shortest possible time. Unlike many other therapies, hypnotherapy is solution-focused and results can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.

The treatment time varies as each person and issue is different. I ask most clients to commit to an average of six to eight sessions (the exceptions are Stop Smoking Today, which is one two-hour session; and nail biting and passing driving tests, which usually take fewer sessions) in order to give therapy the best chance of success. Regularly practising self-hypnosis will reduce the number of sessions you need to have.

CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTISED?
Ninety per cent of people are able to go into the hypnotic state that is necessary for successful therapy. However, if you have ever suffered from psychotic episodes you should not undergo hypnotherapy as it is contraindicated in this instance.

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