What is Hypnotherapy and FAQ's
What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Our complex human brain is often compared to a giant iceberg. On the surface is the conscious part accounting for approximately 10% of our behaviour. Underneath the surface lies the subconscious, this part of the brain accounts for a whopping 90% of our behaviour. Much of the subconscious behaviour we have learnt is beneficial to us, for example slamming the brakes on to avoid a car accident or putting your hands out when you fall. However, we can also store behavioural patterns that we don’t desire, such as overeating when we’re stressed or having a panic attack before boarding an aeroplane.
Hypnotherapy uses the very powerful state of trance to bring both parts of the brain together to focus on the same objective. This is a very natural state to be in, much like the feeling just before you fall asleep, but allows us access to the subconscious with whatever objectives we have decided upon in the conscious part of the brain. This enables us to create the positive changes in our life that we desire.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of things, but I specialise in
- Fears and Phobias
- Weight management
Is it like on the telly?
No, stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes and is very different from clinical hypnotherapy. You are in control at all times and can’t be made to do anything the conscious part of your brain hasn’t decided you want to do. So although clinical hypnotherapy is very powerful for stopping smoking or biting your nails etc, you won’t walk out clucking like a chicken for a week.
Will I meet you first?
Yes, I offer a friendly and informal initial consultation lasting approximately forty five minutes. In this appointment I will take a brief history from you and discuss how you would like therapy to help. I will explain how the brain works and what hypnotherapy can do. You will be given a free relaxation CD/audio download to take away and listen to before you go to sleep which will help maximise your therapy.
This is an ideal opportunity for you to ask me any questions you have and to decide if I am the right hypnotherapist for you.
What can I expect from each session?
Each subsequent session will last approximately one hour and will start with a review of your week, focusing on the positives. We will then recap how the mind works and begin building solutions that you want to achieve.
The final part of the session is the actual hypnosis which is the most relaxing and enjoyable part! It feels much like daydreaming and you will remain in control at all times.
How many sessions will it take?
As with all therapies, this is variable per client and dependent on your commitment to change. As rough guide, I usually see clients between 6-10 sessions but it can take more or less.
Where will the sessions take place?
I practise from a discreet and private consulting room in my garden, so there is no need to worry about bumping into someone you know in a clinic waiting room!
Ready to Make a Change?
Hypnotherapy is a relaxing, enjoyable therapy which can quickly get you back in control. Together, we can make it happen.