What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state where the body remains relaxed whilst the mind becomes acutely focused. We can enter this state many times a day: when we are daydreaming, absorbed in a good book or perhaps driving on autopilot. We also experience a state of hypnosis just before falling asleep and waking up; at these times we tend to be very creative and open to suggestions.
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Hypnotherapy helps to treat many different issues from stress, anxiety, phobias and fears to confidence building, IBS, giving up smoking, losing weight and much more. It works by accessing our unconscious minds where all our emotions and behaviours are stored. Unlike other forms of therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy often works rapidly to help you make changes, as you are harnessing the most powerful parts of your mind to bring about change.
Through hypnosis a deep state of relaxation is induced, during which our unconscious minds become highly receptive to new or alternative perspectives and ideas. The reason why hypnosis is so effective lies in the power of our unconscious minds, which store all our memories, beliefs, habits and behaviours that have developed since birth. A primary concern of our unconscious minds is to keep us safe, well and happy. Through socialisation from birth, we learn many of our behaviours and beliefs by observing and modelling others in our environment. Many of these behaviours are vitally necessary for us to lead our lives but some may become unhelpful. Our unconscious minds usually provide us with useful information to help us respond in the most helpful and resourceful manner. At times, our minds can store negative behaviours which can become problematic for us later in life.
Our unconscious minds are not easily controlled because they operate using an automatic response mechanism. To change any of these unhelpful responses for the better, we need to tackle our learnt behaviours. The information stored in our unconscious needs to be changed, or we need to provide the unconscious with alternative and helpful information. Through hypnosis, the client and therapist can agree on which behaviours need challenging in the unconscious and work together to change these unhelpful habits and behaviours.