The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe, neither asleep nor awake. All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind. Thus, hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge that we can utilise, i.e. the forgotten assets
Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and, even when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate.
Hypnotherapy is basically a form of therapy which uses the natural elements of the mind in a relaxed and agreeable way as a means of effecting deep and lasting changes. For people suffering from most kinds of stress, anxiety or panic, the therapy offers rapid resolution in a very relaxed way, but it is equally effective for smoking, slimming, self confidence and so on.
Why is hypnotherapy so effective?
You have arrived at where you are in life and how you think and feel about situations because of the input into your mind from the moment you were born. Your own mind has created the particular situation or problem you may be experiencing at this point in time.
The human mind is extremely powerful, and significantly underrated part of our make-up and can also be instrumental in change and shaping your future to how you would like to view, feel and approach it. There are two parts to our human mind, one is the conscious element and the other the unconscious. The power of the unconscious element has largely helped to shape the situation or problem you may have now, the unconscious part is designed to help and protect us.
As an example in physical terms is that we don't have to consciously think and instruct ourselves to breathe, or consciously instruct our heart to continue beating; when we get hot our body automatically perspires to cool ourselves down. As in the physical sense it also extends to helping and protecting us in the way we feel, our habits and emotions. The unconscious is non-judgemental in all things and does not recognise what is real or imagined; automatic reactions that we have towards fear or danger come from the 'stored' experiences (real or imagined - inappropriate or appropriate) ; very much like data on a computer.
Our conscious mind normally has little control over the database of our unconscious mind, although consciously you may want to quit smoking your unconscious feels it is an acceptable habit because it has been 'conditioned' that way. As far as your inner, unconscious mind is concerned , all your habits, cravings or anxieties are acceptable and assumed to be in your best interests. As I said earlier it is non-judgemental and will accept what you present to it as it is without reasoning. Like a computer, it has been programmed by you to act and react in certain ways. The critical element of hypnotherapy is that the unconscious power that has created your situation or problem can also be utilised to work for us rather than against us; hypnotherapy directly engages the unconscious, re-programming the inner, unconscious mind by communicating in a relaxed agreeable way to effect change.
The Conscious and Unconscious Mind .
The conscious mind is the part of the mind that we have control over, and although may be considered initially to be the essential part of the way we react and do things upon investigation we find that it is the unconscious part of our mind that is much larger and more powerful. How many times do we see or experience what we would term irrational fears or behaviour being displayed by ourselves or others around us? In many instances this can do us harm and also make us feel 'irrationally' depressed or lacking confidence, in extreme cases it can cause physical harm.
The unconscious has been conditioned or programmed to believe that this is the natural reaction we should have and odd as it sounds believes this behaviour is in our best interests. This incorrect programming is swiftly changed by the application of hypnotherapy and the immense power of the unconscious mind is applied to work with rather than against you.
An example of the inter-action between the conscious and unconscious is I had a particular client that was afraid of feathers. The client consciously knew and admitted that the feathers were harmless but the client's unconscious, or inner mind, had been programmed to produce this irrational fear, the more powerful unconscious was overriding the thinking, conscious mind.
Hypnotherapy creates a form of deep relaxation of the mind in which there is a linking that subtly occurs with the unconscious mind, allowing access to the inner resources within. Beneficial suggestions and other skilful applications of achieving positive change are then allowed to be employed, to bring about the changes you want.
Investigation of the problem, both on a conscious and unconscious level through hypnotherapy with you results in working with the inherent cause as well as the presenting symptom. Many clients I have achieved resounding therapeutic success with had suffered particular problems for many years turning to hypnotherapy as the last resort. There is no need to suffer or continue to live with a distressing or debilitating problem, hypnotherapy allows you to get back the control over your own circumstances and be in control of your own mind.
Your mind and body operate as one. What affects the one will affect the other. The power of the mind means that it can have significant influence over our physical part; which means that hypnotherapy can be effective for what we would normally see as purely physical disorders such as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, skin disorders or chronic pain.
My personal approach to therapy
Having studied with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and as a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (One of the largest hypnotherapy bodies in the UK), I am not subject to having to practise any one particular method. I do keep up to date with all the latest developments in the field, and utilise the most proven, effective, tried and tested methods of the past.
Without elaborating too much on the different forms of therapy, I tend to take a holistic approach and 'individualise' therapy to the client. I may have two different clients with the same presenting problem but apply two different approaches. The reason for this is, as my previous clients will confirm, I believe in working as quickly and as effectively as possible for my clients, rather than convincing them they will have to return week after week. Expectation of the client is discussed from the outset so both the client and myself have clear objectives to achieve in our time spent together. All my clients are treated with the utmost respect and understanding, all matters are dealt with in total confidence and in a very professional and comfortable way.
"Throughout my experience of hypnotherapy both as a recipient and as a therapist, I have grown to understand that within each and every one of us are the necessary resources and potential for transformation. It is the power of authentic influential communication, together with treating the individual as a whole that can access these resources and effect profound change."