For over 100 years Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a variety of psychological and physical symptoms. It is a straightforward, ‘down to earth’ therapy in which hypnosis is used to produce deep relaxation which not only dramatically reduces levels of stress and anxiety but also increases an individual's ability to respond to positive suggestions.
Hypnotherapy has had quite a journey over the past few hundred years from its origins in Mesmerism in the late 1700’s (where it was believed an invisible healing energy was projected into the subjects body) to modern day Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, an evidence based, scientific model combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy.
My training is in Hypno-CBT, an advanced branch of hypnotherapy that moves beyond the traditional approach of direct suggestion for symptom removal. It integrates concepts and techniques from CBT and Hypnotherapy to create highly structured and goal orientated treatment plans and for this reason is probably one of the shortest forms of psychological therapies with the average number of sessions being between 4-6.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy can be used to help clients suffering with an enormous range of issues such as:
Habits and addictions such as nail biting and cigarette smoking
What to expect from Hypnotherapy
The more people understand about Hypnotherapy the more they are likely to benefit from it. It is also important to dispel a number of false ideas and misconceptions about hypnosis which are common in society. Therefore, alongside some further information on the Hypnotherapy FAQ page, I thought it would be helpful to explain a little bit about hypnosis and hypnotherapy sessions for prospective clients.
First of all, it is important to realise that being in hypnosis is not necessarily like being asleep or unconscious, although feelings of sleepiness and ‘drifting off’ are common and perfectly fine. ln fact, most people are aware of everything that is said or done during hypnosis.
Hypnosis is basically a state of mind in which we become more responsive to positive suggestions (hyper-suggestibility) making therapeutic change quicker and more powerful and feels different to different people. For example, some feel more absorbed in their imagination, others may feel more relaxed than normal. lt also helps to know that people tend to get better and better at hypnosis each time they use it.
Anyone can be hypnotised it's actually very easy. Clients do not need any special skill or ability to achieve therapeutic change. To really benefit from suggestions we have to want to accept them and it helps to stay as relaxed as possible, think positively, and pay close attention to the therapist’s words; if it helps, imagine smiling inside and agreeing with everything that is said during hypnosis.
Hypnosis is completely safe when used appropriately by a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist or Medical Professional. It is important to remember that people in hypnosis are always in control and because of this only accept the suggestions they chose to.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation to discuss how best I can help.
Alexander James is a Mindfulness-Based Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist helping clients overcome addictions, stress, anxiety and depression.
Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.