Hypnotherapy is therapy done in conjunction with hypnosis to make a positive long lasting change.
To understand it you first have to understand Hypnosis. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that happens to varying degrees throughout the day. It's the name given to a state of mind that allows you to access your subconscious - the part of your brain that controls the things you do without even thinking about it. Your subconscious controls your breathing, your hormones, your heartbeat, your cravings and to a great extent your emotions and reactions to things.
As the therapist, my job is to get you to access your subconscious (through hypnosis) and use therapy techniques to help you to change the things that are not working for you.
Imagine your brain is like a computer - the most impressive computer ever! Most of it runs perfectly well. It might need a regular reboot (sleep) but generally it works surprisingly effectively. Sometimes a bit of bad programming can get in. This can lead to all sorts of problems including addiction, phobias, OCD, poor self image, learning blocks and bad habits. Your subconsious is the store of all these programs, and by accessing it we can find the program that is causing the problem and change it's code so that it works the way you want it to.
As with most things in life, some people are better at this than others. About 20-25% of people are so good at being hypnotised that they are suitable for a stage hypnotist to work with. Even if you are not one of these people, it does not mean that you cannot ne hypnotised or that it won't have a positive effect for you. It just means that we have to approach things in a different way and that you will feel completely in control the whole time. This is a good thing!
As with anything, you can get better with practise. One of the things we offer at Talk Therapies is a CD for you to listen to and practise with. This gives you the opportunity to practice at home and train your mind to achieve a hypnotic state with ease. In effect you enter hypnosis when you focus your mind on one thing - a similar state is achieved through meditation, prayer, when you get lost in a book or even daydreaming, so if you've just been lost in thought, you can achieve hypnosis.
The change takes place when the therapist uses techniques like C.B.T. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) N.L.P. (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Regression to work on the issue you have. The benefit of doing this in conjunction with hypnosis is that it happens more quickly and with less conscious effort on your part.
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