What is Hypnotherapy?

There are many fears and misunderstandings about the use of hypnosis, so this page is to help clarify just what it involves, why and how it is used.

There is often some confusion as to the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis itself. Well, hypnosis is induced by the use of the therapists voice and is a pleasant, safe and natural state of concentration and heightened awareness, which on its own does little more then induce a wonderful sense of relaxation – it is not a form of sleep or unconsciousness. Hypnosis is used as a tool by a qualified hypnotherapist to conduct the therapy known as hypnotherapy, which is a two way process between the therapist and the client and consists of a combination of techniques including suggestion, analytical, relaxation and visualisation. Allowing the therapist to by-pass the conscious mind and communicate directly with the clients subconscious in this way could help bring about positive and desired change.

Suggestion Therapy*

This form of treatment is ideal for helping to cope with such things as quit smoking, weight control, stress, nail biting, exam fears, driving test/exam nerves to name but a few**. These sessions are where positive suggestions are given to assist the individual to use their own motivation and ability to create the desired change.

Analytical Therapy*

This technique is used for the more deep rooted problems/issues and aims to remove the underlying origin and the cause of the problem.

It is a useful method for dealing with emotional problems, relationship issues, phobias, irrational fears, stress/anxiety, sleeping difficulties, lack of confidence and most other problems where there is a psychological factor at work. It allows the individual to uncover and release any negative emotions connected with the memory and may enable you to achieve and create a more positive, fulfilled future.

Broadly speaking the mind is composed of two halves, the right side and the left side, or the conscious and the subconscious.

The right side, our subconscious, is where we store our imagery and dreams, long term memory/recollection, feelings, creativity, learned experiences, symbols and ideomotor responses. It is irrational and not always appropriate and will continue to perform learned things in the same way, irrelevant of whether it is beneficial to us or not.

Whereas the left side, our conscious, is the rational, logical mind and understands and organises and is responsible for our thoughts and choice making. Our conscious deals with reading, writing, mathamatics, language, being in the here and now.

Normally the conscious and the subconscious parts of the mind work independantly from each other and may easily be in conflict based on forgotten experience and deep rooted instinct. With the help of hypnotherapy it is possible to bring them back into alignment creating a powerful resultant state.

The hypnotherapist can only show the client how to do it – it is the client who must actually be committed and have agreed to perform the task.

** Click here to see a list of presenting problems/issues (symptoms) that hypnotherapy may be able to help.

* All therapy requires commitment and motivation on the part of the client.