Hypnosis is an integral part of Hypnotherapy, Nlp, Stress management, Counselling, Past life regression, Self-hypnosis, Meditation, Mindfulness and more.
What challenges can therapy help resolve ?
Treatments with hypnosis can be an integral part of Hypnotherapy, Stress management, Counselling, Past life regression, CBT, Analytical Psychotherapy, Self-hypnosis, Meditation and Mindfulness techniques to assure the best client centred treatment.
Much is said about hypnotherapy to describe what treatment is.
Simply put, all therapies use hypnosis. Being in a state of hypnosis is a normal and natural ‘state for being human’. Experiencing hypnosis as a state of being is positive and/or negative. People going to therapy and counselling usually present the negative state of hypnosis. However, since there are still misconceptions about what it is like to be hypnotised, what is described on these pages is my approach to therapeutic work.
Inexperienced people may report that entering hypnosis is different from a waking state while a few, with the best of intentions, say that they use hypnosis for spiritual development. Fortunately, people researching hypnotherapy make an accurate assessment about their requirements and when arriving at a therapist’s office many express relief hearing about their needs and levels of hypnotisability. Hypnotisability level/depth depend on three factors:
My advice is when you choose a therapist is to talk with them over the phone so that you both can assess suitability of the help required and the expertise offered. In my experience this saves not only time and expense, but also disappointment.
First session with me is longer, so that we both can clarify how treatments progress and address expectations to ensure subsequent sessions reach a successful conclusion in the minimum number of meetings required. With me, usually six sessions are sufficient in most cases unless there was severe trauma or client feels that they require a more leisurely pace. This is always up to the client.
Entering the state of hypnosis takes place with client’s willingness to access to their own subconscious and in so doing they bypass their critical and analytical conscious rationalising the processes but without interfering with therapy. Hypnosis happens when client’s mind is focused to a point where altered ‘states’ are achieved. To facilitate this, I establish rapport with clients in a relaxing atmosphere which can be more easily assured in my office where both our unimpaired sensory perceptions and personal abilities are receptive for healing.
Entering hypnosis is similar to being engrossed in a television programme while the background fades into unimportance. During sessions, my voice will be heard at all times and clients can easily follow the components of: Relaxation, Imagination and Enactment while client and their subconscious respond appropriately to auditory, tactile, oral or olfactory stimuli without their rational and conscious processing. Hypnotised clients are not asleep or unconscious. Information presented to their subconscious allows their conscious to remain relaxed and appropriately evaluate the verbal stimuli required for therapy. The subconscious accepts suggestions uninfluenced by their rational mind as long as these do not contradict wellbeing, moral and belief systems in any way.
Therapy involves presenting to client strategies relevant to age and contains patterns for healing purposes. The suggestions and metaphors are accompanied by positive affirmations to produce enhanced responses clients can apply to their situations or conditions to help new learning to assimilate all conscious levels. Hypnotherapy is a teaching process that clients will be utilising their subconscious capabilities and potential to increase their knowledge. Therapy includes induction, relaxation and reorientation of awareness through specialised counting (to guide healing suggestion presented) to client to understand and to allow how they utilise the material in the coming hours and days between sessions. Strategies a therapist will employ must have suitable values in order to be effective and their expertise determines application efficacy.
People come to experience their life as being negative through a learning process reached over very long periods of time and this turns into a life strategy. Usually people tend to pay little attention and can be dismissive of their positive strategies. To re-balance learning and strategies that are no longer age or context appropriate for survival, clients require a few short weeks to practise their learning before adopting them safely. Hypnotherapists do not engage in reading minds. Therefore, therapy requires client participation, telling their therapist what is upsetting them not what they think the therapist will like to hear. To further enable the therapist to guide the treatment it is vital that clients share insights that occurred to them between sessions, about what they learned and how they put these into action. PS. to increase therapeutic efficacy, I recommend books to read about therapeutic strategy.
From time to time people face and overcome challenges yet enjoy life, stave off boredom and unhappiness. Symptoms listed here can last a few hours or days and feel unpleasant without needing therapy. If enduring such symptoms for weeks, months or years is another matter. Fear of flying, heights or spiders can indicate that something internal is going on and that this needs resolution especially when a person is avoiding things as a coping mechanism and this is adversely affecting their life. Taking a fear away is easy, but it can resurface elsewhere (as relationship break-up, loss of employment or even clinical illness):
However when negative symptoms persist, ignoring symptoms may prove the most unhelpful strategy and asking for professional help can bring better, shorter, most appropriate and cost-effective remedies.
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