What exactly is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy, as the name suggests, is where a person is put in a relaxing trance-like state in order to make the person more available to suggestions to agreed-upon positive changes to their behaviour, such as treating conditions or changing habits.
Hypnotherapy combines deep relaxation with a deep understanding of behavioural habits and their roots. Never forget, the person under hypnosis is always fully in control of themselves and can refuse any suggestions at any point. The stem of the word, hypnosis, comes from the Greek god Hypnos, the god of sleep.
What happens during a hypnotherapy session?
Before and during the session, the hypnotherapist and the client will discuss the aims and goals of the session or sessions, in order to create a plan for the therapy.
The client will be lead into a state of deep relaxation, where they can still hear everything around them but their environment often seems muted, allowing them to focus on the hypnotherapy. Whilst in this state, the hypnotherapist will make the suggestions, allowing for time before and after for the client to be fully ready and relaxed.
Afterwards, they will slowly bring the client out of their relaxation; however, the client can easily bring themselves out of this state also.
How does it work?
As mentioned previously, the person is always in control of themselves and can refuse suggestions as well as easily leaving the hypnotic state. This means that it is a collaboration of therapist and client which makes hypnotherapy work, as the hypnotherapist makes the suggestions but the client has to accept them and follow them through.
Hypnotherapy can be described as more mentally active form of meditation, wherein the conscious mind is relaxed enough to allow the subconscious to become more open and perceptive to suggestions. Instead of using brain power on conscious thoughts, there is more available brain power for the mind to problem-solve, typically on the suggestions given by the hypnotherapist; this is also beneficial as it means the brain is not expending itself trying to think about what to think about.
The body performs billions upon billions of processes without a single thought occurring or telling the body what to do; if the body is this powerful then surely it should be allowed to work on our emotions and behavioural habits too?
How to choose a therapist?
Therapy is typically a very personal event as the client opens up about their personal life and has to trust the therapist to help them and keep their discussions private. This means that the client must only partake in any sessions with a therapist that they have chosen.
It is beneficial to check whether they have any qualifications, and if they have treated similar issues to the ones presented by the client.
When looking for a child therapist, always check they are trained to work with children; a very important point for child therapy is that sometimes the child will like a therapist but their guardian will not – what is important here is the child’s feelings, whether they can open up or not, not how the adult feels about the therapist.
What is it used for?
Due to the extremely relaxed nature of hypnotherapy, a by-product of treatment is often reduced levels of stress and anxiety, which is why many sufferers of anxiety and stress of seek hypnotherapeutic treatment. It is a way to delve into the root of a problem, which is often deep and multi-layered.
Due to the openness of the client at this stage, they will often realise and understand connections to and from their issues that they have not known before; due to this deep-seatedness, clients can often more fully comprehend childhood issues, or understand that present behaviours come from long-ago actions.
This can lead not only to lessened anxiety and stress, but also to greater successes in other parts of the client’s mentality, which sees ripples expanding outwards towards hobbies and work.
Hypnotherapy, due to its interaction with the root of problems, can be used to help with issues which people would never think possible, such as their fears and phobias which they have had since they can remember, of with personality traits such as jealousy or anger. On top of this, it can be used to help with complex issues as PTSD and sleep disorders.
It can also be used for nerves and public speaking, self-confidence and other such issues. Typical everyday topics broached by most hypnotherapists are smoking and how to quit, eating problems and weight.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Hypnotherapy involves relaxation techniques coupled with behavioural suggestions. Some therapist can and do offer certain drugs in order to help a client, but typically a hypnotherapist will try to help the client without drugs. When performed by the right person, there are no negative side effects, only positive, often rapid, change.
Whilst hypnotherapy might sound scary or confusing, it must be realised that people can often and easily fall into various hypnotic states.
Something as unnoticeable as driving all the way home without remembering it, or daydreaming or getting lost in a book are all trance-like states; these are ways of letting the mind unwind and tick over in the background without using any conscious brain power. This allows the brain to sort through things and regain focus, which is what the brain is also doing during sleep.
Here at ATW
Hypnosis will not work if the client does not want it to work.
Hypnotherapy should not be employed if the client suffers from psychosis or certain personality disorders.
Each individual responds differently so we plan and tailor your therapy to best match your needs, individual requirements and personality type.
There are no guarantees that any of these courses of action will solve your issues. It is our intention to help you to help yourself, by facilitating a deep awareness of what is actually troubling you and helping you to empower yourself to make the appropriate changes.