Hypnotherapy is the first methodology for personal change that I learned and used, back in 2004 when I gained my diploma in Hypnotherapy. I have used Hypnotherapy in my practise since that time and have acquired many additional methodologies along the way, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which has fed equally into my Coaching and my Hypnotherapy.
I use Hypnotherapy with my clients only when they are comfortable for me to do so, otherwise I stick with Coaching. Hypnotherapy can be a very useful tool to bypass elements of self-sabotage which seek to keep us in familiar territory, despite our desires to change. The part of ourselves that says “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”. For example, nearly everyone who smokes knows how damaging it is, yet many stick with it because the comfort of the routine silences their desires to change. Through Hypnotherapy many realise that it is okay for them to feel comfortable and even empowered in taking action to make a fundamental change such as this.
A lot of my work is in the area of communication, though people also come to me for Hypnotherapy addressing additional issues such as anxiety, PTSD, addictions (e.g. smoking, alcohol and drugs), weight loss, fears and phobias and sleep problems. Fundamentally they are all issues with communication, in particular, learning how to communicate with ourselves in the most effective way.
In hypnosis an induction takes place, allowing you to enter an altered state of awareness, which can be likened to a waking dream state. Your conscious mind remains present and has a greater connection to your subconscious mind, meaning that you can reprogramme patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour which were holding you back, to propel you forward.
The methods I use may include the use of carefully constructed questioning, storytelling, metaphor, visualisation, altering states, reflection, role play and simple conversation.
Professor Steve Peters introduces the notion that you have three brains: the chimp, the human and the computer. Here is an illustrated video which explains the Chimp Paradox nicely. Hypnosis can be thought of as helping your chimp to go to sleep, so that your human has access to your computer. The Chimp Paradox helps to explain the differences in brain functioning that occur under hypnosis in layman’s terms. Here is a Stanford article by Dr. David Spiegel showing that Hypnotherapy is a “serious science” and explaining some of the different brain functioning in neurological terms.
The best way to understand Hypnotherapy is to have an experience. You can do this by contacting me for a free consultation.
Is a Hypnotherapist like a Stage Hypnotist?
A Stage Hypnotist uses hypnosis to entertain an audience. They use suggestibility tests to find the most suggestible people in an audience, with whom they will then work for the remainder of the show. They then capitalise on the trust, openness and willingness of the suggestible audience members to instruct them to do remarkable things, such as forget their name, stick their hands to the table and so on. For hypnosis to work, the audience member must trust the Hypnotist.
A Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to help their clients change their thinking, emotions and behaviours to achieve something they desire. As a Hypnotherapist I work with whomever enters the door, or logs on and they become suggestible because they have come for a very important and personal reason, because we have already connected and established a good level of rapport (during a free consultation), because they trust that I can and will help them and because they want to help themselves.
Will I be under the Hypnotherapist’s control?
No, in Hypnotherapy you actually regain control of thinking, feeling and behavior which has been acting independently of your desires for (often) some time. You are free to stop proceedings and leave at any time.
Do I sleep during Hypnotherapy?
No if you are asleep, you are asleep and hypnosis cannot be conducted without the presence of your conscious mind.