Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Well it’s not magic, it’s not mysterious and it’s not mind control. It is perfectly normal and natural. In hypnosis, the conscious part of the mind is calmed, allowing the subconscious part to come to the forefront. Think of the last time you were completely engrossed in a film or a book or you lost yourself in a piece of music or a daydream. Hypnosis is a similar state. While hypnotised you are in what is called a heightened state of awareness, usually deeply relaxed but always fully in control.
In hypnotherapy the therapist guides you into a state of self-hypnosis in which you access your subconscious mind in order to bring about the changes you desire. To achieve success, it is important that you actually want to change. There are different types of therapy – Clare uses a client-centred approach which means she adopts and adapts her methods to suit your unique personality, circumstances and needs. These methods include
Suggestion therapy is as it sounds. While the client is hypnotised, the therapist uses suggestions (words and images) to encourage positive feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
Parts therapy is useful when the client wants to change a habit or behaviour but a part of them is gaining some benefit from continuing with it. For example, a part of you might want to lose weight but another part enjoys eating fattening food. It is a powerful technique in which the therapist helps facilitate negotiation between those parts in order to resolve the internal conflict.
Cognitive hypnotherapy combines cognitive behavioural therapy with hypnosis to identify core beliefs, dispute unhelpful thoughts and then re-frame them into a more positive way of thinking and behaving.
Other methods include regression, symbolism, indirect suggestion and techniques similar to those used in NLP.