The techniques I use to help you
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that utilises hypnosis as a tool for effecting change. Hypnosis, or trance, is a naturally occurring human state of mind and we all experience it every day, for example, when daydreaming, when we are in a highly emotional state, when we are focussing intently on something to the exclusion of everything else. In those moments the outside world fades into the background and we have ‘gone inside’. In fact, many of our unwanted behaviours happen in a trance of some sort. Consider binge eating. When I ask clients what they are thinking about when they do that the answer is usually “nothing, that’s the whole point” So it could be said that person is in a self induced trance.
So we are utilising a skill we already have but with a definite purpose in mind. The therapist helps you focus your mind on achieving what you want and mentally rehearse your successful outcome.
During the session you will be invited to close your eyes (although you don’t have to) and pay attention to what the therapist is saying. The mind naturally wanders but you are still aware of what is being said. You only take on board the things you are in agreement with and that have been discussed beforehand. No-one can change how you think without your permission.
Some clients remember the session, some don’t. Some find it very relaxing, some feel more energised afterwards. There is no right or wrong way to experience hypnosis, there is your way and that is perfect for you!
Hypnosis Guide Session
For therapy to be successful it is important that the therapist and client both feel comfortable with each other. Although hypnotherapy is known as one of the shorter forms of therapy a client can still attend for several sessions. For these multiple sessions to deliver the right outcome a trusting relationship needs to be established.
I know how important it is to choose the right therapist and for this reason I offer a free 30 minute face to face guide session. It allows me to find out more about your situation, you to ask the questions you have, and mostly importantly, for us to decide whether we want to work together.
Hypnotherapists work in different ways. Some will spend most of the session with the client ‘in hypnosis’. My way of working is to allocate plenty of time for conversation as well. I have found this to be very beneficial for my clients. During this part of the session I will often draw on other therapies to help my clients make sense of their problem.
Transactional Analysis is a tool that helps to understand why we think and behave the way we do. We absorb many messages about who we are and whether we are ok or not from a very young age which can be replayed over and over again in our adult lives. Some of these messages are outdated and no longer relevant. TA allows us to explore them and let go of those that are no longer useful.
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