Hypnosis and hypnotherapy
What is hypnosis?
Think back to the last time you were day dreaming, or were so engrossed in reading a book that you did not notice what was going on around you. These are examples of being in a state of trance. When you are in a trance, you are much more self-absorbed and your mind is more open to new ideas and alternative ways of thinking. Hypnosis is a means of helping you to enter a trance state.
When you enter hypnosis, you are much more focused on inner thoughts, imagery, and inner experiences than on external factors. This in turn enables you to access ideas, information, and memories that exist in your unconscious mind but are not ordinarily available to you consciously . Being in a state of hypnosis also enables you to consider things from alternative perspectives, and to be more receptive to ideas and suggestions that will help you.
It is important to realise that you are always in control throughout the hypnotic process, and cannot be ‘made’ to do anything you would not wish to do. Equally, no one can force you to enter hypnosis, it is your choice.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy simply involves using hypnosis as a means of delivering therapy, often in the form of suggestions. It is designed to help your unconscious mind realise, or develop, solutions to your issues and to help you to access the necessary inner resources to achieve your goals.
What makes hypnotherapy so powerful is that your unconscious is more able to consider new ways of thinking, and to contemplate and accept helpful ideas, when you’re in a state of hypnosis. As a consequence; hypnotherapy can enable you to change unhelpful patterns of thinking, and to identify and act upon new approaches that you would not have consciously considered. Such changes will not only allow you to feel differently, but also provide you with more options for achieving your goals.