The benefits of Hypnotherapy
- Stop smoking cigarettes.
- Stop drinking alcohol.
- Overcome drug dependency.
- Lose (or gain) weight, enjoy a healthier diet.
- Get rid of, and/or obtain insight into, other habits
Management of Anxiety and Stress
- Control panic/anxiety attacks.
- Remove, and/or obtain insight into, fears and phobias.
- Overcome fear of public speaking.
- Deal with stress/anxiety related conditions: IBS, tinnitus, feeling low, anger, irritability, insomnia, lack of concentration, tiredness, muscle pain, headaches, various skin problems, digestive problems, etc.
Psychological and Emotional Well-being
- Manage depression or grief.
- Build confidence and self-esteem.
- Control embarrassment or blushing.
Improve Physical Conditions
- Hypnosis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of physical conditions.
- Achieve personal change through positive suggestion, visualisation, affirmation, etc.
- Increase feelings of self-esteem, confidence, self-worth.
- Improve sporting performance, concentration, learning ability.
- Overcome writer''s block, access subconscious creative resources, for writing, painting, etc.
- Regress the mind back to childhood, or past-lives. Learn skills for self-hypnosis, meditation, general mental self-improvement.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?Within science, there is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works. Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
"In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist."
These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people''s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience - hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A TREATMENT?
Firstly, any misconceptions a potential patient may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The technique does not involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so..
The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However the patient can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.
WHAT CAN HYPNOTHERAPY TREAT?
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labour and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, over-eating and eating disorders. Children are generally easy to hypnotise and can be helped with bedwetting and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers (and adults) can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behaviour, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and even tinnitus and clicky jaws can be treated by these techniques