Wooooooooooo! What is your perception of hypnosis? Like most people, you will have seen stage or tv entertainers displaying seemingly magical powers in order to get people to perform ridiculous stunts. No wonder then that there are so many misconceptions around hypnosis!
So just what exactly does happen in a hypnotherapy session? Do you fall under my spell as I say the words "Look into my eyes, not around my eyes..."? Will you get stuck in the hypnotic state or start to do John Cleese style silly walks as you leave the consulting room?
Well the good news is that you won't and nor can I make you.
Hypnosis is a natural state during which you remain awake and alert throughout. It could be described as a diversion of the attention of the conscious mind which allows better communication with the subconscious, the part of the brain responsible for behaviour and emotions. It's a state that we enter often in our life, when engrossed in a good book or when you drive a car and can't remember the last part of the journey for instance. It certainly isn't sleep or any sort of mind control.
To hypnotise somebody though is not actually to do very much at all and many people are so focused on their own perception of hypnosis they forget that there are two parts to the word hypno-therapy.
So what sort of therapy? Well, hypnosis is probably best known for it's use in conjunction with SUGGESTION for assisting with smoking cessation or simple fears such as driving, flying or low level anxiety states, nail biting etc. But these suggestions though must be realistic and in accordance with your stated aims and your personality. You cannot be made to do anything against your will or nature and if someone tried, the suggestions would just be rejected. Some time then will be taken, particularly in the first session to ask questions and discuss your situation - non-judgementally and in complete confidence.
There are also many "allied" therapies which can be used as appropriate. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, often called tapping) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, for instance, enable an eclectic range of styles and techniques to be at our disposal.
For deeper problems, HYPNOANALYSIS is a course of therapy based on the principle of cause and effect - that there cannot be an effect without a cause. Aiming to treat the person rather than a mere collection of symptoms, hypnoanalysis can release you from your problem and allow you to move on with your life. You can find out more about this here.
As always please feel free to email me if you have any specific questions here or just give me a call or text on 07761198504
All information left is dealt with in strict confidence; a free, no obligation, introductory consultation is also available .
SUGGESTION THERAPY / EFT, £50 per session (approx. 1 to 6 sessions depending on condition), payable in advance or at the commencement of the session.
HYPNOANALYSIS, £40 per session (6 to 12 sessions), first payment in advance of first session, then payment at each subsequent session except the last.
SMOKING CESSATION THERAPY, 1 to 3 sessions at a flat rate of £125, payable in advance of first session.
Payments may be made with cash or by card.
All medical conditions should have been examined by a doctor. In cases of IBS, a specific diagnosis must have been obtained from your doctor. For pain control, you should obtain the "go ahead" from your doctor or consultant. Prescribed medication should not be discontinued without referring to your doctor.
Hypnosis is not generally suitable for use where there is a history of epilepsy or psychosis.
Thanks for reading and see you soon!
“Following an extensive review of the existing literature on hypnotherapy, the British Medical Association concluded that hypnotherapy was not only effective but may be ‘the treatment of choice’ in dealing with anxiety (‘psychoneurosis’) and stress-related (‘psycho-somatic’) disorders: ‘The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behaviour. […]’ (BMA, ‘Medical use of hypnotism’, BMJ, 1955, vol. I, 190-193)”
For research studies on the efficacy of Emotional Freedom Technique: www.evidence.nhs.uk/search?q=EFT
The Efficacy of Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders
Using Hypnotherapy to Overcome Examination Anxiety
Hypnotherapy for Dental Phobia