It’s a partnership
Hypnotherapy is more of a collaboration between you and the therapist rather than something that we do to you. There’s no magic wand and we can’t simply hypnotise your problem away. The change happens because you want it to happen and are prepared to work with me to enable it to happen. So an important part of your contribution is your willingness to make changes to the way you think.
The Solution Focused process means we will
1. Discuss where you are currently and
2. Determine where you want to be and then
3. Help you make the necessary changes.
And we avoid problem-talk.
Hypnosis is simply a trance state, which is a very natural state of the body and mind, something we do several times a day without realising it: when we’re watching T.V., driving the car, out for a run – we do it all the time. These are all states of focused attention which are similar to the feeling of being hypnotised. In this way hypnosis feels quite ordinary, like being in a daydream guided by the hypnotherapist, but it is a very efficient technique for psychotherapists to use.
Debunking the myths around hypnosis
You will be in control throughout, so that if, for example, you wanted to come out of hypnosis at any time you can do so by simply opening your eyes. No-one is in control of your mind but you, which may be contrary to what you believe from films, books, and the media. Nobody can hypnotise you against your will and nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to do – your subconscious mind will happily and vigorously reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you. Clinical hypnosis is nothing like the images stage hypnotists have created.
Hypnosis in the therapeutic setting
I will lead you into a deeply relaxed state of focused attention where you will feel warm, comfortable and safe and you can hear everything that is being said to you. While you are in this relaxed state of awareness I will continue to talk to you, making beneficial suggestions directed towards the subconscious mind which is more responsive in this state. These suggestions are designed to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.
There are lots of problems hypnotherapy can help you with
For instance, did you know that referral for psychological therapies and hypnotherapy forms part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for IBS sufferers whose symptoms have not responded to medication? If you are in this position why not have a chat with your GP about how hypnotherapy might help – you can refer them to my website if you like. Examples of other areas people have found hypnotherapy to be a useful intervention include:
~ Children & young people’s wellbeing
~ Fears & phobias
~ Grief & loss
~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome
~ Low mood
~ Low self-confidence
~ Obsessions & compulsions
~ Pain management
~ Panic attacks
~ Relationship difficulties & loss
~ School & studies
~ Sleep difficulties & insomnia
~ Sports performance
~ Weight management
Not forgetting pregnancy and preparing for childbirth
Self-hypnosis for childbirth helps reduce fears and pain and puts you back in the driving seat.
It’s a wonderful tool that you can learn to do yourself and practise right up to and during the birth.
If any of these sound familiar, or there’s anything else I can help you with, do get in touch. The initial consultation is free and without obligation.
Telephone Michele on: 01594 862741 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org