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Hypnotherapy is a popular, long established and scientifically based therapy that can help a person to make positive changes in their lives. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness and increased suggestibility. It’s a naturally occurring mental state that can be used to change habits, behaviours, thoughts and emotions.
I will guide you into a state of relaxation, during which the unconscious part of the mind can be accessed and new patterns of behaviour can be formed.
We take ourselves in and out of self-hypnosis many times every day, for example when driving familiar routes and have little recollection of how we got the the place we were going to, when we are concentrating on something we are doing on the computer and when we look at the clock, are surprised by how much time has passed, when we are engrossed in a book or film or when playing games or checking social media on a phone or tablet (5 minutes is NEVER 5 minutes!) At these times, you know life is going on around you, yet you choose to ignore it while you concentrate on whatever it is you are doing. Hypnotherapy, in this aspect, is very similar – life is going on around you, yet you choose to focus on what I’m saying to you which takes you into a deep state of relaxation.
Hypnosis is also a naturally occurring state of mind that is connected to deep relaxation. During this wonderful state of deep relaxation, the conscious (thinking) part of the mind is temporarily distracted, allowing the unconscious part of the mind to become open to positive suggestions and therefore, to the positive changes required by each client.
So, how will hypnotherapy help you? Think of it like this… If we only did something once (for example, tried one cigarette, tried one glass of wine, used food to make us feel better only once, etc), very little would happen in our brain. It would be like walking through a field of grass. We would trample the grass but with a little bit of breeze, it would bounce back.
However, life isn’t as accommodating as that. Instead of trying something only once, we keep doing over and over and over again. And when the do something over and over and over again, we don’t simply trample the grass, the make a dirt track.
This dirt track is also referred to as a neural pathway in the brain which makes that behaviour (the one we wanted to try once) into an automatic reaction. For example, ‘I’m stressed, I need a cigarette’, ‘I’ve had a bad day at work, I need a glass of wine’, etc.
During hypnosis we can’t remove that original dirt track (neural pathway), however, we can start a new one.
Hypnotherapy is an effective therapeutic technique that has an extremely high success rate and can be used to help with a variety of issues, including:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Fears and phobias
Lack of confidence
Exams and tests
And so much more…