What Is Hypnotherapy?
Exactly What is Hypnotherapy and How Does It Work?
Hypnotherapy is the combination of any therapeutic tool (for example CBT) combined with the altered state of Hypnosis. One of the reasons that it can be so effective is that when a person enters into the state of Hypnosis they are more easily able to access their “inner resources”, or their “inner strengths”.
What Is Hypnotherapy Suitable For?
Hypnotherapy is particularly well suited to helping people deal with problems that contain lots of emotions, or have a high “affective” impact on their day-to-day lives. The reason for this is that Hypnosis can help a person become aware of the direct connection between any particular thought or memory, especially those emotions that seem to “come out of nowhere”.
Contrary to popular myth, when a person experiences Hypnosis in a relaxing and therapeutic environment, they are in no way “sleeping” or in some sort of “trance” where they let go of control. In fact, a person experiencing Hypnosis is MORE aware! Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness rather than a state of reduced awareness!
So, if past events in a persons life seem to be contributing to the problems that they are experiencing today, perhaps some emotional trauma for example, then Hypnotherapy can provide a real solution without having to resort to the more conventional “drug therapy” the medical profession are so keen to endorse.
The types of problems that respond well to Hypnotherapy are:
What Is Hypnotherapy NOT Suitable For?
There are certain conditions, and certain personality types, that are not best resolved using Hypnotherapy. In general terms, these conditions include any problem that is “medical” or “physiological”, in other words, is due to an actual biological problem in a person’s body.
At Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy we will always make a point of asking you if you have consulted your GP about your particular problem before you have contacted us. This is important as a medical problem needs to be addressed by a medical professional to ensure that the appropriate course of help is put into place.
Hypnotherapy is NOT a substitute for medical care, but it may be a highly effective support mechanism alongside that care.
The types of problems that Hypnotherapy is unsuitable for, or should not be the primary intervention for, are:
- Psychotic Conditions
- Brain Trauma
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Medically Diagnosed Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Physical Drug Addiction
As you can see, there are only a small number of conditions where Hypnotherapy is not suitable, in almost all other cases, Hypnotherapy can be extremely helpful.
What Is Hypnotherapy Like?
If, after having your FREE initial consultation with us, you decide to follow a course of Hypnotherapy with Joan, what can you expect to happen?
Joan will schedule your sessions for you, normally one per week, for as many weeks as your course lasts (Most courses last for 3, 5 or 10 sessions duration depending on the nature and “severity” of your problem).
During these sessions you will most likely be sitting in one of our therapy chairs, probably with your feet up on a footstool, and for most people wearing a set of headphones which combines Joan’s voice mixed in with relaxing music. For some particular problems, we might also use specially recorded soundtracks which combine music with “subliminal” messages designed to help you at the unconscious level – we will always tell you if this is the case!
This is certainly the case with the Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy session.
Some sessions may require you to talk about memories or feelings that come up during the Hypnotherapy and some sessions require nothing more than for you to listen and imagine certain things. Every person and every person’s problem’s are unique, so every Hypnotherapy course is likely to be tailored to you individually.
To understand even more, visit our frequently asked questions about Hypnosis page HERE