What is Hypnosis?
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychological therapy, which is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy is to assist people (usually referred to as clients) in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential. What makes hypnotherapy distinctive is its attempt to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change. It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change rather than relying solely on the therapist’s efforts. Unlike many other psychological therapies, hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a fairly short-term approach in which beneficial change should become apparent within a relatively few sessions.
How Can I Benefit From Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential. However, it is not just potential which hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems that hypnotherapy may treat is far too long and varied to catalogue but certainly includes:
stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism, gambling), OCD, PTSD, disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, bruxism, blushing, shyness, depression, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, where normal anaesthetics have not been practical, in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement. As an adjunct to other counselling techniques, it can also assist in helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management strategies.