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Hypnotherapy is the use of Hypnosis for self-improvement and to facilitate positive change. Creative Hypnotherapy recognises that we are what we have created. Our sub-conscious mind does an excellent job of controlling the functions needed to keep us living and breathing. It can also be our worse enemy as our thoughts, anxieties, self-belief, doubts, fears and habits are anchored in our subconscious. We are what we imagine, a repeated thought becomes a habit. a habit becomes a belief and once our sub-conscious gets hold of an idea it shapes who we are. Our sub-conscious soaks up information like a small child and it does not distinguish between what is true or untrue. It believes what we tell it. If we have created something that no longer serves us and we want to change, Creative Hypnotherapy gives us the opportunity to do this. During Hypnosis the conscious mind is stilled allowing communication with the sub-conscious. The hypnotherapist can then invite you to make the changes on a sub-conscious level. The change may be dramatic and instant. Hypnotherapy is the most effective way of dropping a phobia or habit such as smoking. Clients sometimes report not realising they had dropped a habit until someone else points it out to them, the change has been made and it is no longer a considered behaviour. Hypnosis is a natural state that we often experience without realising, for example becoming engrossed in a good book or watching a film. For those that drive a car you will have experienced taking a familiar journey and not remembering the full journey, you were driving on auto-pilot your sub-conscious took over, that was a natural state of Hypnosis. During a Hypnotherapy session you will not be asleep, you will be completely aware of everything that is happening and you can bring yourself out of trance anytime you want. You may however feel very relaxed and choose to drift off for a moment or two, you will still be in complete control.
Frequently Asked Questions - Hypnotherapy
Q1. Will you be in control of my mind?
No. You are in total control. You will be fully aware and can bring yourself out of trance anytime you want. No one can control your mind, only you.
Q2. Will you make me do silly things?
No, absolutely not. It is understandable that you are wary of Hypnosis as most of the media and TV examples are of Stage Hypnosis where people are asked to do silly things for entertainment. This is not Hypnotherapy, these people want to perform and have been handpicked after a couple of telling exercises (which they do not show you). Stage Hypnosis goes against the ethics of Hypnotherapists and of The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. Hypnotherapists are trained to guide you to make the changes needed for your health and happiness. A hypnotherapist does not tell you what to do. Hypnotherapy will always involve hypnosis, however, hypnosis is not always hypnotherapy. You may check that a hypnotherapist is on the Hypnotherapy register by visiting The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) website.
Q3. I have been told I can't be hypnotised?
Anyone can be hypnotised. We go in and out of trance naturally without realising it. It may be that you expected to be asleep or unaware of your surroundings, so thought you were not under hypnosis. There are certain physical signs that the Hypnotherapist checks for to establish that a person is deep enough for the therapy.
Q4. I had a session once but I didn't go under, I wasn't asleep so I don't think it worked?
Although we refer to trance as being hypnotised, this does not mean you are asleep. You are aware of everything that is happening. If you want change, under hypnosis the conscious mind is stilled to enable you to make the changes. All Hypnosis is self-hypnosis and change takes place only with your permission.
Q5. What if I don't come out of trance?
You are in control and can bring yourself out of trance whenever you want. I have never known anyone not to come out of trance at the end of a therapy. You may feel more relaxed afterwards and sometimes the changes happen over a period of time, your hypnotherapist may suggest you continue with the healing during your sleep sessions for instance. I always advise my clients that they may go to their relaxed state when ever needed and show them how, all hypnosis is self hypnosis after all.
Q6. How many sessions will I need?
Sometimes change is instant. Sometimes 2 or 3 sessions may be needed. Some feel such improvement after one session that is all they need. It depends on the circumstances for example I find " Giving up Smoking" is best over two sessions and a follow-up a couple of weeks after.
Q7. Will it work for me?
If you want to change it will work for you. Hypnotherapy is an opportunity to reach our potential, most people are not functioning to their full potential, therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy.
Q8. Is it confidential?
Yes, I am bound by a code of ethics and only in very exceptional circumstances would your details be revealed and only to a very high authority . If I wanted to use your situation as a case study, your identity would not be disclosed and your permission would have to be gained first.
Q9. I want to drop a habit, but I do not want to hate it or have to avoid others.
I do not use aversion tactics. Creative Hypnotherapy allows you to make the necessary changes by convincing your sub-conscious that this habit is not what you want to do. It may remind you how well you functioned before this habit was established and show you how amazing you can be. Once you have made the changes you may simply not be interested in this anymore, it may be as though you never ever had this habit. You will certainly wonder why you were ever interested and it will not bother you.
Q10. I have this stupid phobia, How can I stop being so afraid?
A phobia is an irrational fear of something. Sometimes we are justified in being afraid of something, after all some things can harm us. A phobia is more than just fear, it produces a real panic when someone is confronted with the thing or situation that frightens them. We do not usually know what created the phobia, we sometimes have an idea but that is not always the real cause. This is where Creative Hypnotherapy comes into its own, your sub-conscious knows what the cause is and sometimes just knowing is enough to re-frame the situation and drop the phobia. Hypnosis allows you to revisit the situation and change how your sub-conscious feels about it, without feeling any discomfort.