Most people's knowledge of hypnosis is gained from watching stage and tv performers making people look foolish by getting them to perform ridiculous stunts. In fact, hypnotherapists are occasionally asked by prospective clients "Will you make me cluck like a chicken?" My answer to this is, of course, "Only if you want me to".
This does though, sum up very well the common (mis)perception many people have of hypnosis being some sort of magical power that can control your mind and this is very unfortunate because it presents a totally false and trivialising image of what is actually a serious and valuable psychological tool and deters many people who would greatly benefit from it from seeking help.
In reality, hypnosis is a completely natural state that has been used by doctors, dentists and psychotherapists since the 1800's and has been studied and taught in universities and medical schools around the world accruing a vast body of knowledge. It was approved by the British Medical Association as long ago as 1892.
Contrary to popular opinion -and despite Hypnos being the Greek God of sleep (yes these misconceptions have been around for a very long time) - hypnosis is not sleep nor is it mind control. You remain alert and aware throughout and you cannot be made to do anything against your will or nature. Any suggestions given to you must be in accordance with your will and appropriate to your personality or they will simply be rejected.
And NO, you really cannot get stuck in the hypnotic state!
So if it's not magic, how then does it work?
I always think that that may be better understood if the word was hyphenated - as in hypno-therapy- as that is exactly what it is, the utilisation of a natural state to enhance the effect of the therapy with which it is being combined.
Having been induced, there are a number of different styles and techniques that can be used
SUGGESTION HYPNOTHERAPY is a well known method of assistance for more straightforward problems such as stopping smoking, nail biting, losing weight, overcoming a fear of flying, driving or visiting the dentist.
It can also, when combined with in-depth psychotherapeutic techniques, be of help in more physical conditions such as hypertension, pain, tinnitus or stress related illness; The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS.
HYPNOANALYSIS is an analytical style of hypnotherapy that seeks to address the underlying cause of a problem rather than merely tinker with the symptoms. Ideal for conditions doctors usually refer to as "Medically Unexplained Symptoms", - this would include anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and sexual problems - or where there are multiple issues that need addressing. Alternatively, you may just want a course of therapy to sort out an aspect of your life - behavioural change or a rather less specific " something inside yourself but outside of your control " for instance. If so, hypnoanalysis can provide an insight into yourself that no other therapy can give.
As always please feel free to email me here if you have any specific questions or just give me a call or text on 0759 11 72742 - all information left is dealt with in strict confidence; a free, no obligation, introductory consultation is also available .
All medical conditions should have been examined by a doctor.
In cases of IBS, a specific diagnosis must have been obtained from your doctor; and for Pain, consent must be sought from your doctor or specialist before treatment commences.
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“Following an extensive review of the existing literature on hypnotherapy, the British Medical Association concluded that hypnotherapy was not only effective but may be ‘the treatment of choice’ in dealing with anxiety (‘psychoneurosis’) and stress-related (‘psycho-somatic’) disorders: ‘The Subcommittee is satisfied after consideration of the available evidence that hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behaviour. […]’ (BMA, ‘Medical use of hypnotism’, BMJ, 1955, vol. I, 190-193)”