Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness, usually involving relaxation, in which the subconscious mind comes to the fore. If you allow it, this state can be used to create changes in your thinking, feelings or behaviour. A Hypnotherapist is someone who uses hypnosis to bring about positive therapeutic change.
Healing by trance state has been used for many thousands of years, in many different cultures.
Hypnotherapy can be similar to counselling or other 'talk therapies' in that it uses purely psychological approaches to treat the client's difficulties. A hypnotherapist will discuss with you the things that you want to change in your life, and help you find positive alternatives to your current situation. But, hypnotherapy is different from other talk therapies, in that it works on a more subconscious level. During hypnosis, you may be asked to use your imagination and visualise various things. The therapist may use symbolism, story-telling or direct suggestion to bring about changes.
Hypnotherapy can involve analytical techniques such as regression, but not necessarily - it depends on the issue that you come with and what techniques you feel comfortable using.
The most important thing is that you feel safe and comfortable with your hypnotherapist. You will get much more out of therapy when you have confidence in the practitioner and are happy to cooperate with them.
Often, hypnotherapy can create change in a relatively short number of sessions. However this can depend on what issue you are working on, so do discuss this with your therapist.
A few of the things hypnotherapy can help with are: addictions, anger, anxiety, confidence and self-esteem, exams and public speaking, habits, pain management, panic, phobias, stress, sleep difficulties, as well as some physical problems such as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or skin conditions.
At the beginning of the session the therapist will invite you to talk about the changes you want to make, and may ask quite a lot of questions about you and your life circumstances. This is a lot like a traditional counselling session, and everything you say will be kept confidential.
Your hypnotherapist will then ask you to make yourself comfortable in a chair, or to lie on a couch if you feel comfortable doing this. You can then simply listen quietly while the therapist talks to you - there will be no swinging watches!
Most people are aware of everything the hypnotherapist says during a session. You won't lose control or become unconscious, and you cannot be made to do anything against your will.
Sometimes, you may be asked to respond verbally to the therapist while you are in hypnosis, or to communicate by moving your hand. Usually though, there is no need for you to do anything at all, and it doesn't even matter whether you're paying attention!
If you would like more information and to make an appointment please call or visit the Meridian Centre.
Hypnotherapy Moseley South Birmingham with the Merdian Centre