Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic application of hypnosis. It is a powerful, influential communication, which utilises both conscious and subconscious resources for healing and growth. The practice of hypnosis began thousands of years ago, and it has been used since in many forms and contexts (religion, healing, guided imagery, relaxation, yoga, NLP etc.).
Hypnotherapy uses various means to activate and strengthen the person, through harnessing the mind's full capacities - mainly in the trance-state. Trance is a natural state, in which change-work is much more effective and elegant.
We experience trance-states every day in various forms of self-absorption or altered perception. Trance is a hyper-attentive state, which usually involves relaxation and self-absorption. In Trance, the ability to communicate with inner processes is enhanced and intensified. The Hypnotherapist is guiding the client into trance; thereafter, the client and therapist work together to induce the desirable changes and to internalise them. Unlike Stage hypnosis, Hypnotherapy is first and foremost a THERAPY, aiming at the improvement of the client's well being. Make sure the therapist you are seeing is well trained and experienced.
Will I lose Control?
Do we give up control of our minds during a movie? Of course not. Hypnotherapy is about having more choices in life - you can choose to accept the suggestions, but you can always choose not to. In fact, during trance you will experience more control over your body-mind and spirit than in your everyday life. Throughout the history of hypnosis, many people (mainly stage hypnotists) contributed to the myth of mind-control. However, it takes a lot of control to let go. Your body and mind are the strongest bodyguards and will help you to stay in as much control you need. Should you feel uncomfortable with me, either try to discuss it with me or we can find another therapist with whom you are comfortable.
Will I forget anything said?
Total amnesia is not likely to occur. Nevertheless, since trance is a different state of consciousness, the access to that information outside trance is sometimes difficult. However, special suggestions can be given to remember the session.
Will I fall asleep?
Hypnosis is not sleep. Natural sleep is measurably different than hypnotic trance. However, trance usually involves deep relaxation, in which conscious movements are not likely to occur and breathing patterns change. The hypnotised clients might look as they are asleep, but they only deeply relaxed.
The Hypnotherapy Sessions
If hypnotherapy is used in the session, then it will normally only occur after some initial discussion and other work around your issue and requirements. The hypnotherapy session will involve sitting comfortably on a chair, while engaging in imagery-work. However, since the primary goal of the session is to bring about change, other means can be takes to achieve than goal - such as homework, breathing patterning, body-awareness and more. You are always an active participant in the session, and not merely a passive recipient.
You will be guided into trance and be assisted in utilising it for your own benefits. The average session time is between 60-90 minutes (initial consultation is often longer than the preceding sessions). The number of sessions changes with the nature of the problem and the person. However, hypnotherapy is usually a goal-oriented, quick and elegant therapy