Hypnotherapy is therapy undertaken while the client is in a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is best described as a state of focused awareness with a by-pass of the critical (conscious) factor of the mind, that (amongst other things) judges and analyses. It is these two things, that create a state of heightened suggestibility and this is what makes it easy to make changes.
When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows people to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious mind and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits or the negative mental and physical effects of traumatic incidents. While under hypnosis, the client feels very much like they are in a daydream. Another part of the client’s mind becomes more active. That is the subconscious and is responsible for all the things that people do automatically, such as breathing, the beating of the heart, etc. The subconscious is the part of the mind that stores all memories, emotions, fears and anxieties.
A Clinical Hypnotherapist is a specialist in hypnosis, using the healing state of hypnosis to work with mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual problems or conditions that the client wishes to change. Hypnosis enables the client to achieve a state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation. In this state, the client can work on healing, releasing dependencies and anxieties and/or enhancing mental performance.
Hypnotherapy can help with: smoking cessation, over eating, nail biting, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, alcoholism, anger, guilt and grief.. Hypnotherapy has been a great help in improving: exam nerves and performance, memory, public speaking, personal growth, pain management, performance anxiety, assertiveness, communication, relaxation, confidence, releasing the past and personal power. Hypnotherapy has been successfully used in treating chronic pain, removing phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.
One misconception about hypnotherapy is that things will happen in the session beyond the client’s control and against their will. This is untrue and unethical. At no point in the session will anything happen that is against the client’s will, nor is anyone able to make the client do anything they don’t want to do. Even in the deepest state of relaxation, the client is always in control.
I originally qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist through Bennett Stellar University in the USA and completed further hypnotherapy studies through the Academy of Hypnotic Science in Melbourne. I have been registered with the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA) which requires that I undertake monthly supervision with a Senior qualified therapist together with continuing professional development each year. Note, this registration is paused as of January 2021, for personal reasons. I will return to this registration in due course.
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