CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPYAre you one of those people who’ve wondered what hypnosis is and what it’s all about. If so, let me elaborate and give you an idea of some of the basics. The best way to gain a true understanding of what hypnosis is and how it feels, is to experience hypnosis for one’s self. In the meantime, here goes:

First of all, hypnosis is a completely natural state. No medication is required, at any point.

Hypnosis has been likened to being in a daydream. It is a state that every human being experiences on a regular basis, most are simply not aware of this (have you ever driven from point A to point B and later wondered how you got there? Well, you did that in a state of hypnosis!).

Hypnosis is very relaxing. Most people experience a very deep state of relaxation, while under. People report that they feel very calm and relaxed after having had a hypnosis session, often stating that they haven’t felt so relaxed for a very long time.

The subconscious mind (“subconscious”), which is central to the hypnosis experience, is alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It hears sounds/noises, even while the client is asleep. The client may not consciously hear what the therapist says (as they drift off) during a hypnosis session, however the subconscious will hear everything and process thereafter.

The subconscious is responsible for all the things that people do automatically, such as breathing, the beating of the heart, etc. The subconscious is also the part of the mind that stores all memories, emotions, fears and anxieties. Hypnosis allows people to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious and make positive changes.

While in a state of hypnosis, the client’s subconscious is open to suggestion while the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. The therapist is able to make suggestions to the client, that may or may not be taken on board by the client’s subconscious. This is how change is made.

A therapist is not able to control the client or make them do anything against their will. The client’s subconscious simply wouldn’t allow this. Even in the deepest state of hypnosis, the client is always in control. An example relates to a client who has gone to a therapist to stop smoking, at the insistence of their partner (or any other party). The client is not ready to stop smoking but is only there because they have been made to go. The therapist is unlikely to be successful in stopping the client from smoking, as the client’s subconscious is not prepared for this.

As with any other modality, there are different styles and approaches to hypnosis. If the client does not feel a rapport or feel comfortable with the therapist, they should find another therapist who they have a better rapport with/feel more comfortable with, as they are likely to have a better experience. I can personally vouch for this. I saw 2 hypnotherapists who I had reasonable results with, before coming across the third hypnotherapist who I immediately felt at ease with and who I saw great results with.

So there you have it …. A few basics about hypnosis. As I said above, nothing compares to having an actual experience of hypnosis to truly understand what this powerful state is all about. If you have any questions about hypnosis that I haven’t addressed or would like to have a personal experience of hypnosis with me, please feel free to contact me as follows:

Yours in love and light, Georgia