Psychotherapist, Integrative Counsellor, Hypnotherapist and Pranic Healer
Prof. Dip Psy C.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis is a state of mind brought about by the use of a set of techniques . It enhances an individual’s concentration and increases their responsiveness to suggestion in order to make the beneficial changes that an individual may wish to make in their thought patterns, their behaviours or their physiological state.
In today’s society we find it very hard to achieve a state of quiet where the body is fully relaxed and the mind is empty of negative or worrying thoughts, however the state of hypnosis with its associated relaxation makes it one of the most useful non-pharmacological processes known to mankind.
Relaxation techniques can be dated back as far as 2000 B.C. Whilst during hypnosis the client experiences extreme relaxation as part of the technique for achieving hypnosis, the main difference is that during hypnosis we obtain a state that exhibits selective attention, increased suggestibility and a special state of consciousness. The process is also accompanied by beneficial suggestions that are focused totally on the change that the client is looking is looking for.
To understand the benefits of relaxation you must consider that we have some 400 voluntary skeletal muscles which are basically layers of fibres that a bundled together and connected to the nervous system by nerve endings that instigate the contraction and relaxation of the muscle. In modern society we have acquired a growing problem in that many of our muscles are remaining in a chronic state of contraction due to the stress we are living under. They do not receive the relax message from the nervous system as we continue to work and live in a permanent state of tension, often found in the back or shoulders.
I begin hypnosis by using a Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Technique which alone reduces anxiety. Research has shown relaxation to be the 'strongest and most powerful treatment for psychosomatic complications including anxiety'. This is because we produce certain chemicals in the relaxation state that 'modify injuries' and 'discharge poisons' as well as allowing more 'increased useful output' and improved thinking ability.
As you will see from the page on Interesting stuff about the brain etc , REM reduces the contents of the 'Stress Bucket' and during hypnotherapy the contents of the stress bucket are reduced by inducing an REM replication state.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state that along with the input of a properly trained and confident therapist can create positive changes in a persons mental, emotional and physical state. It cannot make you do anything that you do not want to do or that you morally object to. You cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis and can leave the state whenever you want to.
Below is a 20 minute relaxation script for use by everyone, so if you're not sure if hypnotherapy is for you try it and see for yourself how relaxed you feel afterwards. Pick a quiet place, lay down and get ready to relax. Then consider how powerful this technique would be with additional suggestions the changes you want to make in your life..... (In case you're wondering why you are looking at a picture of Marilyn Munroe rather than me, it's because I thought it was a better option than looking at the top of my head as I'm reading the script ..)
Here's a list of some of the problems that can be treated by hypnotherapy:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fear of Flying
Irritable bowel syndrome
Obsessions and compulsions
Post traumatic stress disorder
The list is not exhaustive. If you have a problem or an issue that you want help with that is not listed above then contact me to discuss.
There are very few issues that wont benefit in some way with hypnotherapy.
If you decide you want some help, contact me and we can arrange an initial telephone consultation which can last up to an hour. I'll take some contact details from you and we can discuss what your problem is and how I can help you as well as what will happen during sessions. I can also answer any questions you have.