WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy works more directly with the unconscious as well as the conscious mind. It involves imagery and relaxation and uses the natural state of awareness which we call trance to ‘reprogram’ the mind either to get more of what we do want, for example success in sports or public speaking, or less of what we don’t want, such as smoking or a phobia. Hypnotherapy involves helping you to enter a deeply relaxed and comfortable state where with your therapist you can access your unconscious mind which holds the ‘blueprint’ for your conscious thoughts, beliefs and behaviours.
Trance is a focusing of attention and it’s what we do when we are engrossed in daydreaming, reading a book or watching a film. Though we are ‘lost’ in the activity, we can snap out of it at any time we choose as we still maintain awareness of what is going on around us. This is the case with therapeutic hypnotherapy. The client remains fully in control, is always aware of what is going on, and can remember everything which is said and done during treatment.
Hypnotherapy acknowledges the power of belief and also the relationship between the mind and the body. Through hypnotherapy, hidden or forgotten experiences can come to light, and memories can be reframed and processed in ways which mean they lose their negative hold or power. With the help of your therapist, negative unconscious and self-limiting beliefs are replaced with positive ones called ‘suggestions’ in order to free you from ‘stuck’ feelings and behaviours.
Hypnotherapy is typically used for all kinds of trauma recovery, both where the trauma has been prolonged and ongoing, for example mental and emotional abuse, and where it is connected to a single disturbing event, for example a car crash. It is also used for issues such as weight control, smoking cessation, dealing with unwanted habits, panic attacks, low mood, fears and phobias, exam stress, and low self-confidence.
Where someone is feeling ‘stuck’ or not fully in conscious control of their feelings, thoughts or behaviours, hypnotherapy can help them to make the change which they want by bringing the conscious and unconscious minds into healthy alignment.
Together with you, her client, Kathryn may also use counselling and/or psychotherapy, as well as mindfulness techniques, where this is helpful in supporting the aims of hypnotherapy.
It’s about deep lasting change within, freeing you from what’s been holding you back, and bringing more of what you want into your life