What is Hypnotherapy?

Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. First of all, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is not always a trance state or a sleep state even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping. Hypnosis is really natural state of mind and is an important part of everyday life. Whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route, watching a film we are in a state of hypnosis.

Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. This is not dissimilar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.
If i’m in Hypnosis, do I give up control?
Do we give up control of our mind to someone else when we are reading a book or watching a film? In situations like this you are in a hypnotic trance, although you still have the power to emerge from that state if wished. Whatever or whomever hypnotizes you; you always have the power to resist.

When you realize that you are the one in control, when you decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, then you become aware of what hypnosis is. A hypnotherapist is a guide and helps you on a journey, but the change can only be made by you.

Often the realization that you are in control, and that you can make change yourself is very empowering. You’ll find that the more often you going into hypnosis, aware that you doing it, the more you realize how easy it is to let go, secure in the knowledge that you can always stop a session if you feel uncomfortable.

Some hypnotherapists use the knowledge that actually we are always in hypnosis and will have an open discussion with you, just altering their language patters, using suggestions relating to your goal and the changes you wish to make, without taking you into a ‘trance state’ at all.

How does hypnosis feel?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed.

It’s similar to drifting off to sleep at night, that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, you may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.

Most people are surprised at just how relaxing it is.

What can hypnosis be used to treat?

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:

Fears and phobias
Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
Anxiety and stress
Panic attacks
Lack of confidence
It can also be used as a tool to:

Manage pain
Improve performance at work or in sport
Improve birth outcomes

Is there a risk that the therapist will plant false memories?

No. This is impossible with the particular techniques of Whole-Being Hypnotherapy. The therapist will never tell you what has happened in your life, nor will she use leading questions to steer your in certain directions. The therapist helps you open the door into your inner mind. Inside, you will find whatever your inner mind wants to give you. You do not need to tell therapist what memories come up for you. You are welcome to share what comes up, and that will be heard in complete confidence. But, if you prefer, you can keep the memories to yourself.

Will I have to divulge all my personal secrets?

No. If you want to volunteer information, then that’s fine – and it will be treated in absolute confidence. But Whole-Being Hypnotherapy does not require you to divulge anything that you want to keep to yourself. You are totally in control of the whole session, from beginning to end. This is built into the structure of the method. You are aware of what you are saying at the time, and you will remember what you have said afterwards. The therapist does not need to know your personal secrets and will not seek to get them out of you. Only you need to know them. Whole-Being Hypnotherapy is about empowering you to gain insights into your own inner mind, and giving you guidance to use those insights for your positive benefit.

Why does hypnotherapy work so well?

The subconscious mind is where we store everything that has ever happened in our lives. Therefore, it is much more efficient to do therapy while in the subconscious state, using hypnotherapy to access these moments in our lives that have impacted us. This results in greater awareness around one’s issues. With this awareness comes the ability to recognise the cause of behaviours that one desires to change.