What is Hypnotherapy?
There are many forms of talking therapy but hypnotherapy sets itself apart in the way that the hypnotherapist works with the clients subconscious mind. In clinical practice the hypnotherapist guides the client into a pleasantly relaxed state of mind and body and then works with the clients rich imagination using a varied set of techniques including story telling, metaphor and symbolism that has some personal meaning to the client and hypno-analytical methods to bring to the surface deep rooted issues that may lie in the clients past. Alternatively the hypnotherapist may work on the client,s current ongoing problems and deal in the here and now. For hypnotherapy to be at its most effective the client needs to have personal motivation for positive change rather than relying on the hypnotherapist to make the changes. As in any therapy it is a joint effort between client and hypnotherapist. Apart from the skill and effective use of techniques, the most important aspect of clinical hypnotherapy is that the client feels comfortable and at ease with the hypnotherapist, and has faith in the hypnotherapist as a person.
How many Hypnotherapy sessions?
Unlike many other forms of therapy, hypnotherapy is a relatively short term approach in which any positive change can be measured fairly quickly, with marked progress shown in two to five hypnotherapy sessions. However more deep rooted or severe problems may take longer with the clinical hypnotherapist combining hypnotherapy with other appropriate therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The "stop smoking session" is a one-off, two hour session where the clinical hypnotherapist works on the clients motivation and doubts using cognitive behavioural therapy for the first hour, then utilising hypnotherapy for the second hour.
Who can be hypnotised?
Just about everyone can be hypnotised to different degrees but some clients are more ready hypnotically than others, depending a great deal on the willingness to be hypnotised. This depends on a number of things, most important being the power of the client,s need and their level of confidence, faith and trust in the hypnotherapist. The level of trance needed for beneficial results vary from client to client, with light and deep trance states being equally effective for the client concerned. Clinical hypnotherapy is at its most effective over a few sessions, with the hypnotherapist building on the work done in the past session.
Who should not be hypnotised?
Hypnotherapy should not be used on clients with heart disorders, a history of brain damage or a fitted pacemaker. Other conditions where a clinical hypnotherapist would not employ hypnotherapy without medical consent include; a recent history of epilepsy or fits, a history of drug abuse, diabetes or a history of E.C.T in the last four years. If there are any concerns or doubts the client should seek advice from their doctor.
What may Hypnotherapy be of help with?
Clinical hypnotherapy may be of use in dealing with; anxiety, IBS, low self confidence, stress management, assertiveness training, stopping smoking, anxiety management, weight issues, phobias, blushing, pain management, sleep disorders, public speaking, anger management, exam nerves, driving test, nail biting, depression, agoraphobia, interview nerves, shyness, claustrophobia, impotence, pre-natal tension, bed-wetting, allergies, substance abuse, panic attacks, fear of flying, poor memory etc.
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