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What is Hypnotherapy?
The subconscious mind assumes what it has learnt is helpful unless it learns or is told otherwise. For example, we touch a hot hob and burn our hand, ensures we never even think of touching it again. Often we learn negative behaviours or habits and this is where hypnosis can help.
Hypnotherapists utilise hypnosis to access your subconscious mind in order to help you make changes that help you more easily achieve your goals or solve your problems.
A number of techniques are used; mainly the hypnotherapist helps your subconscious mind learn new patterns of behaviour by the use of repeated suggestion.
Hypnotherapy, simply refers to the use of the hypnosis (a guided state of relaxation), by a fully trained and qualified Hypnotherapist, who then uses suggestion or analysis procedures, to assist you with specific aspects of your subconscious thought process. A thought process that is otherwise holding you back.
Hypnotherapy with the often more familiar should not be confused with the commonly known, Stage Hypnosis. Stage Hypnosis is a bit like a Magic show. It’s very entertaining and in the case of Stage Hypnosis, very humorous. Yet like Magic, all is not as it appears and never is. The humour element for us the audience, is that the subject is under the control of the Stage Hypnotist and doing things that he would not normally do. However, as any honest hypnotist will tell you, under hypnosis you can ALWAYS hear everything around you and you know EXACTLY what you have consented to do. Some of us just want our five minutes of fame in front of an audience……and that’s ok.
You may like to look at the section for a summary of typical questions that Clients have.
The state of Hypnosis has been with us since the first humans walked the earth.
If you’ve ever sat and simply stared for a while into the fire, with your thoughts focused on one specific topic, that’s self hypnosis. Our distant ancestors spent a lot of their time, just staring into the fire focusing on one particular topic – this is self hypnosis. You have probably experienced it many times. For example, when you become really engrossed in a film and you're asked a question you don't hear, that's self hypnosis, or the one that really worries most of us, you drive from A to B totally absorbed by some other deep thoughts and arrive at B not remembering most of the journey. This is again, self hypnosis. Of course you drove with no issues what so ever because your subconscious programming allowed you to.
If we think of our mind as an iceberg; our conscious ‘thinking’ mind is the 10% of what we see above the waterline.
The remaining 90% that we don’t see, is our subconscious mind….the area that stores memories, creates dreams and fantasies, and controls our thoughts, good and bad!