WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
If you have only ever seen or experienced hypnotherapy on stage or in the movies, leave those memories where they are and drink in some new understandings. Clinical Hypnotherapy, just like any other psychotherapy, centres itself on integrity.
There is a myth that goes like this – a hypnotherapist is a hypnotherapist is a hypnotherapist. Just like you would choose a mechanic who services your car better than the last one, or frequent a restaurant that caters for all your likes, each hypnotherapist will have their own style, techniques, personality, skills and experience. If you had a previous experience of hypnotherapy that didn’t meet your needs, seek out a hypnotherapist who does. There are plenty available. Ring and have a chat over the telephone before making an appointment. A good therapist will talk to you about your needs and let you know whether they have the skills to address them with you. The initial “interview” is two ways, so be sure to find a therapist you feel most comfortable with.
Hypnotherapy is best viewed as an extraordinary quality of relaxation, which promotes a heightened state of mind to reach an increased awareness and responsiveness.
The hypnotherapist has no control over the client. It is through a mutual relationship of trust that the client chooses to participate in techniques facilitated with integrity and respect by the therapist.
I wonder if you would like to scroll down to the bottom of the page and look at the red leaf?
Whether you did or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that you exercised choice based on your own experiences and beliefs. Suggesting for you to look at the red leaf demonstrates you being in control of your mind by choosing to look or not. Hypnotherapy is simply guided self-hypnosis. A hypnotherapist is trained in techniques and is an expert at facilitating you through them. It is ultimately your choice whether you engage.
Take a look at the diagram below. We carry these triangles within us as our experiences and memories.
An event such as your first music concert/gig created a positive response, which resulted in a belief that live music is enjoyable.
On the other hand, if a dog chased you when you were small, you might have experienced fear and therefore formed a belief that dogs are frightening.
These experiences shape who we are and how we function each day. Beliefs are held strongly and determine our thoughts, behaviours and choices, which in turn manifest into our lives. You have the ability to determine your circumstances, which is extremely powerful through hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy provides the ideal setting to address barriers and change behaviours and unhelpful beliefs. Working in the subconscious mind, we give the thinking mind a little rest, to quieten down for a time. Doing so allows you to access those underlying beliefs, patterns and behaviours that you have established as no longer serving a purpose. We visit them, understand their creation, and release them to create new behaviours, patterns and beliefs that propel you toward your highest good.
Your highest good lives at the core of you. The essence is strong and grounding and builds confidence in who you are and what is important to you, naturally providing a clear sense of direction and purpose.
I have never come across a core that wasn’t pure, good intentioned and overflowing with the attributes that each client holds most dear to them, even when they didn’t know what they were consciously. That’s the power and wonder of hypnotherapy.