Unlike the often comical image portrayed in the media and by entertainers, Clinical Hypnotherapy is not something that is 'done to you'. A professional Clinical Hypnotherapist will work with you as part of a collaboration. This does also mean that clients have to be motivated to change, and someone showing commitment and determination will show successful results more quickly.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is science-based and combines the powerful tools of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) - a very positive type of psychotherapy or talking therapy - and Clinical Hypnotherapy.
What is hypnotherapy?
Very simply, a clinical hypnotherapist expertly helps you attain a state of deep relaxation and focus (some refer to this as a 'trance' state) to access your subconscious mind by lowering your brain's critical faculties. Essentially we become more open to positive suggestion, but it also allows the brain to process information in a more efficient way. Deep relaxation aids the mind and body and positive changes in thinking patterns can be made. I will explain why we do this in greater detail during your initial consultation, when I will explain the various areas of the brain and their functions.
What is a 'trance'?
A 'trance' is simply another word for a state of mind in which we are relaxed and focused, to the point we exclude stimuli around us. We actually experience 'trances' like this naturally every day. The feeling we have when we are daydreaming, on auto-pilot in the car, or listening to a piece of relaxing music, is a type of trance state. I would describe it as a feeling of the brain being 'in neutral' yet in focused concentration. You will be aware of your surroundings and totally in control, but your thoughts will be very relaxed and focused inside your own mind. I work with you to induce a gentle, relaxing light trance. Occasionally you may fall asleep because it is very relaxing - this is not a problem. You will be woken gently and will feel very refreshed and relaxed afterwards, a little like waking from a light nap.
Is it safe?
Absolutely safe. Hypnosis has been used for hundreds of years and using modern developments in neuroscience, we actually understand so much more about the brain and how tools such as solution focused hypnotherapy can help us. You cannot get 'stuck' in a trance and you are never 'out of control' - one of the reasons I do not use instant induction techniques on clients.
Before our first session I will also send you further information and FAQs about trance sessions, ensuring you have any questions answered and you are completely comfortable and familiar with the session structure. It is a very enjoyable experience.
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