What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focused attention. You’re not asleep when you’re in hypnosis, instead you’re completely awake but feeling extremely relaxed, almost as though you’re in a daydream. When we’re working together and your in hypnosis, rather than just letting your mind wander, your focus will be on my words and their meaning.
A good analogy for understanding hypnosis is the times when you’ve been deeply engrossed in a movie or television programme, focusing on what’s happening on screen. You’re obviously awake, but you’re so focused on the screen that you’re not completely aware of everything that’s going on around you. However, if the telephone rings or there’s a knock at the door, you’d be aware of it and respond to it. Being in hypnosis is a similar state – you’re awake but engrossed in and focused on being in hypnosis.
You remain completely in control when you’re in hypnosis and can come out of hypnosis at any time. With training and practice you can even learn to put yourself into hypnosis. This is a great skill to gain, and I work with clients to develop their self-hypnosis skills, as this helps them to make progress even more quickly.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
The type of hypnotherapy I use, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis is recognised as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions by organisations such as the British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), and CBT has been successfully for decades to treat a wide range of issues. Research has shown that combining CBT with hypnotherapy can lead to even greater outcomes.
Is it psychotherapy?
No, this isn’t psychotherapy, and we won’t be spending our time delving into your childhood, looking deep into the past for solutions to any issues you’re encountering. My approach to Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is very forward-looking and solution-focused. I’ll work with you to help you view your issue from a fresh perspective, and we’ll use hypnosis alongside CBT techniques to help you make progress as quickly as possible.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Don’t worry, anyone can be hypnotised! It’s true that you can’t be hypnotised against your will, but that isn’t what we’ll be doing. We’ll be working together and you’ll be allowing yourself to enter hypnosis. You’ll be in control throughout the process.
We all move in and out of hypnosis-like states many times a day. If you think of hypnosis as a ‘state’ where you’re awake and focused, you can see that you’re often in a similar state when you’re reading a good book, watching television, surfing the internet, or driving on a motorway. You’re awake but engrossed in what you’re doing and may even lose track of time.
Being in hypnosis will feel similar to this engrossed yet ‘daydream’ state of mind. You’ll also be super-relaxed!
What will the session/s be like?
Our first session will begin with a consultation where we can both get to know each other. I’ll ask you some questions and take a few notes, and we’ll discuss the issue you’d like help with in more depth. You’ll also be able to ask me any questions you have, and we’ll discuss exactly what hypnosis is and how it works.
By the end of the consultation we’ll both have a much clearer understanding of the issue you’d like help with and I’ll suggest a simple programme of treatment to help resolve it. You’ll be fully involved in this process, and we’ll agree the treatment plan before we begin any hypnotherapy.
We’ll usually start working on your issue during this first session. The session will last for between 60 and 75 minutes.
I’m still a bit unsure about this hypnosis thing…
That’s understandable, especially if you’ve never experienced hypnosis. Many people also have a view of hypnosis that’s based on ‘stage hypnosis’ that’s carried out for entertainment in nightclubs and on TV. I can assure you that clinical hypnosis is very, very different to stage hypnosis.
Feel free to contact me if you’d like a chat about hypnosis. I’ll be able to answer your questions and we can discuss whether or not hypnosis would be suitable for you.