What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnotherapy, which enables the subconscious mind to make positive changes.
The type of Psychotherapy used is ‘Solution Focused Therapy’ and as the name suggests, focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing the past.
Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems.
– acknowledge where you are currently
– identify where you want to be
– help you to make the necessary changes.
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention, we all experience the Hypnotic state in our everyday lives. Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing?
In this relaxed state, your mind is more responsive to suggestion. I may make suggestions of you being calm and confident, but the specifics are all your own ideas which result from the talking part of the therapy. During trance the creative parts of your brain are very active and you are finding solutions to make your goals possible. We may start with very minor and mundane goals but they are building blocks to entirely new ways of thinking.
What is isn’t – Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic. That is not the case. Hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do.
How long does it take – Everyone is an individual it is impossible to say how many sessions are required. I have seen people make huge changes in just a few sessions, others have preferred more. If the problem you are seeking help with has been with you long term it would be fair to suggest it may take at least 8 sessions. Sessions will usually start weekly but can be reduced to fortnightly or monthly as you feel is appropriate.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to.