What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which our subconscious is more able to communicate with our conscious mind. You may have entered this state many times without being fully aware of what was happening. (In fact we enter a state of trance approximately every 6-7 minutes of each day!)
Can you remember a time when you were driving on a long journey, your thoughts drifted away to other things and you realised afterwards you had covered some distance without being consciously aware? During hypnosis you will feel very relaxed, you will still be able to hear the therapists voice and contrary to some people’s beliefs, be in full control.
Contrary to some beliefs you CANNOT be made to do anything that you don’t want to do. That is for stage hypnotists to make people believe is happening – but in reality these people actually ‘want’ to do silly things on stage/film.
What is Hypnotherapy?
The word Hypnotherapy is used when a trained professional encourages beneficial changes to occur whilst their client is in a state of hypnosis.
There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling (metaphor), to the use of direct suggestion for beneficial change.
Analytical techniques may also be employed in order to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past or therapy may concentrate more on the client’s current life and presenting problems.