What can hypnosis or hypnotherapy cure or help with, this question often includes anxiety and weight loss?
Hypnosis or hypnotherapy can help with many, many issues, problems and symptoms. It can also help with confidence, goal setting and achieving, motivation and performance enhancement. I’ll give you some examples but this list is by no means exhaustive. Many of my clients have suffered with some form of anxiety, stress, panic and symptoms of these emotional states can be anything from, nail biting, sleep issues (a common question would be ‘why can’t I sleep at night?), unwanted habits like drinking, smoking, checking, counting, cleaning, skin picking. Many, many clients want to know how to fight depression and anxiety naturally without medication or alone. Fears and phobias can also be helped using hypnosis.
Can you Hypnotise yourself, can I be hypnotised?
The answer to both of these questions is yes, if you want to! I often teach my clients self hypnosis so that they can re-learn how to relax properly or focus on their goal. Not everyone wants to be hypnotised so it would be a bit pointless for them to try. In my experience once even the most doubtful person understands exactly what hypnosis is all about and the changes you can bring about with it they usually want to experience it. You can’t force someone to be hypnotised if they are scared or unhappy to try it, they have to be willing.
Where Does Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Come From?
“Hypnosis is a heightened sense of awareness whilst being completely relaxed. You will find that there is no specific feeling of being within hypnosis, just a pleasant deeply relaxed feeling when you know you are still in control of your faculties and senses.”
“Hypnotherapy is a naturalistic treatment of conditions otherwise treated by drugs. Using hypnotherapy I can help you to develop strengths and amplify abilities that you didn’t know you had or overcome obstacles and hurdles which had previously been holding you back”.
Hypnotism has been around since time immemorial in different guises eg like the tribal rituals which involve the people experiencing trance-
Anton Mesmer in the 18th century treated nervous illnesses with magnets, giving lie to the word Mesmerism which was used to describe hypnosis or Animal Magnetism.
The words hypnotism, hypnotic and hypnotise were coined by a Scottish surgeon, James Braid circa 1795. Braid was originally sceptical about hypnosis but he was convinced that hypnosis worked after sticking a pin under the nail of a mesmerised girl on the stage. She obviously felt no pain and this changed his view completely.
Sigmund Freud another great name in the history of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. He lived in 19th century. Freud first used Hypnotic suggestion in 1887.
Sergei Rachmaninov, composer spanning 19th and 20th century resorted to hypnosis when he became depressed at his inability to compose. Dr. Nikolai Dahl treated him for 3 months and hey presto the next concerto was born.
The traditional view of Hypnotists ie the swinging pendulum, wearing cloaks or generally being a bit odd couldn’t be further from the truth.
The session takes place in a relaxed atmosphere in one of my two clinics and just you and me. I can’t make you do anything which is alien to you or against your will. When you see the people on stage being hypnotised, they do those mad and funny things for entertainment purposes because they have a desire to perform or are happy to comply for fun. They have also been very carefully chosen from the audience after a skillful vetting by the Hypnotist.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. We work with the subconscious area of your mind which becomes very active during periods of relaxation and is open to suggestion.
In a typical initial session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.
Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal.
It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bed-
It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking.
Applied Positive Hypnotherapy (APH)
APH is a new, innovative and successful form of hypnotherapy, which is proven to help you to transform your life. It is based upon leading Hypnotherapist Rob Kelly’s 25 years of clinical experience and his highly successful Thrive Programme. Applied Positive Hypnotherapy combines insights from clinical hypnosis and positive psychology, and it is underpinned by scientific research.
Applied Positive Hypnotherapy is effective in just a few sessions. During a course of treatment, you will learn how to overcome specific symptoms and take control of the situation for yourself. There are no myths, magic or mumbo-jumbo in an APH session. Hypnosis is used to help provide relaxation, to reduce anxiety and to help you to visualise and rehearse successful outcomes in your life, and to regain a sense of power and control over difficulties you have been experiencing. Through APH, clients are taught self-hypnosis, which can be used later to maintain the benefits of APH.
I offer a COMPLEMENTARY initial consultation during which we can discuss whether APH is the best course of treatment for you.