The first thing I can tell you is that Clinical Hypnotherapy is nothing like the Hypnosis you may have seen on TV.
Hypnotherapy is acknowledged as an effective therapy for a whole variety of issues (see below) and shouldn't be confused with stage hypnosis. An ethical hypnotherapist will work with you, in a strictly confidential way, to enhance your wellbeing .
Hypnotherapy is a relaxed state of mind which allows you to subconsciously change the way you think, feel and behave. This heightened state of awareness, which is reached using skilled relaxation techniques, opens your subconscious mind and allows the therapist to make appropriate suggestions (tailored to your needs) which your mind then uses efficiently and effectively. These suggestions then lead to positive change and to making a difference in your life. By trusting in your own subconscious mind, it is however, YOU that will be making the difference and making a positive impact on the rest of your life.
At Making a Difference Therapy (MAD) we often see these changes being made in a relatively short space of time, (often in only one session) however, one of the keys to successful hypnotherapy is the desire for change. If you are seeking help because someone else says you need to change, you may not get the results you want. At the end of a session some people remember every word uttered, some remember a little and others remember hardly anything. What you do or don't remember is however not important and has no bearing on how effective the therapy is. Most people report feeling very well afterwards and "that was wonderful" is a very typical comment.
The possibilities of Clinical Hypnotherapy are endless and the results can be amazing:
Stress, Anxiety, Weight Management, Hypnobanding, IBS (I have previous posts on these subjects), Phobia, Skin Conditions, Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Pain Management, Panic Attacks, Self Esteem, Relaxation Techniques, Tinnitus.
This list is in no way exhaustive and there are many more.
Who shouldn't use hypnotherapy?You shouldn't use hypnotherapy if you suffer from epilepsy, psychosis (a type of mental illness where people have a distorted view of what’s real and may see or hear things) or certain other types of personality disorder, as it could make these conditions worse. There are also some conditions which require consent from your doctor.
Is Hypnotherapy safe?
In a word, yes.... Practised by a qualified practitioner, hypnotherapy is completely safe and contrary to what some people believe you are in fact fully in control whilst under hypnosis. All hypnosis is, in fact, just self-hypnosis and it is your choice whether or not to take on the Therapist's suggestions.
The history of hypnosis goes way back to ancient times when the Shamans used it for healing and guidance. It has also been used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines and was given the name hypnosis by an English 18th century physician, James Braid, after he developed the methods used by “Franz Anton Mesmer” (where "mesmerised" comes from). “Hypnos” is Greek for sleep, hence "hypnosis" but hypnosis is actually NOT a “sleep” state although a person in hypnosis may seem to be sleeping, and exhibit many similar behaviours:
deep relaxation, deep breathing, unresponsive to gentle movements.
In the past hypnosis has been associated with various strange phenomenons and a lot of people have been very sceptical and even a little frightened by it. This has certainly been heightened by stage events with people eating lemons, dancing like ballerinas and barking like dogs!!
There is, in fact, nothing magical about it and it cannot cause anyone to do anything against their normal beliefs or judgement.
In truth, hypnosis used in a therapeutic way is nothing like what most people have in mind and is in fact a very natural state of mind similar to what is experienced whilst listening to music, watching TV, or watching the waves on a seashore.
Clinical Hypnotherapy CAN however help you to deal with aspects of your life in a very clear, positive manner and is an amazing tool to overcome all sorts of issues.
The real power is - within YOUR OWN MIND!
So No a Clinical Hypnotherapist will not make you do THIS........Unless of course you want to.....