What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is Hypnosis used therapeutically to bring about positive change in our thoughts and behaviours.

It is a gentle, relaxing yet powerful, therapeutic tool for change.

It can bring about beneficial and positive changes in a relatively short period.

It is a therapy which requires you, the client, to be personally motivated to change.

 
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The General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) describe hypnosis as “….Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind.”

Hypnotherapy with me can be accessed as a ‘stand alone’ therapy for specific issues; or, it can be utilised when addressing deeper emotional issues within psychotherapy and counselling, to assist in the process of therapeutic change over a longer period of time.

 

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What happens during Hypnosis?

During hypnosis a trance like state of relaxation is facilitated by the Hypnotherapist.

Techniques which make use of metaphors, symbolism , the clients’ own imagination and direct suggestion are all used as a means of accessing and talking directly to your subconscious mind.

It is a safe therapy and one which really does require your participation. You can only be hypnotised if you want to be. This makes it a therapy of choice like any other. You remain in full control at all times.

 

Will I still be aware and in control?

It is a common fear that a hypnotist can make people do things they wouldn’t otherwise do. This is not true!

During hypnosis, irrespective of how deeply you go into trance, you will always be in control of the situation – you remain able to talk freely, you can open your eyes and stop a session at any time, should you wish to. You can even scratch your leg if you get an itch! The GHR say in their leaflet under Common Concerns that “…neither can a hypnotised person be made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or religious belief.”

 

When will I experience Hypnosis?

Hypnosis can be a wonderfully enjoyable, relaxing and fulfilling experience which I can personally endorse having experienced it myself.

Because it is so enjoyable, during your first appointment (after the initial assessment is completed) I will always invite you to experience Hypnosis before you leave, rather than waiting until your next appointment. This will ensure you are not left wondering what it is like.

Not all hypnotherapists do this.

 
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©Pam Hourihan