Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience
trance states often during the course of our lives. Even passing into
ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of
hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like
daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it
all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can
naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes (hypnotherapy),
beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious
In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact
with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of
unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting
source of many of our problems.
Realistically no-one can be hypnotised against their will and
even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus
hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful co-operation.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety
of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of
people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even
succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not
produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and
qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often
permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Hypnotherapy makes use of the bicameral nature of the
functioning brain and the conscious / unconscious processes therein. At
its simplest level the unconscious mind becomes (through our life
experience) the repository of our conditioned experience, while the
conscious mind is the waking mind dealing with appraisal and decision
making. In hypnotherapy the critical faculties of the conscious mind
are sidestepped (through the hypnotic condition) and new ideas and
'suggestions' placed directly into the uncritical unconscious to effect
beneficial changes when back in the waking state.
Clinical applications of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following
and more: unwanted habits - smoking, nail biting, bed wetting,
weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting
performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias,
compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries,
reduce stress, tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS,
gynaecological problems - PMT, psychogenic infertility, obstetrics
(painless childbirth), skin problems, pain control, minor surgery,
dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and pains, some sexual
Put simply, where your problem is due to habitual conditioning
(habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events in your past
then hypnotherapy can be used to access and reprogramme these complexes
which are being sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.
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A small selection of informative articles by members
- Can Hypnotherapy
be used with children?
by Lynda Hudson BA (Hons) Psych D
Hyp (Dist) Dip App Ling Dip Stress Mgmt, Adv Certs CBT Trauma &
CISD, NLP MAC MBSCH MBPS
- 10 Ways to get the
best from your Hypnotherapist
by Sara Longmuir BA (Hons, BSc
(Hons), D. Hyp, PDCHyp, Dip. Psych. Couns.
- Hypnosis For Weight
by Michael J. Hadfield D. Hyp, MBSCH
approach to the treatment of simple phobias
by Karen Campbell, M.A. (Hons), D.Hyp. MBSCH
- Hypnotherapy and IBS
(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
by Peter Bernfeld MSc, D. Hyp. PDCHyp
- Coaching and
by Pauline Hadley, D.Hyp, MBSCH,
NCFE Dip, LLB (hons)
- Clinical Hypnosis
by Hilary Field RGN, RSCN, RM, D.Hyp, PDCHyp
- Just when you think
it's not going to work
by Denise Bosque D.Hyp, NLPMP, MTAC1
Hypnosis used in a surgical operation, for anesthesia.
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