What Is Hypnotherapy and How Can It Help You

“The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of hell or a Hell of heaven.”   -   Joseph Conrad

Hypnosis does not mean losing control of your mind, it allows you to take back control, to empower yourself so that you can better look after yourself.

It’s about learning what the brain is capable of. The mind is a funny place, and, for some people, the difference between being able to do something or not, can come down solely to a single thought. For many, hypnosis can certainly be very helpful, producing amazing results.

It’s like a heightened concentration and is more common than you think. If you’ve ever really got into reading a book, or watching a television show and the rest of the world around you has sort of disappeared, you are aware of nothing other than your book or the television show. Hypnosis is very similar to that.

It helps to get past the mental barriers that cause most of the problems you deal with mentally and physically….people achieve outstanding results within the following areas and with many other life issues they may face;

  • Achieving in high performance sports
  • Business and career success
  • Stress and anxiety issues
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight problems
  • Self-esteem/confidence issues
  • Addictions/Quit smoking
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental health conditions
  • Exam performance/stress

Hypnosis is a relaxed state that we all go in and out of naturally every day. It helps people to unlock what it is that they most want, as it works with their subconscious mind. It empowers them to live their best life.

Hypnosis can help to achieve transformation and success in almost all areas of your life, creating positive and life-long results. It resets the patterns, your habits, that control your day, that are in your conscious mind.

For example, what you may believe and feel about yourself, that sabotaging self-talk that we use in the way that we all speak to ourselves…..which usually is not true, it is what we perceive to be true. We would not speak in this destructive and critical way to our best friends so why do we speak to ourselves like this?

Hypnotherapy can be successfully applied to many different issues, including addictions to substances ranging from sugar to alcohol and drugs; sexual problems; chronic pain; phobias; lack of self-confidence and to improve professional success and sports performance.

What has been found without exception from the many clients that approach Clinical Hypnotherapists is that they have already visited doctors, consultants, rehabilitation centers and counsellors. They have tried numerous different weight loss diets and ways to quit smoking and addictions and the list goes on. And none of those things have successfully worked for them.

So, they present themselves with a preconception that they are there because hypnosis is their last resort, when reality is that our minds are the most powerful avenue available to us. If more people understood the capability that their own mind has to impact on their lives whether it’s for the good or bad, they’d start with hypnotherapy first and not use it as an end result.

“The mind of man is capable of anything.”   -   Joseph Conrad

Hypnotherapy is a centuries old method for re-booting our minds to positively improve aspects of our life. It is a very quick and easy way to help someone snap out of the things that are doing them harm and to start developing more beneficial habits. The human mind is basically split into two parts – our conscious mind and our subconscious mind.

The conscious part is like the ‘tip of an iceberg’ which guides us on our daily activities, from making sure we eat to getting us from where we want to go and back again and for fulfilling our daily work tasks.

It is the little chatterbox inside our heads, which knows very well what we need to do to keep ourselves happy, healthy and on top of things. Also, all too easily it keeps helping us to give into bad habits like overeating and self-destructive thoughts centered on why we can’t do something or achieve certain things.

Then there is the subconscious mind, which is like the far bigger area of an ‘iceberg’ and is hidden below the water. It is the conflagration of everything we’ve ever thought, experienced or had said to us, which then drives some of the things our conscious mind does.

The subconscious never forgets any of these influences and will continue leading us to do certain things, because, we got what it saw, as a positive result at some time in the past.

For example, comfort eating, the first time we do it, it makes us feel better, at least at that moment in the short term. So, our subconscious thinks ‘I know, that worked well last time, so, I’ll make them do it again, and again.’

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”   -   Buddha

Hypnotherapy is such a great tool to use as it produces results faster and easier. For most people when things are out of their control they can get stuck in negative and worrying problems….but instead, it is much more helpful, if they can focus on those things within their control and take the necessary action to solve the issue – asking themselves “what can I do about it?”

For example, if a person has decided to use Hypnotherapy for weight loss then it is critical that the first step a therapist would take is to dig deep to uncover the underlying issue the person has that was causing the weight gain.

To find out what is the emotional reason that causes them to reach for food, what has happened in their life that causes them to over eat. Weight gain is the end result that happens when people reach for food to cover up their pain or problem, or whatever issue they have.

Being overweight is not only about the food. Developing a better relationship with your body in general, and looking at what you put in it, has to start with breaking that ‘daily trance,’ which is the root cause of a number of self-destructive habits.

It is not a one size fits all and so working with a practitioner is important. They can determine through getting to know you, how to work out the best approach and method to suit your individual needs.

It is crucial to get down to the underlying cause of the issue and to resolve that…..rather than just putting a band aid over it.

Hypnotherapy treats the cause addressing the whole body. Modern Hypnosis is a natural awake state, complete relaxation and what we experience ourselves everyday as we naturally go in and out of this state….it can be described as like daydreaming.

In this relaxed state of hypnosis, the person drops down from the conscious mind, which is only 10% of the mind, into the subconscious. Now we are addressing the whole person, 100% of the mind rather than just treating symptoms.

Helping to resolve those destroying feelings, such as resentment, regrets, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy and fear that is stored in the body and must be released to ease the melancholy and overwhelming sadness.

Those feelings sometimes experienced of helplessness and being useless which continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviour that can be associated with being depressed.

With hypnotherapy you can help to release traumatic experiences, hurtful memories and stored emotions from the mind and body. People report that when they have stopped those repetitive compulsive thoughts and behaviours their depression or sadness lifted so they can then resume living their lives again. Depression often has a cause, and when the cause is found, released and transformed, the depression lifts.

Hypnosis uses the ability of the brain to do this and to connect to new experiences and helping people to focus on a better, brighter future…our brain is the most intelligent computer and has the answers.

You could liken the mind to a self-learning computer, which is hardwired to run the same programs over and over again. Occasionally it needs rebooting to ensure that it’s producing the outputs the user is actually looking for and that’s where hypnotherapy comes in.

Everyone can be hypnotised, to some extent. The reasoning for this is that in reality, most of us are in a trance, most of the time.

Think about it. How many times in a day do you do something in an automated state, where you can’t remember the process you actually went through?

Maybe it was driving your car on auto-pilot and you can’t remember how you got to your destination, if you even stopped at the corner and checked for traffic. Or you cooked dinner and it just happened while you were mentally shifting through the events of your day.

This is very common because, while our conscious minds are focusing on the practicalities of the things, we need to get done that day in the here and now. Our subconscious is only too happy to oversee our habitual activities in a kind of automated state.

Therefore, it is also not a case of being strong or not strong, literally everyone is susceptible to hypnosis in one form or another.

Hypnosis will actually snap you out of the trance-like state you inhabit every day, so that you can change the behaviours that are not doing you any favours.

It’s a bit like when you go on holiday and as soon as you switch off and start to relax,

the day -to- day clutter in your head starts to dissipate and you think in a new way about all those aspects of your life you might like to change, or new activities you would like to try, any new ideas come to you.

Or suddenly you might remember something important that had been blocked out by all the other noise going on. Hypnosis provides a shortcut to stepping back from the world in a similar way so that you can reassess, which we all need to do every now and again.

Like anything in our lives, if we concentrate on one thing for long enough, we are likely to become good at it. The fact is our brains are wired so that they just will not update their systems until they are presented with something better. This is how hypnosis works, the power of it enables this to happen instantly, with very little conscious effort.

This is why when someone comes to a hypnosis practitioner with an issue like wanting to stop smoking and straight away, they stop craving cigarettes, whereas if they went cold turkey, stopping would be a lot harder to do.

When you are ready to take control of your life hypnosis can help create the changes you want. Because a complete assessment session is done first, and if the client answers truthfully about why they want these changes, the success rate is very high.

Also, it comes down to the belief you have about whether it will help you or not. How willing you are to engage in visualization and suggestions given to you by the hypnotherapist, to use your imagination….hypnosis works from repetition, so if a recording is given to you from the clinic it is important to follow the instructions and listen to it for several days.

As a therapist the results achieved for people is where the rewards come for them as there is nothing better than to see people happy and achieving what it is, they want. If you focus on the good things, then the good gets even better.

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”  -  Eckhart Tolle

Everybody has free will and a person cannot be made to do anything they don’t want from a clinical hypnotherapy session, so the results achieved depends on the outcome the client wants.

There are many myths and untruths surrounding hypnotherapy which mostly come from false reporting from the media and from fictional films and novels, says Irving Kirsch, a lecturer and director of the ‘Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School.’

Kirsch says, “hypnosis is a well-studied and researched legitimate form of adjunct treatment for conditions ranging from obesity and pain after surgery to anxiety and stress.”  In terms of weight loss, some of Kirsch’s research has found that, the hypnosis group also maintained that weight loss during an 18-month follow-up period.

For a lot of people, the only experience they have had of hypnosis is seeing it being used in an entertainment scenario and so the number one question asked is: “You are not going to make me cluck like a chicken, are you?” Of course, the answer is, “absolutely not!”

You cannot be hypnotized against your will – you always have to want to do something a hypnotherapist asks you to do, or you would not comply with it.

Even people who are made to cluck like a chicken must want to do that on some level, otherwise they wouldn’t, it’s as simple as that. Choose a practitioner that you have rapport with for the therapy to be as effective as possible. A qualified practitioner only ever wants what is best for their client.

The hypnotherapist is just the facilitator. It is you and the power of your mind, that puts you into a hypnotic state from which you will start to change your behaviour. You will be amazed by what you are capable of.

As said, it is helpful for many conditions including obesity, depression, anxiety and stress. It helps with addictions and smoking cessation.

It is a great way to enhance the mind power to use in high performance sports for that winning edge and the business owner who wants unlimited success….for a higher level of confidence and self-esteem, it is life changing and the fast track to getting what you most want.

Certain people are not suitable to undergo hypnotherapy. These include children under five, whose language isn’t advanced enough to understand the necessary instructions. Also, those with serious mental health issues that result in a chemical imbalance in their brain, such as schizophrenia or clinical depression as hypnotherapy work’s by heightening someone’s senses.

Thinking and feeling more vividly in this way could lead to them doing something that isn’t good for them. If you have any doubts regarding your physical and mental health always seek advice from your doctor before having any alternative treatments.

Believe in a healthier, better you on all levels and let hypnotherapy help you to achieve your ultimate lifestyle, transforming your life for the better and feeling fantastic…as William James said, “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”

Become your best self with hypnosis. Becoming a better person, and giving your mind and body the opportunity to grow in ways that have been scientifically proven….listen to yourself and change yourself in ways you might never have before in your life. People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Renew your mind and transform your life!!!

“All problems are illusions of the mind.”  -   Eckhart Tolle

Karen Sydne

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