Hypnosis is powerful, effective and a natural part of you. The ability to go into hypnosis is as much a part of being a human being as speech. If you couldn’t go into hypnosis, you wouldn’t be able to learn, to sleep, or even drive. We all, as we drift of to sleep at night and awaken each morning, experience hypnosis.
Over the last century thousands of pieces of research have been carried out by highly trained professionals into clinical hypnosis, the most powerful tool we posses for improved performance and change. At last, hypnosis is moving out of the realm of the mysterious into the clear light of modern science – exactly where it belongs.
Treatment and healing using various states of consciousness has been utilised by human beings probably as long as people have populated the earth. In every culture throughout the world various states of consciousness are evident in applications such as yoga, meditation etc. These are arguably the oldest form of psychological therapy. Today we call such states hypnosis, and utilising various psychotherapeutic techniques whilst in these states is what we call clinical hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy can be useful for the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings as it addresses the subconscious mind, where the root cause of many disorders may be accessed. It is a normal part of a session for a client to be taught how to relax. The power of the their own imagination is enhanced with a wide range of therapeutic techniques such as storytelling, metaphors, symbols, direct and indirect suggestions resulting in positive, beneficial change within. Milton H. Erickson changed the traditional authoritarian approach to client therapy with his innovative ideas and the simple recognition that “within the problem is the solution”.
We all have issues that affect our everyday lives, and I believe that almost everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy. It is amazing how many of these conditions can be improved or eradicated by simple therapeutic interventions. Hypnosis can help facilitate a change in thinking and view the world from a different perspective. Unlike many other psychological or psychotherapeutic therapies, clinical hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a short-term approach where beneficial change, if it is going to happen, should become apparent within relatively few sessions.
Most people are surprised to find out that hypnosis is actually a normal state of mind. While it may conjure up images of mind control or a loss of awareness, clinical studies have shown that people can achieve a greater awareness of their environment during hypnosis and remain in absolute control.
“Perception is real, even if it is not reality.” Edward de Bono
Please Note: Hypnotherapy is 100% safe for the vast majority of people. However, some people such as those suffering from epilepsy, clinical depression or psychosis (eg.schizophrenia), should seek medical advice from their GP or other suitably qualified professional, before undergoing hypnotherapy.