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What Is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of talking therapy that involves using hypnosis as a tool (hypnosis being a natural state of deep relaxation). Traditional psychotherapy helps people to observe their issues in a conscious way, while hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind. Hypnosis uses the power of suggestion to enhance and encourage positive changes. 

Under hypnosis, you still have full control and can always decline a therapist's suggestions if you choose to.. If needed, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.

Hypnosis does not work if you do not want to be hypnotised.

How does hypnosis work?

During a session, you will experience a trance-like state that helps focus the mind and stay more open to suggestions. You might find yourself feeling extremely calm and relaxed, which will make it easier to face problems or fears. 

The explanation is simple: whenever you quiet the conscious mind, your unconscious can be deeply concentrated on any issues.

Most of us experience this phenomenon every day. It occurs suddenly without any thought or effort. Typically, it happens while daydreaming, dropping off to sleep at night, or when simply absorbed in a good book or film.

We usually drift into a hypnotic state whilst driving! How many times have you driven somewhere, completely safely, and wonder how you got there? Maybe you have little conscious recollection of the journey, but you have still navigated the route with ease. This is similar to how hypnosis works.

How can hypnosis help?

This type of therapy has been proven successful in alleviating: 

  • Anxiety

  • Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Social anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Fears and Phobias

  • Insomnia (Sleep Enhancement)

  • Attachment

  • Body image

  • Nail-biting

  • Destructive habits

  • Low moods

  • Eating issues and weight management

  • Emotional, mental, physical issues

  • Procrastination & lack of motivation

  • Decreased productivity

  • Lack of confidence and self-esteem

  • Pain relief

  • Toxic relationships or family problems

  • Negative self-beliefs

  • Self-harm

  • Smoking cravings

  • Stress

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Unemployment

  • Issues caused by unemployment or stressful work environments

  • Reduce drinking/alcohol consumption

  • Bruxism

  • Tinnitus

When looking for a hypnotherapist please take the below into consideration:

  • If you have a mental health issue or a serious illness (such as cancer), make sure they are trained in working with your condition.

  • If you are looking for a therapist for your child, make sure they are they have the skills to work with children.

  • Check  to see if  they are registered with an organisation that is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

  • Word of mouth is always a great way to find any therapist. If you know someone who has undergone this type of therapy, ask about their experiences. Keep in mind, however, that some hypnotherapists only focus on particular issues, so your friend’s therapist may not be right for you.

                                                                                                                         Thank you!

                                                                                                                                IPT

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