01 Jan Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is really just a highly focussed state of concentration. We experience this state when we’re so absorbed in say a book or TV programme that we lose track of the world around us. It’s often described as a trance.
Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state.
The experience of hypnosis is like being in a daydream with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation. The main benefit of hypnosis is that it allows access to the subconscious part of the mind.
The subconscious is important because, as a recent BBC Horizon programme showed, about 70% – 80% of what we do is subconscious (i.e. we do it automatically not consciously).
Unwanted behaviours, habits, phobias, and irrational beliefs are all subconscious factors that restrict our lives.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people are responsive (at different levels) to clinical hypnotherapy. It is often successful in cases where other more conventional methods of treatment are not. The benefits of hypnotherapy (when practised by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist) can be long lasting, even permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
In hypnotherapy the critical, self-doubting and negative parts of the conscious mind are sidestepped (via hypnosis) and new positive/helpful ‘suggestions’ are placed directly into the subconscious. These suggestions help achieve beneficial changes when back normal consciousness.
Uses of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit many conditions/situations including: unwanted habits – smoking, nail biting, bed wetting, weight control, improving work /study/sporting performance, building self-confidence, goal achievement, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, anxiety/stress, tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, gynaecological problems – PMT, psychogenic infertility, skin problems, pain control, and some sexual problems.
In summary, if a problem is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events from the past, then hypnotherapy can be used to achieve positive and beneficial change.
Brett Hindson BA (Hons) D.Hyp PDCBHyp MBSCH
Brett who trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, is a cognitive hypnotherapist and a member of both the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the British Institute of Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy clinics in Ewell Surrey and South West London