Clinical hypnotherapy is also known as suggestion therapy. It works by the therapist giving you carefully selected “hypnotic suggestions”. These are delivered to the subconscious mind while you are relaxed and comfortable in a state of hypnosis. For your comfort, lights are dimmed and subtle melodies are played in the background.
While you are safely and gently eased into a hypnosis, (which the majority of people would describe as an extremely relaxing and a very pleasurable experience) you are slowly and gently given carefully selected suggestions that are intended to alter the patterns and associations in your subconscious mind, in order to influence your behaviour and thoughts.
When you are brought out of your hypnosis, you will feel relaxed, energised and fresh, so that you can enjoy the rest of your day.
You will be shown self-hypnosis and at your request your session can be recorded. You will be able to replay the sessions whenever you like. The session normally takes around 45 minutes to an hour.
In clinical hypnotherapy the focus is on the use of hypnotic suggestions, whereas analytical hypnotherapy explores the subconscious causes or issues, which are driving your symptoms. It is a non-directive process in which we discover and find the root cause of your bothersome symptoms in order to successfully and permanently resolve them.
In the session, you take the lead. Lights dimmed, soft relaxing music in the background and eyes shut, while I take you into a light and relaxing state of hypnosis. Once you are comfortable and relaxed, we will start the process of free-association. (If you have ever played the word association game, whereby someone says a word and you say the first thing that comes to mind, it is just like that!) Instead of words, we use your memories and experiences. This process of free association can lead to surprising and liberating insights into the unresolved conflicts that can be laid at the door to your symptoms.
Internal conflicts within the subconscious mind, in certain situations, can be the cause of the negative symptoms. The conflict can be a childhood experience, which has left you troubled, anxious and distressed. If this conflict is left to bounce around and fester in the subconscious mind can manifest in a huge array of symptoms and symptomatic experiences. What you might find interesting is that the reason for the experiences being situated in our childhood, is that at that stage in our lives we have not yet developed the psychological capability or understanding in order to process certain situations or experiences.
Through the process of free association and while in hypnosis, we are able to bypass or sidestep the normal defences that usually stop us from fully resolving the issue/s or problem/s that we face. If you are sceptic of hypnosis, this process can still be undertaken in full awareness, however it would take a lot longer.