Hypnosis what is it?
It is easier to state what it is not!
It is not Mind Control: You as a client will not surrender your mental faculties to a Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist. There is no controlling of your mind at all by someone like me. You have to be willing to open up to having a problem and to be willing to work as a team with me as your Hypnotherapist. We have to have defined outcomes to work towards as to what you wish to achieve and therefore you have to be willing to trust in the process and go with flow so to speak but there is no overt control. If there was overt control you would reject it and exercise your free will. So you can relax and treat Hypnotherapy as any other positive change work method where you are working with a professional to get what you want. Also you will not do or say anything that you do not wish to do or say within Hypnosis and a professional Hypnotherapist like myself would not ask you too.
It is not sleep: Hypnosis is not sleep, you will not be asleep when working within Hypnosis with me. You may be very relaxed or you may feel energised depending on what we are working on and what you wish to achieve but you will not be asleep. You have to be consciously aware to be able to hear and accept the therapeutic work that is carried out within Hypnosis. Therefore I am working with both your conscious and subconscious minds together to illicit the best result for you as my client.
It is not simply suggestion: Far too often I hear Hypnotherapists state that Hypnosis is all about suggestion and that because people are open to suggestion in their day to day lives that is exactly the same as the process of working within Hypnosis with a Hypnotherapist. I do not hold to that. There is an element of truth in it. However, Hypnosis when applied well goes far beyond the realm of everyday suggestibility. Hypnosis carried out professional and to a high standard allows an individual to remove a phobia that they may have had for years. It can also completely remove pain or manage it to a level previously thought impossible, it can slow or stop excessive bleeding from wounds and it can alleviate and eradicate depression and anxiety. There is a lot more that can be achieved but you no doubt get my point. This is well beyond everyday suggestion because a client could have been suggesting to themselves for years that they will feel calm and relaxed plus centred in a situation which causes them to feel anxious and yet they still have all the negative feelings. A professional Hypnotherapist like me can utilise Hypnosis to allow you to be totally free from those negative, anxious feelings within as little as ninety minutes of applied Hypnotherapy. Even less in some cases. So Hypnosis is not just suggestion.
So Hypnosis can be many things to many people. The latest brain scans carried out for research purposes do purport to show that Hypnosis is characterised by specific changes within the brain. However, it is not one definable state. A person can be thinking conscious thoughts while still being hypnotised. A person can feel as if nothing much is happening and still be hypnotised. A person may not feel relaxed and still be hypnotised.
Therefore the key is to trust in the professional that is hypnotising you. Seek out a very well trained, competent, professional Clinical Hypnotherapist who has trained with approved training providers of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy as well as someone that continues to have a passion, drive and interest in the subject, just like me. Speak to the Hypnotherapist and ask questions prior to making a decision to work with them. Gain a sense of their professionalism. Ask about their training and ask about their fees. Find out about how many sessions it could take to treat you (of course each individual is unique but a Hypnotherapist who has been in the profession for years will be able to know on average how many sessions each issue is likely to take). Basically get a good sense of what it will be like to work with this person. If you can get word of mouth recommendation even better.
Finally please remember that Hypnosis is not one clearly defined state there may well be elements of relaxation, heaviness or lightness in the limbs, increased ability to focus on suggestions. However, at other times it may feel as if not that much is happening at all especially as you get used to Hypnosis. Also remember please Hypnosis is not Mind Control, nor is it forcing any person to do or say anything they do not want to. Nor is Hypnosis sleep and you cannot get stuck within it.
There are far too many myths surrounding Hypnosis. These need to be challenged because I am of the personal belief that Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are the most powerful positive change methods known to mankind. They can do wonderful work in the right hands and remove so many fears, anxieties, depressions and more!
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Douglas Clark Master of Hypnotherapy