Hypnotherapy addresses an individual’s unconscious mind, using the power of suggestion for beneficial change.
A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to give relevant, positive beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the change they desire. Although hypnotherapy is not the same as sleep (the individual will still have awareness and control), hypnotherapists often require the individual to be in a deeply relaxed state to enable them to use their imagination fully. For this reason, it’s imperative that the individual feels completely comfortable with their hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness from being awake or asleep, and many people compare the deep, relaxed state of hypnosis to daydreaming.
Altered states of awareness have been recognised for thousands of years and hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential. Techniques can be used to reveal issues from an individual’s past that may be causing them distress, as well as focussing on current problems. Hypnotherapy can also help physical ailments, such as IBS and insomnia.
Hypnotherapists will often combine hypnosis with other psychotherapy and counselling techniques. The techniques used will depend on the issue the individual is seeking help for.