What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a complex form of behaviour which can be induced under certain conditions to form a trancelike state in which the recipient achieves a heightened quality of relaxation that allows them to bypass their critical faculties. This in turn allows those hypnotised to accept suggestions or recall events to overcome issues which may adversely effect the way they live. Hypnotherapy uses this hypnotic state to help people overcome their issues or motivate themselves to achieve change or realise goals that may otherwise have been beyond them.
A typical hypnotherapy session will normally involve some discussion regarding your issues or goals and how you are progressing towards your target, followed by the actual hypnosis. The hypnosis part of the session is divided into four phases:
- Phase 1. Induction – Where the recipient achieves a mainly physical relaxation that allows them to be open to further stages of hypnosis.
- Phase 2. Deepening – Where the recipient is further relaxed both physically and mentally, often by visualising a beautiful and relaxing place. Deepening disconnects the recipient from their environment and allows them to enter a trance-like state which generates a disposition to any suggestions given by the hypnotherapist.
- Phase 3. Processing – Where the main work of the hypnotherapy session takes place. Suggestions are given, discussions take place or the client undergoes regression to the point where their issue first occurred.
- Phase 4. Release – The returning of the recipient to their “home” environment from the trancelike state. The memories and suggestions given in the hypnotic state are remembered and acted upon.
The Processing Stage can be further sub-divided into two main categories although these often overlap:
- Hypnotherapy – Using the hypnotic state to implant suggestions which alter the recipient’s belief system to impact the way they react to memories and experiences thus allowing them to overcome problems and issues which they are experiencing.
- Hypnoanalysis – Using hypnosis, perhaps via some form of regression, to generate the recall of experiences and memories to allow the recipient, with the help of a therapist, to understand the origin of an experience or memory which causes them to feel or act in the way that they do.
I use multiple methods when working with my clients in order to be as effective as possible.
Some methods such as autosuggestion and visualization are standard hypnotherapy techniques, while others such as sound elimination and music to enhance the hypnotheraputic experience, are a little different.
The main techniques I use are listed below. I am happy to discuss the context of any of them with you if you wish.
- Hypnotic Suggestion
- Music and Sound Elimination
- Noesitherapy (pain relief through hypnosis)
- Subliminal Messaging