What is hypnotherapy?
The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists use a range of exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's mind and free will. In fact, hypnosis can actually teach people how to control their own states of awareness. By doing so they can positively affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
The British Psychological Society has now officially declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium to curb stress, anxiety, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. "Improvements from hypnosis can be as specific as eliminating erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation, remaining committed to a workout plan, delivering a dynamic sales presentation—or as broad as improving motivation and increasing confidence," said psychologist and certified hypnotherapist Marty Lerman, Ph.D., author of Mindshift.
YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND IS EXTREMELY POWERFUL.
It serves two fundamental functions in life. Firstly, the function of attracting to us conditions and circumstances according to the main thought patterns that reside within it - basically you are what you attract. It has no will or volition of its own - instead it simply acts upon what you feed to it.
Secondly, your subconscious mind has the clear function of acting upon any request, order or instruction that you give it. If you create a mantra and repeat it consistently then it will imprint within the subconscious. Herein lies the power of hypnotherapy - visualisations, affirmations and repeated images can create profound changes within our lives.
THE ROLE OF THE HYPNOTHERAPIST
Here at Stewart Therapies it is our role to ensure that you have the best possible introduction to hypnosis and trance. We will make you feel at ease and will explain the process in as much detail as you need before you are softly guided into a deeply relaxed and safe space. It is also our role ensure that only the highest quality thoughts gain entrance to the subconscious. We will teach you to understand that whatever thoughts and beliefs gain entrance to the subconscious will eventually manifest in your life. You will learn to become very diligent in monitoring and directing your thoughts.
Whatever your need - whether you wish to quit smoking, lose weight, feel more confident with the opposite sex or lose that anxiety that has been holding you back for so long. We can offer tailored hypnotherapy, sex therapy and relationship therapy sessions to suit your needs. We do not make any promises about time frames but we can ensure that you are given the most effective therapeutic treatment for your individual issue.
We can help you to reach your goals!
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by altering your state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. Since the unconscious mind is a deeper-rooted, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient's behavior to alter.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to quit smoking may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their unconscious mind retains the urge to smoke. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the unconscious so that deeply seated urges are diminished and beliefs that they cannot quit are abolished.
How many sessions will it take to work?
The number of sessions required depends on the type of problem, severity, and your motivation to change. Most people see dramatic improvement, if not a complete change, in just one session. Habits such as smoking are usually cured in 1 or 2 sessions, whereas ongoing issues such as learning to eat healthier are most effective if done a few times a year.
Is being hypnotized like being asleep?
Although you are in a very relaxed state, hypnosis is not like being asleep since you are aware of everything around you. Hypnosis is much more similar to meditation, where you have a strong internal focus and are very relaxed, yet you are in complete control. Unlike sleeping where you feel as if you are a passive recipient of your dreams, you are actively choosing what to visualize and are hyperattentive to the topic at hand.
Do I need to feel like I have been hypnotized for it to work?
Some people come out of a session and do not believe that they had been hypnotized because they do not have a clear conception of how hypnotism is supposed to feel. Since a person is completely aware under hypnosis and they do not experience a loss of control, some people will claim that they did not go "under". Interestingly enough, it is very common for these people to completely change their habits after being hypnotized, claiming that they just "suddenly realized" how important it was for them to change.
Will hypnosis work if you do not believe in it?
In my experience, hypnosis is extremely effective even for those who claim not to believe in it. However, as with anything else, telling yourself that you cannot change can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Medical research has shown time and time again that even widely accepted treatments are less effective for those who do not believe that they will get better.