Hypnotherapy - Does it work?
You might wonder does hypnotherapy work. Could it be that easy to solve some of your long standing problems? The answer is yes. First you need to understand what hypnotherapy is. It is a totally natural state of mind. When doing hypnotherapy with a trained hypnotherapist you will feel very relaxed and peaceful. You might even wish that the session could last forever, it is so enjoyable!
Hypnotherapy has been widely misunderstood perhaps because of stage hypnosis. It is a form of entertainment and has nothing to do with hypnotherapy. There is a misconception that you might loose control, when in fact you are actually more in control and more focused! Hypnotherapy is a professional partnership between the hypnotherapist and the client. A person cannot be hypnotized unless he or she agrees and co-operates.
Hypnotherapy is a valuable therapeutic tool for enhancing a client’s self-awareness and helps them to assume responsibility for healing themselves as well as giving them the tools and skills they need to do so.
I find once clients understand hypnosis and are in this deeply relaxed state, they love being there because it is so enjoyable to bypass the conscious mind and go into that place of “inner creative absorption” that is so visual and interesting. Once you quiet the conscious mind and learn to visit your inner world you will find that you can access the part of you that is beyond your conscious awareness. It is like going in to the files of your computer where everything is stored and being able to access your dreams, your past memories, and even heal a wound. Your subconscious knows how to relax you deeply and helps you accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. It just needs direction! You need to tell it what you want so it can go about helping you. If you get in a car and just start driving but don’t know where you want to go you most likely won’t end up where you want to be.
Hypnosis is one of the quickest ways to get where you want to go and the most enjoyable that I know of, because all the while you are in a deeply relaxed state, the work is being done! You and your therapist go on an inner journey together and when things come up your therapist can guide you through it in a way that can help heal past traumas, wounds, addictions, whatever it is that you are struggling with. It is done in a gentle but very effective way. Usually in 4 to 5 sessions most of my clients find the relief they were looking for or resolve the problem that they came in with. That isn’t to say that more work doesn’t need to be done on their own; and scheduling a tune up once in awhile but that has been my experience.
Everything you have learned is stored in your subconscious. Take driving for example; you have already learned to drive so your driving skill is stored in your subconscious.
Once you back out of your driveway and maneuver out on to the highway your conscious mind is then free and begins to drift off because the knowledge for driving exists in your subconscious. You conscious mind daydreams or goes off into deep thought, allowing your subconscious to become more active. When your attention is needed to stop or change lanes then your conscious mind comes into play again. Driving is only one activity; you go in and out of trance many times a day. Whenever you do anything automatic, your conscious mind is diverted from your subconscious and you are more likely to go into a hypnotic state, such as the one described. Other examples of automatic states are when you are taking a shower, jogging or perhaps eating alone.
With simple hypnotic, relaxation techniques that your hypnotherapist guides you through; you can begin to visualize yourself becoming healthier, happier, more confident, lose weight, stop smoking or whatever it is that you want to do! When in that relaxed, trance state you are more receptive to suggestion.
Hypnotherapy works for most people but it isn’t just a snapping of the fingers. The client has to do some of the work too. It depends a lot on how motivated you are to change.
The Hypnotherapist will help you to do the change work in your mind and re-frame old belief systems. You will also learn many new ways to deal with your issue, as well as have post hypnotic suggestions for when your old behavior surfaces. You may also have some homework and hypnosis recordings to take home and listen to on a nightly basis. It is a very enjoyable way to work with your issues!