What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is merely a state of focused attention. It is very much like daydreaming and is perfectly normal in many ways. When we daydream, we are completely focused, and anything that is not required in that daydream is put to one side.
We go into this trance state many times a day. We can be in a trance while listening to music, reading a book, watching TV, exercising or even driving a car. It is in this deeply relaxed state that the mind is more responsive to suggestion. The suggestions given to the client by the therapist are designed to help the client move forward with their life in a positive way and also to help change any unwanted thoughts or behavioural patterns.
Hypnotic trance is when the conscious and sub-conscious minds focus on the same thing. Focusing on a particular thought while in this trance state is what triggers an emotional response in the brain. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps to create significant positive changes in peoples lives, over a relatively short space of time.
What it isn’t…
Many people are concerned that the hypnotherapist will be able to read or control their mind in some way. Nobody can be hypnotised or made to do anything that is against their own moral code. The subconscious mind will automatically reject any suggestion that is considered inappropriate by that particular person. Neither is there any chance of becoming ‘Stuck’ in trance. Anyone can choose to leave a trance state at any time.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Psychotherapy is often referred to as a talking therapy, which can be very beneficial. This, combined with hypnosis, allows the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes and this in turn allows the client to make positive steps towards their chosen goals.