What is Hypnotherapy?

We all have a conscious 10% of the brain  and a subconscious mind making up the 90%. Our memories, thoughts, feelings are all held like a library within the subconscious mind  filed away until we need to pull this information into the conscious mind.

This is great when you want you give someone your phone number or you are recalling information for an exam. But when the thoughts we pull forward are of a limiting nature for example ‘I panic when I get on a train’ or ‘I ‘m not good enough’ these thoughts are not healthy.

We cannot rewrite history and change things that happened to you but we can help you heal the emotions attached to an event and allow you to let ‘things go’ in a safe and caring place. Very often once you have dealt with the emotions you can attach a different feeling and thought pattern to something to ensure that it doesn’t hold you back.

Within hypnotherapy we work with the subconscious mind to look at your behaviour patterns,  we learn from them and then by using processes like regression, visualisation, simple re-framing we can rewrite these thoughts and feelings (not the event) so when they are filed back into the subconscious mind they are far more resourceful and empowering to us.

Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our 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.  The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken.  Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behaviour and physical state to alter.

For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding.  Progress can only be made be reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.

Being in a hypnotic trance is a deep state of relaxation the sort of feeling just before you fall asleep or when you catch yourself day dreaming.

Oh and by the way I can not make you do anything you don’t want too, I have no control over your mind, you are totally conscious throughout the whole experience and can walk out at any time and you will remember everything you need to remember!