Hypnotherapy & Past Life Regression Therapies with Sarah at the Alchemy Wellbeing Centre, Hessle
£80 per session
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Healing by trance state has been acknowledged for centuries and has been observed, in one form or another , in virtually every culture throughout the world. However, the term “hynosis” (from the Greek “hypnos”, meaning “sleep”) was only coined around 1840 and remains a somewhat less than accurate description of the experience as, in most respects, the hynotic state is entirely dissimilar to sleep. At our current level of knowledge, the phenomenon cannot be conclusively defined but perhaps a reasonable interim definition might be that: “Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind.”
This state of mind maybe brought about either by oneself unaided (self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. If this other person is a trained professional, who utilises the resultant state to encourage beneficial change to occur, the process is referred to as “Hypnotherapy”.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Psychological therapy and counselling (sometimes referred to as the “talking cure”) is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy is to assist people (referred to as clients) in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.
There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the clients subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the clients own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism(judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.
Analytical techniques may also be employed in an attempt to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past (referred to as the “there and then”) or therapy may concentrate more on the client’s current life and presenting problems (referred to as the “here and now”). It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change (rather than relying solely on the therapist’s efforts) although a belief in the possibility of beneficial change may be a sufficient starting point.
Regardless of the techniques employed, perhaps the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist. This is of particular importance in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in the practitioner.
WHO CAN BE HYPNOTISED?
The answer to this question is undoubtedly “virtually everyone”. This claim must, however, be qualified by the observation that some are more readily hypnotisable than others and that it will also depend on ones willingness to be hypnotised at the time. This willingness will itself depend upon a number of factors, not lease of which will be the strength of the persons particular need and their trust and confidence in the therapist concerned. A corollary to this question is “what level of trance is required in order to achieve a beneficial outcome?”
Although there remains some disagreement over the answer, most researchers concur that the actual level or depth of trance obtained does not relate to the beneficial results that might be obtained. In practice , this means that even where a person feels that they have not been hypnotised, given time (and this is an important factor) the desired outcome of therapy might yet materialise. This matter of time is especially important in our current society, which has, in many respects been coerced into believing that gratification of every desire should be instantaneous.
Hypnotherapy can be extraordinarily effective but it is not magic! However if the right ingredients are present, if the time is right and if a suitable practitioner can be found with whom the client is willing to work, then all their realistic goals are achievable.
WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM HYPNOTHERAPY?
Again the answer to this is “virutally everyone”. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just potential which Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also ones inner resources to effect beneficial change.
Consequently the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy is far too long and varied to catalogue but certainly includes: anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, over eating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self esteem, fear of exams, bed wetting, fear of public speaking, allergies, skin disorders, migraine, IBS, sporting and artistic performance enhancement.
SOME COMMON CONCERNS
Clients are sometimes concerned that they will lose control in hypnosis. However, general consensus indicates that regardless of how deeply people may go into hypnosis and however passive they may appear to be, they actually remain in full control of the situation. They are fully able to talk if they wish to or not as the case maybe. It is likely that the notion of a loss of control stems from most people’s misconception of stage hypnosis, wherein participants are apparently persuaded to perform all manner of foolish acts.
However you should be aware that participation in a stage act is an entirely voluntary process (thus “permission” is already given to the hypnotist) and that there can be no such volunteer who is unaware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!
If you would like to book a session of hypnotherapy or past life regression or to discuss this therapy please telephone me on 07917097419 or email me email@example.com
For more information see the NHS website