Hypnotherapy is guided self-hypnosis combined with therapeutic suggestions to overcome a variety of psychological problems.
Hypnosis employs a naturally occurring state of mind for example being completely absorbed in an activity and is similar to the feeling before falling asleep. This altered state of awareness, when our mind becomes free of verbal thinking and enters a more visual state, can be easily achieved so that beneficial suggestions may be given directly to our inner (unconscious) self, where they will be accepted without conscious criticism to make deep and long lasting changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The unconscious mind is a source of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as established habits and past trauma and a skilled hypnotherapist can help clients achieve tremendous results, exploring the powers of their mind and tackling deep rooted issues. A misconception of hypnosis is that once a person is hypnotised they may be taken advantage of, unaware of what they are saying or doing or be made to reveal personal details. However, no one can be hypnotised against their will and may remain fully aware, able to reject suggestions and return to alert consciousness at will. It is completely natural and safe, with no harmful side effects (The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis).
A National Society Registered Hypnotherapist is trained in the use of hypnosis in a clinical setting, and in talking-therapy that relates to supporting people who have difficulties or challenges through hypnosis. They are useful in working with conditions that are improved by hypnosis – usually a behaviour change.