What is Hypnotherapy ?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis in a clinical setting. The term hypnosis comes from Greek word hypnos which means ‘sleep’. Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, a state that is also called trance. This, however, does not mean that the hypnotherapist can control person’s free will and mind.
In simple words, consider alternative states of mind like:
- When your thoughts are occupied with what is going on, that is, you are aware of what you are thinking, and
- When you are thinking but you are not consciously aware of what you are thinking. It is in this state in which decisions are made which affect your beliefs and emotions.
Hypnotherapy is a simple way of supporting you to make the right beliefs and release those which do not serving you. This technique can actually teach people how to master their own state of awareness.
How does Hypnotherapy work ?
When something happens to us, we remember it and learn a particular behavioural response to what happened. Each time something similar happens, our physical and emotional responses attached to the memory are repeated. In hypnotherapy, the hypnotherapist guides you to recall the event which led to the first reaction, separate the incident from the learned behaviour, and replace the behaviour with a new, healthier one by way of a positive suggestion.
During the state of trance, there is a change in brainwave activity. The brain waves slow down, thereby relaxing the body, though mentally you are fully awake. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious becomes more focused and highly responsive to positive suggestions being given by the therapist to bring the shift in the now.
Frequently asked questions:
Will you lose control when undergoing a hypnotherapy session?
No. Hypnotherapy is about working together to empower the client to bring about a change in his/her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will.
Will you be asleep when hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, but it is not sleep. At the end of the session, you may feel very relaxed and light that you may wish to sleep.
Will you be able to wake up and come out of the trance?
If you wish to come out of hypnosis you can exercise your choice to do so.
Will you lose control over the secret information under hypnosis?
No. You cannot be forced to do or say anything against your free will even under hypnosis.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Those who can relax easily go into the hypnotic state faster. An average person with the willingness and patience to do so can master the skills.
How many sessions are required?
During the first visit, in the cognitive session, the hypnotherapist will take your history about the issue you wish to address. How hypnotherapy works will be explained to you. Depending on your suggestibility, you may or may not be taken into trance in the first session.
Each session lasts for about an hour or so. An average person starts seeing the results within 4-10 sessions. Your progress will be evaluated jointly by you and your hypnotherapist. Children respond much faster, usually within 1-2 sessions.
What conditions respond well to hypnosis?
- Fear and Phobia
- Skin Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Weight Loss
- Public Speaking
- Chronic Health Issues