How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

First of all, let’s think about the 4 states of mind:

If you think of a staircase, at the top of the stairs is when you are wide awake, your conscious mind is in Beta state; the mind is in high gear ready for making decisions, reasoning and logical thinking.

At the bottom of the staircase is when you are fast asleep; this is when you are in Delta State.

The states in between are Alpha State and Theta State; these are the hypnotic states.  In Alpha State you are still conscious but very relaxed and as you drift down into Theta State you drift deeper into relaxation and meditation.

When you are in a hypnotic state you are open to suggestion, learning, creativity and imagination; the door between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind begins to open and this enhances communication between these two parts of the mind.

Roy Hunter says that imagination is the language of the subconscious mind.  The subconscious does not know the difference between what is fact and what is fantasy; it responds to what is imagined just as though it is real.  In our imagination we are able to discover and eliminate subconscious blocks, leaving us free to let go of limiting beliefs, free to move forward and live more fulfilling lives – achieve whatever we wish to achieve, be anything we wish to be.

“What the mind can believe you can achieve”

Have you ever tried to change an unwanted habit only to find your subconscious mind resisting? The great hypnotherapist Charles Tebbets wrote:
“Since the subconscious mind is our driving force, we always do what our subconscious believes. Since it will believe anything it is told, we can reprogram it if we bypass the conscious mind and substitute new constructive ideas for its existing negative ones.”

We all learn to behave in certain ways; the result  of past programming from parents, teachers, peers, co-workers, television etc. This programming can either propel us to success or keep us from it in spite of our best efforts.

My role as a hypnotherapist is to empower my clients to reprogram their negative thought processes so they can make profound changes in a positive way. I use a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, NLP, EMDR, elements of CBT, and mindfulness based therapies to customise a treatment plan for my clients.

Client Centred Therapy

A good hypnotherapist will base their therapy around the client’s problem.  This is called client centred therapy.  Some hypnotherapists simply read general scripts using suggestion and imagery.  This is called ‘Clinical Hypnotherapy’ and will work on its own for some of the people some of the time, however for the therapy to be successful, the hypnotherapist should base their practice on a solid foundation.

C Roy Hunter stresses the importance of the  ‘Four Cornerstones of Hypnotherapy’ .  These are important objectives providing a blueprint for increasing the probability of client success.  These ‘Cornerstones’ are:

1.  Suggestion and Imagery:

2. Discover the Cause

3. Release

4. Subconscious re-learning

Suggestion and imagery
If you, the client, have a strong emotional desire to change, then just using suggestion and imagery alone may be helpful.  However, without a strong emotional desire to accept the suggestions, either the conscious or the subconscious may block or resist the suggestions and the improvement may only be temporary.  For lasting success the other three cornerstones should be employed.

Discover the Cause
When you are in a state of hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed, your conscious analytical mind starts to recede and let go.  The subconscious or inner mind can then be guided back in your imagination, to reveal the cause of the problem.  It is then possible to look at childhood perceptions of the past with adult eyes and allow the emotion attached to this to be redirected or released in a positive way.  This leads us to the third cornerstone  – Release.

There are a number of different techniques that can be used to gain release from the cause of the problem without confronting anyone.  The hypnotherapist can facilitate forgiveness or release in an appropriate way, freeing the client from the bondage of holding a grudge and resolving the problem.  CBT on the other hand, teaches the client to learn to cope with their problem, but does not help them to resolve it.

Subconscious re-learning
The fourth hypnotherapy objective uses suggestion and imagery to facilitate adult understanding at a subconscious level.  Clients verbalise their own re-learning and the hypnotherapist paraphrases back in the form of suggestions and imagery giving the client a more mature understanding and a new perception of the problem.

All consultations are held in Binstead, Isle of Wight.

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