What is Hypnosis?
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis does not have to be a state of complete relaxation. Neither is it a magical force of power, as was thought for thousands of years. Nor is it physiological sleep even though it may sometimes seem to resemble it. In simple terms, it is nothing more (and nothing less) than a special state of altered awareness, achieved usually with the aid of another person although, of course, it can be self induced.
What is Hypnotherapy?
It is the utilisation of the altered state of awareness to channel untapped resources of the subconscious mind to achieve therapeutic gain/change. The introduction and maintenance of the altered awareness state serves to provide a special psychological condition, in which a person can re-associate and reorganise his/her inner psychological complexities and utilise his/her own capabilities.
Shall I Lose Control?
Hypnotherapy does not impose behaviour with which the client would not normally agree but it does support and reinforce changes which have been consciously considered and decided to be desirable. Modern hypnotherapy has little relation to the popular presentation of stage hypnosis and serious therapists have respect and care for their clients. A therapist highly skilled in observation is able to recognise even minor variations in behaviour that provide very important clues to a person's interests and abilities. These signs are utilised to help guide the client into the absorbing state or altered awareness that is generally called trance. Therapy is then able to channel the untapped resources of the subconscious mind to achieve the needed changes.
Can I Be Helped Without Going into a Trance?
Deep trance is only one of the methods of Advanced Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy. There are many avenues of approach to the subconscious mind, in order to overcome problems or achieve personal growth. Beneficial change does not depend on the achievement of a required depth of trance.
What is Advanced Hypnotherapy?
Advanced Hypnotherapy is based on the works of the late Dr. Milton H. Erickson, the American psychiatrist who pioneered modern hypnosis. It also includes the developed approaches or applied psychology such as NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING which mainly derive from Dr. Erickson's work. It is a dynamic system incorporating some of the latest findings of research on the Brain/Mind, the interactions of the Left/Right Hemispheres, the Conscious/Subconscious and on the observation and understanding of the ways in which humans communicate. It takes into account the special individual characteristics of each person, rather than trying to fit him/her into an exclusively defined system. It increases the choices of the client to avoid automatic repetitive response in a painful way to stressful situations. Through its use, life can be made freer of debilitating anxiety, depression and other negative reactions, and positive responses can be initiated.
What Problems/Aims Can Advanced Hypnotherapy Assist?
The relevant range of problems is very wide: lack of confidence, insomnia, mental
emotional trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, many skin diseases, asthma, migraine, bed-wetting, studying problems, unwanted habits or smoking and over-eating, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome are just a few of the many that could be listed. These and other related problems are identified, and the range and variety of the therapeutic approach is brought into action. Additionally, clients often request the help or Advanced Hypnotherapy as an aid to personal growth, or to improve already adequate levels of performance in the areas of creativity, sport or decision making. Help with self hypnosis is also sought; sometimes by people who feel they have progressed a little way and then encounter difficulties.
Can Anything Go Wrong?
In the hands of a well-trained and caring therapist, hypnosis is a safe and effective method of treatment. During 30 years of experimental work with hypnosis in therapy, Dr. Milton Erickson found no harmful effects whatsoever in its use. The only side effects you are likely to experience are entirely beneficial ones; the most obvious being that of relieving tension and promoting well-being. All full members of the National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NSHAP) are trained graduates with extensive clinical knowledge & experience. All members of National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy are bound by a rigorous Code of Ethics formed by the Clinical Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists (CRAH)
How Many Sessions Would I Expect to Attend?
This is always a difficult question to answer because we have to bear in mind that it is the Whole Person who presents for assistance; not just a set of 'symptoms' and 'aims'. We have been strongly conditioned to believe that change must be slow and usually painful. Therapists using modern methods have found that this need not be so and that it is possible to make deep and lasting changes; often comparatively quickly and easily. We are all unique individuals and must be treated as such on all levels.
Note: It is stressed that advanced hypnotherapy is not a substitute for orthodox medical care for people with medical problems. Patients who are undergoing medical treatment should remain in the care of their physicians whilst undergoing hypnotherapy. If you have a physical problem, please consult your doctor first, in case medical attention is necessary.