What is Hypnotherapy
Our Hypnotherapy Service can help you handle a wide variety of physical and mental health issues including:
- Substance abuse including tobacco
- Sexual dysfunction
- Undesirable spontaneous behaviors
- Bad habits (e.g., nail biting, hair pulling)
- Pain management
- Emotional distress related to illness such as cancer
- Side effects related to medical treatment, such as chemotherapy
- Weight loss
- Eating disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Grief and loss
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Here is How Hypnotherapy Can Help
Hypnotherapy helps by tapping into the power of the mind and the use of positive suggestions to change behaviours and relieve symptoms. Here’s a bit more detail on how it works:
- Altered Consciousness: During a hypnotherapy session, a hypnotherapist guides a person into a relaxed and receptive state of consciousness, often called a trance. This state of focused attention is similar to getting absorbed in a good book or movie—it’s a state where you’re aware of your surroundings but much more centered on your inner experiences.
- Suggestibility: In this altered state, the mind becomes highly suggestible. The hypnotherapist uses carefully crafted language based on Neuro-Linguistic Programming
and therapeutic techniques to help the mind process issues and suggest new ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving. These suggestions bypass the critical part of the mind and directly reach the subconscious mind, which is more accepting of change.
- Creating Change: The subconscious mind plays a major role in many of our automatic behaviors and emotional responses. By tapping into the subconscious, hypnotherapy can help individuals change negative patterns of behavior, reduce stress and anxiety, manage pain, and even boost confidence.
- Post-Hypnotic Suggestions: The hypnotherapist may also plant “post-hypnotic suggestions” during the session, which are positive instructions to be acted upon after the session ends. These can help reinforce the changes made during therapy.
- Self-Hypnosis: Hypnotherapists also teach their clients self-hypnosis techniques. This enables clients to reinforce the changes made during therapy sessions and to apply hypnosis techniques for other issues that might arise in the future.
FAQ on Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Is hypnotherapy safe and are there any any risks with hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind and as such it is very safe. You may think of it as a meditative state that your mind drifts in and out of naturally through the day, ie. when you are daydreaming, drifting in and out of sleep, or even when you are totally absorbed in a book or in a movie.
It is only contraindicated for use with people with certain conditions, like mentally disabled or with personality disorders of a certain degree, ie. borderline personality disorder, and persons with a tendency to experience psychotic episodes.
Will I be rid of my problems after one session of hypnotherapy?
In most cases not so. Hypnosis is no magic and although most people will feel better after one session, as it can feel like you are totally recharged and feel calmer already it
takes on average at least 3-4 sessions for the issues to be transformed.
This is because many issues are complex and therefore need to be tackled from different angles, which requires time; however, hypnotherapy remains one of the most effective ways to resolve many psychological-emotional issues within a much shorter time frame.
I like to be in control. Can the hypnotherapist make me do or say things I
During hypnosis, you retain full control as you are not unconscious. In fact, you may voice any discomfort or concern you may feel during the session and your therapist will do anything to make sure that you feel OK and safe at all times.
Clinical hypnotherapy is different from entertainment hypnosis, no therapist would lead you into doing silly things as you see in shows, and people can lie in hypnosis with no problem, however lying during any kind of therapy defeats the purpose of the therapy itself.
Will hypnotherapy mess up my mind?
What is perceived as ‘messing up with someone’s mind’ is in actual fact creating new neural pathways so that you respond in a calm way to stressors and triggers. This is possible by ‘reframing’ – giving a new perspective to – past impactful experiences that have not been processed correctly by the mind thus creating a glitch in the brain giving rise to negative thinking patterns, negative response patterns, counter-productive behaviour, and bad habits. Again, what you see on hypnosis shows has very little to do with what happens in a clinical setting.
Will I remember anything after having been in a trance?
Yes you are likely to remember most of the session, although it is normal not to remember every single detail of it just like you normally would not remember every
detail of a lengthy conversation you had with a friend.
Is there a chance that I might be stuck in trance?
There is no such a thing as your therapist will know what is going on at all times and even though some people may feel like they may nod off during the session due to the
depth of trance they’re in and find they’d rather stay in that lovely state than come back to reality, the therapist will assist you in coming back to full awareness once the session is over.
Are people who can be hypnotised, gullible people?
Not at all. On the contrary, while it is true that in general everyone can be hypnotised, those that respond better are people with strong active minds, rich in imagination and
Because hypnosis is a natural state of mind that each and every one of us naturally drift in and out of throughout our day, all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, your therapist will simply enable you to go into that state more easily and in a totally safe way.