Pamela Stephenson PT
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Perhaps you’ve caught yourself day-dreaming, whilst focused intently on a film, book or conversation, lost track of time? This is what we call being in an 'altered, focused or trance state', or being in a state of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is the constructive use of hypnosis (trance) for therapeutic use. It is NOT to be confused with hypnosis for entertainment!
In Hypnotherapy, the therapist uses your natural ability to go into a state of hypnosis. When you reach the appropriate depth of focused state, your unconscious mind is freed to deal with issues you want to resolve.
Hypnotherapists do not directly solve your problems, but instead act as guides or mentors. They facilitate you the means by which access your own inner strengths and talents appropriately, enabling you to obtain any necessary changes.
We all experience altered states, consciously and unconsciously. This means that all hypnosis is, in fact, self-hypnosis.
During a Hypnotherapy session, the therapist helps you to go into a relaxed state. This relaxed state alters brain patterns, so that suggestions are easily received. This will enable you to deal with the issues you want to work with, without an inner voice jeopardising that work. You will also be taught to choose a hypnotic trance that puts you directly in contact with your deepest resources, so that you can be empowered to deal with issues that affect you at any time.
Hypnosis is more effective the more we practice, as it creates a strong conditioning response that allows these changes to happen automatically.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help with most physical, emotional and psychological problems, including:
- Lack of Confidence
- Presentation & Exam Nerves
- Stress Management
- Increasing Performance
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Physical Ailments – IBS, High Blood Pressure etc
- Pain Management
- Stammering / Stuttering
- Nail Biting
- Fears and Phobias (e.g. Flying, Dentists etc)
- Panic Attacks
At your first visit, you may be given CDs or audios to practice with. This will help you to consolidate and enhance the process you experienced during the session.