When it comes to explaining what Hypnotherapy actually is a lot of people over complicate the answer. I like to keep things simple and straightforward so I explain it as a spring clean for our minds and mental health. Hypnotherapy allows you to clear out any unwanted habits or thoughts, and replaces them with useful ones that will bring you joy and make you feel good.
This is done by using breathing techniques, visualisations and muscle relaxation to really calm your body but at the same time really focusing your attention so that your mind is at a heightened state of awareness. This is the sweet spot, or trance, where hypnotherapy can then take place. This is when your mind will be able to let go of the old unwanted habits, thoughts and emotions and will be in prime condition to learn the new happier, healthier ones we want to teach it.
Let me put this into context for you; we’ll imagine a client that is having hypnotherapy for work related stress which is impacting their confidence in their abilities. They have told me during their initial consultation that they feel most relaxed and happy when walking along the beach with their dog. We’d start their session with some deep breathing so we’re both calm, comfortable and focused on the session. I would then take them through a visualisation exercise that helps them release tension, and relax the muscles from the top of their head all the way down to their toes. In the next part of the session I’d then use hypnotherapy techniques to help them really visualise themselves at the beach walking their dog, and then use metaphors such as imaging each aspect of their work place stress is a stone, and they throw that stone into the sea so it’s gone forever. And with every stone they throw away, they feel themselves growing taller and their smile getting bigger as their self-belief and confidence at work has space to grow and grow.
Remember, that’s just an example of a potential hypnotherapy session. Your treatment plan will be completely bespoke to you, and tailored to your goal. I would use visualisations of places and experiences that are most special to you, it doesn’t matter what or where it is; it just needs to be a place where you have felt happy, safe and calm, it can even be somewhere you’ve dreamt of.
The effectiveness of hypnotherapy sessions vary from person to person. Some people take to it very quickly, and see results fast, others take a little more time. The more specific your goal is, the more effective hypnotherapy can be. As long as you are open to it, you believe it will work and commit to your treatment plan then it’s highly likely that it will work for you. The majority of my clients start to notice small but positive changes after 2-3 sessions, and we continue working together for a couple of weeks after that until we reach their goal.
If you would like to find out how we could work together, and what your treatment plan might look like please book your free discovery call with me here.