Hypnotherapy – What is it?
Many people are afraid of the word ‘hypnosis’ or ‘hypnotherapy’ as it seems to conjure up images of stage hypnotists and people making utter fools of themselves. There is some sort of ‘magic’ attached to the image. Perhaps there is, indeed, some sort of magic but it isn’t the kind you are thinking of. There are practical and logical explanations for what takes place on those stage shows involving the power of the unconscious mind and suggestibility- which really isn’t my place to go into. The type of hypnosis that I practice is for therapy, not for entertainment.
What we can say, with absolute certainty, is that the mind is extremely powerful. When we believe something absolutely, we can often make it happen. It is when doubt or fear set in that the mind starts playing tricks on us.
Essentially, there is nothing to be afraid of – I can’t make you do anything you refuse to do!
Hypnotherapy works on the unconscious mind, bringing it into line with what the conscious mind already wants. For example, if a person wants to quit smoking, hypnotherapy will help them to see themselves as a non-smoker, act like a non-smoker and be a non-smoker. However, if that person did not actually want to quit smoking, there is nothing to stop them from walking out of a session (even if they don’t actually feel like a cigarette) and decide to try to smoke anyway. Just as a teenager who has never smoked ‘decides’ to smoke, hates it but continues until he or she does actually like it!
Somebody (not a client of mine I hasten to add!) once said to me “yes, that is exactly what it was like! I hated those first few cigarettes after hypnotherapy, but I didn’t want to quit so I pushed through!”
If you really don’t like the idea of hypnotherapy, there are many other techniques equally effective, but if you do try it you will join with all the people who say “that was so cool! It felt like an inner mind massage!”
Appointments for one to one sessions available in Brookwood, Surrey, GU24 0AW. Close to Brookwood Station, Between 35 and 45 minutes by train from London Waterloo, 10 minutes from Woking, and ten minutes from Guildford.