About Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis

Today hypnotherapy is practised as a person centred psychotherapy which employs guided visualization and suggestion to achieve an altered state of consciousness called trance. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind, it is a consent state which the person allows themselves to enter and is characterized by an increase in focussed attention and concentration.

The mind is said to be approx 95% subconscious and 5% conscious. It is the subconscious mind we are mainly concerned with in hypnotherapy.

Feelings, emotions and imagery (which are the 'language' of the sub-conscious mind) reside in the mid brain in an area known as the 'primitive' brain. This mid or (old) brain is below the modern brain (cortex) where most of our conscious thinking is done. The primitive (old) brain is the basis for our powerful motivations which are aimed at reducing anxiety, avoiding fear, and ensuring survival. The hypnotherapist can facilitate the client to achieve trance rapidly and allow them to focus upon the feelings, emotions and imagery associated with the situation they have come to therapy for.

During hypnosis the mind relaxes and in this state of increased focus and attention (trance state), the trained hypnotherapist can communicate directly with the sub conscious mind which is often the source of inner conflict. The subconscious mind engages with the situation while the conscious mind with its supreme critical abilities steps aside for the moment allowing the client to accept positive suggestions. These positive suggestions come from the clients own choices and wishes and unobstructed by the conscious critical mind can be accepted to their situation quickly and easily, thus eliminating many habits and issues.
The subconscious mind is like a filing cabinet which has stored all our experiences, feelings and images.

Analytical Hypnotherapy

The hypno analytic approach is holistic in that it deals with the whole of the individual their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. This type of therapy is based on every symptom having a cause due to some inner conflict. The aim of this therapy is to safely recreate and resolve the conflict, which originates in your emotional past. The client is encouraged to investigate early memories, thoughts and beliefs and habitual attitudes which are often collectively supporting the current problem.
The conflict is usually outside of conscious awareness. By bringing it into conscious awareness the client can begin to understand their personal history and behavioural patterns and begin to implement ‘new choice’ of carefully thought out new behavioural responses, not only do the symptoms subside but also the need for the symptom is removed permanently. You will learn effective tools of positive change and feel a sense of self-empowerment.

Emotional problems respond very well to Hypno-Analysis. These sometimes present themselves as physical symptoms. Physical symptoms can be alleviated if the root cause is an emotional or psychological conflict. Hypno-Analysis involves dedication and commitment from both client and therapist. The usual length of therapy is approx 10 once a week sessions.