Hypnotherapy – What Is It?
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to try to treat conditions or change habits.
Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis, a state of altered consciousness in which you can access deeper levels of awareness to allow beneficial changes to take place. The difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is that hypnosis is the naturally occurring state you enter a few times per day. It is a slightly altered state of consciousness or focused relaxation.
What Are The Benefits of Hypnosis?
Hypnosis can help with breaking habits, managing stress, and a wide range of conditions including anxiety and addiction.
Hypnotherapy works by encouraging you to fall into a deeply relaxed state, sometimes referred to as a hypnotic trance. When you are in this state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion. This is where a qualified hypnotherapist can help you change your perspective on addiction and help to change habits, behaviours and thought patterns that lead to addiction. Instead of feeling like overcoming addiction is impossible, hypnotherapy can help you see that it’s achievable.
Hypnotherapy can help in one session, or may require a more long-term approach – this will depend on the nature and severity of your addiction.
Stress And Anxiety
In the initial interview we will discuss how you experience anxiety, including the cause or triggers. I will then ask how the person wishes to feel and what life will be like without it.
We will then work together to reduce the symptoms by using a range of different techniques.
After a a number of sessions you may feel more confident and relaxed in situations that had been challenging previously. You may feel calmer and have more clarity of thought after hypnotherapy and you are therefore able to make decisions more easily.
People who have experienced manifestations of anxiety such as disturbed sleep often find that they sleep better after hypnosis sessions and as a result are able to work more effectively.
Hypnotherapy for anger can help you identify the root causes of your anger and cultivate more helpful responses.
Feeling angry now and then is a normal part of life. Usually, anger is a result of feeling frustrated, insulted, deceived or even under attack. For many, anger is a natural reaction that passes quickly. In some instances, however, it can become a difficult emotion to control.
Anger is, at times, useful, setting off a physical reaction in your body known as the “fight or flight” mode. When you feel threatened or stressed, you will get an adrenaline surge that will tense you up and get you ready to run away or stay and fight.
Failing to manage anger effectively can lead to mental and physical health problems. You may find your anger management issues are affecting your relationships, your work or even your self-esteem.
Some physical problems you may be experiencing include
– High Blood Pressure
– Low immunity
– Stomach problems
– Heart disease
Mental health conditions caused by anger can include
– Self Harming
Hypnotherapy is the most effective way to stop smoking. It is more than 3 times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy and 15 times more effective than willpower alone.
Most people usually require only one or two sessions. If there are underlying emotional reasons for your smoking then these will need to be dealt with first and will take longer than two sessions.
Using hypnotherapy, we can cut the roots of the habit where they begin, in the unconscious mind, and boost your willpower to stop those cravings and feelings of need.
The first thing to do is to ask yourself if you really want to stop, and why you are stopping. If you really want to stop is a good question because some people want to cut down their smoking habit or just smoke the occasional cigarette and hypnotherapy cannot help with that.
The health benefits start from within 20 minutes of finishing your last cigarette. Your body will automatically begin to repair the damage done, setting in motion a series of beneficial health changes that continue for years.
Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.
Hypnotherapy can also help with:
– Panic attacks
– Phobias and Fears
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– High Blood PressurePublic speaking
– Allergy and asthma
– Sleep disorders
– Weight control
– Skin problems
– Building self-confidence and self-esteem
– Improving sport and academic performance
Hypnotherapy is becoming increasingly recognised in the medical world and all walks of life where it assists people to make the changes they want to make in their lives.
However, it is not a magic wand approach, and it still requires work and commitment on your part.
What happens in a hypnotherapy session
There are different types of hypnotherapy, and different ways of hypnotising someone.
First, you’ll usually have a talk with me to discuss what you hope to achieve and agree what methods I will use.
After this, I may:
– lead you into a deeply relaxed state – most people feel refreshed and relaxed.
– use your agreed methods to help you towards your goals – for example, suggesting that you do not want to carry out a certain habit.
– gradually bring you out of the trance-like state. Most people feel refreshed and relaxed.
You are fully in control when under hypnosis and do not have to take on my suggestions if you do not want to.
If necessary, you can always bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis does not work if you do not want to be hypnotised.
Hypnotherapy In Central London | Work With A Qualified Hypnotherapist
For stopping smoking one 2/2.5-hour session is usually all that is needed.
For other issues, we usually work over a series of sessions. More simple issues can be helped in 3 sessions, while more complex issues might take more sessions.
We can discuss this in the initial consultation that you have.
I offer Hypnotherapy sessions in Central London at the following venues:
– StillPoint Centre For Wellbeing, 18 Devonshire Row, London EC2M 4RH (2 minutes from Liverpool Street station).
– Benedictine Institute, Overton House, 74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London, W5 2DD
Giancarlo is a fully qualified Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist. He is a registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the Spiritual Regression Therapy Association and the General Hypnotherapy Register. Read more.