Clinical Hypnotherapist - Background to Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist i'm often asked to explain the human phenomenon of Hypnosis. The state of Hypnosis has been with us since the first humans walked the earth. If you’ve ever sat and simply stared for a while into the fire, with your thoughts focused on one specific topic, that’s self hypnosis. Our distant ancestors spent a lot of their time, just staring into the fire! And what about when you become really engrossed in a film and you're asked a question you don't hear, that's self hypnosis, or the one that really worries most of us, you drive from A to B totally absorbed by some other deep thoughts. And you get to B remembering hardly any of the journey, again that's a state of self hypnosis you slipped into during your very deep thoughts. Of course you drove with no issues what so ever because your subconscious programming allowed you to.
Hypnosis has been used for therapeutic treatment, across multiple cultures and generations, by the recognised practitioners of those times, for the last 250 years or more.
Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy in today’s terms, simply refers to the use of the hypnosis (a guided state of relaxation), by a fully trained and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, typically in a formal consulting room environment, who then uses suggestion or analysis procedures, to assist a client with specific aspects of their subconscious thought process. A current thought process that is otherwise holding them back from functioning at a level, to that which the client might consider normal, beneficial and healthy.
I don’t want you to confuse Clinical ypnosis/Hypnotherapy with the more familiar Stage Hypnosis. Stage Hypnosis is a bit like a Magic show. It’s very entertaining and in the case of Stage Hypnosis, very humorous. Yet like Magic, all is not as it appears and never is. The humour element for us the audience, is that the subject is under the control of the Stage Hypnotist and doing things that he would not normally do. However, as any honest hypnotist will tell you, under hypnosis you can ALWAYS hear everything around you and you know EXACTLY what you have consented to do. Some of us just want our five minutes of fame in front of an audience……and that’s ok.
Hypno-analysis - Hypnotherapy of the Best Hypnotherapists
At Mindset Clinical Hypnotherapy, I base the core of my work around Hypnosis related therapies, including Hypno-analysis, Suggestion, Ego States/Parts and Visualisation. These core Hypnotherapy procedures allow a client to not only establish new positive thought processes within their own subconscious but also to address as necessary, the more complex neurosis driven unwanted thinking, functioning and or behavioural issues, that manifest themselves through our subconscious mind, often referred to as just our subconscious.
Just to help clarify the importance of that statement. For simplicity within both Hypnotherapy and other Pschology disciplines, we use the analogy of a Conscious Mind and a Subconscious Mind. The Conscious mind is where you do all your real-time thinking or silent talking to yourself inside your head " I think I'll go for a drive in the car" or "I must put that on my shopping list". The Subconscious Mind though is where all your automatic programmes are stored. How to walk, how to drive that car almost without a single conscious thought. But its also where you store thoughts about what you REALLY believe about yourself. That in itself would be ok, but did I mention that what you believe doesn't have to be true at all! There's a clue to why some of us struggle so much in our daily lives.
Hypnotherapy has a unique ability. A Clinical Hypnotherapist is able to guide you into a very pleasant state of relaxation, in other words, hypnosis. This allows the conscious mind to quieten down from its constant chitter-chatter and so enabling the therapist, direct access to the subconscious mind. As already mentioned, it is within the subconscious mind, that all of our real inner beliefs about ourselves and the outside world, are stored. But our subconscious mind is not able to differentiate between a true or false belief. It simply believes what it has been conditioned to believe, by either outside influences (Parents, Siblings, Teachers etc) or events, or by an erroneous need for self preservation.
And the subconscious mind protects those negative beliefs, or even represses traumatic memories, in order to protect the person and allow them to function. However, these negative beliefs or repressed damaging memories can be triggered and eventually manifest themselves. And it is often only through hypno-analysis and the skill of a well trained hypnotherapist, that you the client, can be guided to modify those negative beliefs, or provide insight to those repressed memories and so free yourself of your unwanted, often significantly debilitating symptoms and issues.
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