Hypnotherapy explained

Everything you need to know in the words of Clinical Hypnotherapist Gabi Metiu.

Here we are going to tell you everything you need to know about hypnosis – What is hypnotherapy & how does it work? – It is impossible to separate the mind from the body. Medical hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, can provide the therapeutic link between the two. What will happen during our sessions? All our treatments are individually tailored to you. Our experience shows that 70% of our patients are helped significantly by hypnotherapy so why not find our more about our treatments and how they can work for you.

So what is hypnotherapy it and how does it work?

Hypnotherapy, or clinical hypnosis as it is sometimes called, is a natural and effective technique that allows you to gain access to your unconscious mind. You could say that it is the key to unleashing your potential, changing your unwanted habits and behaviours and fining solutions to your problems and concerns.

Simply speaking, hypnosis is an altered state of awareness and consciousness that we choose to call trance. It is worth remembering that trance is a natural and tremendously pleasant state of relaxation that you allow yourself to enter. Unlike the mythical mind control implied by stage hypnosis, you cannot be made to go into trance if you don’t want to and you certainly cannot be made to do things whilst there if you don’t want to.

Hypnotherapy uses this trance state for therapeutic purposes. This means that you are not treated with hypnosis; rather you are treated whilst experiencing hypnosis. Once you have allowed yourself to enter into this trance state, beneficial suggestions that you have agreed with your hypnotherapist can be given directly to the powerful part of your mind know as your unconscious. In effect you are reprogramming those areas of your mind that you are unhappy with whilst, at the same time, challenging beliefs and behaviours, gaining insight and wisdom too.

What will happen during my hypnosis session?

The first session with the hypnotherapist involves taking details of the problem and providing a full explanation of hypnosis. Most problems can be helped within three or four sessions but some complex issues may require more and, to maximise the benefits, you will need to practise hypnosis techniques (self-hypnosis).

This session is devoted to learning about you and explaining how the mind works together with the theories behind medical hypnosis so we can allay any fears you might have and dispel common myths,. During subsequent sessions we use medical hypnosis to focus on the problem, find ways of helping and show you how to practice self-hypnosis.

Our experience shows 70% of our patients are helped significantly by hypnotherapy. Self-hypnosis is a skill most people have, although approximately 10% of the population seem to have difficulty – some people find things easier than others but, perhaps surprisingly, this doesn’t appear to make a difference to the outcome.

How does it feel to be under hypnosis?

There is a common myth that hypnosis is something which is done to you and you are under some sort of spell – this is NOT a TV/stage show phenomena – far from it! Medical hypnosis is something you do to yourself through the guidance of a medically qualified hypnotherapist. During hypnosis your thoughts are focused on an issue – ask yourself, “How do I feel if I’m having a daydream?” At that time of the day dream you are not aware you are having it but afterwards you get that ‘miles away’ feeling. The same sort of inner focusing occurs with medical hypnosis. We will explain it all to you and answer your questions before carrying out any hypnotherapy.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the complexity of the problem. We tend to work in blocks of four hypnotherapy sessions (including the introductory/explanatory session) – some patients don’t need all four sessions while others might require additional help. Why not get in touch to find out more about our services and discuss your personal requirements.