How does hypnotherapy work?
Are you unsure of what to expect from a hypnotherapy session? Hypnotherapy is a pleasant, relaxing experience that effectively prepares you for making the changes that you want and achieving your life goals.
Wondering why hypnosis and hypnotherapy are so effective? It’s simple — it’s all about goal setting. Once you set a clear, honest goal, chances are you will be able to achieve it through hypnosis. Read on to learn more about what to expect from hypnotherapy treatment.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a fast and effective method for change.
It can be used to override old negative mindsets and establish new positive patterns. Our brains are made up of an estimated 100 billion neurons making a total of 100 trillion neural connections.
The effectiveness of hypnosis has been known for thousands of years under various different names and in every culture throughout human history.
It’s now validated and documented in modern medical science in over 200 scientific studies.
Unlike other therapies such as psychology and, the therapy aspect of hypnosis does not take place in the conscious waking state, but in the less familiar, natural and more resourceful subconscious state of the hypnotic trance. Adults & children especially are spontaneously moving in and out of shallow trance states during each day. Being lost in a daydream, or absorbed in a beautiful sunset, are considered light hypnotic trances. These natural trance states are the body’s way of taking a step back from the stress and tensions of daily life. Breathing slows down, blood pressure drops, it’s very beneficial.
The inhibitions of our conscious mind, in the waking state, are markedly reduced in the trance state as the neural pathways can change. Neural plasticity has evolved as the study of the plastic, or malleable nature of the brain becomes open for processing the emotional history or trauma that may have been the cause of various issues.
In the ‘trance state’, thoughts, senses and feelings that are dealt with that are rarely reached through conscious psychology strategies like CBD. Once they are acknowledged, the unwanted behaviours and patterns can be changed within a few sessions.
Most people who seek help suffer from depression, stress, anxiety, sadness, guilt, shame, or rage. This unprocessed mental ‘dross’ effects behaviours & patterns, these patterns could manifest commonly as unhealthy eating habits, panic attacks, hair pulling or harmful and toxic behaviour in private interpersonal relationships or in their professions & careers. It is essential to understand the connection between feelings & actions, actions & consequences. We all live in a stimulus-response world, hypnosis can break a negative pattern, by repairing a negative response from the past.
“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” C.Jung.
With the help of hypnotherapy, the negative feeling/patterns can be acknowledged and dissolved. In the process of being freed from the negative emotions, clients begin to feel happier, more resilient, stronger and more self-assured than before. The changes made in the subconscious world naturally change the conscious world too. The cool thing is we don’t have to “do it” with conscious action either, it’s the nature of the subconscious mind to be successful, and it creates success as a habit.
What happens at the first hypnosis session?
For the initial session allow 1.5 hours. Subsequent sessions last around 60 minutes. The initial session involves a ‘pre-talk’, in when you will have the opportunity to discuss what you want to achieve. At this stage, both parties make a commitment: I, as the hypnotherapist, to use my skills to help you achieve your goals. You, the client to comply with the clinical process and any suggestions made. Then there’s the hypnosis session that will lay the foundations for all future sessions, preparing the ground for overcoming any obstacles and embedding new goal oriented patterns to take hold effectively.
The hypnotic process
After a brief catch up to note the progress, the subsequent sessions concentrate much more on the hypnotherapy. By then you will be familiar with the comfortable reclining chair and the hypnotic process. The process begins with a hypnotic induction, which is a quick and pleasant process designed to bypass the conscious part of the brain and establish direct communication with the subconscious. This is where habits, memories and learnings are stored. Whilst in the hypnotic state, suggestions are made directly to the subconscious brain. These suggestions override even the oldest, most ingrained patterns, replacing them with new ones which align with your goal.
Once the hypnotherapy session is over, clients express feelings of relaxation, clarity and energy.
For clients planning an extended series of sessions (3 or 4), each subsequent session offers the opportunity to go deeper and deeper into the subconscious and experience profound states of being. These experiences not only help build towards the client’s goal/s, they also have the effect of recharging the immune system, reducing cortisol (stress hormone) and adrenaline levels. This leaves clients feeling calm and confident.
How to get what you want from hypnotherapy
Before I go ahead with a hypnosis session, I always go through a few preliminary steps that are very important for a successful outcome.
The most important part of the whole process is for the hypnotherapist to understand what the clients desired outcome is. As with success and goal achieving in all areas of our lives, it always makes it easier when one has a clear target in mind.
This is in fact very easy and there are a very simple and direct questions that I ask, like: What do you want? Or, If after the hypnosis session something was different for you, what would the difference be for you?
And the second question is, so what is stopping you from achieving that?
These simple steps are the cornerstones of a successful outcome.
There’s also a mindset that’s useful. Over the years, I’ve seen definite patterns in the clients that easily achieve their goal.
- They know what they want and they’ve already framed it in the positive. By this I mean they don’t talk about what they don’t want.
- They have an open mind.
- They expect to get their desired result.
- There is a willingness to collaborate.
It is really quite easy for most changes to occur, of course, there can be more challenging cases and these just take a little more time.
So I hope to encourage any of you who are still in the decision stage to take action and experience and the natural and rapid life-changing benefits of hypnosis and NLP.