What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Simply speaking hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Clinical hypnosis or hypnotherapy, therefore, is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for a therapeutic endpoint. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but rather are treated in hypnosis or trance.
All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the unconscious.
Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational analytic part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the unconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom.
How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?
As per the image above, you can be regarded as a ship facing an iceberg, which represents your issue. Ships tend to be sunk not by the tip of the iceberg but rather by what lies beneath the surface. In the same way, a person can be "sunk" by what lies in their unconscious, in the form of limiting beliefs, unidentified values, past experiences or unhelpful chatter.
Through the hypnotherapy process, we dive beneath the surface of the water to unleash your potential, change unwanted habits and behaviours and find solutions to your problems and concerns via different therapeutic methods such as simple suggestions.