Interview With David
So, David… What Is Hypnotherapy?
Well… hypnotherapy is a type of complementary medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility… and in this state of focused attention positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues. I can help you use your powerful subconscious mind to resolve whatever problem you are struggling with, for example, managing stress; overcoming anxiety, fears and phobias; ridding you of self-doubt; quitting your addictions; stopping smoking; and losing weight.
You may have worked out already that the word Hypno-therapy is a combination of the two words: Hypnosis and Therapy… and it’s the combination of both these things that makes this type of complementary medicine so effective.
Can You Explain What Hypnosis Is?
Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state of focused concentration in which you are neither fully awake nor asleep. Imagine for a moment a staircase where, at the top of the stairs you are wide awake, and at the bottom you are in a deep sleep. Hypnosis is the bit in the middle somewhere around halfway down the stairs.
It’s in this state… the state we call hypnosis… where your mind becomes open to new ideas and new suggestions… changing the way you think; the way you feel and ultimately; the way you behave.
Will I Be ‘Under’ And Not Know What’s Going On During Hypnosis?
Absolutely not! Hypnosis is not a magic spell where I put ‘you under’.
You do remain fully conscious throughout. Some, however, experience a sensation where you know the hypnotherapist is talking, but your conscious mind drifts and wanders onto other things and at times you may become less consciously aware of what the hypnotherapist is actually saying.
Hypnosis is not about being unconscious. It is about helping you change the automatic patterns of your unconscious mind. Your unconscious mind is where all your fears, phobias, bad habits and limiting beliefs are stored.
As I’ve said, when hypnotised it is possible for you to allow your mind to become so relaxed that you don’t completely remember what I’ve said during the hypnosis part of the session, and that’s absolutely fine. I will explain exactly why this happens and why it’s not important that you remember at a conscious level everything that has been said.
Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?
Some people are adamant that they can’t be hypnotised and are convinced that hypnosis will never work for them. So, is it impossible for some people to be hypnotised the way that they claim? Well… the answer is yes, and no.
Everyone can be hypnotised, theoretically, so there’s no physical reason why everyone can’t be put into a hypnotic state; but there may be psychological reasons that someone is resistant to being hypnotised which might make it very difficult for that person to relax enough to enter a true hypnotic state. Usually people who are certain that they can’t be hypnotised have a deep seated need for control and think that if they allow themselves to be hypnotised they will be giving up control so they will never allow themselves to relax enough to get to the hypnotic state.
So, theoretically, anyone can be hypnotised. In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and I would hazard a guess that you have actually experienced different forms of hypnosis many times before. Perhaps when you’ve been driving home on a familiar route, and your mind drifts off thinking about other things. Then before you know it you find yourself at your destination and think, ‘Oh… I don’t remember the last few miles.’
You were in a trance like state… you were in the state of hypnosis.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis conducted by a trained Professional Hypnotherapist is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment. However, hypnosis may not be appropriate in people with severe mental illness.
Hypnosis has been practised for more than a century and since 1955 hypnosis has been recognised by the British Medical Association as an approved treatment.
Hypnosis has now developed into a science and there is a section devoted to medical hypnosis at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Will It Work For Me?
Research has shown that 93% of clients recover after 6 sessions of Hypnotherapy.
This research clearly demonstrated that Hypnotherapy works faster than Behavioural therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalysis, and that Hypnotherapy displayed a higher percentage of success with 93% success rate.
I will always say that it would be very wrong and unethical of me to promise that I can fix the ‘whole world’, however, I am always very confident that I will be able to help you feel completely different.
What Sort Of Things Can You Help Someone Deal With?
I use hypnotherapy and hypnosis very successfully to help clients deal with and overcome a vast array of issues such as:
- Panic Attacks
- Fears & Phobias
- Weight Loss
- Chronic Pain
and so much more.
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