What is Hypnosis?

First of all forget everything you have seen or heard about stage hypnotists and dancing like a chicken, it's not that! Hypnosis is simply a state of heightened relaxation and altered awareness. The hypnotic state can feel as if you are dreaming or daydreaming and is a natural form of consciousness which many people experience on a daily basis e.g. when we "daydream".

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy which uses the hypnotic state to bring about desired changes.

We have a conscious mind, which is our current awareness and a subconscious mind (or the unconscious) which is everything else. Our subconscious is every experience we have had, our memories, beliefs, attitudes, identities, our habitual behaviours as well as our autonomic functioning (breathing, heart beat etc).

Hypnosis is the means to explore and tap into our subconscious.  The subconscious mind is the seat of all your emotions and therefore directs nearly all your behaviour. Using hypnosis your subconscious mind can be harnessed to promote desired changes and physical well-being. In the case of hypnotherapy, the therapist will guide you into a hypnotic state.

Why should I try Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is usually a brief, strategic therapy - one that is aimed specifically at finding a resolution to your problem as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. It can generally help with any problem you're finding hard to handle on your own - thoughts and actions you'd like to banish or acquire, or emotional problems that have gone of for too long.

There is also a growing body of scientific knowledge which is showing that the mind is directly linked to our immune systems, which means that techniques used in hypnotherapy can also affect our physical as well as psychological and spiritual well-being.