What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind to address unresolved issues or behaviours we have learned (e.g. smoking) and that we want to change.
Nicola will guide you into a deeply relaxed state and can then encourage you to address negative thoughts, which have led to unwanted behaviours, addictions or phobias. This works by placing positive suggestions in your subconscious mind and provides you with tools to help overcome unwanted thoughts and behaviours. The aim is then to replace these with positive thought processes and healthy behaviours.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind – we often drift into hypnosis when we are watching a film or reading a book, it is a bit like daydreaming. I always like to describe the feeling as a bit like when you are just about to drift off into sleep or when you first awaken in the morning. It’s a very comfortable place when we are not quite awake but we are not asleep either. People experience hypnosis in different ways, and many are very surprised at just how relaxing it is. Some are aware of everything that goes on around them and others may feel that they have drifted off to sleep. Your subconscious mind will take you into hypnosis in a way that is right for you. The more you get used to the experience, the more you will trust it and the more deeply relaxed you will feel.
We all have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is our “busy” mind with hundreds of thoughts going through it every minute, such as what we are going to have for our evening meal. Our conscious mind can only focus on small bits of information at a time. Our subconscious mind is where we store our memories and everything we have experienced in life. We unconsciously use what we have learnt from past experiences to make decisions about how to deal with, and how we feel about the situations we currently find ourselves in. It is very common for people to carry negative thought patterns from past experiences and therefore automatically look on new situations or experiences in an unhelpful way. We can also pick up negative thoughts from other people’s experiences, especially if they have been traumatic. The experiences and beliefs that you hold in your subconscious mind can also trigger automatic physical responses in your body, sometimes overpowering what you actually consciously want to experience. Hypnotherapy aims to change those thoughts and reactions to positive ways of thinking and then feeling.
Who Would Benefit From Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy has proven valuable in enhancing public speaking and sporting performance, managing stress, anxiety, habits and phobias. It is also useful within anger management strategies.
Clinical Hypnotherapy stimulates the innate healing capacity our bodies possess and as such, the list of problems which may be responsive to Clinical Hypnotherapy is long and varied.
Weight Loss Via the HYPNO-BAND
This is a non-invasive technique applied via Clinical Hypnosis, which helps to alter eating habits and unhealthy behaviours over the long term, assists with initial weight loss and ultimately helps to maintain a healthy weight.
Support for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Medical research has found Clinical Hypnotherapy to be a beneficial tool to manage the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) stated in their 2008 Guidelines that “Hypnotherapy and/or Psychological Therapy should be considered for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile (described as refractory IBS).” Nourish is able to combine clinical hypnotherapy with dietary guidance to help to relieve the symptoms of IBS.
Common Concerns About Clinical Hypnotherapy
Some clients are concerned that they will ‘lose control’ in hypnosis. However, regardless of how deeply people may go in to hypnosis and however passive they may appear to be, they actually remain in full control of the situation. They are able to talk if they wish to (or not, as the case may be) and can terminate the session, stand up, or leave the room at any time. A hypnotised person cannot be made to do anything that contravenes their usual ethical, moral or religious beliefs. It is likely that the fear of loss of control originates from most people’s misconception of stage hypnosis, where participants are apparently persuaded to perform all types of (usually foolish) acts. However, it is worth remembering that participation in a stage act is an entirely voluntary process (therefore ‘permission’ is already given to the hypnotist) and that any person who volunteers in such a situation is fully aware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for!
Did you know...
If you are covered by private health insurance, such as Westfield, as I am a member of the CHNC you may be able to claim part of the cost of your hypnotherapy treatment back through your insurance company.