|Hypnotherapy Information from Hypnosis World
Information & FAQ
from Registered Hypnotherapist Grant Boddington. Learn what to expect
before, during and after a Hypnotherapy session. The Hypnotherapy information
on this page is easy to understand and will prepare you for more productive
What can Hypnotherapy help
(hyp*no" ther* apy"), noun. The use of hypnosis in therapeutic circumstances
for analysis and/or re-education.
spellings of hypnotherapy: hipnotherapy, hypnotherepy, hypno-therepy, hypno
therapy, hypno-therapy, hypnotheripy, hypnotherapi, hypnoterapi.)
Hypnotherapy probably has the widest
scope of assistance of all Complementary Therapies. It has been successfully
used by the population (under various guises) for thousands of years.
The list of common uses for Hypnotherapy
is huge, but here are but a few: Habits (such as: smoking, nail-biting,
thumb-sucking, hair-pulling, bed-wetting, etc.); Phobias, (such as: heights,
open spaces, spiders, fear of flying, etc.); Addictions (such as: drugs,
alcohol, gambling, foods, etc.); Personal, business and sports motivation;
relationship enhancement; Self-esteem; sex therapy; confidence; sleep problems;
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCDs); weight loss & control; irritable
bowel syndrome; stress; depression; pain management; concentration &
focus; painless childbirth;etc. etc.etc.
Making 1st Contact with
a Hypnotherapist or Hypnotherapy Clinic
Generally your first contact will
be by telephone, probably most likely either after a referral from a friend,
or by choosing one from a list or directory of Hypnotherapists or Hypnotherapy
clinics. It is important you speak with the actual Hypnotherapist who you
intend to work with. The initial feeling you have for this therapist and
that attitudes you share, can have an enormous impact on the results you
will achieve. You must like and trust the Hypnotherapist in order to reap
the best benefits from the therapy. So take the time to find one whose
manner and qualifications help put you at ease.
vary from state to state and from country to country.) Ask the Hypnotherapist
about his/her training and experience - and only book your first Hypnotherapy
session when you're totally comfortable with that therapist. In New Zealand,
you are urged to use only an NZHRB Registered Hypnotherapist.
What to expect when visiting
a Hypnotherapist at a Hypnotherapy Clinic
You should expect to be treated
with respect and dignity as with any health professional. You will likely
be asked to complete a questionnaire about your reason(s) for the Hypnotherapy
consultation, a few personal details and some medical history. Most Hypnotherapists
will only see you concerning any serious medical issue after referral from
your doctor or specialist. While every therapist will have different procedures
and methods of beginning the consultation, it is important that you feel
safe and comfortable at all times and that you and the Hypnotherapist gain
a rapport together that will later assist during the therapeutic evaluation
Some therapists may seek "permission
to touch" but will generally restrict any such touching to hands, arms,
shoulders or head. Most Hypnotherapists will choose absolutely no physical
contact with you, other than a handshake at the start and finish of your
Hypnotherapy consultation. Remember, you always have a choice about any
touching and if you have every right to decline any request from your Hypnotherapist
- and that should have little or no effect on the outcome of your treatment.
What does it feel like
to be Hypnotized?
It will usually be a very relaxed,
almost lethargic feeling, but you can also experience lightness or floating
sensations. During Hypnotherapy, you are not asleep! But then, you're not
awake either. A light state of trance is closer to being awake, whereas
a deeper level of trance is more like being in a dream. A medium level
of Hypnotic trance is best described as: "like being awake and asleep
at the same time". Indeed, during deeper trance, you may actually lose
some conscious awareness. That's actually quite OK, because your relaxed
consciousness is always still just hovering below the surface in case of
any threat to your well-being. During Hypnotherapy you cannot be made to
do things against your morals, ethics or physical or mental capabilities.
Common Styles of Clinical
There are two main styles of Hypnotherapy:
Suggestive Hypnotherapy and Analytical Hypnotherapy. Many Hypnotherapists
have developed their own individual combinations and variations on these
styles - and offer excellent therapy for either a broad range, or specialized
fields within their Hypnotherapy practice.
This generally involves gathering
information from you about your problems and the ways you want to improve
them. The Hypnotherapist will ask you questions about causes, effects and
expectations, induce a light to medium trance state and then present your
subconscious with deliberately constructed suggestions to assist you to
make progress. There may be no need for you to speak during this style
of Hypnotherapy. Generally you will be sitting or lying in a relaxed state
listening to the Hypnotherapist speak about you overcoming your obstacles.
You will probably be relatively aware of everything being spoken to you
as you enjoy the relaxed feelings.
This style of Hypnotherapy usually
involves the use of a procedure referred to as "regression". Put
simply, regression is "remembering past events that are locked in your
subconscious". Sometimes an event in your past that has been long "forgotten"
can still have an impact on your present, and by accessing your "memory
banks" the Hypnotherapist (with your help) can often modify that
memory, so it has less negative effects on your present and future. The
depth of trance for this procedure is often (but not essentially)
somewhat deeper and the levels of awareness may fluctuate as you "relive"
certain memories. Regressive Hypnotherapy will usually involve conversation
between you and the Hypnotherapist.
Important note: "Memories"
recovered under regressive techniques, may be fact, but they may also be
fantasy - with little or no way of distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes
the recollections may be a mixture of the two - influenced by attitudes,
thoughts and other experiences. Rarely are they absolute memories
and provable. So, if you are seeking analytical therapy to uncover
past abuses, with a view to procecution, then you should consult only a
trained forensic Hypnotherapist.
After your Hypnotherapy
You should be feeling wide awake
- either bursting with energy, or quite mellow and relaxed. Which, will
depend on a multitude of factors such as the style of Hypnotherapy used,
length and depth of trance, etc. Because being in a trance is so beneficial
for our mind and body, afterwards we may feel either refreshed and rejuvenated
or very settled and relieved. The Hypnotherapist may give you a tape or
CD as support and arrange follow-up sessions with you.
Many Hypnotherapists can substantially
improve your life in just one or two sessions, whereas some will insist
on multiple sessions. Some Hypnotherapists will offer you a fixed number
of sessions for a specific issue when you initially contact them, or suggest
a number that you may require. Soon after your trance, the Hypnotherapist's
suggestions may still have some effect, so if in any doubt as to the necessity
for extra or multiple sessions, then this is not the time to discuss them.
Take the time afterwards to decide how much assistance you've already gotten
from Hypnotherapy and how much better it could be with more visits.
If you've found my Hypnotherapy
Information page useful, please feel free to recommend it to your friends
or link to it.......Grant Boddington.
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