What is Hypnotherapy & Age Regression?
Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention — with the help of a trained therapist — on specific thoughts or tasks for the purpose of healing specific physical, emotional, mental or spiritual issues.
Age regression in therapy is a technique in a hypnotherapeutic process that facilitates access to childhood memories, thoughts and feelings. Age regression is a process where clients move their focus to memories of an earlier stage of life in order to explore these memories or to get in touch with some difficult-to-access aspects of their personality to find deep healing within.
Can you make me do ‘things’ i don’t want to do with Hypnotherapy?
Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people’s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything. It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotherapist merely helps to facilitate your experience – hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment. If someone tells you they can hypnotise you to do something, ask them to hypnotise you to rob a bank, and when they can’t, ask them to stop making ridiculous claims.
Definition of hypnotherapy
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness. In this state, the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the client’s behaviour and physical state to alter. The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, the seeds of which become firmly planted. For example, a client who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the client from succeeding. Progress can only be made be reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.
What problems can be treated by hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide range of conditions or unwanted behavior, such as:
- Phobias and fears,
- Sleep disorders
- Grief and loss
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Grief and loss of loved ones
- Smoking cessation, other addictions
- Weight loss
- Significant trauma
- Stress Management
- Pain Management
- Improve focus and concentration
- Professional or sports performance
- Manage stress induced lifestyle diseases
When not to do Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. It should be used for pain control or managing diseases only after a doctor has evaluated the person for medical treatment. We believe hypnotherapy to be a COMPLEMENTARY therapy and does not replace conventional medicine.
What to expect from a Hypnotherapy session?
Firstly, any misconceptions a potential client may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. The technique does not involve the client being put into a deep sleep, and the client cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the client wants to change some behavioral habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to want the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so.
The readiness and ability of clients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However the client can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions.
Why engage a certified Hypnotherapist?
Hypnotherapy, is a regulated, legitimate form of therapy that can both explore and use a person’s subconscious to help them, and also act as a method of therapy that helps relieve a person of symptoms and problems they are afflicted with. Hypnotherapy has proven to be extremely effective in cases with patients suffering from pain and addiction.
Hypnotherapy can also help a client to develop a deeper understanding of self. Whether a victim of past trauma, or someone struggling with depression who doesn’t quite understand the cause, hypnotherapy might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
No service or product is intended to treat any disease or illness, psychological or mental health condition. Persons with an ailment or physical complaint are to see their physician first for treatment, and make use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy as an adjunct to medical treatment.