About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a safe, natural state that is inherent in every individual, and therefore an ability we are born with. Thus, there is nothing mysterious or magical about hypnosis.
Did you know that we experience the state of hypnosis several times a day?
Think of those moments when you are just surfacing from sleep, or those moments when you are just drifting into sleep… Indeed, in those very moments, you are actually experiencing states of hypnosis!
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, induced by a condition of physical and mental relaxation. There are many other times when you enter a state of trance, for example, when you drive to a place on ‘autopilot’, or when you are absorbed in reading a book or watching t.v.
During hypnosis, you are actually in a state of increased concentration and suggestibility. However, contrary to popular belief, you are still aware of what’s happening. Nevertheless, your conscious mind is totally relaxed, and your subconscious mind is alert which allows the hypnotherapist to work directly with the subconscious mind. Using this state of heightened awareness and increased suggestibility, the therapist can help you to make the positive change you seek.
The subconscious mind is the storehouse for all your memories from the time you were in the womb to date. The conscious mind, on the other hand, has limited memory of experiences. It therefore stands to reason that the individual needs to gain access to this storehouse of information, which is not consciously available, and to be brought into awareness. This information is then used to find solutions and make positive change.
The hypnotherapist simply guides and facilitates the process for you to access a state of physical and mental relaxation so that you can connect to your subconscious mind with ease.
Although the hypnosis practitioner facilitates the process, you remain in control and therefore all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You are the driver, and the therapist is the navigator or ‘road map’.
In order for hypnotherapy to be successful, the client must have a willingness to be and stay in hypnosis, and there needs to be a strong motivational desire to resolve the relevant issue and effect the positive change.
Client-centred Hypnotherapy recognises the uniqueness of each individual, and the client-centred approach is based on the premise that the client is the only expert on his/her life. Therefore, the hypnotherapy techniques used should be aligned to the beliefs and expectations of the client in order to be successful.
“Within every patient there resides a doctor, and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves.”
Albert Schweitzer, M.D, Swiss physician, theologian and humanitarian, winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. (1875-1965.)
The hypnosis practitioner works in a client-centred environment, where therapy takes place within the framework of the client’s beliefs or “reality”. The client has to be committed and play an active role to achieve the desired outcome.
Thus, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and Client-centred Hypnotherapy is a therapy that is all about the client, with the client, for the client.