"Something we were withholding made us weak until we found it was ourselves."
- Robert Frost
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a natural talk therapy, which is delivered by a trained professional who works with the client's conscious and subconscious mind. By speaking directly to the subconscious mind there is greater acceptance and integration of positive suggestions given to the client.
Think of hypnosis as one of many tools used in the process of therapy. Psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and neuro linguistic programming (NLP), are some of the tools that may also be used during therapy.
Clients should approach hypnotherapy with an open mind, however, clients don't necessarily need to believe it in, for it to work. Like all therapies, clients must be willing to work with the therapist and want to improve and change themselves.
Hypnosis is not something that is done to you, it requires your participation.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Our attitudes, values and beliefs are ingrained, often from a very early age, in our subconscious mind, and they are created by the specific messages we received or "programming" we encountered. It can be difficult to sort out, unravel, and finally break away from negative and destructive patterns of behaviours that were set in play a long time ago.
This is where the value of hypnotherapy shines, as it speaks directly to the subconscious mind (the part of the mind where all these attitudes, values and beliefs were created in the first instance) and filters information up to the conscious (analytical) mind thereby providing the client with an opportunity to create change.
Differences between the Conscious and Subconscious Mind
The Conscious mind consists of everything we are currently aware of, it controls our voluntary actions, is logical and analytical, uses reason, makes judgments and uses short term memory capable of processing and storing a limited amount of information.
The Subconscious mind is beyond our current awareness. It controls involuntary movements, stores memories, emotions and habits, and every thought you've ever had. It uses long term memory and is capable of processing and storing vast amounts of information.
Hypnotherapy is Not Stage Hypnosis
A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to deliver therapeutic benefits to the client whereas stage/street hypnosis is used to entertain the general public.