Hypnotherapy, changing lives from the inside out!
Surprisingly, it's quite rare for a prospective client to actually know what hypnosis-therapy is! So it is useful to them when I explain what it is. It is even more useful though, for them to experience it and providing them with that experience is the primary objective of my Free Consultation! So, what is Hypnosis-therapy? Hypnotherapy is a specific type of talk therapy, that consists of two fundamental parts.
Part 1: Is conducted at the conscious level and is where primary therapeutic interventions are presented, both consciously and subconsciously.
Part 2: Occurs exclusively at the subconscious level, while the client is in a so-called state referred to as trance! Once again therapeutic interventions are delivered directly to the client's brain, via the primary, secondary and associated auditory cortices.
These hypnotic trance states are very similar, in terms of neural oscillations (brainwaves), to sleep states. This is important because it is in sleep states that the brain consolidates memories and learning from various stages of memory into long term memory. At the level of the brain and individual cells, this process is facilitated by what is known as long term potentiation. So, in that context, hypnosis works in ways that mirror the way our brain normally functions.
In the hypnotists' chair, you will be guided into these trance states by the hypnotist. However, in order for hypnosis to be effective for you, I need to know how you experience it because we all experience it slightly differently. The three most common ways we experience hypnosis are in line with our primary sensory modalities, sight, touch and sound (VKA). And while we have 5 senses, these three are most prevalent in the human experience. These three senses perform two-way functions. With our eyes open, we see the world outside but we also see things with our eyes closed too. With our sense of touch, we feel things within us and also have a sense of touch that reaches way out beyond our physical body. Similarly, we hear the sounds from the outside world but also the voices that come from within us. The primary collective purpose of all five of our senses is to help us survive. Nevertheless, they, like social media, are subject to fake news (erroneous signals)! And while we naturally experience all five of our senses daily, we have a predilection towards dominance in one of the top three VKA. During my free consultation, discovering your preferred modality is the major objective and knowing this, helps me to deliver hypnosis in the way that best suits you! And that dramatically increases the efficacy of it as a healing modality.
Life, both as an experience and a process, starts from the moment we are born and our brain faithfully records everything it perceives as important. Some say the brain records everything but I haven't seen any scientific evidence to support this claim. The recording of everything we experience would be tantamount to neurological hoarding, wasting valuable space to store nothing! However, among all of the things we experience, those that qualify for A Class storage space, are those seen as being important to survival. In our earliest years of life, what we know as, child-parent bonding, are key among these experiences for the developing child. How these memories are stored is uniquely in line with the child's developmental stages, hence childhood memories are very different from adult memories of the same experience/event. And as long as the child experiences life in a relatively normal way, their development should pass through the various stages without issue. However, if they experience a challenging and difficult childhood (which the majority seemingly do), things may not develop well. Unfortunately, these developmental anomalies can lead to difficulty in childhood or later on in adolescence and/or adulthood. This is where hypnotherapy can make all the difference to the quality of our life!
As children we often have some kind of fantasy experience, in the western world, Santa Clause and tooth fairies are fantasies that children pass through, usually without issue. But what about a child that is sexually abused and is taught to believe it’s a game or worse, scared into keeping silent through fear of punishment? The outcome of this type of childhood fantasised reality is becoming all too clear these days! The bigger concern for the individual is in the way the childhood memory is altered (reconsolidated) as we develop. Essentially, in adulthood, that childhood memory is updated with all that we subsequently learn that was wrong, immoral or illegal about the abuse. It is the updated (corrupted) memory that starts to play a more significant effect on our childhood memories. We can no longer access that virgin childhood memory but rather, we now have an adult (updated) memory of a childhood experience. This is not an attempt to trivialise or downplay any form of abuse. It is merely an attempt to give you a better understanding of how abuse-related trauma develops and gains momentum in later life.
For many adults, an issue can arise later in life and the reasons for it can be concealed and thus, confusing. Usually, they are buried in memories stored at a different time or stage of life. Some of these memories are activated by a particular sensory/bodily experience, which may not have any known context to us in our everyday adult life. I most often explain this type of scenario during the free consultation. This is simply because it is better explained, relative to each individual client and the nature and development of their condition.
So, rounding up this discussion on hypnosis. It is a method of communicating directly with our brain, via the ears/auditory cortex and does so at the level of cells/synapses. This is the same place where some specific memories are stored and therefore, ready for recall/activation at any time of the day. Even while we are asleep, the brain carries on with its never-ending work of keeping us alive, safe and well. Hypnotherapy, just allows us to take life to a whole better level! What we term behaviour, is simply the reenacting of memories that elicit a certain behaviour, these are also known as habits! In that sense, memories are akin to Google algorithms, shortcuts to a specific outcome for a stored event/experience. The problem for people with some kind of emotional or mental disorder is that some form of maladaptive behaviour has developed. The maladaptation then prevents the brain from functioning normally or as we would hope or expect and this is where hypnotherapy enters the picture! Hypnotherapy creates a pathway to a more adaptive future encompassing mental and emotional wellness.
So, if something in your life is not working out as you had hoped or life is just not a pleasant experience, maybe it’s time to seek help? Fortunately, I make that a very easy process for you, by offering a Free 1-hour Consultation. During the consultation, you can discuss your issue, ask as many questions as you want and experience first hand what hypnosis feels like!