Hypnotherapy, changing lives from the inside out!
Very often clients are unaware of exactly what hypnotherapy is! So it can be useful to understand what it is and even more useful, to experience it? So, what is it? Hypnotherapy is a specific type of talk therapy, one that consists of two parts.
Part 1 is conducted at the conscious level and is also where 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!
Trance states are similar, in terms of brainwave activity, 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 cells, this process is facilitated by what is known as long term potentiation. So, in that context, hypnosis works in similar ways to 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 differently. The three most popular ways we experience hypnosis are in line with our primary sensory modalities, sight, sound and touch. And while we have 5 senses, these three are most prevalent. Vision is a two-way sense, we see the world outside but also things with our eyes closed too. Our sense of touch is also two way. We feel things within us and also have a sense of touch that reaches way out beyond our physical body. Hearing is equally two way, we hear the sounds from the outside world but also the voices that come from within!. We naturally experience all three of these senses but one usually has dominance. 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!
Life, as both an experience and a process, starts from the moment we are born and our brain faithfully records everything it perceives as important. Chief among these things are experiences perceived as being important to survival, what we know as, child, parent bonding, is key among these for the developing child. However, how 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. 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, things may not develop well, this can lead to difficulty in childhood or later on in adolescence or adulthood.
As children we experience 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 is becoming far too clear these days!
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 context to us, in our adult physical life. I explain this during the free consultation because very often it is better explained, relative to each individual client and the nature and development of their condition.
So, hypnosis 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 still carries on doing its never-ending work. 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 therapy enters the picture!
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!