Hypnotherapy can best be described as “the use of hypnosis in conjunction with different therapeutic techniques to bring about a positive, lasting change in an individual”. It’s widely accepted now that many illnesses are psychosomatic, meaning that often the body has been made ill by the workings of the mind. It would seem obvious therefore, that in cases where the mind has been the cause of our ill health, then we should be using the mind to bring about good health.
Simply put, our minds work on two levels, the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind and there are no emotional problems at the conscious level. The subconscious mind is always working monitoring and affecting all our physical and psychological functions such as blood pressure, hormone levels, hunger, and fatigue, even when we are asleep. Additionally, the subconscious holds our memories, instincts, behavioural patterns and emotions. It’s here that all emotional problems have their roots.
Unfortunately, from our early childhood we are constantly beset by problems and difficult emotional situations which lead us to develop coping strategies. Whilst these are necessary at the time they often lead us into difficulties later in life. An example of this might be of a child whose early experience of school was with an overpowering teacher. When the child becomes an adult they may be afraid not only of teachers but of authority figures in general. This is how the subconscious works. It protects us from harm but not very subtly.
Hypnotherapy uses very effective techniques to overcome any issues that you may have. Through accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help you learn how to react differently to certain situations. The most common use of hypnotherapy is to remedy conditions such as obesity, addiction, pain, anxiety, stress, amnesia, phobias, and performance but many others can also be treated by hypnosis.
It’s also possible with hypnotherapy to access memories and past events, which are still having a detrimental impact on the present. With a better understanding of what happened and how patterns of behaviour and feelings were created then it becomes possible to transform how those memories affect us in our life. You can’t erase and forget the past, but you can learn to feel differently about it.