Many people are aware that hypnotherapy is often used to help in the following areas:
Self esteem & self confidence
Dealing with fears & phobias
Yet these same people may also see Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy as akin to voodoo or black magic. I still have clients who come to see me who and ask, rather nervously, “you won’t make me run around like a chicken will you?”
My answer is always the same, “not unless you want me to!”
Fear of the unknown is still the main reason why people are concerned about seeing a hypnotherapist and yet when you realise what is possible you can realise what a wasted opportunity this is.
So how on earth does it work and what actually happens?
Have you ever been to the cinema? Well of course most of us have; and have you ever laughed or cried at a film? Watching the film you become so engrossed that the rest of the world seems to just disapear. Well, if your local hypnotherapist was to to come in and flick the lights on, you would of course lose the image on the screen, it is after all just a projection. The actors are just playing roles and the special effects are created by computers.
And yet…the script writers, actors, editor and director create so complete an experience, that just for that time, in that place you are willing to go with the flow and focus all of your attention on that one thing to the exclusion of all others. To allow your emotions to be affected in this way is an example of what we call “environmental hypnosis”. In the cinema, your feelings, your emotions are being manipulated by the film makers, but the hypnotherapist will work with you to help achieve your goals instead of simply pushing your emotional buttons.
The hypnotherapist will typically work with the client who will be in a physically relaxed but still mentally alert state. We are all chock full of learnt or conditioned responses, many of these are very useful; it would be terrible if each day we had to think about how we signed our name or wondered which hand our knife and fork should be used in.
However sometimes conditioned responses stem from an event in the past and no longer serve a useful purpose. For example a fear of spiders is a conditioned response, we learn it from our parents in childhood and yet there are no poisonous spiders in the UK and so no real reason to fear them. However if you’re the one frightened of spiders, then no amount of logical talk will help. The fear is an emotional response that is rooted deep in our subconscious. . The most effective way of dealing with this fear, lodged as it is in the subconscious is through the use of hypnosis. Other talking therapies deal only with the conscious mind, but hypnosis get right to the root in the subconscious mind.
So Hypnotherapy is not voodoo, but it is a very effective way to make deep and lasting changes in your life. Why not check it out today? Most hypnotherapists offer a free initial consultation so that you can see if it is the right thing for you.
John C Burns is a personal change specialist who uses hypnosis and other techniques to help clients break through old limiting barriers to progress. His therapy site is http://www.somersethypnotherapy.com.