Most people are aware that Hypnotherapy can help people with unwanted habits or overcome phobias, however, you may be surprised to learn that it can also help with depression, social anxiety, confidence as well as sexual problems.
I use two types of Hypnotherapy: Suggestion and Analytical Hypnotherapy and they arguably sit at either end of the spectrum of therapies using Hypnosis. Both therapies use Hypnosis but one to aid with suggestion and the other to assist recall, helping the client to overcome fears, phobias, anxiety and other emotional problems.
While Hypnosis on its own will achieve very little apart from making you feel particulary relaxed, it is a wonderful tool to help you in your therapy.
However, Hypnosis is not like being asleep, rather it's a state of relaxation. While experiencing the Hypnotic state our senses and awareness are heightened. In fact, we are more aware than when not using Hypnosis.
Hypnosis makes it easier to talk to the unconscious part of our mind, allowing us to suggest changes to our behaviour pattern (suggestion therapy). It also makes it easier to remember experiences we had, and importantly the emotions we felt at the time which makes it useful for analytical therapy (Hypnoanalysis).
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon we all experience spontaneously each day. In fact, you have experienced hypnosis at least once today already, and you will experience it at least once more and you are unlikely to know. The first time was as you woke up this morning, a half-awake, half-asleep feeling. The other time will be tonight as you drift off to sleep.
There is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling, but you do feel relaxed. A calm feeling; a bit like daydreaming. You remember everything I say to you as well as hearing everything. While you feel very relaxed it still feels very ordinary.
Very often when someone listens to a hypnotic recording they find themselves reaching out to turn down the volume. It appears to have become louder, when in fact their the hearing on their left and right side has balanced resulting in a greater sensitivity to volume.
Hypnotherapy is most easily described as a treatment designed to change our behaviour and remove emotional problems using the tool of hypnosis.
While there are different types of Hypnotherapy most people assume that it involves hypnotising someone and suggesting their unwanted behaviour will change, or their problem has disappeared. There are in fact different types of treatment that use Hypnosis.
There really is no need to worry about being made to do something you do not want to. If someone was to suggest that you were to do something you didn't want to, you really wouldn't do it.
“Deep focused relaxation with heightened awareness"
Stamford Living Article October 2014