What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnotism to enable a person to make wanted changes in how they think, feel or behave.

What is Hypnotism?

Hypnotism is the intentional creation of a state of trance. Ýpnos (pronounced Hypnos) is the Greek word for sleep. It is only the body that sleeps during a trance; the mind stays awake, albeit deeply relaxed.

What is a trance?

A trance is a natural state of mind where the conscious part of the mind is encouraged to relax, or switch off, allowing the unconscious part of the mind to have free rein to drift or wander.

The conscious part of the mind deals with facts and reality. The unconscious mind is more concerned with imagination.

We all go in and out of the trance state quite frequently. Have you ever arrived at a destination after travelling a familiar route and found yourself unable to recall the journey you have just made or sections of it? Maybe you have been unable to recall passing a particular landmark? This type of experience is simply a natural trance.

When you learn something new you give it full concentration, in other words, conscious effort. If you are a driver may you remember how complicated the process of driving seemed to be. “Slowly lift the clutch pedal while gently depressing the power pedal without looking at the pedals” the instructor would say. “Look ahead of you and use the steering wheel to get the vehicle to go where you want it to”. “Now change gear, clutch in, move the gear lever up, down, sideways”.

Learning new skills takes concentration until they become second nature. At that stage they can be carried out unconsciously while your conscious mind can be busy thinking of something else. Is this safe? Yes, because any little event that requires decision making will alert all parts of the mind simultaneously. So, if brake lights go on in front of you, or a ball bounces onto the road, you respond immediately and switch back into full awareness, so you can decide rapidly whether to brake or swerve.

So, how does the trance state benefit you in attempting to do something differently i.e. make changes in how you think, believe or act?

The clue is in how the unconscious mind works. It prefers to use imagination, not facts. The conscious mind tends to attempt to supervise the unconscious mind and that is why your therapist guides you to distract your conscious mind with a fact based task. This leaves the unconscious mind unfettered and free to range. This resourceful state can enable you to make the changes you desire.

Many issues, including phobias, confidence issues, unwanted beliefs have been put there by your own imagination so it is logical to harness your imagination to make changes. It’s really difficult to do that yourself, and that’s where a hypnotherapist is beneficial.