Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Self Hypnosis
Just the very word 'Hypnosis' can conjure up all sorts of fears in many people, mainly because of the myths that are perpetuated even today via the media, especially television and film. In fact, the stories that are bandied about from time to time are, in the main, completely without foundation and where there does appear to some semblance of truth it has been exaggerated to create sensational impact. We hope this page will help you to understand the truth of what is probably one of the most amazing tools for self-improvement and overcoming limiting beliefs and fears.
There are literally millions of therapists world-wide using hypnosis in one or other of its many forms, perhaps even sometimes without realising it. It is an effective 'fix' for a huge number of psycholgical problems, including (but not not exclusively):
It seems highly likely that hypnosis has been used for healing for in excess of 5000 years; these days, it is often recognised as a powerful adjunct to conventional medicine (reducing the amount of chemical anaesthetic during operations is a well-known effect). In 1955, the British Medical Association saw fit to recognise it as a valuable treatment methodology.
Though not suitable for everything or everybody, it really does help with a huge number of different problems. The things that we are most frequently asked about are:
The best way to find out in detail how each of those works is to have a session with a qualified hypnotherapist - many offer an initial consultation at no charge. You can find a list of therapists worldwide here: www.aphp.co.uk. Of course, you can read one of the many books that are available on the subject, scour the internet, or just carry on reading for a fairly complete outline.
Free, safe and effective, self-hypnosis is becoming more popular than ever these days- many celebrities learn how to use it, in fact... and so do musicians, actors,bus drivers, business managers, artists, policemen, milkmen, shop assistants... if you name a job, it's odds on that some people in that job do self hypnosis!
You do have to learn how to do it. It's a skill and it's impossible to get it right without learning how to do it properly, not that any harm could come to you if you tried - it just wouldn't work! Almost anybody can use hypnosis and once learnt, you can help yourself to:
You can find an excellent 7-lesson self-hypnosis course at this site: http://www.hypnosense.com (look in the top half of the left hand column).
There a whole lot of online therapies available these days but few of them as effective as online hypnosis. It might sound strange at first but it really is the easiest of all of them to work with for most people. You can work with all sort of things from phobias and fears, to anxieties and sexual problems, all the way up to life-limiting difficulties such as crippling shyness with the opposite sex and profound social phobia. You can even use it to get past that driving test or plonk yourself easily and confidently into the dentists chair for that brilliant smile you've been promising yourself! Or jet off halfway around the world, perhaps...
It is a fact the a great many people can find as much success working with a therapist online as they would in his office, though it does to depend quite a lot on the individual.
Hypnotherapy and anxiety
It was as long ago as the 1800s that is was discovered how effective hypnosis could be at reducing and managing anxiety effectively. Even though we now have some amazingly powerful medications available for the problem, hypnosis and hypnotherapy is still the best choice for many anxiety sufferers.
Follow the link to 'APHP' at the bottom of the page to take you to the website of a reputable association of hypnotherapists.
Weight loss hypnosis
Although most people refer to 'weight loss', the preferred term among professional therapists is 'Weight Management' since it is used to help keep the weight within what might be called 'normal' limits. There is usually a need to make some changes to exercise and diet but the great thing is that it seems to happen without a huge amount of willpower! Hypnosis is not magic and cannot make you lose weight like magic and you'll need to do some work yourself to help the process. Nonetheless this could be the easiest way you will ever find to trim down a bit... or a lot!
Although you can be successful with self hypnosis for weight issues, you do need to be conscientious and keep at at it. Those who fail normally do so because they give up before they are successful.
Once learnt, getting into. and out of, the state of self hypnosis is astonishingly easy to achieve. You can find out how to do it from a book or from one of the self hypnosis courses that you can find on the internet. You can even construct a kind of virtual video of how you want to be, and watch it in your mind's eye for a few minutes at a time. You could even make up a self-hypnosis tape or CD by recording some positive suggestions and listening to them (you can find a good script at Hypnosense). If you do that, leave about 15 minutes at the beginning with just background music to help you get into the right state for the suggestions to be effective.
Without doubt, visiting a professional hypnotherapist is the very best way to get you started and to help you discover any subconscious reasons for the existence of the weight problem. There is a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to 'APHP' a reputable organisation for therapists.
Hypnosis to stop smoking
Perhaps the most amazing thing about quitting the habit with hypnosis is that so many people report that there was just no urge to smoke a cigarette after the session or for days, maybe weeks or more, afterwards. This is why it is one of the best ways to quit and in fact, an article in the New Scientist, in 2003, stated categorically that hypnosis is the most effective method. Some people do find a slight urge to smoke again after a few days but if left, this goes away in just a few seconds. Like magic! Self hypnosis can be effective but for best results a single one-to-one session with a therapist is strongly advised.
The therapist's voice...
Therepists use what is called an 'induction' to get you into the state of hypnosis and most use their voice to do it, though some do use 'eye fixation' (asking you to stare at a fixed spot or a pendulum). Whatever is used, you probably won't feel hypnotised because there is no such feeling... which is why many people will claim that they "didn't go under". It is a fact that you will certainly not 'lose control' at any time, nor can you be manipulated in any way.
There is no 'oblivion' or unconsciousness and you do not forget what has happened during the session... unless your mind wanders like a daydream, which sometimes happens. Then, you remember the daydream instead of the session! You cannot be made to do anything you woudn't normally want to do and you will be fully aware of yourself at all times unless you go to sleep, which sometimes happens! Then, you would just wake up at the end of the session.
Hypnosis, is just a comfortable and relaxed state during which it is quite easy to converse sensibly with the therapist if necessary and some therapies do actually employ this technique - and you do know what you are saying and can choose not to say it if you wish. Here is something that might surprise you: whilst almost anybody can enter the state of hypnosis, it is a genuine fact that the strongest minds do it best! To be unhypnotisable is not the strength that some think it to be but an indicator of some sort of problem with imagination or focusing the mental processes. It is actually extremely rare.
Hypnosis is a state of mind and the therapy is what is applied during that relaxed state - hence HYPNOtherapy. It takes two entirely different forms, each suitable for different purposes:
This is ideal if you need help coping with examination fears, habits like smoking or nailbiting, and some weight control issues. most people will need 2 - 4 sessions and some therapists will work with small groups, thus reducing the overall costs.
This is specifically for deeper-rooted problems and aims to reveal the underlying original causes of irrational fears, emotional difficulties and other similar issues such as poor self-worth, inferiority complex, sexual problems and the like. Once the causes are discovered they can be dealt with in seconds, producing a profound and lasting change.
Usually, somewhere between 6 and 12 sessions are needed and this is a totally private and individual, one-to-one style of therapy. It's always a good idea to have an initial consultation with a therapist to see how you get on with them before embarking on a course of sessions - and most therapists will want to assess you to see if they are the right therapist for you.
To find a competent and properly trained therapist, go to: APHP - The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
To train as a hypnotherapist, go to: EICH - The Essex Institute of Clinical Hypnosis
To find out more about hypnosis, go to: Hypnosense - Hypnosense is one of the biggest hypnosis resource and information sites in the world.
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