Hypnotherapy Cardiff and Carmarthen
There are many branches of hypnotherapy and hundreds of uses. Probably the most widely known are helping people to stop smoking and lose weight. However, hypnotherapy is also used to break many other habits and to strengthen self-control. Hypnotherapy is used to overcome stress and stress related ailments Hypnotherapy has been shown to help some people with IBS to reduce their symptoms of pain and discomfort and is a powerful treatment for sleep problems. It is very useful for calming anxiety and overcoming fears and phobias – and is very effective in boosting confidence and performance, both academic and in sport. Where the problems are more complex and there are deeper psychological indications, hypnotherapy can be used in an analytical capacity, to give an insight into the subconscious triggers which can cause many unexplained symptoms. Hypnotherapy can also be used to control pain and is a very useful technique to help with childbirth.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
The American Psychological Association takes 291-words to describe hypnosis. Milton Erickson, regarded as many as the most influential hypnotherapist of the 20th century, was rather more succinct. He described it as: “A state of special awareness characterized by receptiveness to ideas.” You may be surprised to know that it is a very common state which everybody automatically drifts in and out of from time to time. In fact we all go through a similar phase just before we go to sleep. You can also enter this state when for example you get thoroughly engrossed in good film or a good book, or daydream or maybe when you are driving a familiar route in the car. Your attention is completely captured and everyday reality fades into the background as your mind carries you away to a different world of the imagination. You are still conscious, but your consciousness is temporarily altered. When you are being hypnotised, you are guided by the hypnotist into this same kind of trance state somewhere between being asleep and being awake, and this is called a hypnotic trance. It is a very pleasant feeling of calmness and deep relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, when you are hypnotised you are not asleep or unconscious. You will normally have your eyes closed, but you can still hear and feel and even speak. Indeed, your concentration and awareness actually become heightened. Different people can experience hypnosis in slightly different ways. Some people may notice that they feel a sensation of heaviness, whilst others may feel light and ‘floaty.’ Often the closed eyelids can flutter a little here and there, or there may be a slight tingling sensation in various parts of the body. However some people experience nothing at all, other than a feeling of deep relaxation. The experience of hypnosis is a very personal thing, but basically, it is just a very calm and pleasant feeling – rather like being in a daydream.
CAN ANYBODY BE HYPNOTISED?
Most people who want to be hypnotised can be with the help of a skilled practitioner. People who respond best are those who are capable of concentration, imagination and mental dexterity. A client could find it difficult to enter the hypnotic state if they cannot understand what is required of them, or if they are resisting for some reason, but an experienced therapist should be able to ensure that these issues are rapidly resolved.
WILL I LOSE CONTROL OF MYSELF? COULD I BE MADE TO SAY OR DO ANYTHING AGAINST MY WILL OR NATURE?
No. You will know what is going on and you will retain your reason and your self-control. Hypnotherapy requires the client and the therapist to work together in a spirit of co-operation, in order to help you to control your own thought processes. For hypnotherapy to be successful, you need to be completely comfortable with what is going on in the session. If any suggestion was given which you did not agree with, you could reject it. If anything was suggested to you that went against your beliefs or moral code you would simply bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.
HOW LONG DOES A SESSION OF HYPNOPTHERAPY LAST?
The first session usually lasts from 90 minutes to two hours as we gather all of the information required to shape the therapy to the client’s individual needs. Subsequent sessions typically last from an hour to 90 minutes.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Every client is different and some problems can be dealt with very quickly through hypnotherapy; stopping smoking for example is usually done in one two-hour session. Help with other issues will usually last six to eight sessions on average. To find out more or book an appointment call 01267 241040.