What is it? (and will a swinging watch make me think I’m a chicken?)
Absolutely not! The key is in the name: hypno – short for hypnosis; and therapy – something which assists positive change within someone. Hypnotherapy therefore is far from ‘stage hypnosis’. It’s much more ethical and medical, very relaxing and no swinging watches in sight!
What is it for?
Hypnotherapy helps treat symptoms and side effects of many problems including stress, phobias, anxiety, addiction and low self esteem (including relationships and weight issues). It uses the rapid power of hypnosis and the supportive care of therapy to get to the real heart of an issue subconsciously, giving you a naturally positive result.
Who is it for?
Everyone can be hypnotised. Have you ever made a journey and on arrival, someone questioned you on your route – only for you to find you can’t remember it? That’s the side effect of what we call standby mode, or more accurately, a hypnotic state. We naturally go in and out of trance all day long; sometimes for seconds and sometimes for several minutes at a time. It’s completely normal. If you want to experience it, a hypnotherapist simply helps you to relax enough to allow this natural state to come about. If a person doesn’t want to be hypnotised, a trance won’t happen. Some people say they can’t be hypnotised, but none of us will be if we don’t allow it.
Does it actually work?
Absolutely! There is so much positive feedback from clients all over the world who swear by the effective breakthroughs hypnotherapy has had on their lives, their relationships and their self-esteem. One of the most reported things clients often say is ‘I wish I’d known about it sooner’.
How does it work?
As stated above, it’s a natural state of theta brain waves that help us feel like we are in a highly focused, stimulated and yet deeply relaxed, meditative state of mind. In this state of mind, the brain accepts positive statements and suggestions more easily than at any other time. This powerful state helps a hypnotherapist to ‘sow the seeds’ of the positive things that you want to feel good about in your life. It feels so natural that many people don’t even realise they haven’t always felt this great! I show my clients what they wrote down when they first arrived to allow them to see just how much they’ve improved for the better.
Where do I find out more?
You can search for hypnotherapists near you in The Natural Network’s Wellness Directory or elsewhere online. You should look for a hypnotherapist with qualifications in hypnotherapy (and possibly Neurolinguistic Programming or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and an accredited membership such as the National Council of Hypnotherapists (NCH) or the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR). Ask how long they trained for – if it was less than 6 months, keep searching. Important things to check are: do they have up-to-date insurance? Are they registered with the Government-endorsed regulatory body the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)?
Most people enjoy 2 or 3 sessions for something like nail biting, but 4-8 sessions is common for more in depth issues. If you have many different things you’d like to work on, this could take several months. It all depends on you.
Get in touch with someone today to find out how hypnotherapy can help you!
About the author
Shauna Naylor received her Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming and Hypnotic Coaching from the Academy of Advanced Changework, as well as an additional Hypnotherapy Practitioners’ Diploma. She founded Hypnotherapy In Sheffield in 2011 to provide a hypnosis, hypnotherapy and hypnomentoring service for both adults and children.
Shauna is very proud to be recognised and verified for her hypnotherapy by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She is also a qualified Reiki master and teacher.