Background to Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration.
In hypnosis we have access to the unconscious which is not limited by our rational way of thinking; neither is it limited by time or concerned with being ‘right or wrong’, it is the purest, the most honest part of you.
It is also highly creative and can assist you to find the best solutions; helping you to see – not just to watch, helping you to hear – not just to listen. This part of your mind has been described as the ‘forgotten assets’ and is a reservoir of unlimited potential. It knows everything about your emotional and physical state.
This is why hypnosis is so effective.
Biggest misconceptions about hypnosis
- Hypnosis does not mean being asleep.
- Being hypnotised does not mean somebody will take control over you .. You are in control ALL the time .. in fact if you want to, you can open your eyes and get up at any time (there is a well-known state – the Esdale state – in which the surgical procedures can be performed – but this is not a common practice for a routine hypnotherapy intervention).
- Clinical hypnotherapy bears no resemblance to stage or comedy hypnosis.
- There are no side effects – you cannot get ‘stuck’ in a hypnotic state.
- ‘I cannot get hypnotised’ – this is a false statement, everybody can be hypnotised; absolutely everybody (please be aware that there are medical conditions where hypnosis is not recommended – e.g. epilepsy).
- Hypnosis doesn’t mean you should ‘feel out of space’ – you can hear the therapist’s voice in a ‘normal’ way and stay aware of your surroundings.
- Some people fear they would disclose their deepest secrets in hypnosis – that will not happen unless you choose so.
The British Medical Association endorsed the practice of hypnosis in Medical School education in 1955 and since that date it has been valued as a very useful addition to conventional medicine.
Modern hypnotherapy techniques
Modern hypnotherapy techniques are largely based on the work of Milton Erickson and although he did not coin the phrase NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), he was most certainly was the pioneer of its use in therapy.
Much of our training is based on the teachings of Milton Erickson supplemented with those from Bandler and Grinder so that the powerful combination of NLP techniques together with hypnosis, results in powerful transformative experiences for the client. We have also included the work of David Grove who is famous for using metaphor and maturing the ‘Inner child’ as well as the techniques of Ernest Rossi, a pioneer in mind body healing. EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, sometimes known as the tapping technique is taught within the certificate notes and EMDR or Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing is taught during the diploma syllabus. Both of these are available within the NHS and have demonstrated high efficacy.
Some of the clinical applications are:
- Breaking unwanted habits e.g. alcoholism, gambling, smoking
- Obtaining relief from symptoms such as asthma, migraine or gastro-intestinal disorders
- Help with issues of low self-esteem
- Dermatological conditions including eczema, psoriasis
- Gynecological problems such as pre-menstrual tension, psychogenic infertility and in obstetrics for painless childbirth
- Pain control for dentistry, arthritis and general neuromuscular aches and pains
- Fears, compulsions
- Guilt feelings, jealousy
- Anxiety, stress, depression
- Irregular sleeping patterns or insomnia
- Learning self-hypnosis to prevent stress and tensions caused by modern day living, reduce high blood pressure and risk of cardio-vascular disease
- Reducing weight, including help for bulimia or anorexia nervosa
- Increasing work/study/sporting performance, improving concentration and memory, developing the imagination
- Confidence in public speaking
To request further details regarding our hypnotherapy training courses, CPD courses or supervision please contact us today.