Hypnotherapy - Overview
The actual experience of being hypnotised is difficult to describe. It is characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness which you allow yourself to experience so that desired, beneficial changes may be negotiated by you with the unconscious part of your mind. Hypnosis is a natural and effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self - a reference for understanding the source of our personal challenges as well as a huge reservoir of unrecognised and sometimes forgotten potential strength and knowledge. Interestingly, you hear everything that is said to you and you remain in control throughout even though you are relaxed. In a therapeutic environment, nobody can be hypnotised against his or her will and, even when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions discussed if appropriate. In 1955, the British Medical Association endorsed the practice of hypnosis in Medical School education and since then it has become a valuable addition to conventional medical, dental and psychotherapeutic approaches.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in order to allow you to manage or alleviate various behaviours, thoughts or stressors which you may be experiencing. Within the centre the hypnotherapists use an array of hypnotherapeutic, cognitive behavioural and Neuro-Linguistic Patterning (NLP) techniques to allow you to achieve your best results at a rate that feels right for you.
How it may help
Hypnotherapy may help you to understand and manage:
- Physical states or processes which are affected by stress e.g. sleep; gut reactions; eating habits; etc.
- The reasons behind unwanted habits and behaviours and how your choices affect your success in self managing your responses, patterns and ways of being
- Personal responses to specific triggers e.g. anger and/or anxiety issues; or certain contexts or experiences which result in feelings of stress or anxiety for example interviews; dental appointments; clinical interventions etc
- Self-confidence and self esteem in order to help you to realise your full potential
- Performance issues more effectively
- the role of hypnotherapy in relation to NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and how it may support your medical team in the treatments they prescribe e.g. hypnotherapy has been suggested as a possible option for GPs to consider for some sufferers of long-term (over 12months) irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). See NICE guidelines: http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG061NICEGuidelineWord.doc
Please be aware that hypnosis is contra-indicated in some conditions, for example, psychotic illness or severe depression. The hypnotherapist will be happy to discuss this with you and advise you on where to go for more appropriate treatment if this is indicated.
If you are having any medical treatment when you visit it is useful to let your doctor know that you have decided to have hypnotherapy so you receive the best care from everyone. The Centre will send a letter to your GP after the first consultation but this will only be done with your full permission.
A typical session
A hypnotherapy session usually lasts about 1 hour and is completely confidential. Depending on the therapist you work with, the first session may be up to 1.5 hrs long to allow for a detailed case history to be taken. The number of sessions required depends on the issue and, more crucially, your motivation. However the aim is to help you to help yourself as quickly as possible for maximum effect.
Cost / Number of sessions
The number of sessions required depends on the issue and, more crucially, your motivation to change. On average, clients attend for somewhere between 2 to 5 sessions depending on the reason for attending and progress towards the agreed goals.
First Session 1.5 hr apprx.
Subsequent Sessions - 1 hr