Milton Erickson, leading practitioner of medical hypnosis, described: ‘A state of intensified attention and receptiveness to an idea or to a set of ideas.’
Hypnosis refers to the naturally occurring trance states that we all enter every day. Have you ever been walking or driving, deep in your thoughts, only to ‘come back to reality’, barely remembering your journey? Maybe you’ve read a book or watched a film whilst someone is trying to talk to you, and not heard a word they have said? That’s a hypnotic state, a space of altered attention, which we all enter many times during a day…
Hypnotherapy involves a safe and natural way of re-programming your thoughts, behaviours, and even your body using the power of your mind. Hypnosis induces a deep state of relaxation and disconnection from the outside world. Some may refer to this as a trance state, much like the feeling of ‘auto-pilot’ when driving a car or feeling absorbed when reading. During this stage, the hypnotherapist provides positive suggestions to the powerful subconscious mind, while it is highly receptive to process new information. Like a computer programme running in the background, your inner mind will help you achieve your desired goals.
No. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You have to want to be hypnotised before a trance state can be achieved; you progress with full consent and never lose self-control. At all times during the course of a hypnotic session, you will be able to hear and to think. You are aware of what is going on around you. Although your body is very relaxed, your mind is actually more alert than usual. Many people are worried by stage hypnosis and the fact that the subjects, many of whom do ridiculous things for fun, seem to have no knowledge of anything around them. This is a myth and hypnosis as entertainment should not be confused with therapy. Both depend on mutual co-operation between the people involved.
Apart from smoking cessation, each hour-long session for all treatments costs £70.
The smoking cessation package has a different format. It includes two, 1 ½ hour sessions. In the first session your smoking history is thoroughly examined. Then the physical and mental components of your addiction are explained before a customised hypnotherapy session is delivered. This is usually sufficient to stop you smoking. You then have 3 months to use the second session either as a booster for the first, or in the unlikely event you lapse, to take a different approach. The cost of the two sessions is £250.
No. You are never unconscious and remain in control. The therapist will guide you back to a fully alert state at the end of your session, however you can interact while relaxed and could respond to any situation, should you need to. You are most likely to experience a pleasant and secure sensation.
Sessions usually last one hour. Exceptions to this rule include smoking cessation and more complex presentations of conditions such as various anxieties where sessions could last up to an hour and a half.
In most instances this very much depends on the condition and the circumstances surrounding it. However, to give an indication, for conditions such as anxiety we usually see a marked change in behaviour after 2 to 4 sessions, with some clients noticing a significant changes after just one. Exceptions to this rule are for smoking and phobias where one session is usually sufficient to get the desired result.
Any changes or cancellations to appointments need to be made 24 hrs before the session commences to ensure a full refund.
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