Our practice is located in the beautiful and peaceful countryside of Renhold, which is 2 miles to the north of the County Town of Bedford. Ample off road parking is available at the clinic and is free of charge. Our practice holds professional insurance and we provide flexible appointments to suit our clientele.
What is Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy?
There has been much written about what hypnosis is and what it is not and this can be quite confusing. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in TV programmes, movies or books, people who have been hypnotised do not lose control over their behaviour. They typically remain aware of who they are and where they are and they do not give away any information that is secret or personal to them. In fact they can terminate a session whenever they want to.
Hypnotherapy deals with problems at the subconscious level when a client is unable to solve a problem at the conscious level. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat addictions; overcome habits and phobias; relieve stress and help clients achieve positive attitudes about themselves.
Hypnotherapy is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance state for therapeutic changes to be made in thoughts and behaviour. These changes are made when a skilled hypnotherapist uses psychotherapeutic language and suggestion. This means that people are not treated with hypnosis but are treated while in hypnosis.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which is a perfectly normal and natural state of mind that everyone has in every day of their lives. This state of mind is characterised by an extraordinary state of relaxation and typically where your awareness is highly focused to the exclusion of all else.
There are many conditions that can be treated with hypnosis; here are some of the common conditions, phobias and habits:
The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is our active mind and occupies the left side of the brain known as a hemisphere. This mind is logical, rational, critical, analytical and mathematical, objective and abstract. It has no emotion and is based on intentional memory. This is the thinking mind of the moment, in other words, it’s your working mind making decisions about what you do and how you go about doing it. It gives you a choice about what you do and how you do it.
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind occupies the right side of the brain also known as a hemisphere and is based on involuntary memory. It is governed by our feelings, emotions, instinct, intuition, imagery, and metaphor. Think of this mind as the powerful system which is controlling all of your bodily functions such as breathing, circulation and the management and regulation of your internal organs.
This mind is unique as it never needs sleep and records everything that the five senses has awareness of such as, what you hear, see, taste, smell and touch. It stores all memories and records all your thoughts and feelings (from which your belief systems and patterns of behaviour arise). Therefore, just like a PC tower block it holds and stores a massive amount of information.
This subconscious is the primary area where habits are formed and phobias are generated but it is also a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge, it is also the source of many of our problems and self-images. Therefore, it is the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.
Hypnosis enables the conscious critical and analytical part of the mind to take a backseat, allowing the subconscious mind which is highly suggestible to come to the forefront and to become open to suggestion. When the subconscious comes to the forefront of the mind during hypnosis, old belief systems and patterns of behaviour can be changed and replaced by new, more beneficial belief systems, but in order for hypnosis to be successful, a powerful desire for change must be present.
There are many different ways of achieving a trance state and once the individual has achieved that state, the hypnotherapist may use many different therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to psychoanalysis. For example, the therapist may ask about past, present or future concerns to establish the reasons for the problem. Alternatively the therapist may give suggestions to the subconscious mind aimed at overcoming specific problems such as a lack of self-esteem or confidence.
The therapist will undertake an initial assessment and you will be encouraged to discuss your problems and concerns in a private and confidential setting. Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed and a full explanation of hypnosis is provided. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis would also be dealt with. Finally you will be asked to sign a Consent Form to enable therapy to begin.
Usually, you lie in a reclining chair or on a couch and the therapist talks to you in a slow and soothing voice. You may be asked to imagine or visualise walking down a country lane, or stare at a fixed point or just to listen to the sound of the therapist’s voice. Suggestions for relaxation may also be given and you will feel very relaxed but still aware of your surroundings. You will hear everything that is said while you are in this relaxed trance state, but most importantly, the subconscious mind which influences mental and physical functions is accessed and becomes receptive to therapy.
It is believed that hypnosis is more than 6,000 years old and some scholars claim that evidence shows it be as old as prehistory. Documents from the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, Chinese, Persians and Sumerians show extensive studies in hypnosis and its use within Ancient Sleep Temples.
Today: Hypnosis & clinical hypnosis are recognised and practised in both clinical and private settings. Universities, clinicians and therapists are currently reporting on research that is being undertaken into both the mind and the use of hypnosis. This research ensures that we are able to continue to study and report on this fascinating topic.
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