Hypnotherapy can be described as a ‘relaxed focused state of concentration’, it uses the hypnotic state to bring about positive and beneficial change to a persons life.
We go through various states of relaxation during our everyday life, the hypnotic state is neither sleeping nor fully awake, but can be likened to daydreaming or the state when you are just falling asleep or waking up, it is a very natural state for us to be in. You are in control at all times, and even during the hypnotic trance, you would be fully able to speak or even get up from the chair if at any time you felt uncomfortable! It is impossible to make someone do anything they do not want to do during hypnosis. It is generally viewed as a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
Hypnotherapy should not be confused with ‘stage hypnotism’, stage hypnotists aim to entertain a group of people by using individuals who have eagerly volunteered in that type of environment, knowing fully what they are likely to be doing. It is unfortunate that stage hypnotism has damaged the credibility and undermined the therapeutic benefits of clinical hypnotherapy due to the confusion that the two are the same. As a professional clinical hypnotherapist I work with people on a one to one basis in a safe, comfortable, private setting helping clients to move beyond their fears and limitations in order to achieve their personal self-improvement goals with long term, successful results. Around 85% of people report benefits from the use of hypnotherapy.
For most people hypnotherapy is a safe effective treatment. People of all ages can enjoy its benefits, including children from 6 years of age. However there are cases where hypnotherapy may be unsuitable. People with very severe depression, psychotic disorders and epilepsy should seek advise from their GP/healthcare professional before undergoing hypnotherapy.
Where physical problems are involved eg Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pain issues etc it is important to see your GP for advice and diagnosis before consulting a hypnotherapist.