What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a skilled verbal communication, used during hypnosis, which helps direct a client’s imagination in such a way as to bring about intended alterations in sensations, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and behaviour. In a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist will ask the client questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle. The hypnotherapist and client will decide together on the changes or goals that are desired.
Hypnotherapy can be applied to a wide range of medical, dental and psychological problems. Areas of application include anxiety and stress conditions, weight control, addictive behaviours (including smoking, alcohol and substance misuse) and confidence issues. Hypnotherapy is also used to enhance performance in several areas such as sport and public speaking.
Types of Hypnotherapy used
Hypnotherapy interventions are specifically tailored to meet the individual clients needs. As such clients do not need to understand the different types of hypnotherapy however we believe information informs choice.
In Suggestion Hypnotherapy the therapist gives direct suggestions to the unconscious mind. This type of hypnosis works well with those who actively take direction. Used to treat low self-confidence, smoking cessation and relaxation issues.
Analytical Hypnotherapy (also called hypnoanalysis) can be effective in dealing with deeper issues and involves psychotherapy using hypnosis. The aim of Analytical hypnotherapy is to seek out and find the root cause of a problem, and deal with the issue. Some other forms of hypnotherapy can apply a ‘sticking plaster’ to the wound but not deal with the wound itself. For example, a phobia may be 'masked' using suggestion therapy; however the root cause will still exist.
Analytical hypnotherapy seeks to identify the root cause (repression) and release it; the root cause (repression) then becomes powerless and its affect removed.
Analytical hypnotherapy is a very involving process and usually requires more commitment than other forms of hypnotherapy. However, the benefits can be life changing and once the root cause has been identified and dealt with, the results are permanent.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern, scientific approach to therapy that is significantly different from the traditional schools of Hypnotherapy. Cognitive Hypnotherapy draws its influence from a number of other validated theories, such as Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Evolutionary Psychology combining these in a way that fits the client's personal goals, values and personality. Drawing from a range of techniques from different disciplines means that a tailored approach for each client can be created - there's no "one size fits all" model here.
Cognitive Hypnotherapists work with the mind-set of the client in order to work through presenting issues, using techniques based on the client's unique model of the world. Cognitive Hypnotherapy also uses an analytical approach to clearing away unwanted thoughts and behaviours from the past, however works on the belief that to aid an individual to function more effectively they need to live in the here and now, techniques that retrain the brain in the present are utilised to ensure that the changes that clients would like to make are fully realised.