What is Hypnotherapy
The theory and history of Hypnosis can be traced back to its use by the Egyptians, Greeks, the Church in Exorcism rites, Buddhists, Babylonians and tribal groups including the Native American Indians. Franz Anton Mesmer, sought to give a scientific basis to the phenomenon of trance, and Count Maxime de Puysegut discovered a form of deep trance that he named Somnambulism.
In the mid 19th century James Braid re-initiated interest in Hypnosis, in fact it was he who originally coined the name “Hypnotism” and Dr James Esdaile starts to use Hypnosis for surgical procedures, but this became less important after the discovery of ether for anesthesia. Many other scientists, including Sigmund Freud, became involved with Hypnotism, some had more success than others. Hypnosis was first used successfully to treat PTSD during and after WW2
The modern recovery of hypnosis occurred with, primarily, Milton Erickson who developed widely different approaches to clinical hypnosis. His principle thought was that hypnosis is an altered state, in which there is divided consciousness or dissociation, a narrowing of attention and an increased susceptibility to suggestion.
During the last century hypnosis has been used to anesthetize dentistry and surgical patients as well as specialized societies being set up to control and utilize hypnosis and hypnotherapy along-side other therapeutic disciplines. The development of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy has also resulted in the formation of regulated and accredited schools and training establishments to provide a standardized level of competency within the therapeutic community.
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
In many ways Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are the art of securing a patient`s attention and then effectively communicating ideas that serve to enhance motivation and change perceptions. It can also be used to explore pre-conscious and unconscious functions, resolve historical factors, and utilize unconscious resources. Depending upon the individual patient, direct, indirect, metaphoric and insight-oriented techniques may be employed to alter behaviour, affect, physiologic processes, imagery, perceptions, cognition’s and the internal dialogue of patients or clients.
These improvements and changes in behaviour are delivered by means of a Practitioner using talking therapy to induce a state of deep relaxation, known as `Trance` which is an altered state of consciousness. This enables the patient`s conscious mind to slide into neutral and allow the unconscious mind to become more receptive to suggestions and ideas that enables them to alleviate fears or phobias or set in motion improvements to their lives by means of stopping smoking, losing weight or enhancing their personal or professional activities. In more layman terms it is a effective method of suggestibility to the client to replace unwanted behaviours with more productive and pleasurable ones that enhance their lives and those around them.
Who can Benefit from Hypnotherapy?
Ultimately the answer to this is that virtually anyone can benefit from Hypnotherapy. Given that Hypnotherapy is used to access an individual’s inner potential and that virtually no-one is achieving their true potential then this statement is as true as it can get. But it isn’t just potential that Hypnotherapy`s beneficial qualities stop, indeed potential could be described as merely the icing on the cake, as Hypnotherapy has many more uses, in fact the list is almost endless but to name but a few of the problems that Hypnotherapy can be of benefit include; stress, anxiety, panic,(and not just at the Disco), phobias, unwanted habits and addictions, (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders(e.g. eczema, itching, burns, wound disorders), migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, (IBS).
Hypnotherapy has also been valuable to surgery patients for whom normal anaesthetics have not been practical and it has been particularly useful to dentistry patients both for fear of dentists and pain relief. Other areas that hypnotherapy has had success are in helping to resolve relationship problems and anger management patients.
Hypnotherapy has also had a more shady use, as a tool for covert operations in times of conflict during war time and after for treatment of PTSD and as spy training.
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychological therapy and counselling, sometimes it is referred to as a talking cure, which can be used to treat emotional, psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings. Its aim is to assist you to find meaningful alternatives to your current unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or acting. It can also help you in promoting personal development and unlock inner potential, to do this we attempt to address your unconscious mind by means of relaxation techniques to allow us to access your imagination and then use various techniques of suggestion that will aid the manifestation of the personal improvement you desire. It is perfectly safe and a non intrusive therapy, and at all times you are in control of how the treatment progresses. If you are at a point in your life where you want to change or improve something then Hypnotherapy can be a very beneficial vehicle for you to achieve your desired goals, and depending on the particular goal the results can in some cases be quite rapid. Many celebrities, sports stars and public figures use Hypnotherapy techniques to enhance their performances and realise their potential. In some ways it can be likened to the suggestibility of advertising in so much as advertisers use powerful imagery to persuade us to buy their products, whereas Hypnotherapy uses suggestibility to enhance a person`s life .