Hypnotherapy at Twickenham therapy clinic
You may have heard of hypnotherapy, but what actually is it? Hypnotherapy is classed
as an alternative or complementary therapy which uses hypnosis to help individuals
achieve a deeply relaxed state in which thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
can be explored with your therapist.
Hypnotherapy has its roots in the Victorian
period, with prominent hypnotists employing the practice to aid with therapeutic
relaxation and aversion to substances, such as drugs or alcohol. It was not
until the late 20th and early 21st centuries that this process became more
client-focused rather than problem-focused - its ultimate aim being to help
clients achieve an overall goal.
In a world with endless distractions, from television and mobile phones
to partners and kids demanding our attention, hypnotherapy offers an opportunity
to bring the focus entirely back to you.
This client-centred approach allows
you to explore issues both in your conscious and unconscious mind in a calm
state of being. This heightened state of relaxation creates an environment
in which you may be more willing to face difficult topics and work through
Hypnotherapy as treatment
Hypnotherapy has historically been used to treat a number of ailments,
including anxiety, anger management issues, weight loss, addiction, eating
disorders, and other aspects of mental health. Most recently, hypnotherapy
has become a popular therapy in childbirth, with many women opting for hypnobirthing
which helps the mother have a calmer and less stressful birth, as opposed
to traditional methods or painkillers.
It has also been successfully used
to help people deal with specific phobias by allowing them to confront their
fears in a safe, controlled environment whilst in a state of calm and relaxation.
What to expect during hypnotherapy
It is important to remember that hypnotherapy is not the same as stage
hypnosis, where participants are shown to be asleep or in an unbreakable
trance. After discussing what you hope to achieve from the session, your
therapist will help lead you into a relaxed state of mind. You will remain
in control every step of the way during a hypnotherapy session and can break
the trance at any time should you wish to do so.
While in this deeply relaxed state, your therapist may ask you questions
or introduce suggestions to help you achieve your goals. Only methods that
have been previously agreed with your therapist will be used, so there is
no danger of surprises.
In order to get the most out of each session, it
is necessary to be open to being hypnotised, as it will not work if there
is a part of you that does not want to be hypnotised. But, if you open yourself
up and allow your mind to enter a relaxed state, you are more likely to
achieve your overarching goals and have a successful session.
Please contact the clinic.