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Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a means of using hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people respond very well to hypnosis. It often succeeds where other, more conventional, methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. When carried out by a professionally trained and skilled hypnotherapist, the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent in nature.

Hypnotherapy Iceberg

"The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water."
~ Sigmund Freud.

How does it work?

The human mind is like an iceberg. Only a very small proportion of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the sea: this is like your conscious mind. Most of the iceberg - like your subconscious mind - is hidden below the water, out of sight to the casual observer. You actively use the conscious mind all day long, to read this page, or think about what film to see at the cinema, and are fully aware of the thoughts and decisions that are made by it.

The subconscious mind contains everything else. It directs almost all of your behaviour and acts as a huge store house for all your memories, knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The subconscious mind has such a wealth of stored information that gaining access to it can prove incredibly useful - particulary in therapy. When you are deeply relaxed, in a trance like state, such as hypnosis, communication with the subconscious mind is very effective. Deep relaxation or hypnosis acts like building a bridge to your subconscious mind.

It is impossible to describe exactly what hypnosis is like or what you will experiences as everyone is so unique, but be assured that it is usually a very pleasant and relaxing experience. Often the sensations you will have can be described as very similar to those when you are falling asleep or just before you wake up. We all experience trance like states all of the time - like day dreaming, focusing fully on TV, or becoming engrossed in a book. So everyone can and does experience the altered state of hypnosis.

During hypnosis you are always in control and cannot be made to do anything against your will. Your subconscious mind will always protect you. You can also come in and out of hypnosis whenever you wish.

When you have achieved a state of deep relaxation, a hypnotic state, your therapist can then communicate directly with your subconscious mind without the critical, argumentative conscious mind getting in the way. The therapist can ask your subconscious mind whether it is ready or not to make the positive changes you desire and your subconscious mind will only complete these changes when it is happy and ready to do so.