Clinical Hypnotherapy is a method of addressing the automatic part of you - the unconscious - to achieve your goals or resolve an issue.
Trance is a natural state we experience every day - during daydreaming, reading a good book, even driving.
Clinical hypnotherapy uses these natural trance states to work on your goals and symptoms. This sounds a bit mystical – it’s not!
The conscious mind, the part that does the thinking and rationalising, that goes to sleep and wakes up, perceives it has control and ‘runs the show’. It does to a degree, but the bulk of our process is unconscious – around ninety percent!
A bit like our iceberg here – think of the conscious mind as the tip, the unconscious hidden away under the water.
Just for a second think how many automatic physical functions are going on right now; your heartbeat, your breathing, your digestion.
If you had to ‘think’ these functions you wouldn’t have any capacity left to read this article.
In the same way certain emotional and psychological processes are put on ‘auto’ too....this is done through repetitive action, experience and then they are learnt – even if they don’t help us...driving is a positive example of this, smoking a negative one.
Think about your first driving lesson? Change gear, mirror, clutch, brake, speed check and so on. Six months later it is all on automatic.
Accessing the unconscious mind – especially around emotional and mental stuff – can be tricky. We all have a unique set of filters on how we see the world.
This requires a practitioner with skill, practice and an open mind. In order to safely engage a patient each practitioner has studied and practiced for three years and developed safe and specific tools for the myriad of styles they are presented with.
It’s worth mentioning here that it is a real skill to be able to lead people towards what they want, so it is a bit of a myth that you can lose control in a hypnosis session and end up doing stuff you wouldn’t normally do. Clinical hypnosis has nothing to do with stage hypnosis.
What is needed, is patient-practitioner trust and a creative, unique and safe approach to allow the ‘gatekeeper’ – your conscious mind – to relax whilst allowing your unconscious mind becomes more alert - ‘tuning in’ to the material being presented.
By this stage we will have worked hard to hone your needs into specific goals. These are delivered to your unconscious in a manner suited to your personality style. Some of us like to be told, some of us like stories, some of us like questions – and to create our own solutions, some of us like imagery and some of us like metaphor. We are all different.
Unique tailored delivery during trance allows your unconscious to re-programme really fast. You can begin to learn new patterns that will enhance your personal impact or shift something that has been really bothering you. This new programming begins new behaviours that serve you in your journey toward being more effective, feeling altogether healthier and enjoying life once again.