Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, is a method of inducing a trance or a dream-like state of deep relaxation in order to treat disorders of a mainly psychological or emotional origin. It has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years by many cultures including Druid, Celtic and Egyptian. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, hypnosis (or ‘mesmerism’) was seen more as a sideshow curiosity than a valid medical treatment.
Today, hypnosis is recognised by the scientific community as an effective healing tool, although how it works is still something of a mystery. It is not a treatment in its own right, but is used as a part of medical, psychological and dental treatments.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy can assist you in learning how to relax in a way that assists you in healing enables the client to let go of limitations and open to new ideas at the ‘unconscious mind’ level.
You are in control
Suggestions are rejected unless they are acceptable to the hypnotised person. This means you only take on board what could be valuable to you.
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be hypnotised into doing things against your will. You can’t be forced into a hypnotic state either. Instead, you allow yourself to be hypnotised much like a meditation state of relaxation. You are aware of everything and more open to suggestions that would be valuable to you. You are always in control.
All Hypnosis is Self-Hypnosis. The Hypnotherapist merely guides you (coaches you) into the direction of new resources to assist you with change.
Results of hypnosis
Some researchers believe that a person is born with character traits that allow hypnosis to work, while other researchers believe that the ability to be hypnotised is a learned skill.
Suggestibility doesn’t mean you have a weak character, as popularly believed. A strong-minded person makes the best candidate for hypnosis because they will strive to get results from treatment.
People who get the best results from hypnosis appear to have a few things in common, including:
● A good imagination
● A desire and are congruent with wanting change
Neuro: Refers to the brain and neuro network that feeds into the brain. Neurons or nerve cells are the working units used by the nervous system to send, receive, and store signals that up to information.
Linguistic: Refers to the content, both verbal and non-verbal, that moves across and through these pathways.
Programming: Is the way the content or signal is manipulated to convert it into useful information. The brain may direct the signal, sequence it, change it based on our prior experience, or connect it to some other experience we have stored in our brain to convert it into thinking patterns and behaviours that are the essence of our experience of life.
The basic premise of NLP is that the words we use reflect an inner, unconscious perception of our problems. If these words and perceptions are accurate, they will create an underlying problem as long as we continue to use and to link them. Our attitudes are, in a sense, as self-fulfilling prophecy.
The neuro-linguist therapist will analyse every word and phrase you use in describing your symptoms or concerns about your health.
The therapist will examine your facial expressions and body movements. After determining problems in your perception, the therapist will help you understand the root cause.
The therapist will help you remodel your thoughts and mental associations in order to fix your preconceived notions. These preconceived notions may be keeping you from achieving the success you deserve.
NLP will help you get out of these unhealthy traits and replace them with positive though, and patterns that promote wellness.
A Short History
NLP was developed in the 1970s by an information scientist and a linguist at the university of California at Santa Cruz.
They studied how successful people communicated (verbal language, body language, eye movements, and others). By modelling their behaviour, John Grinder and Richard Bandler were able to make out patterns of thinking that assisted in the subject’s success.
The two theorised that the brain can learn the healthy patterns and behaviours and that this would bring about positive physical and emotional effects. What emerged from their work came to be known as NLP.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy which has become a crucial part of psychology. While it was originally formulated as a treatment for depression, it is now involved in the treatment of many different disorders.
CBT is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.