What is hypnotherapy?
We actually experience hypnosis all the time naturally. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis, for example. Similarly, when we arrive at a destination in our car without being aware of how we got there. That’s a form of hypnosis too. We drift in and out of the state all the time.
All we really do with this form of treatment is harness that state to create a form of deep relaxation that enables us to access parts of the brain that are blocked by conscious thought.
How does hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy lends itself to tackling very specific scenarios, such as getting rid of unwanted habits or tackling sleep issues. You can use it for stress and anxiety too.
It’s often less demanding on children too, who might struggle with hour-long counselling sessions or trying to explain their inner feelings. You can do it with children from a relatively young age.
First we try to understand what is going on in their mind while they’re in a state of deep relaxation, and then we try to play back to them a different way of thinking, rooted in their own language, using certain words that they use. This might involve stories or metaphors that will help them reframe the issue.
What can you expect from a session?
Hypnotherapy tends to be a short-term treatment of only a few sessions. We might combine hypnotherapy with other treatments too, like CBT. With hypnotherapy we give parents the option to sit in the room and observe, to give you a better idea of what is going on.
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“There is often totally understandable apprehension around hypnotherapy, particularly if it’s not for you but for your children. The first thing we always say to our clients is to try and forget what you might have seen passing as hypnosis or hypnotherapy on-stage or on-screen, as most of it is ridiculous. In actual fact we all experience light stages of hypnosis all the time in our daily lives.”
Richard Reid – CEO, Therapist & Coaching Psychologist