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Are you going to hypnotise me?Commonly, people have a Hollywood image of hypnosis where a magician-like figure puts someone under a spell. They assume this will be used to alter their behaviour unconsciously, whether it be for something silly on stage or something serious like quitting smoking. Hypnotherapy actually works with your subconscious, versus the unconscious, and the client is well aware of what is going on. The "trance" is the relaxation and focus that helps shut down your conscious mind and thoughts to focus on the subconscious mind. The purpose is for insights to be made and therefore longer lasting change. Clients have all the innate wisdom and the purpose of trance is to simply unlock that. Not every session will include the use of hypnotic trance, only those where it is useful therapeutically for the presenting issue.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?Often, the two terms are used to mean the same. However, hypnosis is more technically the state the mind is in and hypnotherapy is where hypnosis is used therapeutically. Hypnotherapy goes into the subconscious to address things like childhood memories with clearer recollection and help present day feelings of sadness, low self esteem, managing pain, stress, etc. The goal is to discover what it is you truly want at the deepest level and what is blocking you from achieving that.
Does the client talk during a session?Yes. The client is not unconscious and is aware. Hypnotherapy allows for the client to be in an intenser, calm, relaxed state where the subconscious can thus be the focus. In fact, some sessions may all be talking with no therapeutic trance used at all. Where trance is used, the client is actually encouraged to talk during it, if it is comfortable and useful to describe what's going on for them.
How do people feel after hypnotherapy?Everyone is different, but the goal is to feel extremely relaxed and focused during a session. Afterwards, some dizziness, tiredness or similar feelings may come up, but usually disipate very quickly. Positive feelings after a session include mental clarity, quiet mind, tranquility, empowerment, improved mood, relief and other uplifting emotions.
Does hypnotherapy help mental conditions such as depression?Hypnotherapy helps clients gain confidence, sort through memories and other life bettering practices where the client takes control of their lives. If you have a medical condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorder, etc., I can refer you to a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Hypnotherapy does help with general happiness, but clinical mental health conditions are to be discussed with a medical professional.
Why is the subconscious more effective than the conscious brain in hypnotherapy?Supressed memories that occur during stressful states of being can become unreachable. Hypnotherapy can access those subconscious thoughts and memories. Hypnotherapy also is intensely focus based, whereas the conscious mind is easily overwhelmed, distracted and scattered. Hypnotherapy quiets down the chattering mind which often diverts from what is happening at a deeper level.
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