Hypnotherapy is a method used to alleviate symptoms of neurosis; this includes a variety of conditions such as OCD, phobias, addiction, stress and anxiety, etc. In order for hypnotherapy to work, the client has to be open to it and want to make changes in themselves.
Contrary to past beliefs, a person under hypnosis is not under the ‘control’ of the therapist. They have complete control of themselves. In fact, hypnosis simply involves the client going into a very deep state of relaxation (not sleep) during which their conscious mind is able to be bypassed and their subconscious mind becomes more alert and open to suggestions. The person under hypnosis actually experiences a heightened sense of awareness. Nobody can be made to do anything that they do not want to do under hypnosis. You are in complete control and will only accept suggestions that you want to. Unfortunately, hypnotherapy has been tarnished slightly by the stage performers that ask their volunteers to do silly stunts. These people however have been hand-picked from a wide group, after being given suggestibility tests to see who is the most responsive. They are typically ‘exhibitionist’ types who enjoy the attention, and hence the reason why their subconscious is willing to accept silly suggestions.
Before hypnotherapy begins you will have a chance to discuss your situation with your therapist and explain why you are there and what you want to achieve. Once you feel entirely comfortable, the practical session will begin. Different relaxation techniques may be used to relax your body and mind. This is usually very popular and the majority of people enjoy this complete sense of relaxation.
Once relaxed, your subconscious will become more alert and be open to any suggestions made to it by the therapist. The session will continue with any number of possible techniques, which the therapist will discuss with you beforehand. For example, guided visualisation – whereby the client imagines themselves in a situation or the way they want to be and explores this.
There are no dangers to the client whilst they are under hypnosis. It is not possible for a person to get ‘stuck’ in trance. The worst thing that could happen would be for them to fall asleep and simply awake in their own time. This is very rare though. Remember that the person under hypnosis is completely aware of what’s going on around them, they are just very relaxed. They are able to listen to the therapist and follow instructions if they choose to.
Hypnotherapy has proven extremely successful in helping people with many different conditions and symptoms. It has been around for centuries, and is a powerful healing technique. Any changes that we want to make to ourselves have to be done via the subconscious; therefore, it makes sense that hypnotherapy (a technique that allows direct communication with the subconscious) is a very effective method for change.