“True inspiration overrides all fears. When you are inspired, you enter a trance state and can accomplish things that you may never have felt capable of doing.”
Are you scared of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy or Dentists?
As a Professional Clinical Hypnotherapist for over 15 years, I am often asked to explain what I do, how it works and is it safe for them. Hypnotherapy uses a safe, relaxed state in which your mind is able to let go of being critical and work towards new thoughts, behaviours and mind management systems.
A good hypnotherapist should never seek to have a client under their power. Quite the opposite as the aim of this practice is to help you to take control of the resolutions of your problems and blocks.
A bit of history.
There is quite a complicated and interesting history and here I can only cover a few of the ideas in this article.
Hypnotic or suggestion therapy has been around for a long as there have been human beings on earth and found in the folklore of ancient cultures. References to it can be found in the Bible and in Ancient Greece the ‘sleep temples’ were places of pilgrimage and healing. In the Middle-Ages there was wide-spread belief that miraculous cures were associated with religious shrines and that healing was brought about by touch and prayer.
During the 18th Century, Franz Anton Mesmer argued that the planets influenced mankind through their magnetic effects on ‘fluid’ that occupied all space. He discovered that he could induce people into a trance-like state and concluded that he himself must be a kind of magnet, hence the term ‘Animal Magnetism’. James Braid was one of those men who disproved this and coined the term ‘Hypnosis’ for the induction of a trance-like state through simple suggestion.
In the early part of the 20th Century, hypnosis was used almost exclusively by stage hypnotists, thereby projecting a hopelessly distorted view of the very powerful therapeutic tool. Since the mid-1950s, Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy have become accepted as a valuable addition to conventional medical treatment.
What’s happening inside?
Hypnosis is a very natural state of the mind and body, usually just so relaxed, the same as when just drifting into sleep or just waking up. 85% of the population can achieve hypnosis. You will be aware at all times and not asleep, in fact, your senses are increased that you may even hear the clock ticking outside my office. Clients describe it as a ‘there but not there’ experience and only know they have ‘been somewhere’ when they come back.
Some of the population have medical conditions that are unfavourable for the use of hypnosis
So how do you overcome your problems or blocks?
Besides Clinical and Advanced Hypnotherapy, I have extensive training in other areas too, such as CBT counselling, NLP, EMDR, Time-Line Therapy® and EFT, I work on goal resolution and it is so powerful that usually 3 to 6 sessions are sufficient to get resolution.
You can benefit from using Hypnotherapy for any number of problems, and some of the most common areas include insomnia, relationship issues, stress management, anxiety & panic attacks, weight control, smoking cessation, depression, phobias and impotence.
A letter from Alison …
“Thank you, Joanne, for all your help with overcoming my phobia of dentists.
When I first came to see you, I had an acute #anxiety over anything to do with #dentists – I couldn’t even talk about it or look at pictures on TV let alone set foot in a dentist’s surgery! The trauma of visiting the dentist would leave me feeling physically ill for days afterwards, and I had avoided having any treatment for over 10 years.
After several sessions with you, and practicing the exercises that you gave me to do at home, I then I felt ready to take my first big step – to contact a dentist for an assessment. I was amazed by the difference in how I felt. I was able to visit the dentist and have an examination, with none of the usual nerves and anxiety leading up the appointment. I felt calm and relaxed throughout the appointment and when I left I was able to carry on with my day to day tasks without even a backward thought about what had happened.
I have now also been able to go and have treatment, and even refused the sedation that I was offered!
The knock on effect is that I also feel more positive in my life overall, and motivated to push ahead and achieve things that I have been putting off or that I did not think possible.
I am happy to recommend you to anyone who is struggling with a fear that is holding them back and having a negative effect on their life, as I think that they will find it hugely beneficial to them. Keep up the good work!
Alison Milton Keynes”
If you need any help in coming to terms with anything I have written in this article or just need the help to be nudged into the healthier direction then please call me on 01234 852930.
Calmpower Clinical Hypnotherapy & Counselling since 1998.
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