You won't be sent to sleep but you will be deeply relaxed and more ready to accept suggestions that will boost your will power and confidence. Clients come for help with all sorts of stress, phobias and compulsive behaviour like smoking and over eating.
Hypnosis is a state of deep and pleasant relaxation, much like daydreaming or reverie, and is used as a tool in psychotherapy when therapeutic suggestions are more readily accepted. It offers a natural treatment for many conditions which arise from the stresses of modern living.
It is important to note that no-one can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is essentially a voluntary state so far as the client is concerned and requires the whole-hearted co-operation of the client.
Frequently, clients arrive for therapy with the mistaken belief that they will be unconscious or "asleep". At the end of the session, they frequently express the feeling they were not hypnotised, claiming "I heard every word...".
Although relaxed, clients are in a state of high focus and awareness, and will hear every word: it is, of course, important for this to be so if suggestions are to be effective!
The media presentations of hypnosis are especially directed at entertainment, rather than therapy, and are normally seriously misleading. Clients need to be aware of this.
People come with any number of anxiety problems, phobias, compulsive behaviour (smoking, nail biting, etc.), weight loss and many other problems.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.) can work on similar problems, but takes a different approach. It works along with the thought process, changing the way we relate to life events, so we can feel and behave in a way which supports achieving the results we want. It generally is a quicker process than hypnotherapy and can be equally, if not more, effective in some areas.
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