Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for talking therapies, including counselling designed to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing. Psychotherapy sessions are usually carried out one to one with the therapist in a confidential environment where there is no judgment, so you can talk about things that you might not be comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to gain insight and then overcome irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions that are holding you back from enjoying life as you should do. There are many benefits in gaining insight into ‘what makes you tick’ – becoming more accepting of yourself and others, understanding what you need out of relationships and generally becoming a nicer person to live with.
Positive change has to happen in the sub conscious part of your mind in order to become lasting or permanent and the use of hypnosis in therapy helps you to focus, locate and have sharper recall. In the same way, hypnotherapy can also be used to promote personal development where you discover hidden strengths unlocking your inner potential.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep or unconsciousness. It is simply relaxation with enhanced concentration, your breathing and pulse rate slows and its possible to exclude sounds and distractions around you. If you’ve ever driven somewhere and not recalled a chunk of the journey, missed a motorway exit because you were singing to Take That or ignored someone calling your name because you were engrossed in a film or book then you would have already experienced normal and natural, mild hypnosis.
In the session
As you concentrate on the sound of the therapists voice your attention will naturally narrow down to a single focus. The single focus leads to the ‘therapy’ part of the session that will be tailored to your particular issue.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Some people don’t notice anything except feeling comfortably relaxed, some feel hot or cold, some get a sense of feeling light or floating, even hands tingling and some people don’t notice anything different at all. Every persons experience is entirely different and experiencing nothing at all is perfectly fine and doesn’t mean it’s not working – as long as you are breathing you are still receiving ! At all times you are completely in control and aware of your surroundings. You cant get ‘stuck’,in hypnosis, made to do anything you don’t want to or reveal any secrets (unless of course you want to). What it does do is allow you to do, is remember events in more detail and make powerful positive change in a relatively short space of time. The only ‘side effect’ of hypnosis is feeling relaxed or refreshed like you’ve had a power nap.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of psychotherapy or hypnotherapy sessions required depends on you, the way the therapist works, the techniques used and the how long you’ve had the problem, the complexity and number of separate issues you have. The free consultation is designed so I can get a very quick feel of what its like to be you, with your particular problem so I can give you an outline of sessions required and what to expect before we proceed.