“Before I came to visit you I had abused my body through drugs and alcohol for over 10 years. I tried many different things to change, including seeing another therapist. Once I made the decision to change and allowed you to facilitate this, my life has turned a huge corner. My business is flourishing, my relationship with my family is blossoming and where there was once a craving to destroy myself from time to time, I now have a sense of calm and achievement.”
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which it is possible to communicate with the unconscious mind.
We all drift in and out of this state, for example when watching television, getting lost in a book, a piece of music or a day dream, or just before we go to sleep. I will guide you into this same kind of trance state (hypnotic trance). It is a very pleasant feeling of calmness and deep relaxation. You will normally have your eyes closed, but will still be able to hear, feel and even speak. Your concentration and awareness will actually be heightened. Relaxation is the main requirement to enter a hypnotic state and when the body and mind are sufficiently relaxed, the unconscious mind becomes receptive to positive suggestion.
Positive Suggestion is a positively worded command (we will discuss this prior to hypnosis during the consulting session) which is suggested to the unconscious mind.
In the relaxed state of hypnosis the unconscious mind is particularly receptive and can store the commands and then act upon them. This process can re-programme the mind, bringing about the desired beneficial changes. People enter varying degrees of hypnosis and some drift in and out of lighter and deeper states. Deep states are not required for successful hypnotherapy.