How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?
Hypnosis is often referred to as an altered state of waking awareness. It is a perfectly natural state, which occurs somewhere between being fully awake and fully asleep.
Being hypnotized does not involve becoming unconscious, nor are you put ‘out’ or to sleep. You continue to have the faculty of hearing and the ability to think. Your mind can in no way be dominated by the therapist and you cannot be made to do anything that you do not want to do, either in hypnosis or afterwards.
You cannot even be made to enter hypnosis. If you are prepared to co-operate and allow yourself to be interested and involved in your therapy then you will discover that there is no need to try to relax or to make anything happen and hypnosis will occur quite naturally and easily.
The therapist may encourage you to go as deeply as you can into hypnosis. Each individual’s response to hypnosis is different and so the depth experienced may vary from a shallow state to a very deep state. The therapy can be effective at any level of hypnosis and so you will find that you will go to the level that is most appropriate for you at that particular time.
Psychological problems, from unwanted habits to irrational anxiety states, can often be traced to deep within the unconscious (or subconscious) mind. By the time they go for therapy, most people have exhausted the resources of their logical, critical conscious mind. In the hypnotic state the individual can allow himself or herself to be open to suggestions which encourage a more balanced or helpful attitude to reality.