Hypnosis is a state of mind and not a therapy and it has been described as both an art and a science. The word hypnosis is derived from Hypnos, who was the Greek god of sleep. However, hypnosis is not sleep but rather an altered state of mind that is more akin to day-dreaming or to deep relaxation with a narrowed focus of attention and increased suggestibility. Sleep is a deeper state than the unconscious where contact with the individual is not possible.

Hypnosis has been around in one form or another for centuries and there are even Egyptian hieroglyphics that depict hypnosis as part of religious ceremonies over 3000 years ago. Hypnosis seeks by trance induction (trance is a state of mind that encourages a selective focus of attention) to talk directly to the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is more creative and imaginative, is open to change, is intuitive, uses images and feelings and can access most lived memories and experiences since childhood. The conscious mind is more fixed and defended against change which it may perceive as threatening or destabilising.

Hypnosis cannot make you do anything that you do not wish to do. You can, and do, remain completely in charge and responsible for what happens to you whilst you are in a hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is an extremely powerful and useful therapeutic tool and it can be used as a stand alone treatment or as a treatment to support other therapeutic interventions.

Hypnotherapy can help you to over come your problems!

I am now offering hypnotherapy as part of my therapeutic services. Panic attacks, unwanted compulsive habits and phobias respond especially well to hypnosis. Give me a call for more information on how hypnotherapy can help you.

Charles Davision, Psychotherapy and Stress Management
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