There are many false beliefs about hypnosis/hypnotherapy. In a therapeutic setting, the client will not lose control, cluck like a chicken or run around thinking they are someone else.
All Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis and is a naturally occurring state that we all experience at various times and in various depths throughout each and every day. If you have been engrossed in a good book, movie or even a computer game you are in a trance. If you drive and have driven somewhere familiar and have arrived without being conscious of driving part or even all of the way as you were in a trance then also. It is a very pleasant state, indeed, the experience of hypnosis is often explained as a streamlined or enhanced state of focused attention. Many people describe hypnosis as feeling similar to daydreaming when they are neither fully alert nor asleep.
In a hypnotic session, the Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist will use a combination of techniques to bring about changes in the client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours at the unconscious level, where we automatically respond. Our beliefs about ourselves (positive or negative) are stored within our unconscious mind, as are many of our behaviours, patterns and habits. These behaviours can be protective and useful, but where they are unhelpful, the hypnotherapist/hypnotist can help to change their deep-rooted, automatic responses to more positive and helpful responses through a new perspective and adjustments to limiting beliefs that have influenced or directed the client’s life.
Therapeutic techniques applied during hypnosis are significantly quicker than psychotherapy, CBT or counselling due to accessing the unconscious. this, in turn, has increased the popularity of Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy.
As an NCH hypnotist/hypnotherapist I can assure you that you will be working with a highly trained and trustworthy professional who has your wellbeing at the core of your therapy.