Hypnotherapy is gentle non-invasive therapy that uses hypnosis to treat broad range of mental, emotional, psychological and physical problems. Hypnotherapy doesn’t replace other treatments-it adds to them. Hypnosis techniques are very successfully used in psychotherapy because it works as a tool that gives access to a subconscious mind. Feelings, values, behaviours, memories, understandings, all the perceptions that guide our choices, are subjective and can be changed.
Suggestion hypnotherapy is the solution focused approach to achieve desirable results. Once you are in a hypnotic state, you either give yourself a suggestion (self-hypnosis or auto-suggestion) or accept a suggestion from the therapist. When the therapy is conducted by a professional therapist, every suggestion has an intention to improve or enhance your life. You will be very relaxed (most people believe that they were not “hypnotised at all”) and whilst you are in this beautifully calm and relaxed state, the therapist gives you very clear and positively worded suggestion that will help you to make the desirable change in your life or behaviour.
Analytical hypnotherapy is focused to look beyond the symptom for deeply rooted psychological problems. It enables to identify the original event that created the trauma. Various techniques such as age regression, inner-child healing, parts therapy are used to help you to understand and transform past events and to bring a positive change and relief of your symptoms.
What is Hypnosis?
Perhaps the greatest mystery about hypnosis is that it’s seen as something unnatural. It’s a fundamental human trait, shared by every living person on the planet. In fact, we can’t get through the day without experiencing it, any more than you can get through the day without experiencing some form of emotion.
Hypnosis is simply focused state of attention. Attention can be focused externally, or it can be focused internally. You have been in trance if you’ve ever been absorbed in a great film, lost in a good book, or swept up in a symphony. You’ve been in trance if ever stared in fascination at a sunset or a passing cloud. You’ve also been in a trance if you’ve ever stared out of the window, daydreaming about something which happened twenty years ago. All that happens, for the duration of the trance state, is that your attention locks onto a particular source, and everything else just fades into the background for a while.
Despite all the mystery, then, hypnosis is simply a method for focusing the attention and turning it inwards. It is nothing more – and nothing less – than away of working with and taking control of something which is happening already.
How does Hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by communicating with the unconscious mind. The unconscious controls all of the autonomic processes that you don’t have to think about – the heart rate, the blood pressure, tissue growth, cell regeneration, the immune system and so on. It’s where our thoughts, memories and accumulated experience reside. It controls emotions, our habits and our responses to the word.
The conscious mind is more logical, critical and analytical – it’s constantly making value judgements. If somebody was to say to you “you really should give up smoking, you know, it’s terribly bad for you”, you’re highly unlikely to become a non-smoker on the spot. Even if you do consciously accept that you should give up smoking, it’s not the conscious part of the mind that’s keeping the habit in place.
Hypnosis works by bypassing the critical conscious mind and speaking directly to the unconscious in a language which it understands – pattern, association and metaphor. It works, then, by shaping our perception of reality by dealing directly with the unconscious mind, the seat of most of our problems, and most of our solutions too.
Hypnotherapy for children and teens
There are many children’s problems that hypnotherapy can help with. Children are great to work with because they are imaginative and usually excellent hypnotic subjects. Very large percentage of children’s complains are linked to unresolved emotional issues. Some problems are often associated with stress. It could be arising from the past traumatic event, bullying or criticism at school, relations with siblings, dependency on one or both parents, home environment or lack of attention. Sometimes there are number of psychogenic factors that may play role such as loss of a parent, strict parental control, over protection, etc.
In hypnosis children can reveal underlying cause of their problem. They talk about the problem situation as it is and tell the therapist how they would prefer to be thinking, feeling or behaving instead. We focus on the solution rather than on the problem and try to re-frame the unwanted habit or behaviour.
Younger children don’t necessarily relax much at all – they hear and imagine things and engage in games which make our therapy very enjoyable and relaxing experience.
In case of younger children parents are encouraged to stay, especially for the first session. Older children might prefer to be on their own so they can relax more when ‘not being observed’. In this way they are reassured that they are the important person in the room and their opinion counts.
in some cases I recommend parent(s) to have at least one individual session for themselves.
I work with children and young people aged 7 to 16