What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy has been used in various forms since ancient times, however it has only in the last century been recognised fully as a therapeutic tool. The seeds of today’s Analytical Hypnotherapy were sewn in the days of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and Carl Jung (1875-1961) at the beginning of the twentieth century when Freud introduced his concepts of imaginative age-regression and free association of ideas, which shunned the populist suggestive therapy trend then in vogue, to the medical fraternity.
The humanists Carl Rogers (1902-1987) and Abraham Maslow (1809-1970) who laid the foundations for important counselling principles also added greatly to the analytical equation.
By the mid-twentieth century hypnotherapists, such as Neil French, Gil Boyne and Edgar Barnett, promoted the idea of Hypnoanalysis and age-regression as important components in an insight-oriented approach to therapeutic intervention with the aid of hypnosis. This work set the tone for the future when their students spawned Hypnotherapy schools of their own. Joe Keaney in the Republic of Ireland and Georges Philips in London, for instance, promoted the notion of Analytical Hypnotherapy.
So how does it work?
Analytical hypnotherapy works by getting to the root cause of a problem and resolving it to create lasting results rather than a temporary fix.
To do this we use the hypnotic 'trance' state which allows us to talk to the subconcious mind and so get to the deeper root cause of the issue at hand which the concious mind is often unaware of.
Once the root cause is identified it can be explored fully and resolved by a combination of different techniques which are tailored to suit the client.
Will I be paralysed?
The state of hypnotic trance is quite different to the stage hypnotism you may have seen and nothing to be afraid of.
It is a natural state to be in and in fact you naturally dip in and out of it throughout the day - when your mind wanders into a daydream for example.
In short the trance state is a deep state of relaxation, if you have ever done any yoga or meditation you will have already experienced something similar.
What can hypnosis help with?
Anxiety & panic attack
Childhood abuse & neglect
Obsessive compulsive disorders
Stress & pressure
Low confidence & self-esteem
Sexual abuse trauma
These are just some of the issues that analytical hypnotherapy can help with. If you would like to have an informal chat to see wether it is the right path for you, please get in touch.
The first session
The initial session is 90 minutes long and is a chance for me to get to know a bit more about you. Towards the end of the session there will be a short relaxation to give you a taste of what the hypnotic state feels like in preparation for the journey ahead.