What is hypnosis/hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy-your questions answered

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a deep, natural state of relaxation that we all pass through briefly each time we go to sleep and wake up.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses this state of deep relaxation to bypass the “critical sensor” which exists in each person’s unconscious mind. The critical sensor is a limiting factor that can make it difficult or impossible for people to achieve their goals

How does the critical sensor do this?

The mind is divided into two parts, the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious level of the mind is roughly 10% and the unconscious 90%. The critical sensor exists at the unconscious level of mind.

It decides what we will and won’t believe. So, for example if you look out of the window on a sunny day and you are told that it’s raining you wouldn’t believe this. You can see that it isn’t.

Your critical sensor came into being when you were about six or seven years old. The unconscious mind which contains your critical sensor does not understand time. Another way of putting this is to say, “that in the unconscious mind it is always now”.

Because the unconscious mind does not understand time it never updates its information. So, it still pictures you as having only the abilities that you had at the age of six or seven.

Of course, consciously you know that this is not so. However, we all experience situations in which we feel awkward. Or don’t perform at our best for no apparent reason. These generally occur at the worst possible times such as at a job interview, when meeting an attractive member of the opposite sex or our future in laws.

This occurs because at the unconscious level of mind we see ourselves as having only the abilities that we had at the age of 6 or7. These feelings of inadequacy which arise don't make sense to the conscious mind leaving the individual baffled as to why s/he is not performing adequately.

How can this be overcome?

By bypassing the critical sensor during hypnosis, it is possible to give beneficial suggestions of desired change. For example, that the person will become more confident, no longer feel the desire to smoke or overeat, will enjoy good quality, refreshing sleep etc.

On coming out of hypnosis they will find themselves acting on these suggestions. The beneficial changes they desire will come about naturally and with ease.

Is it always that simple?

Not always, although for many people, around 85% of our clients this is all that is needed to overcome their problem.

In some cases, it is necessary to deal with traumas in the individuals past with which they have not come to terms. Such unresolved traumas reduce the person’s effectiveness, success and ability to enjoy life. Fortunately, we have several effective techniques available to assist our clients in overcoming past upsetting experiences enabling them to be more effective and successful.

Does hypnotherapy treatment have any side effects?

Yes, positive ones. For example, a client receiving hypnotherapy for lack of confidence may gain improved sleep. Or a client receiving help to quit smoking may find they become more relaxed and confident. It is not uncommon for clients with high blood pressure to see a reduction as an added benefit of hypnotherapy.

This is not as surprising as it may seem as many of the problems clients seek help for are anxiety related. We treat the whole person not just the symptom and give all clients suggestions of calmness, relaxedness and confidence. This often results in the client receiving additional benefits as well as those they entered therapy seeking.

There are no negative side effects of the type associated with drug related therapy. 

What is hypno-psychotherapy?

It is the practice of combining hypnotherapy with knowledge available from various schools of psychology as well as practical techniques such as Transactional Analysis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Assertiveness Training, Behavioural Psychology etc.

How will I feel whilst in hypnosis?

You'll feel pleasantly relaxed as you do when dropping off to sleep. You'll be aware of what's happening around you but not bothered by it. Traffic or other noise for example won't disturb your relaxation.

Will I be unconscious during hypnosis?

No as previously explained you'll be aware of what is going on around you. If you were unconscious you couldn't take in the beneficial suggestions being given during your treatment session or benefit from them.

Is there any possibility that I could get stuck in hypnosis?

No this has never happened to anyone in the history of the world. At the end of your session you will brought up out of hypnosis. You could in fact bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time if you so wished.

Will I tell you all my secrets?

Whatever is discussed during your treatment is private and confidential.

Whilst relaxing in hypnosis clients are not usually asked to speak.

We would normally speak about your treatment session, how well you relaxed etc. after it has been completed and you have been brought up out of hypnosis.

At the start of therapy, I would take a case history, a written form of our discussion about your problem or goal. This, is seen only by myself.

Can I forced to act against my will whilst in hypnosis?

No, you will accept only suggestions which are for your benefit. If anyone were foolish enough to give you suggestions not for your benefit you would simply ignore them.

What kind of problems can hypnotherapy help with?

A wide variety including smoking, food related issues. phobias, panic attacks, insomnia, exam and driving test nerves. To find out if we can help with your problem simply email therapy@eileenedwards.co.uk If it is something that we don't help with we'll do our best to direct you to appropriate sources of help.

What happens during a session?

You'll be invited to sit in a comfortable chair or lie down whichever you prefer. You will be spoken to about feelings of calmness, relaxedness and confidence to help you relax physically and mentally.

Your depth of relaxation will be tested before you receive suggestions about overcoming your problem or achieving your goal.

This is to ensure that you are relaxing sufficiently deeply and that the suggestions given will be effective. Checking your level of relaxation does not usually involve touch. Occasionally it is necessary to touch a client’s wrist to check relaxation. The client’s permission is always asked first.

How soon will I feel better?

Most clients feel benefit after a first session and go on to completely overcome their problem. The practice specialises in short term therapy and most treatments are successfully completed in five to ten treatment sessions. A very short time indeed considering that many of our clients have been experiencing their problems for years.

If you have any questions not covered here please feel free to ask them by email at therapy@eileenedwards.co.uk

Practice hours and fees

Appointments face to face, telephone or Skype are available between the hours of 10.30am to 6.30pm on weekdays except for Wednesdays when the practice is closed. A later evening appointment may be possible in some instances. The practice is closed on weekends.

Fees are between £60.00 to £65.00 per 60-minute hour of therapy or coaching. Initial consultation of up to 45 minutes £30.00.

A question that I’m frequently asked, what are the differences between NHS and private treatment?

NHS treatment is prepaid through your National Insurance contributions.

Private treatment is paid for as when you access it, so you only pay for what you want when you want it.

NHS treatment is often drug based. Where psychotherapy is offered this is generally Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Its aim is to replace negative thoughts with positive ones leading to positive action. This therapy works at the conscious level of mind the 10%.

Private practitioners are usually skilled in a variety of techniques. These are put together to form a personal treatment plan most suited to the individual client. This is how we proceed at Edwards Health Clinic A personal treatment plan is drawn up and agreed with the client at the start of therapy.

Due to pressures on the NHS the number of treatment sessions available to any individual is understandably limited.

In private therapy client and therapist generally agree as to the length of therapy most likely to successfully resolve their problem reviewing this as therapy proceeds. This is the practise we follow at Edwards Health Clinic.

Obtaining NHS therapy can involve long waiting periods which can run into months or even years.  The hours during which therapy is available are usually limited often requiring time away from work or education.

Whilst waiting times in private practice vary at Edwards Health Clinic we are often able to see clients within a few days of their first contact. We are able to offer evening appointments and telephone or Skype appointments if our clients prefer or find these more convenient. 

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