What is hypnosis ?
Hypnosis is a therapeutic tool, rather than a therapy in itself. Using hypnosis can help people be more open to helpful ideas and suggestions – to develop a mindset in order to see how to achieve a goal, instead of limiting yourself.
The process of hypnosis involves three steps: an induction, a deepening of that process and then positive suggestions around the chosen goal.
- Induction: Many of us can relate to the idea of being absorbed in your thinking, whether it be thinking while you are driving your car or being absorbed in a great book or a movie. Hypnosis capitalises on that very normal human trait and invites people to become absorbed in ideas and feelings which are helpful. A similar mental state to being ‘absorbed’, which often involves some dissociation from your physical surroundings, occurs during hypnosis.
- Deepening: Examples of a deepening of hypnosis may simply be the suggestion of deepening your state of relaxation, counting from 10 down to 1 or suggesting that “with each moment of silence you can allow yourself to become more absorbed in your inner world”. This step in the process is intended to prepare your mind to absorb the new thoughts and messages you want to adopt.
- Positive Suggestions are then framed in a glass half full mindset, acknowledging and reinforcing the resources and skills that the patient already has. For example, if someone was planning to do well with their studies, the hypnotist might invite them to remember some past experiences where they found learning pleasurable. There is also an intent to teach people what they do not yet know – the gaps between their current resources and the goal that they want to achieve. To continue with the example of a student doing well with their studies, if one of the hurdles was the person becoming anxious because of procrastination, I could make suggestions while they are hypnotised about how they can better believe in their own ability to understand and learn, thus relieving the anxiety they are experiencing.
I often find the use of metaphors and stories around particular themes to be beneficial. This allows the patient the freedom to choose which ideas and suggestions they are most open to accepting and using to help them reach their goals. Of course, every patient is different and if you or someone you are referring sees me for hypnosis, we will work together to find the most effective way to communicate positive change together.
While there are many conditions and issues that can be assisted with clinical hypnosis, some of the most common reasons for referral so far include:
- Pain management
- Preparing for childbirth
- Smoking Cessation
- Losing Weight
- Enhancing performance at work, study, sport
- Improving self confidence
As always, the friendly team at Revive are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about hypnosis and the other psychology services we provide so don’t hesitate to make contact or give us a call on 63.