Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which sensory input is processed in a different way for that individual at that time, and is usually accompanied by relaxation and a state of focused attention.  During the process of hypnosis there is an increased susceptibility to suggestion.

What hypnosis is

  • Hypnosis is a natural state that occurs to all of us at least twice a day, during the period of time between wakefulness and sleep and the period before full wakefulness.
  • It is a daydreaming or trance state which occurs when we’re in “auto-pilot”. Have you ever driven somewhere and when you’ve arrived at your destination, forgotten how you got there? That’s a state of hypnosis.
  • Hypnosis is a state in which the right brain (emotions & imagery) is more dominant, enabling the hypnotherapist to communicate with the subconscious mind.
  • Relaxation may or may not take place.
  • The client will still be aware of their immediate environment, e.g. sounds.

What hypnosis is not

  • It is not brainwashing.
  • The therapist cannot control the client in any way.
  • The client cannot stay in a trance state forever.
  • The client will not do anything in a trance state that they would not ordinarily do.
  • Hypnosis is not sleep, there is no loss of consciousness
  • The client will not share secrets that he/she would not want to share.

Many physical illnesses (as many as 80%) have a psychological cause and can therefore be addressed and resolved in hypnotherapy. Some illnesses include: fibromyalgia, cancer, asthma, allergies, diabetes and many others.

The Conscious & Subconscious Minds

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In the brain, there are two parts of the mind, the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The main difference in them is that the conscious mind is the logical, thinking, reasoning, decision-making part of the mind, and the subconscious mind is essentially a memory bank which records everything that you have ever experienced in your entire life, from before birth to this very moment. Information that normally comes in during the waking state from all of your senses enters into the conscious mind where you can process it, analyse it, understand it, filter it, etc. Your mind then stores this information into the subconscious memory. This then becomes part of your available memory bank and represents essentially all of the knowledge and information you have learned in this way – from the very beginning of your life. Most of this information is available to you anytime you may need it or want it. Everything that you have ever learned, consciously and subconsciously becomes the basis of all your habit patterns. In other words, everything that you do in your life is really a habit pattern that has been learned previously at some point in your life. The particular problems you want to resolve are essentially habit patterns that need to be unlearned and learnt in a new way.

Information can also enter the subconscious mind directly, completely bypassing the conscious mind.  Probably as much as 80% that we have experienced from the beginning of our lives enters the mind in this way.  All our experiences enter the subconscious mind, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.  This is a very normal process which goes on all the time, when you are asleep, daydreaming, under anaesthesia, unconscious, etc.  Our subconscious mind stores everything just like a computer memory bank no matter how insignificant.  Negative information enters the subconscious mind with a lot of emotionally charged energy.  This accumulates in the subconscious mind and keeps piling up resulting in the underlying problem or the REAL problem for all your symptoms (e.g. depression, anxiety).  The symptoms are NOT the problem; they are only the symptoms of the underlying problem.  Your depression or anxiety or any other problems you are experiencing are only your symptoms.  You are actually in the habit of producing these symptoms in the way in which you behave, think and feel.  This real problem is the problem you want to work through and resolve, but the conscious mind is not always able to easily access this problem.  The subconscious mind does not have the ability to erase thought and that’s why we have problems.  It is often more preferable to have these symptoms, than to have to deal with whatever it is that is down in the subconscious mind.  Logically it makes no sense to hold onto these symptoms, but you generally have no conscious control over them.  There is a brain barrier between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind making it difficult to access this information.

Medical Hypnoanalysis

That’s where hypnotherapy comes in.  Medical hypnoanalysis is a form of hypnotherapy which follows a medical model by diagnosing and treating the original cause of a problem.  It can successfully resolve the underlying subconscious influences alleviating the need for the symptom and unwanted behaviour responsible for the emotional, mental and physical suffering.   Under hypnosis we are able to easily access and communicate with the inner mind through the use of hypnosis.  Hypnosis opens the door to the subconscious mind.  In using hypnosis, I will be able to diagnose the underlying problem and guide you into helping you find the way to get through the barrier into the subconscious mind and identify all the beliefs that have contributed to your problem so that you will have a whole picture of the problem.  Once you know what it is, it no longer needs to be a problem.  By bringing it to the conscious mind’s awareness, the conscious, logical and thinking mind can then really do something about it.  Medical hypnoanalysis is a short term, dynamic and goal oriented therapeutic approach.  Most problems usually require between 10 and 20 sessions to complete the entire therapeutic process.

Ego State Hypnotherapy

Ego State therapy is based on the premise that the personality is composed of different parts, rather than being one homogenous whole.  These different parts are called ego states.  Ego States can be thought of as mini personalities, each one having a particular trait.

An ego state may change during a single trauma, such as a rape, a bad accident or loss of a loved one.  Ego State hypnotherapy allows the traumatised ego states to be brought to the surface and empowered so they may no longer have to negatively interfere with the person’s life.

Many ego states develop throughout our lives in order to help us, but as time passes the way in which they are “helping” an individual is no longer beneficial to them.  For example, a protector ego state may have formed to protect you against abuse as a child, but this protector ego state is keeping you from forming a healthy relationship as an adult.

Everything that surrounds us,
Everything that we brush past unknowing,
Everything that we touch which is not felt,
Everything that we meet unnoticing
Has on us swift, surprising, and inexplicable effects.

De Maupassant