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What Is Hypnotherapy?

During Hypnotherapy hypnosis creates a state of focused attention with increased suggestibility. This therapy is practised by licensed hypnotherapists, physicians and psychologists during the treatment of health conditions or specific symptoms, phobias and other anxiety disorders. By inducing a hypnotic state it allows people to focus on inner experiences whilst detaching external attention.

Hypnotherapy Sessions

During a hypnotherapy session, you would be guided through a process of inducing a trance-like state that helps you to focus your mind so that it responds more easily to suggestion. During this peaceful relaxed state, hypnotherapy utilises your heightened awareness to help you focus on a problem more deeply.

Some therapists are known as generalists as they are experienced in working with a broad range of of issues, whilst others will be specialists such as addressing addictions.

Hypnotherapy Benefits

Hypnotherapy has had beneficial effects for a range of issues from a simple phobia to complex trauma. Therapeutic uses of Hypnotherapy include:

  • Changing habits.
  • Chronic pain conditions.
  • Confronting problematic behaviour or fears.
  • Dementia symptoms.
  • Depression.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Learning to trust your ability to get through the situation.
  • Learn cognitive-behavioural coping skills.
  • Pain management during childbirth or surgery.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Weight loss.

This therapy is intended to break through your day-to-day concerns, by quieting your conscious mind and thus, allowing your unconscious mind to deeply focus on your issue. Being calmer and more receptive enables many people to objectively face their fears and issues in a positive and productive way.

A study published in the May 2021 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders found that hypnotherapy was somewhat effective for treating mild to moderate depression with a 44.6% reduction compared to CBT which led to less reduction in symptom severity (38.5%).

There are different ways of hypnotising someone and we would thoroughly discuss what you hope to achieve from your therapy and agree on what method our therapists will use before leading you into a deeply relaxed state.

Hypnosis and Behavioural changes

Hypnotherapy aims to have a powerful impact on your mind and to enable behavioural changes. Hypnosis is an inner state of focused attention that can create long-lasting change on a deep level. Helen is Brighton based, is trained to the highest standards and is a registered GHR member.

Helen’s clients often experience additional beneficial changes such as improved sleep and a general sense of wellbeing as hypnotherapy has helped them to be calm throughout their day.

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