What is hypnotherapy?

Experience hypnotherapy in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Hypnotherapy is available at The Mindset Clinic in Watford and London.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapy that takes places during hypnosis. There are many definitions of what constitutes hypnosis but the simplest is that it is an altered state of awareness. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state and one in which we enter in and out of several times a day.

We are often in a hypnotic state when watching a gripping film or engrossed in a really good book. Sometimes when we are driving we go into what we call highway hypnosis and find ourselves at our destination unaware of how we got there. Kids and creative people tend to make very good hypnotic subjects because they are used to suspending reality and regularly enter a world of imagination but everyone is capable of going into a hypnotic trance.

During a hypnotic trance the critical and conscious part of the brain is by-passed. When a person gives into a behavioural compulsion i.e. running away from a spider, tucking into a big slice of chocolate cake, having a cigarette or biting their nails etc. they are in a trance state, so part of our job is to get them out of that to enable them to control their behaviour.

We utilise hypnotic trance to create more favourable thoughts, beliefs and actions. Empowering positive suggestions are given to the subconscious part of the brain and because the unconscious mind is designed to keep us safe, if it likes the suggestions given, it will accept them. The hypnotherapist acts a guide or facilitator to the clients wishes. If the suggestions are not agreeable to the client they will be rejected so there is no chance that you will end up clucking like a chicken unless you really want to!

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy has many wonderful benefits, from helping treat anxiety, depression, bad habits and behavioural problems. Rebecca Sanderson is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and is trained to use hypnotherapy for a wide range of clinical conditions so why not check out the rest of the site to see how we can help you. Hypnotherapy is also incredibly relaxing and many people practice self-hypnosis as a form of stress relief. The Mindset Clinic teaches self-hypnosis to our clients so that they can continue the great work done during sessions. If you would like to find out more please email rebecca@themindsetclinic.co.uk or call 07803 603 882.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

In the first session I will spend most of it understanding the issue you would like help with. We will talk about how long you have had the particular concern, what you would like to change and how you would like to feel, behave, and think instead. I will then guide you into a wonderfully calm and relaxed state, giving you positive suggestions based upon what you will have told me.

What if I don’t like the idea of losing control, will it still work?

At no stage will you lose control. I will guide you to a relaxing state where you are more easily able to reach your goals. I will only work with clients who actively want to change and I will advise you if I don’t think you are ready.

I use a range of techniques some require a trance like state to be achieved whilst others take a more cognitive approach. I will work with you to ensure the most appropriate technique is used.

Will you get me to do anything I don’t want to do?

No. I will work with you to help you define and achieve your goals. The treatment I offer is tailored specifically to you. I offer a bespoke service and as such what will work for you may or may not work for someone else.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

Yes. There are some techniques that should not be used on people with certain medical conditions. I have trained at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis, one of the leading training institutions in the world, to ensure that I only use appropriate techniques. Only choose a therapist who has appropriate qualifications and feel free to ask them about where they trained. You can contact The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and General Hypnotherapy Register for therapists local to you.

Hypnotherapy in Watford

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Whilst we promise to do our best to help you each individual responds differently so we tailor your therapy to best match your needs, individual requirements and personality type.  We make no guarantee that we can solve your issues. It is our intention to help you to help yourself, by facilitating a deep understanding and awareness of what is actually troubling you and helping you to empower yourself to make the appropriate changes. We help you to facilitate change we do not wave magic wands!