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What does Hypnotherapy feel Like?

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What does hypnotherapy feel like?

What does hypnotherapy feel like? Hypnotherapy feels a lot like dreaming, but it’s a bit different for everybody.

And contrary to popular belief, you’re not asleep. You may well have your eyes closed – almost everyone does during a hypnotherapy session – but even that is not essential. Have you ever been daydreaming at work, at college, on the train or bus? You didn’t have your eyes closed there, did you? But you were still in a dreamlike state. And what happened then is a really good example of your unconscious mind doing its job very well indeed.

Your unconscious mind (some say subconscious mind) was busy looking after you and making sure you were safe, while your conscious mind was off doing something else. Your conscious attention was taken up by a problem, perhaps, or something interesting your memory had thrown up – maybe something you saw had triggered a particular train of thought. However, your unconscious mind is always on guard and does its best to protect you.

It will draw your attention to anything it regards or suspects of being a threat to you, even a small threat. It’s constantly comparing all it knows (which is a lot as it never really forgets anything) to whatever is going on around you at the time. And if it comes across something it’s unhappy about, it prods your conscious mind to get it to make a decision about that. This goes on all the time, and a lot of that time you hardly even notice.

So once again you might ask “what does hypnotherapy feel like?”

But this time you have something you know you can compare it too – daydreaming. And that’s not the only similar feeling.

Every day you go through the feeling at least twice anyway, once when you drop off to sleep, and again when you start to wake up. It’s that pleasant state, where you might feel you’d quite like to go back and finish off that dream instead of having to get up. Or that feeling where you suddenly feel nice and cosy and very, very comfortable, but you’re not quite asleep yet, but you will be in a minute.

So I suppose when you as the question “what does hypnotherapy feel like?”, then that’s the wrong question. What the question should be, and what you probably really mean is “What does hypnosis feel like?” which is what I’m answering above. Hypnotherapy is what takes place during a hypnotherapy session, after hypnosis has been induced or achieved. It’s the introduction of beneficial ideas and suggestions to your unconscious mind, aimed at helping you change your behaviour in some way.

When this is happening, you hear those suggestions at both a conscious and unconscious level, depending on what is required and the skill of the hypnotherapist. Then your unconscious mind analyses what’s been said, makes personalised sense of it to suit you, and passes appropriate signals and messages to your conscious mind to act on.

If you feel you could benefit from Hypnotherapy, you’re probably right. You know the next step, don’t you?

When you’re ready, that’s the time to contact me on 01256 704769 or email me at missionhypnotism@btconnect.com

What can Hypnotherapy cure?

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Well, this is an interesting one.

What can hypnotherapy cure? Hypnotherapists never claim to “cure” anything, any more than does a reflexologist, acupuncturist or homeopath, for example. The reason for this is that hypnotherapists do not have a medical practitioner licence from the GMC, as they are not medically trained.

What hypnotherapists (and other alternative therapists) do is to “treat” various conditions to help alleviate, reduce or eliminate them. And of course, we as hypnotherapists treat many things that traditional medicine doesn’t deal with – fear of flying, confidence issues, driving test or exam nerves, and all sorts of other things. It’s worth considering at this point that traditional medicine doesn’t “cure” these things at all. You might be prescribed some tranquilisers for fear of flying, say, or nerves on your driving test, but that just masks things, it doesn’t cure you of them. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, works by helping you change your attitude and approach to these things, so you simply no longer feel frightened, agitated or worried by them.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that hypnotherapy can’t help with physical illnesses too – it can. Irritable bowel syndrome often responds well to hypnotherapy, as can acne and psoriasis. It is often very useful in enabling pain reduction for many clients. Migraines can be dealt with, and of course a favourite candidate for successful treatment is weight management. High blood pressure too, is another physical condition that often responds well. People could be forgiven for thinking that there’s a hypnotherapy cure for all those things.

Let’s also mention that perennial problem, smoking.

Smoking has four main features that make it addictive. It’s chemical, due to the toxins released into your bloodstream when you take in the smoke. It’s habitual, to the point that people often say they wouldn’t know what to do with their hands if they stop. It’s done to a large extent unconsciously – people do it that way when they’re bored or concentrating – they hardly realise they’re doing it. There’s an element of peer pressure or social pressure too. And it has a “feelgood factor” in that the sugar release which happens at the same time as the intake of chemicals and toxins when you inhale gives you a temporary high, in much the same way that children can become unbearably hyperactive after too many sweets!

Hypnotherapy in very effective in helping people who want to stop smoking – better than almost any other way, in fact, when handled correctly.

You should actually beware of any hypnotherapist who claims to be able to “cure” you. The chances are that he or she does not belong to one of the voluntary regulatory bodies who oversee good ethical practice among the therapists – the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, for example, or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. These bodies even can be counted on for advice in what can and cannot be said in advertising carried out by their members.

There we have it for this post. I may not be able to offer you a miracle hypnotherapy cure, but I can almost certainly help you make significant improvement with any number of things, as a look around my websites will confirm. I can’t mention every condition I can help with on there, so a phone call is all it’ll take to reassure you that effective and rapid help is at hand.

Where to learn Hypnotherapy?

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learn hypnotherapyExcellent question – where CAN you learn hypnotherapy?

In the UK, there are actually a surprising number of places where you may be able to learn Hypnotherapy. Notice it is regarded as an art, not a science. The thing is though, do you want to learn it properly, to a professional standard, or do you just want to do it as a novelty – a hobby if you like.

There are vastly varying courses and “seminars” on offer,and isolated individual techniques and “protocols”. There are short courses from as short as three days, a week, two weeks, three weeks etc. etc. How much do you think you can learn about a discipline that is used to change peoples lives in a few days? Ask yourself “would I personally be happy to be treated for – say – depression, by somebody who had only had a week’s training?” Well? Would you?

Surely you’d want to consult some who had been trained to full Professional Diploma level, wouldn’t you? Such training enables the student, when qualified, to be listed on the General Hypnotherapy Register, which is in turn administered by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. This is the largest governing body for Hypnotherapists in the UK. Members have to be trained to their professional standards. They also are unlikely to have any problem obtaining public liability and professional indemnity insurance, which is pretty reassuring, don’t you think?

Their members are also eligible to join the listings of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council,  another extremely well known and recognised organisation, and one which Therapists from many different alternative therapies also join.

So, what to do? My recommendation is that you look around for a training school that will offer training to full professional level, so that you will emerge on successful completion of the course with easily enough knowledge and practice, both theoretical and practical, to enable you to enter professional practice immediately. You will have the confidence to do so, secure in the grounding you have had on the course, and ready to become a proficient professional among your peers.

There are a few of these schools around where you can learn hypnotherapy, so don’t rush into it. Check exactly what’s on offer. Download the prospectus of one you like the look of. Check the length of the course or courses, and how much they will cost, although cost should not be your only concern. Check also what payment methods they accept or require – with some, you must pay the full cost in advance – others offer payment by instalments, credit card payments, etc.

Check on the course dates too – will they suit you? Find out where they are, and what sort of surroundings you will be training in. How convenient and easy is it to get to the venue? What about train links, car parking, nearby accommodation if that’s going to be necessary for you? In deciding where you want to study hypnotherapy, consider whether the training done “classroom style”, or in more relaxed and less formal style? Try to get a “feel” for all this through the websites.  And don’t forget to check that the training offered is fully Accredited by a recognised regulatory body like the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. Don’t waste your cash training to a standard nobody’s ever heard of and which Insurance companies don’t accept.

 

Bye for now, and thanks for visiting

David