Hypnosis is a relaxed, altered state of awareness that allows you to absorb, focus and concentrate on the words your therapist says.
You may feel as though your mind is wandering off, but that is actually your conscious mind being turned down so your subconscious mind can pay close attention to the positive suggestions that are given by a clinical hypnotherapist.
And How Does It Work?
When you relax, your brainwave frequency begins to drop. As this happens the conscious critical part of your mind, the part that responds to your current beliefs and mind patterns, is not listening.
For example, let’s say you believe you are a highly strung and anxious person but you don’t like this aspect of yourself. Instead you would like to feel more peace and clarity. If you were fully awake and you heard your therapist say the words: ‘you are a calm and relaxed person’, your conscious critical mind would immediately kick in and say ‘no I’m not!!’
For this reason it’s very hard to change unwanted beliefs and behaviours when you are conscious and awake. But – when you are in a state of hypnosis, your subconscious mind is open and receptive to the suggestions I give it, while the conscious mind is off somewhere else.
Hypnosis Is A Natural And Achievable State
I don’t just stick on some music and read out a script while you close your eyes – I speak to your subconscious in a language it understands about the actual issues you have come to see me about, using therapy that hones in on one issue at a time.
You may believe that you’re in a sleep state when you’re hypnotised – but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hypnosis feels very ordinary because it’s something you do without thinking about it on a regular basis.
In fact you go into a hypnotic trance all by yourself throughout the course of a normal day. This process is called self-hypnosis.
When a hypnotherapist works with you, you allow yourself to go into a relaxed and peaceful state, during which time you are in a hypnotic trance.
Once you are in a state of trance, or self-hypnosis, your therapist can apply the therapeutic suggestions that will facilitate the changes you want to make.
Hypnosis Feels Just Like Daydreaming
Some examples of times when you are in a state of self-hypnosis are:
- Driving from one place to another on automatic pilot;
- When you are having a conversation but your mind drifts off to other thoughts;
- Watching TV
- Getting lost in a good book
Just like when you’re daydreaming or watching TV, you are in control and your therapist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to do. Read more here about common hypnosis myths.
Scientific Research On Hypnotherapy
There is plenty of documentary evidence that indicated hypnotherapy is a widely accepted and effective therapy in mainstream science and medicine. See my hypnosis research articles page for details.
If you are considering hypnosis and you live in Melbourne, it’s important to select a qualified hypnotherapist who has plenty of experience under her belt.