Who has control; the client, the therapist or the chicken?
Many people are worried about trying hypnotherapy as they think the therapist will gain control, revealing their hidden secrets or make them do something they wouldn't be comfortable with. In fact, you, the client, are in control and if you chose to resist the hypnotic state, the therapist would be unable to hypnotise you. You have to want to go into trance and a good therapist will make sure that any concerns you have are discussed before the session.
We all experience the trance state every day naturally; watching TV, daydreaming or being absorbed in a project. In therapy the Hypnotherapist helps you, the client, recreate a light trance state in order to help you make positive changes and release any negative thoughts or feelings.
Whilst in this lovely relaxed state of mind, which is similar to drifting off to sleep or waking up, your brain waves are slower and more receptive to positive suggestion. As you have further sessions of therapy, you may find you go into a deeper trance state, usually because you feel more comfortable with the feeling and also with the therapist.
If the therapist has provided a recording of the session for you to play between sessions, this may also help deepen the trance state, reinforcing the positive suggestions made to you in therapy in order to help you make those changes. Everyone experiences hypnosis differently; some people feel very light, some heavy, some remember everything about the session, some remember parts of the session and some remember nothing, but still make changes.
Many people these days lead such hectic lives that they have forgotten how to relax, so hypnotherapy helps you to remember how great it feels to relax as well as an opportunity to make positive change whilst in that deeply relaxed state.
About the author
I find hypnotherapy and the power of the unconscious mind a fascinating subject. I try and learn new techniques in order to give my clients the best therapy I can and have seen clients from the age of ten upwards make changes in their lives. I use hypnotherapy techniques myself for my own self development.
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Liz Sharpe BSc (Hons), Dip Hyp, Adv MIBWRT, Dip CounsNovember 24th, 2016