The positive power of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be one of the most intensely positive experiences you have in your lifetime. The benefits of overcoming a situation that has been problematic for you are undeniable: whether it is tackling something that has been holding you back, quitting an addiction or gaining greater confidence, hypnotherapy has the potential to make a great change in your life. 

There are so many areas of life that hypnotherapy can help with, that it is a style of therapy that can be of benefit to almost anybody. And who wouldn’t want to make improvements? We all have areas of our life that we want to change, develop or advance. After all, making a change feels good. It helps us to keep moving forward and adapt to the world around us, which can sometimes feel as though it is moving too fast. 

It doesn’t matter how trivial or serious your situation may be, there is a wealth of hypnotherapists that are waiting to support and enable you to make the changes you want to. This is all about you identifying something that you know isn’t working to your own benefit, this is about you making a change that will benefit you!

How does hypnotherapy work?

Not only is the outcome of the change a benefit, but the process of hypnotherapy is also an incredibly positive one. Firstly, hypnotherapy can only work if you are incredibly relaxed, so your therapist will nurture a safe, encouraging, peaceful environment for you to enjoy your sessions in. Simply taking time out of your busy schedule can be beneficial in recharging the batteries and helping to put things in focus, and many people will leave a session feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. This isn’t always the case with other therapy sessions, but hypnotherapy is a little different. 

Not only do you, the client, have to feel incredibly peaceful, but the therapist has to speak entirely in the affirmative. Everything they say to you while you are in a trance has to be positive. You see, the subconscious doesn’t work well with negatives. For example, if you are hoping to give up sugar, there would be little point in your therapist using the term “You will not eat sweets” as all your subconscious is hearing is “You will eat sweets”. As a result of this, your therapist will tend to use suggestions that are in the affirmative such as, “You are so much more tempted by those healthy choices – so delicious, natural and good for you”. Just the nature of this more encouraging turn of phrase is positive and empowering!

And, your therapist doesn’t only focus on the process of giving up the sugar – those tricky moments when something sweet is beckoning you – they can also attribute your quitting to the positive outcomes that could be achieved as a result. So, you will be asked to consider what is driving this desire to make a change. What is motivating you? For instance, a knock-on effect of you making more healthy choices may be that you lose weight, are a better role model or improve your energy levels. All of these positive outcomes can be focused on while you’re in a trance. 

Hypnotherapy is the process of relaxing you to a point where your conscious mind simply quietens. You’re not giving away your control. You’re taking it back!

– writes Mel Peak in Does hypnotherapy actually work?

Whatever the motivation is for you seeking hypnotherapy, your therapist can weave this into your sessions. This is because the more we believe we can do something, the more likely we are to achieve it. Considering our end goal is one way of spurring ourselves on and working towards something we know will be truly beneficial to our lives. 

And as a result of your subconscious working in the affirmative, at no point are you being told off, nagged or thwarted in any way. Your hypnotherapist is there to encourage, support and empower you. They are your ally and champion and, as a result, your script (the words that are spoken to you when you’re in trance) will be full of positive incentives that enable you to achieve your goal.

If your aim is to tackle a larger, more intense issue, then this process is a little different. It is still a fundamentally positive experience, but I am not suggesting quitting a food group is equal to overcoming a trauma that may have had a long-term impact on your life. If you are aiming to overcome a distressing incident, then the positive focus remains in your scripts. You will still be empowered and aided to make the changes you seek.

Read more about hypnotherapy for trauma.

Revisiting the circumstances that are still having an impact on you is likely to be an approach that will be suggested to you. An example of this could be a serious accident you experienced as a child. This encounter may have affected your confidence, your ability to move forward or do certain things that are linked to the circumstances around the accident. It may have also impacted the relationships you have with specific people or places. Having the opportunity to safely revisit the memory associated with the event is one way of processing it and, ultimately, dealing with the impact it is having currently in your life. By viewing this experience from an outside perspective, you may gain an alternative insight into the circumstances surrounding it which, in turn, allows you to overcome the residual effects. 

If you wish to, you can become de-sensitised to the trauma and start to readdress the associated emotions and actions that have developed over the years since the event took place. There are lots of different ways hypnotherapy can help in this instance, and if you do not wish to revisit the memories surrounding an incident, then you don’t have to. Your therapist will have alternative ways of assisting you with your desired outcome. However, if your aim is to overcome something, you can, and hypnotherapy can empower you to do this. 

There is a lot to be gained by tackling a past trauma you have held onto and letting it go. Remember, you are in control throughout the whole trance, so you will never be forced to confront something if you are not comfortable or ready to do so.

No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you are not OK with… Without your willingness and agreement, the therapy would not work.

What happens when I’m in a trance?

Hypnotherapy gives you the opportunity to take more control of any negativity that is bubbling away in your subconscious. What could be more empowering than that? If you have a phobia that you know is irrational, your conscious brain will try and reason with the feelings of fear and anxiety but, ultimately, your subconscious brain will win, and that phobia will continue. The same can be said for any negative thought processes you may have; you know that cigarette is not good for you, you know you have every reason to be more confident. You know you should be strong enough to deal with your past. But if your subconscious is holding onto something, it will always outweigh any rationale you can pose to yourself. 

Hypnotherapy can help you take back control of your subconscious. It can help to change those hard-wired beliefs that lead to negative actions or thoughts. Hypnotherapy is entirely on your side and only strives to make positive change in the lives who experience it. So, if you are ready for change, consider hypnotherapy.

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Written by Jessica Chapman

Jessica Chapman is a therapist and teacher with a passion for the outdoors and being creative. She enjoys assisting others in making positive changes to their lives alongside working on her own aspirations.

Written by Jessica Chapman

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