What is hypnotherapy?
Let’s have a look at how the mind works.
Right now, you are sitting in your conscious mind. Your conscious mind is where you mostly work everyday. This very analytical, rational part of your mind holds your willpower and short term working memory. Your conscious mind, however, is limited. It it only holds seven to nine pieces of information at any one time. You can see why changing your behavious is virtually impossibe if you’re only working within your conscious mind. You know what? Willpower doesn’t exist! Don’t dispair help is on its way...
The conscious mind refers to the subconscious mind from time to time. In between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind we have the critical function. The critical function is there for you to make things a little difficult for you to change your life. It is a barrier that works for the subconscious mind. Its job is to stop any suggestions of change going into the subconscious mind.
The way in which we can reach your subconscious mind is through hypnosis. The moment the critical function of your mind is by-passed you go into a deep level of hypnosis. This is where change happens.
Hypnotherapy is a trance-like state induced through focus of attention on any current internal or external sensory experience; hypnotherapy is the science of utilisation of this state to facilitate change.
In terms of neurological and neurobiological processing abilities, the subconscious mind is so much more powerful than the conscious mind.
Hypnosis is a peaceful, creative and productive state of inner focus of attention. It is a natural leaning state that occurs from within. Hypnosis is a natural ability and a powerful tool for change. (Stephen Gilligan, 1997)
Hypnosis can be experienced to varying depths and is experienced differently from person to person. While in a state of trance we can be aware of what is going on around us, although we are likely to become focused in our own inner world and we chose to pay little attention to unnecessary (outer world) distractions.
One of the great strengths of hypnotherapy is that it can be learned. Once a person can purposefully induce a state of hypnosis they can use it as a tool to benefit themselves on an ongoing bases. Learning self-hypnosis can help to reinforce changes and continue to facilitate new and positive outcomes.