What is Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Are you unsure or confused about hypnosis? You might have seen a stage hypnotist who seemingly ‘makes’ people do all sorts of silly things (clucking chickens etc) or seen TV shows and movies in which hypnosis is portrayed as a manipulative form of mind control.  However you might then read in a respected science journal how hypnosis is being used as a treatment for IBS, and to help people change unhealthy habits, or how it’s commonly used in sports psychology.  So what is hypnosis?  Hypnosis is an absorbed, receptive state of mind.  It is not sleep or unconsciousness, and the client is aware and in control, usually experiencing some degree of mental and physical relaxation.  Clinical Hypnotherapy or Clinical Hypnosis is the use of hypnosis to facilitate therapeutic psychological and physiological changes.

The main advantage of using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool is its ability to engage the subconscious or inner mind and harness its  resources in the direction of  positive change.  These resources include deeply- focused concentration, imagination, creativity, intuition, body/mind connection, and a phenomenal information-processing capacity which is far greater than the conscious intellect. The relaxed mental state and enhanced receptivity make hypnosis an optimal learning state to absorb and integrate positive ideas and suggestions which lead to changes in mindset, perspectives, and behaviours.  Even though Clinical Hypnosis can be remarkably effective it is not ‘magic’ and it’s important to have realistic expectations of what can be achieved and a genuine commitment is required on the part of the client.

What issues can be assisted Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has a wide range of applications –  weight loss, anxiety and stress management, habit change, overcoming fears, increasing self-esteem and confidence,  motivation and goal achievement, healing the past and creating a positive outlook for the future.  Clinical Hypnosis is proving helpful in facilitating positive changes in certain physiological conditions e.g. gut-directed hypnotherapy in alleviating symptoms of IBS and other FGIDs.  Clinical Hypnosis is also proving useful for Fertility issues.

What to expect in a Hypnotherapy session with Justine:

The initial session includes discussion, assessment and hypnosis (if appropriate).  It’s important to gain a good understanding of the client, what they are seeking from therapy, and which modality is most suitable for their needs.  We discuss relevant aspects of their history such as medication, health problems, including any mental health issues.  During  hypnosis the client reclines in a comfortable chair and does not speak.   This first session gives the client the opportunity to decide whether hypnotherapy is for them, and it gives me the opportunity to assess whether it’s likely to be an effective approach for them.   The client and I then decide on a path forward and estimated number of sessions.  For some clients, hypnosis is not appropriate, and I discuss the reasons with them.

In subsequent sessions there is a short discussion/feedback at the beginning and end of the session, and most of the session time is taken up with hypnotherapy.

How many sessions are needed?

Each individual responds differently to a therapeutic situation, so it is impossible to accurately predict how many visits a particular person will need.  It depends on the nature and complexity of the issue and the client’s individual requirements and progress – some clients only need one or two sessions, others more.  The average number is four.

Please note that memory recovery techniques are not used in this practice.