The science behind hypnotherapy

Safe, proven and effective, hypnotherapy has been used since the 19th century to help people master various issues, including anxiety, limiting beliefs, phobia and pain.

A talking therapy

Hypnotherapy is a fast and effective talking therapy that uses hypnosis – a state similar to meditation or simply being immersed in a gripping book or film – to facilitate positive change. It enables us to find the root cause of unwanted feelings, thoughts and behaviours, so you can move from having the desire to change to the ability to do so.

Where do unwanted feelings, thoughts and behaviours come from?

All of our present habits, behaviours and thought patterns are the result of past subconscious programming – imprinting – from parents, family members, friends, teachers, colleagues, experiences and cultural examples, such as you see on film and TV. What happens to us between the ages of 0 and 6 is particularly key.

Most of these imprints are useful and help us to navigate our daily lives, giving us necessary and appropriate automatic reactions. However, some programming may have helped in the past but is now causing issues in the present, leading to thoughts or reactions that make us unhappy. This is precisely what I can help you with using hypnotherapy.

Limiting beliefs, undesirable reactions and addictions are all self-imposed. This is not a criticism or failure on your part, but the key to unlocking the solution. If, despite your very best efforts, a desire to change, willpower and determination are not enough, it may be time to get in touch and try hypnotherapy.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by enabling the conscious and subconscious to find agreement. Problems occur when the two are misaligned – when the subconscious causes reactions that are not helpful to the way you live your life, and your automatic responses to stress and other triggers are causing issues.

As your hypnotherapist, I will guide you to explore and understand the relationship between your conscious mind’s decision-making and subconscious mind’s reactions, so you can realign the two and correct negative patterns.

Understanding the conscious and subconscious minds

Our conscious mind is analytical, evaluating all that we come into contact with. Conscious thoughts are quick and make a lot of noise. Our unconscious mind is bigger – and not analytical. Instead, it ‘receives’, absorbing our life experiences. This then becomes a programme, a pattern of behaviours, triggered every time we’re in a similar situation, providing our automatic responses to everyday life.

Most programming takes place during childhood, when the conscious mind is first learning to judge situations. Some programming is useful no matter our age, but some becomes less useful as we grow older and move into adulthood. This type of programming becomes limiting beliefs and behaviours that we cannot control, leading to frustration and unhappiness.

A logical, conscious decision to change the programmed response is not enough. When a logical decision is in conflict with the unconscious, the unconscious will win. This is the point at which I can help you.