Does Hypnotherapy Work?
As a Hypnotherapist, I get asked this question a lot: “Does Hypnotherapy work?” In an age where we want faster results, we are not prepared to be in talk therapy for months or years at a time. And we don’t need to when we have access to one of the most powerful tools available to us in terms of healing: Hypnotherapy.
What is Hypnotherapy? It is using therapy in the state of hypnosis. What is hypnosis? The state of being in a deeper brain wave either Alpha or Theta. In these states we have access to the deepest layers of the mind where our emotional and mental conditioning resides.
Norman Doidge the author of ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ said that the going back to the original traumatic event and reframing it creates new neural pathways in the brain. This is the power of hypnosis
In the state of hypnosis, we travel back to the events that triggered the trauma and help the traumatised part of the self to see things from a new perspective.
In the case of someone with low self-esteem, the Hypnotherapist helps them to understand that the bullying they received from their father had nothing to do with them not being loveable or worthy. In the state of hypnosis the client accesses and dialogues with the part that picked up the distorted perception of themselves.
Hypnotherapy works because we review past events from a subconscious perspective and change the neural pathways by putting in new suggestions. In my work, I record a hypnosis recording for a client while they are with me in the state of hypnosis, then the client listens to this every day to help entrench the new suggestions and neural pathways that support these suggestions.
Does Hypnotherapy work for everyone?
This is a great question and there are so many misperceptions about this “Does hypnotherapy work for everyone?” Everyone can go into the state of hypnosis. We go into the state of hypnosis every time we watch television or a video on a screen.
Some people however are more suggestible than others. People who find it hard to let go of control or who are very analytical struggle to go into hypnosis and accept suggestions. Most people however get tremendous benefits from hypnosis.
Does Hypnotherapy work in one session or does a client need more than one?
Another question I ofter get asked is “Does Hypnotherapy work in only one session” The answer is that yes it does however human beings are complex and so the number of sessions required depends on the complexity of what a client wants to work on. Some clients only need one session but most need at least 3.
Even if a client has booked in a program of 7 sessions to resolve deeper issues, they still notice a difference after the first session. Every session creates powerful change. The subconscious mind however can only focus on one thing at a time so often I work through the different layers in each session.
What are the changes clients notice?
After hypnotherapy sessions clients report that they feel more control over their mind and their thoughts. They feel calmer in their body, and emotionally and that they react to things in the way they used to.
Does hypnotherapy work? I have worked with over 3000 clients and I have seen profound changes with most of my clients. Yes it does.