Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process that uses hypnosis ‘a relaxed focused state of concentration’ to induce a deep state of relaxation, during which your unconscious mind can be highly receptive to new or alternative perspectives and ideas.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to have a success rate of up to 95%. The Psychotherapy Journal of the American Psychiatric Association (Vol. 7-1) compared different therapies and quoted the following success rates (in the treatment of a fear of flying):
- Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after just 6 sessions
So not only can hypnotherapy be highly effective in achieving positive results for you, it can also do so in fewer sessions that other techniques thus saving you time and money.
Your unconscious mind is very powerful – it stores all the memories, beliefs, habits and behaviours that you have developed since birth. Whenever you respond to an event or situation in your life you will first access your unconscious and use its stored data to analyse how best to respond.
In general the prime focus of your unconscious mind is actually to protect you, keep you safe and happy. It will thus usually help you to respond to situations and experiences in a healthy manner.
These sometimes arise from modelling your behaviour on other people around you; or from learning through previous personal emotional experiences or teaching you received after birth.
Over time these can become conditioned in you and you can form habitual dysfunctional habits or beliefs. These habits could develop further to become debilitating negative aspects of your life.
For example in the development of a phobia – as a child you are initially born with an immense curiosity for new things. A fear of a specific thing can develop either from having observed another person’s response to that thing or from a frightening personal experience with that thing.
In the development of a phobia of spiders – this could develop either from observing other people’s fear of spiders and modelling your response accordingly (a conditioned response); or from having a frightening experience yourself with spiders that then becomes the prominent information stored in your unconscious (a learned response) and as such, fear will become your automatic response to spiders.
Over time you may develop unhelpful beliefs and thoughts – for example ‘spiders are dangerous’ or you may develop unwanted behaviours – such as freaking out at the mere sight of a spider. Each time you are faced with a situation that involves spiders you re-access and replay the dysfunctional beliefs, thoughts and/ or behaviours – they thus become your habitual response.
This same model of conditioned responses…
dysfunctional beliefs and behavioural responses can be applied to the development of any phobia, addiction, stress or anxiety response, self-esteem issue, and even some allergies. The challenge then comes when you try to consciously change an unconsciously formed and maintained behaviour, habit or thought process. For example, in life when you first learn to swim you will reach a point where you do not need to consciously think about how to stay afloat and avoid sinking in a pool. From then onwards it would be almost impossible to then one day consciously stop yourself from doing what it takes to stay afloat in a pool – because your automatic unconscious response to being in a pool would be to swim and thus avoid sinking so how can you consciously un-learn this skill?
The answer is that you cannot consciously change this learnt behaviour and that in order to achieve lasting positive changes to unconsciously learned behaviours and thought processes you need to first access the unconscious mind and bring about positive constructive changes in what you have stored in your unconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to access the unconscious mind and direct focus away from the present conscious reality. Hypnotherapy is a very safe and controlled form of therapy where by you will have the opportunity to bring about positive changes in your life by changing dysfunctional habits, thought processes and beliefs that previously held you back in your life. By making changes at the direct root cause level of the problem the positive impacts can be permanent. People often find the process of hypnotherapy to be extremely relaxing, uplifting and energising and it is successfully used in the treatment of many different issues and conditions:
Bring about lasting, positive, life changing progress in you!
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