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Clinical Hypnotherapist

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. The patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is quietened and the subconscious mind is revealed.

The therapist is able to suggest positive changes, ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.
In my therapy I use hypnotherapy in many ways, mainly to deepen the experience of positive feelings and transform negative past experiences allowing you to enhance peaceful relaxing states and anchor those in, using the power of your subconscious mind so that when you leave your session its healing power has a cumulative effect.

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How Hypnotherapy works

Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient's behaviour and physical state to alter. For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to change but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror which prevents them from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are removed or altered.

The technique doesn’t involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders.

It allows you to journey deeper and access inner trauma without the distress, here we can transmute the cellular memory from the subconscious by using suggestion. This alters the present moment awareness of the trauma to a place where you feel differently about it but might not be able to understand why. The pain of it is diluted to a place where it’s doesn’t bother you and this can take some getting used too but ultimately you come to know the feeling of peace inside and any of the old unwanted symptoms float away. I use Ericksonian techniques in Hypnotherapy.

Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist and psychologists specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy, who was physically disabled for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die.
While recovering in bed, almost entirely immobile and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms and legs again.

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Hypnotherapist FAQs

1What does a hypnotherapist do?
A Hypnotherapist provides a safe and comfortable environment in which you can experience hypnosis. This allows you to relax deeply, which helps activate the innate capacity within us all to heal ourselves. While hypnotized, your subconscious mind opens up to positive suggestions that help resolve problems in a healthy way. A wide range of therapeutic techniques is used in modern-day hypnotherapy. These include guided imagery, visualization and metaphor; indirect suggestion; age regression; aversion therapy; positive reinforcement and many other powerful psychotherapeutic methods. As a Hypnotherapist, it is my responsibility to ensure that the process of hypnosis is a safe one for you to explore whatever difficult issues you may want to resolve. I am also responsible for effectively communicating the process of hypnosis to you, answering any questions that you may have about hypnosis and enlisting your co-operation in the process. Clinical hypnotherapy is a comprehensive treatment that can help with a number of stress-related conditions including the following: Anxiety Depression Trauma PTSD Sleep problems and insomnia. Addictions Hoarding Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. And more. By learning how our brains work through hypnosis, we understand the root causes of the unpleasant things we experience in life. We also learn how to change these automatic patterns to be healthier and happier. In this way, Inner Radiance Therapy uses clinical hypnotherapy as a form of mindfulness for living a healthy lifestyle with all systems - mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach is the foundation of our practice.
2Does hypnotherapy really work?
Yes. Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to work for many conditions, including pain control. However, the power of hypnosis is often underestimated because it works in a way that is different from normal day-to-day conscious activities. Clinical hypnotherapy takes advantage of the fact that the stronger your imagination, the easier it becomes to access subconscious feelings and memories that would otherwise be repressed or ignored. By allowing these blocked feelings to emerge into your conscious awareness during a trance state, you gain insight into why they are there and how you can let them go so they stop having an impact on your life. This process enables change to take place naturally within you while you are in the presence of relaxation and receptivity. Hypnotherapy is not about forcing someone to do what you want them to do. While it is alright for you, as the therapist, to have an idea of the path that the treatment should take in order to bring about change, ultimately it is your client's choice how they respond and let go of whatever needs releasing.
3How much does it cost to see a hypnotherapist?
One session costs $120. This lasts for approximately 60 minutes. Depending on the severity of your condition, it may be necessary to schedule more than one appointment per week. However, this will depend on what progress you are making in eliminating the cause of your problems during each session. As hypnotherapy is widely known as being an effective method for change, there are times when I have several people waiting to begin treatment so appointments tend to book up fast! As such, it is advisable to contact Inner Radiance Therapy to arrange a consultation as soon as possible.
4Is hypnotherapy better than Counselling?
Hypnotherapy and Counselling both have there place in treating stress-related conditions. They contrast with each other in that hypnotherapy often works best for releasing the tension, while counselling is better suited to exploring the reasons why it built up in the first place. Counselling can be beneficial early in your recovery journey but as you talk about your issues you are embedding more negative neural pathways so it needs to lead somewhere. Also, my approach does not involve endlessly going back into your traumas. In fact recovery from Anxiety does not need any deep investigation into your past or traumas. You just need to be retrained in how you process feelings/symptoms/emotions and thoughts in the present. Hypnotherapy is very effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety. By doing so, it allows clients to become their own therapists by "being gentle" with themselves at times when they might be prone to panic attacks or other episodes. Always remember you have 50,000 thoughts a day and most of them reside in your subconscious. Inner Radiance Therapy uses hypnotherapy in a way that is complementary to counselling so that clients have access to both effective methods for overcoming stressful conditions. In my own recovery journey, I found Hypnotherapy, NLP and reiki far more proactive and beneficial compared to other practices.