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What is Hypnosis and is it safe?

Most people’s experience with hypnosis, if any, don’t reveal or explain what it is – and most importantly how it can be used as a beneficial therapy. In this blog we’ll look at what hypnosis is, as well as explaining how, when guided by a qualified hypnotherapist, it can offer real benefit for those struggling with several personal, familial and work-related issues.

 


I’m Sarah, I hold a Diploma in Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and am a member of the AfSFH (The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy). My Diploma is a practical qualification – informed by the latest research and neuroscience – and has equipped me to run Your Best Mind Hypnotherapy with professional confidence.


What is hypnosis?


Hypnosis is the bringing together of the conscious and subconscious minds in a trance state. This changed state of awareness and increased relaxation allows for improved focus and concentration and is a safe, powerful technique creating a deeply relaxed state of the body, mind and emotions.


It is also a perfectly natural state that we are often in during our everyday lives i.e. whilst reading a book, watching television, or doing repeated tasks. Have you ever driven a familiar route in your car and arrived at your destination and can’t remember the journey? That is trance.


During hypnosis, there is a change in brain activity and connectivity consistent with decreased self-consciousness, and increased control of internal sensations and emotion. The brain reduces the constant monitoring of self-awareness and sensory information, allowing a heightened receptiveness to suggestion.


Because of the state of mind that hypnosis brings, it can be used as a beneficial therapy, offering relief from - and solution for - many of the issues that modern life brings us: stress, overwhelm and feelings of anxiety experienced at work, and/or caused by family relationships. Hypnosis can also be a successful way of overcoming the symptoms that these troubling situations may cause: bad habits, difficult associations with money, food and other substances etc.


Working with a qualified hypnotherapist allows an individual to achieve new clarity of thought, new purpose, new focus, more motivation, and a better, more positive mindset. It can help you to retain intellectual control and make better, more rational assessments of situations.

 

As a qualified Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, my aim and purpose are to empower others to take back control of their lives, overcome their challenges and build their resilience and move forward. Hypnotherapy has helped me to rediscover my own inner resilience, my strength and confidence, and to maintain an intellectual, solution-focused approach to dealing with daily challenges.

During hypnotherapy, the client is guided by me into a calm and positive, trance-like state in order for the unconscious mind to be accessed, and many of my clients have commented on the safe and protected space I create, as I use a soft and encouraging manner, tone of voice and pace to enable relaxation.

 

Is hypnosis safe?


Unfortunately, most people’s knowledge of hypnosis will come from what they have seen as part of a show at the theatre or an act on TV, often with the subject humiliated for the ‘entertainment’ of the audience. But there’s a big difference between a ‘hypnotist’ and a ‘hypnotherapist’, and between stage hypnosis and therapeutic hypnotherapy.


Firstly, contrary to popular belief, you can't be hypnotised into doing things against your will and you can't be forced into a hypnotic state either. Instead, you allow yourself to be hypnotised. It is a voluntary altering of your own consciousness, and you are always in control. If a person doesn’t want to be hypnotised, then they’re unlikely to go into hypnosis. Stage hypnotists know this and employ clever tricks to ensure that the people who come on stage are open and suggestible.


Secondly, hypnotherapy is all about finding long term solutions to difficult and often debilitating situations – using relaxing and guided techniques to bypass the conscious mind, with its anxious or analytical thoughts, and a focus on how you can ‘look within and help yourself’ to find the change and outcomes you want, rather than the issues or problems that prompted you to seek help.


It is a complete misconception that hypnosis makes you say or do things against your will. During hypnotherapy sessions with me, clients are in control the whole time. My role as therapist is to help clients to access their subconscious mind to bring about the wanted change, within a code of ethics and confidentiality.


 

Before starting Your Best Mind Hypnotherapy, I graduated with a Diploma in Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy, the only nationally recognised and externally accredited award in hypnotherapy in the UK, and I believe that everyone should have access to high-quality mental health support whenever they need it. Ultimately, I want to help people achieve a better state of positive mental health for a happier, brighter future both at work and in their personal lives.

 

Further information about hypnosis, and how my services can offer real and lasting solutions, is easy to access via https://www.yourbestmind.co.uk/contact where there are a number of ways you can get in touch with me – confidentially and obligation free.

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