Hypnotherapy in London
How hypnotherapy works
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a safe, pleasant and natural state that has been used for thousands of years to help people. It is accessible to anyone of normal intelligence. You experience light states of hypnosis when you daydream, watch TV, take a familiar journey or enjoy a novel from your favourite author.
We specialise in the treatment of habits and emotional issues that can be behind common issues such as anxiety, phobias, weight control, smoking, confidence and sleep disorders. Habits and emotions reside in our subconscious mind, a part of us that can be difficult to change consciously. Hypnosis communicates directly with the subconscious mind in a safe and enjoyable way, allowing us to easily and effortlessly resolve problems that have lasted a lifetime and often in a much shorter space of time than with other forms of therapy.
In 1955 a report from the British Medical Association marking hypnosis as a valuable medical tool. No one has ever gotten stuck in hypnosis or been harmed by hypnosis. There are no side effects and people often find they make multiple positive changes in their life without any conscious effort.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the hypnotist is simply a coach to guide you through the process of getting into trance and using therapeutic techniques to make the changes you want. Hypnosis is not sleep. In fact if you went to sleep you'd miss the whole thing! When the hypnotherapist says sleep you should understand that as 'Close your eyes and go deeply relaxed'.
We practice a pluralistic approach to therapy which includes aspects of cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and solution oriented therapies.
Hypnosis does not cause loss of control, or cause you to divulge secrets. Even at the deepest layers our unconcious mind has protective functions that given unhelpful suggestions would get rejected or even cause the patient to emerge from hypnosis altogether.
In its most profound states hypnosis can afford us total absence of pain (anaesthesia) that is strong enough to permit deep brain surgery with no chemical anaesthetic, better recovery rates and no side effects.
Stanford University research has identified the areas of the brain that have altered activity during hypnosis. For instance, they saw a decrease in activity in an area called the dorsal anterior cingulate, part of the brain’s salience network. “In hypnosis, you’re so absorbed that you’re not worrying about anything else,”