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About Hypnotherapy

What is hypnosis ?

Hypnosis is a very simple and natural state of relaxation, where the mind and body are relaxed at the same time and you enter into a state of deep relaxation. It is perfectly safe, you will be able to listen to and remember everything that takes place in the session and almost anybody can enter in to hypnosis easily, if they want to. However please don’t worry if you don’t “feel” hypnotised, there’s no such thing as a hypnotised feeling. 

What does it feel like ?

As I said there is no such feeling as a “hypnotised” feeling, everybody experiences is differently. For some, it just feels like you have your eyes closed and are listening to my voice, for others there is a pleasant feeling of either floating or feeling heavy with relaxation. 

How does it help ?

Hypnosis just relaxes the mind so you can take in what I’m saying at a much deeper level than you normally would be able to. It also assists therapy by allowing you to leave your daily life behind and focus only upon the session, thus bringing therapy to a more rapid conclusion 

What types of therapy do you use ?

I use different types of therapy in the Basingstoke Hypnotherapy Practice.

Hypnoanalysis – A hypnotic free-association therapy, designed to find a release unresolved emotion causing unwanted symptoms in a gentle and natural way. Easy to do but extremely effective, Hypnoanalysis when practiced in a very pure form brings about a complete and permanent resolution to issues of the past manifesting themselves as symptoms in the present. Hypnoanalysis introduces the natural process of trauma and trapped emotion healing as a resolution to incidences or times of stress which have been bottled up inside or never fully resolved. There is no intellectual analysis involved, it is simply a term used as one experience links to another spontaneously, leading to a complete resolution of your underlying emotions and resolving current symptoms which you experience as a result.

“I wanted to thank you for the help you have given me in putting behind me some things that were holding me back from years ago. Through hypnotherapy you have helped me identify my blockages and start to deal with them and I thank you for that. I felt this was done in a very gentle and non-judgemental way, which was very considerate and engaging.”

M. Basingstoke

Clinical Hypnosis – Traditional hypnotherapy used for problems such as Smoking Cessation, Fear of Flying and Weight Loss. Usually this is used in conjunction with Beliefs Work and Mindfulness. 

Beliefs work – Techniques that allow you to gain a deep understanding of yourself and change unwanted limiting thoughts and feelings that you currently find hard to stop. Beliefs work does not necessarily involve using hypnosis, but will usually be used in conjunction with hypnosis, or Mindfulness techniques and meditation.

Mindfulness – Mindfulness is a wonderful way to learn to manage and control all types of problems and anxieties. I teach you mindfulness techniques that you can use daily to focus on the present and calm and relax you in stressful situations. I will teach you techniques designed to be used at times of greater stress, as well as prevention techniques and relaxing meditations, which are used both during the sessions as well as meditations to practice at home.

“Paying attention to something

In a particular way

On purpose

Without judgement”

Kabat-Zinn

Sounds simple doesn’t it ? Focussing on the here and now rather than being preoccupied by thoughts whilst performing duties, washing, eating and even when walking and driving. Most of us potter through life without really “being there” at all!

Bringing your mind back to the present is learning a new skill, one that allows you to see clearly through that muddle of thoughts and live a fuller, richer life.  Through mindfulness you can appreciate good times and weather the harder times. It allows you to think clearly and take control rather than over-thinking and losing control through negative and judgemental thoughts.

Mindfulness helps you be a calmer person who can learn to care for yourself as you do others, appreciating yourself and learning to care for yourself and be aware of your own unique personality in a way you never have before

“Helen really helped me with my anxiety. When I first visited Helen I was very nervous but as soon as I met her I felt very relaxed. I thought she was really good with helping me learn so much about myself that I didn’t even know like my negative thinking and that made me more aware so that I could change it. Helen taught me a lot that has really helped me get over my anxiety and overall I feel like a better person because I am now so much more confident then I used to be and I do things that I couldn’t do before. I don’t suffer with anxiety as much as I used to but when I do Helen gave me techniques which has been really helpful as they calm me down and make me feel a lot better.”

L. Basingstoke

 

Self-hypnosis – Easy to learn, self-hypnosis is a practice you can learn quickly, which becomes faster, easier and more effective with regular use to control nerves, calm and relax you and allow self-suggestion for an improved quality of life. Self-hypnosis is also a fantastic method of controlling pain.

Therapies are often combined according to your personal needs. 

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