I personally see Hypnotherapy as more of a solution focused form of therapy that works directly on the subconscious part of the brain, instead of the logical rational part. We all have an inner critic and he or she lives in the subconscious part of your brain not the logical rational part of your brain.
Being visual, my inner critic is a baby chimpanzee monkey, at certain times in our lives that little monkey can try to take control and what it ultimately does is have a negative impact on our proactive, logical rational way of thinking and then we can become driven more by anxiety, stress fears, phobias and negative caustic feelings.
Hypnotherapy enables the recipient to psychologically move from the subconscious part of the brain back in to the proactive, logical, rational part (reframe).
Hypnotherapy is taught and used to facilitate individuals with low self-esteem, poor self-image, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, smoking, and obsessive compulsive disorder, motivation, procrastination and anything that’s fear or phobia based e.g. Flying, driving, public speaking, exams, dentists, needles, insects and animal are the more common ones however it could be a paperclip or a cotton wool bud.
Providing its ethical Pain management, sleep deprivation, some weight control issues however not all of them.
Hypnotherapy consists of two parts the first part of hypnotherapy is usually referred to as hypnosis, my personal view is that the word hypnosis is very psycho babbly and ambiguous, understandably when most people hear the term ‘Hypnosis’ they think of stage show hypnotism, e.g. Derren Brown, ‘dance like a chicken’ or ‘you’re back in the room’ which it is not.
When you peel back the ambiguous label all we are really talking about is a form of deep relaxation, where by the recipient is still completely in control and they are still aware of everything that’s going on around them.
However they are in an altered state of consciousness and the word that is often used within the profession for this is ‘alpha brainwave state’.
The fascinating thing is that as humans we all go in and out of ‘Alpha’ naturally throughout our waking day at fairly regular intervals, the two most common examples are daydreaming, and driving somewhere on a regular basis and then not recalling how we got there.
When we go into Alpha for those brief moments the subconscious part of our brain that’s normally closed and non-receptive opens and therefore becomes receptive to the power of positive suggestion.
As a result ‘hypnosis’ the first part of hypnotherapy is therefore the vehicle that facilitates that change and on its own that’s all it does, very similar to meditation or mindfulness.