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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis, healing by a trance like state, has been around for almost as long as man and is found in one form or another, in virtually every culture in the world. It could also legitimately be described as the original psychological therapy.

A reasonably good definition of hypnosis could be:

Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which your subconscious is able to communicate with your conscious mind. It is a wonderful way by which we may access our inner potential.

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What does it feel like?

As a form of psychological therapy Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the clients subconscious mind. In practice, most often, but not always, the hypnotherapist requires the client to be in a relaxed state, then may enlist the power of the clients own imagination and may utilise such methods as storytelling, metaphor, symbolism, or the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.

It may be possible to use analytical techniques in an attempt to uncover problems seeming to lie in a clients past, or therapy may concentrate more on a clients current life and presenting problems. It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change.

Probably the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel comfortable and at ease with the therapist. This is particularly important in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in the practitioner. If at any point during the Hypnotherapy session the client becomes uncomfortable with the process they can immediately come out of the session simply by opening their eyes

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