The easiest definition of hypnotherapy is “the giving of therapeutic suggestions to a person whilst they are in the state of hypnosis”.
Why would we want to do this?
First of all, it is a fact that everything that we have learned has been learned by suggestions and these suggestions lodge in the subconscious mind and become our knowledge. That knowledge in the subconscious mind is what causes us to behave the way that we do.
The conscious mind is the mind that we think with, whereas the subconscious mind does not think but simply records all the things that we experience through the senses. Everything we touch, taste, smell, hear and see, records in the subconscious mind.
As we go through life, learning continues and every time we experience something through the senses like touching, smelling, tasting, seeing and hearing, these experiences lodge in the subconscious mind. Every time we experience these things, programming associated with these things is reinforced in the subconscious mind. The subconscious then answers to the call of the conscious mind.
Where problems arise is when the programming of the subconscious mind is such that it overrides the intention of the conscious mind. A person may decide that they will behave in a certain way and this decision is made by the conscious mind which is the thinking mind. However, if the person’s subconscious mind is programmed for something else, a conflict arises between the two minds and it is the subconscious mind that always wins, for it overrides the conscious mind decision.
Hypnotherapy is to do with the programming of the subconscious mind. If the subconscious mind is re-programmed, we would then have a position where the conscious mind and the subconscious mind are in agreement.
The way to re-programme the subconscious mind is to talk to it directly by bypassing the conscious mind. There is only one way to bypass the conscious mind and talk directly to the subconscious mind and that is when the person is in hypnosis. In fact the bypassing of the conscious mind and talking directly to the subconscious mind is the main reason for to use hypnosis.
To help people with hypnotherapy, the therapist must be able to, along with the client, decide on the real problem rather than trying to deal with a symptom of the problem, and often the presenting problem is a symptom of the problem. Once the real problem has been determined then the therapist gives suggestions to the client in the hypnotic state, ensuring that these suggestions are appropriate and compiled in proper therapeutic language. The therapist always ensures that their client works with an appropriate treatment programme which may or may not include hypnotherapy depending on the client’s individual needs.
The courses we provide, ensures that our therapists have been trained in a hypnotherapy programme of sufficient length and depth so that their clients receive hypnotherapy programmes of the highest calibre.