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What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of guided hypnosis, or a focused trance-like state, to identify and shift subconscious patterns, and access positive inner resources. Hypnotherapy helps the client to make desired changes in their life. Typically undertaken over the course of several hour-long sessions, hypnotherapy is outcome oriented where a specific goal or goals identified by the client will be the focus of the sessions. Hypnotherapy works on and is tailored to the clients specific history and beliefs, it is not the same as listening to a hypnotic track that provides only general suggestions.
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How does it work?
On the most basic level, the mind can be understood as divided into two parts - the conscious and the subconscious. While the conscious mind is rational, understands logic and is able to learn and grow with you over time in your life, the subconscious mind does not. A key purpose of the subconscious is to protect you - so when it learns a belief that may have served to protect you at a certain point in your life, it continues to replay this belief over and over again. The subconscious is emotional and non-linear. During hypnotherapy, we speak to the subconscious mind using images and symbolism - its preferred language - to end or change these patterns.
Unlike what you may have seen on tv or a stage hypnosis show, a client is never unconscious or out of control during hypnotherapy. The techniques used ensure that the client is always in charge of what happens in the session. Depth of hypnosis and accepting of suggestions are all determined by the client based on their comfort level and the goals they wish to work on. Just like losing track of time while driving, reading a good book or working on a creative project, hypnosis is simply a state of mind where attention is focused internally. It is generally described as a very relaxing experience. Anyone can be hypnotized as long as they wish to be.