Crawley, West Sussex
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an alternative natural therapy that uses hypnosis in order to achieve desired results. Hypnosis could be described as an ‘altered state of awareness. If you typed in to the Google search bar “what is Hypnosis” then this is what you would get:
“The induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.”
The apparent loss of power is not true. In fact, anyone who has been to see a Hypnotherapist will tell you that they had full control, all the way through the session.
During a hypnotherapy session, a Hypnotherapist is like a guide to the client, helping them reach their desired goal. The client has full control of the session and can emerge themselves from the hypnosis session and leave at any given point. Also a point to mention, you are investing in the services of a therapist, not a stage hypnotist! So, you are going in for a therapeutic session designed to help you feel better and reach your desired goal.
Your hypnotherapist will take a detailed history and with some conditions may request permission from you to write to their doctor, to let them know you are having hypnotherapy.
They will then discuss your goal and what you would like to see or feel at the end of your sessions.
Using a range of different techniques your hypnotherapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal.
After a session, you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed. Often change is very subtle, as your hypnotherapist will be working with your subconscious mind, and you may just notice a very positive shift in how you are feeling.
Do we give up control of our mind to someone else when we are reading a book or watching a film? In situations like this you are in a hypnotic trance, although you still have the power to emerge from that state if wished. Whatever or whomever hypnotizes you; you always have the power to resist.
When you realize that you are the one in control, when you decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, then you become aware of what hypnosis is. A hypnotherapist is a guide and helps you on a journey, but the change can only be made by you.
Often the realization that you are in control, and that you can make change yourself is very empowering. You’ll find that the more often you going into hypnosis, aware that you doing it, the more you realize how easy it is to let go, secure in the knowledge that you can always stop a session if you feel uncomfortable.
Some hypnotherapists use the knowledge that actually we are always in hypnosis and will have an open discussion with you, just altering their language patters, using suggestions relating to your goal and the changes you wish to make, without taking you into a ‘trance state’ at all.
Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues such as:
- Fears and phobias
- Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
- Anxiety and stress
- Panic attacks
- Lack of confidence
It can also be used as a tool to:
- Manage pain
- Improve performance at work or in sport
- Improve birth outcomes
Hypnosis does not hurt, it is a method of healing that causes no physical pain. In fact, the client is often more comfortably seated than the therapist!
If we are dealing with an uncomfortable memory from the past, then obviously certain feelings may come up, we do this with a view to helping you feel better in the end.
MEET YOUR THERAPIST
BRETT HIGGINSONMBACP; Ad Prof Dip PC
Member of the BACP
My name is Brett Higginson Ad Prof Dip PC and a registered member of the BACP. I am a fully qualified and insured psychotherapeutic counsellor, I finished my training in 2013 and have been working ever since.
Other qualifications I hold are diplomas in Hypnotherapy and mental health awareness.
I am an ethical practitioner who is able to offer an integrative approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies, as I believe that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. I offer a warm, safe and confidential environment where I can work with individuals and couples over a short or long period of time to help them bring about effective change and enhance their wellbeing.
Along with my private clients, I worked last year with adolescents with mental health issues and I currently work as a volunteer counsellor at the Olive Tree in Crawley, helping those with cancer-related issues and their families.