“But I don’t want to run around barking like a dog!” is many people’s first reaction when you announce to them you’re going for a session with a hypnotherapist. Many people’s vision of hypnotherapy involves a cheesy stage hypnotist and an unwitting audience – most people don’t realise what hypnotherapy actually is, how it works and what it can do for them.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is conducted at a clinic or in the hypnotherapist’s office, and your initial session will normally last for around an hour. You can visit a hypnotherapist for a range of issues, from help with quitting smoking or other addictions to stress and anxiety problems. Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy which deals with the unconscious mind. It can be used to address subconscious, ingrained feelings and give positive suggestions which will help the individual to implement changes in their life. When carried out by a qualified, registered hypnotherapist, it can really help people to overcome issues in their lives.
How does it work?
Hypnotherapy involves a deep state of relaxation – the client is in an altered state of awareness. Your hypnotherapist will help you into this deeply relaxed state by ensuring you’re listening to the sound of their voice – they may also use soothing background music. You’re still aware of everything that’s happening to you, but you are so relaxed that stresses and strains seem to fade away. Once you are in this deeply relaxed state, the hypnotherapist can begin to make positive suggestions related to your issue which will help you to overcome it.
What can it do for you?
Hypnotherapy can be used to help with a wide range of issues including quitting smoking, overcoming addictions, insomnia, depression, anxiety, social phobia and confidence issues. Because it addresses your subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can usually be used to help with most emotional issues, although if you are clinically depressed you should consult your GP before considering hypnosis.
Finding a qualified, experienced hypnotherapist in London is easy and you’ll find many hypnotherapy clinics in Harley Street. Make sure you seek out the services of a qualified expert before signing up for a session and prepare to see what hypnosis can do for you – you definitely won’t be barking like a dog!
Peaceful Minds is owned by London behavioural hypnotherapist Sian Barnard. Sian’s personalised approach helps her clients to relax and she treats issues ranging from addiction and weight loss to anxiety and depression. If you’re looking for a Harley Street hypnotherapy clinic, Peaceful Minds should be your first port of call.