I provide Hypnotherapy in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Anxiety happens when we experience a conflict of interest in our psyche. In laymen’s terms you want to do something but your subconscious mind believes that this will cause you danger. The power of the subconscious ‘mind’ will often win. For example, the person consciously looking forward to getting on a plane to go on holiday may be convinced by the subconscious that the best thing to do is avoid the flight and stay at home. The subconscious will create powerful symptoms that you cannot ignore (Rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, etc.) and will be extremely effective in allowing it to get its way. But ‘it’s’ way is not the way you want this to be.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool that allows us to talk directly to the unconscious mind. By using hypnotic inductions and deepeners, we can communicate directly with your unconscious mind to create change.
Your unconscious mind comes pre-programmed with a library of responses and also learns as you grow. The unconscious only sees life in black and white. As far as you are concerned only has two markers, are you safe or are you in danger?
When we are young, are unconscious is working as a sponge and creating new library entries to refer to that it believe will keep you safe in the future. Unfortunately, when we are young our conscious mind is still developing and a lot of what we experience can be taken out of context.
What may seem a traumatic experience for a child should not be having an impact on us as an adult. It is here that we end up experiencing the conflicts in our psyche. We attempt to do something like fly, which is safe, but find that we can’t board the plane. We have an entry in the unconscious that is being triggered and sabotaging the plans. It believes it is keeping us safe when in reality we are safe to fly.
The Critical Conscious Faculty
It’s not possible for the conscious mind to talk directly to the unconscious mind as it can’t penetrate the Critical Conscious Faculty (CCF). If you imagine a table tennis table, you want to hit the ball onto the other side of the table, but someone has built a wall 6 foot high where the net should be. The ball is just bouncing back off the wall and going nowhere. The CCF is this wall and it means that we can’t just think a new unconscious entry – ‘the plane is safe, don’t worry!’ as it just bounces back to us.
This is where hypnotherapy comes in. Being placed in a hypnotic state allows this wall to be temporarily moved and allows the hypnotherapist to make suggestions and create new beliefs. Once placed in your unconscious mind lasting changes can be made and implemented
What is the hypnotic state?
The hypnotic state is about getting you into a relaxed calm state. You are aware of everything around you and your unconscious mind is still alert to keep you safe. Once in this relaxed state the CCF becomes penetrable and it’s now at this point that we create new suggestions to help with your current issue.
To achieve this state doesn’t actually require a Hypnotherapist and can be achieved by the self. It is once in this state that a Hypnotherapist will work to create change. If appropriate I can teach Self-Hypnosis so you are able to continue to imprint your mind with a new suggestion.
Some common concerns
For a lot of people the only time they will have seen any form of Hypnotherapy will be either at a stage show or in a film or TV show. For dramatic effect, Hypnotherapy is often not portrayed accurately and they will show someone either getting stuck in a trance or doing something they generally would never do. Below is a list to dispel those myths
- It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis
- You don’t become unconscious
- You wont to do anything you do not want to do
- You are aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times
- You don’t fall asleep
- You cannot ‘lose your mind’
People often worry that they will end up doing something that they don’t want to do. The reality is you are still in control of your own moral compass. You won’t ever let yourself do something that you shouldn’t. This removes the self-sabotaging so you are able to do the things you want to do.
What can hypnotherapy treat?
As a standalone tool I use Hypnotherapy to assist with the below conditions
Habits (Nail-biting, etc.)
Driving Test Nerves
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Hypnotherapy has to be done face to face, I provide Hypnotherapy in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
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