Hypnotherapy uses Hypnosis to induce a deep state of relaxation, during which our unconscious minds are highly receptive to new or alternative perspectives and ideas.
The reason it’s so effective lies in the extreme power of our unconscious mind, which stores all the memories, beliefs, habits and behaviours we’ve develop since birth. Prior to us responding to any external stimuli, we automatically access our unconscious and use its stored data to analyse how best to respond. And given our unconscious is primarily concerned with keeping us safe, well and happy, it usually provides us with good information to help us respond in the most helpful and resourceful manner.
However, as a result of the way we learn, from time to time it also stores and provides us with poor information, which results in many of life’s problems. You see from birth we learn by modelling other peoples behaviours and beliefs (many of which can be unhelpful), and we also place significant prominence on our own emotional experiences (again a lot of which can be negative) and both these conditioned and learned responses stay with us over time.
A really simple example might relate to a phobia of bees. We are not born with an inherent fear of bees – far from it; we are born with a naturally positive curiosity for all things within our immediate environment. A fear of bees can only be developed in one of two ways: either we see other people’s fear and model our response accordingly (a conditioned response); or we have a scary experience ourselves that becomes the prominent information stored in our unconscious (a learned response) and as such, fear becomes our unilateral response to bees. Make sense?
And then over time, as we develop these unhelpful beliefs (e.g. bees are dangerous), or unwanted behaviours (e.g. freaking out at the mere sight of a bee), we simply end up re-accessing and replaying them time and time again – they become our habitual response. And this model can be applied to any phobia, addiction, stress or anxiety response, self-esteem issue, allergy and more or less all of our other unhelpful response in life.
To make matters worse, we cannot consciously control our unconscious. If you think for a moment about riding a bike – a learnt behaviour that we store in our unconscious and can access as and when we need – could you consciously decide to unlearn how to ride a bike? Obviously not, right? Now apply the same to principle to an addiction, phobia or anxiety response and you start to get the picture – to change any of these unhelpful responses for the better, we first need to change the information stored in our unconscious, or to provide the unconscious with newer and more helpful information.
This can be achieved through hypnosis. You see the reason why hypnosis is so effective lies in the fact that it bypasses the conscious mind and creates an alternative state of consciousness during which attention is focused away from the present reality. Rather like day dreaming, attention can then be focussed towards particular images, thoughts, feelings, perspectives and behaviours which will help us to change or update the information stored in our unconscious, thus changing our unhelpful habitual responses.
This process is called Hypnotherapy, a safe and enjoyable process that can change lives in the most positive and exciting of ways. Our bodies already have the natural mechanisms to allow us to live normal, happy and fulfilling lives, - but occasionally these natural mechanisms need a little help operating properly.
At The Therapy Lounge, we use Hypnotherapy to help our clients achieve fast and long lasting change. Through removing limiting beliefs, irradiating unwanted behaviours and relieving anxiety and stress, our clients get more of what they truly want, whether in business, in relationships or generally in life.
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