Can I be hypnotised and is it safe?
The vast majority of the population can be hypnotised.
The provisos on this are that they have no brain damage, can concentrate, are motivated and are prepared to work with the process.
Hypnosis is a very natural thing and most people experience some form of it on numerous occasions every day. For example, if you have ever driven a car but arrived at your destination and realised you do not remember any details of the journey, you were experiencing a form of hypnosis.
Similarly, when you become engrossed in a book or a TV programme, you are experiencing hypnosis. In fact, whenever you get ‘lost in your inner world’, you are in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation with focused concentration. Everyone’s experience of hypnosis is different; there are varying degrees. Some people experience light hypnosis (trance), some very deep. Most people are somewhere in the middle.
Even when hypnotised you remain in control, so you can ‘snap out of it’ any time you wish. People sometimes have the wrong perception of hypnotherapy, having formed their view from seeing stage hypnosis. Entertainment shows involving hypnosis are just that – entertainment. Hypnosis cannot make people do anything that they do not wish to do.
Is Hypnotherapy for me?
Hypnotherapists do not have any magical powers…
I believe that clients are their own best healers as they possess the inner knowledge and resources needed for the healing/therapeutic process. The hypnotherapist’s role is to facilitate the healing process. In addition, the client needs to want to change and has to accept that a degree of personal responsibility for their own healing is involved. For example, a smoker needs to want to stop smoking.
Where do the negative emotions and issues come from and how they can be healed?
A lot of issues and problems we may experience in life can stem from conditioning from a very young age. Such conditioning can influence not only our behaviour but also our reactions and thought processes (such as increased anxiety or low self-confidence etc.). Hypnotherapy is a very useful therapeutic tool with which to examine and find the root of such patterns, as well as in facilitating the healing process.
Research by the cells biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton from Standford University (author of “Biology Of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles” ) shows that traumatic experiences are stored in our cellular memory. You can imagine it as the experience being ‘frozen’ in time and affecting your physical, mental as well as emotional well-being. Such experiences also shape our beliefs and attitudes. Releasing traumatic experiences and consequently changing beliefs will have a profound impact on a person’s healing. Hypnotherapy and past life regression are great tools that can be used in the healing process.
A short video on how subconscious mind works and why repeating positive affirmations often does not work by Dr. Bruce Lipton
Past life regression therapy – real or fantasy?
I was introduced to and became interested in past life regression through the work of Dr Brian Weiss some years ago when I was still studying for my undergraduate psychology degree.
One day during a regression training practice I experienced a spontaneous past-life regression. I was really impressed how the trainer handled the situation as the training was focused on dealing with traumatic experiences in the current lifetime. Experiencing a spontaneous past life regression was a life-changing experience for me. I realised that it is something I am passionate about and have decided to incorporate it into my therapeutic practice.
We can journey into the past, beyond this life time into previous life times. Whether you believe in past lives or not is not important. What is important is your intention to discover, clear and heal something that continues to hold you back in your life today. Past life regression can help you release traumatic experiences and negative emotions that are stored in your cellular memory and energy field. It can virtually lighten you up!
The subconscious mind works in pictures, images and feelings and does not recognise truth from fantasy. Even if you believe that what you call to mind is only imagined, it may offer an insight into a problem affecting you today. Calling it to the surface, experiencing it and acknowledging it can help change how you feel and, hence, how you approach life from that point onward.
Though not for everyone, past life regression can be a profound healing experience.
Do you do hypnotherapy sessions via Skype?
I prefer to work face to face as there are numerous advantages to having my clients sitting comfortably and relaxing in my office. However, I offer sessions (hypnotherapy and psychotherapy) via Skype, VSee or Google hangouts if it is difficult for a client to come in person, they live too far, or they feel more comfortable with a remote session. Sessions via Skype, VSee or Google hangouts can also be recorded if clients wish to do so.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of problems, including but not limited to…
- Addictions (incl. smoking)
- Anxiety (incl. driving tests, exams, stage fright etc.)
- Fears & Phobias
- Lack of confidence / low self esteem
- Nail biting
- Pain management
- Panic attacks
- Stammers, stuttering etc
- Weight loss issues
If you’re considering hypnotherapy and are seeking a practitioner conveniently located for much of Central Scotland (Larbert is in Stirlingshire, close to Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa, with direct trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow) then please feel free to contact me in confidence to discuss whether my services may be helpful for you.