Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the means by which you revisit a significant emotional event in order to reframe its meaning and start the healing process. To deal with emotional problems, you need a qualified, registered and experienced hypnotherapist. This is actually self-hypnosis with the hypnotherapist acting as a facilitator.

It is generally known that stress and anxiety can result in problems like skin disorders, headaches and high blood pressure. Some beliefs, behaviours or illnesses are associated with emotional events that happened in the past, usually during childhood. I started having recurrent migraines when, as a child, I was moved from a day school to a boarding school. It was only recently during hypnotherapy that I realised what a traumatic time that was for me. During a therapeutic intervention known as timeline regression, I was taken back to my first day at boarding school where I could see myself, as a little girl, watching my parents driving away. As I did so I had a strong, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, a feeling of abandonment. With the help of the hypnotherapist I was able to see, as a child, that my parents were doing what they genuinely thought was best for me. They, themselves, had gone to boarding school.

For treatment to be successful, the hypnotherapist must be able to:

  • Establish a trusting and safe relationship with you. Such a bond enables the hypnotherapist to learn as much as he can about your problem including how the problem comes about. For example what you see, feel or hear that makes you decide you really must have a cigarette.
  • While building this rapport he is able to determine your preferred representational system by noting your use of words and direction of eye movements (eye accessing cues). If you are primarily visual then the hypnotherapist will use terminology that is mainly visual in his suggestions. There is no point asking an auditory person to feel the warmth of the sun on his skin or asking a kinaesthetic person to see himself lying under an umbrella at a beach. The hypnotherapist will tailor his suggestions to suit your primary representational system.
  • Select the right therapeutic strategy for you. Sometimes, in revisiting a significant event you become so emotionally overcome (abreact) that you need an experienced person to get you out of that state. A hypnotherapist will do this using the best combination of therapies.

Hypnotherapy can help with the following:

  • Phobias
  • Weight loss
  • Habit Control (smoking, nail biting)
  • Stuttering
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Confidence and self-esteem issues

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