Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is a more recent and subtle development in
the field of hypnotherapy and bears little resemblance to the old
controlling authoritarian style witnessed in films and books. It is a
highly effective therapy where clients are supported and empowered
to bring about the fundamental changes they wish to make in their
lives in a gentle, powerful yet non-confrontational way.
What can it help?
is often, but not always, solution focussed and can be used for many
specific known issues such as addictions, phobias, anxiety,
depression, stress and confidence related problems and many others.
What is a hypnotic trance?
hypnotic trance induced is simply a relaxed day dreamlike state we
all go in and out of naturally on a daily basis. In a session this
state is cultivated and developed by the therapist so that the client
can access deeper parts of themselves where often the key to
emotional and behavioural changes can be found. With the assistance
of the therapist, it becomes possible for the client to reprogramme
this deeper unconscious part, so that unwanted habits and ways of
being that have become problematic can be changed, or rooted out and
replaced with more healthy effective ways of being and functioning in
the world. Suggestions made by the therapist are often like
containers for the client to fill with what they feel is appropriate
for them. At no point is the client out of control and the approach
is always gentle, supportive, flexible and respectful, acknowledging
the individuality of each person’s life and needs.
How many sessions will I need?
Sometimes there can be significant changes after one session, but usually several are needed to reinforce ideas, and also to give changes made in the unconscious time to percolate through to the conscious mind. These can happen subtly over a period of time, in the same way that we are intially unaware of our hair growing or our height or weight increasing. Often with hypnotherapy only sometime later does the client realise she or he has fundamentally changed in some way, and with the change has become a different, more integrated person.
What part does the client play in this?
is a joint venture and requires intention and commitment from both
client and therapist. If a client does not actively participate in
the process, then probably very little will happen. The therapist may
well ask the client to undertake some task or homework between the
sessions, or maybe to reinforce things by listening regularly to an
appropriate hypnosis recording he has made.