Client-centred therapy using hypnosis
At Think Change, we have been using hypnotherapy successfully for several years. Hypnosis can be a very powerful tool for making positive changes in your life.
Hypnosis can help overcome many problems, including stress, phobias, anxiety, and insomnia. It is particularly powerful in helping people who are motivated to quit smoking. We also provide a successful weight loss program.
Hypnosis can improve self-esteem, self-motivation, and performance in many different fields, from sales to sports. Students can find help in coping with exams by overcoming test anxiety.
In our fast-paced society, learning to deal with stress is extremely important. Techniques in self-hypnosis, meditation and grounding are all tools we give our clients to help them gain relief from stress.
The hypnotic trance is still something of a mystery. It is not “sleep” but seems to be a state of focused concentration or awareness similar to that experienced in meditation or daydreaming.
Theoretically, during hypnosis, the conscious mind is “deactivated,” allowing the unconscious mind to be accessed directly. We do our everyday thinking with our conscious mind, but it is merely the tip of the iceberg; most of our behaviour is determined by our unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is programmed by our experiences and by what we are taught by our parents, teachers and peers, but it is rather like a robot: once it has been programmed, it cannot be changed without an “override.” This can come through new experiences or learning but can also be readily achieved through hypnosis.
In the mid-20th century, Milton Erickson revolutionized hypnotherapeutic techniques. Gone were the authoritarian direct “commands” such as those usually seen in the movies, which came to be seen as manipulative.
Erickson developed an approach designed to empower clients, using indirect suggestions sometimes given in the form of stories or metaphors. This approach allows the client’s unconscious mind to relate the story/metaphor/suggestion to his or her own situation or problem to provide a self-directed solution. Thus, the client controls the hypnotic process and the results. Rather than providing external direction, the hypnotist becomes a facilitator helping clients achieve their goals in ways that arise out of their own personality, desires and inclinations.