What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses the power of the mind via guided relaxation to help heal psychological as well as emotional problems. At the Westoe Practice, South Shields our Hypnotherapist helps the patient discover the underlying emotional and psychological causes to their ailments.
Hypnotherapy is different from most other therapies because it works directly with the subconscious mind. This is the part of the mind that thinks, feels and does things automatically without us even having to think about them, for example; breathing and swallowing.
The Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to access the client's subconscious mind and avoid any conscious resistance. It is then much easier to find out why a client thinks, reacts and behaves in a certain way. By identifying the cause means that it is easier for the client to accept the change at a subconscious level. The major benefit is that very little willpower is required.
How can it help you?
Hypnotherapy does not claim to diagnose or cure. As of yet it is not scientifically proven to be evidence based and as a result current legislation prohibits us from listing symptoms and conditions that are known to respond well when we follow the well-established principle of naturopathic medicine: 'That the body be treated as a whole, without referral to named disease'.
A Typical Session
A typical session at the Westoe Practice will take approximately 60 minutes. During the first session the Hypnotherapist will attempt to find out as much about the client and their problem as possible to try and establish the relevant psychological factors and the appropriate mode of treatment.
During the session you will be relaxed in a comfortable chair or couch and the therapist will put you into a hypnotic state - not asleep but awake and aware, a feeling of total relaxation. The therapist will then work with you to access information from your subconscious mind in order to find the cause of your problem, possibly by taking you back to your childhood for your earliest memories. Beneficial suggestions may be made to your subconscious mind which will be related to your problem. At the end of the session you will be brought out of the hypnotic state feeling calm, relaxed and re-energised.
Around three sessions are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from many conditions, although further sessions may sometimes be required.