What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy of which I, as your therapist, will use hypnosis as a tool to help you overcome a specific issue.
Hypnotherapy is NOT:
Brainwashing/Mind Control (e.g. Svengali effect)
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind.
We all experience hypnosis on a daily basis.
Have you ever daydreamed before? If yes, that means you have hypnotized yourself! Or perhaps when you were reading a book in the metro train, and you were so captivated by the story until you missed your stop or you didn't notice how many stations you've passed by and the things that were going on around you. That is also a form of self-hypnosis.
However, in more complex problems, doing hypnosis with a certified hypnotherapist, would be more beneficial than self-hypnosis because as your hypnotherapist, I will guide you along the way, observe your reactions and make adjustments as needed to assist you in overcoming your issue. Therefore, in hypnotherapy or any other kind of therapies, the collaboration from the client is important.
Hypnotherapy is like a guided meditation with a specific goal.
Relax and Reprogram
Have you ever meditated before?
Meditation involves relaxation and concentration. In a guided meditation, you are taken into a journey using your imagination, to relax and concentrate. In hypnotherapy, you will also use your imagination to relax and concentrate, but then, there is an end-point (a goal)--whether it is to stop smoking, overcome anxiety and fear, cope with stress or to sleep better. While in meditation, the purpose of it is to simply quiet the mind, with no specific goal.
In hypnotherapy, we work directly with your subconscious mind to achieve your specific goal or address an issue. At AKKU, together we will also identify the root cause of the issue you would like to work on, release the negative patterns/beliefs and replace those unwanted thoughts/behaviors with new positive ones by accessing to your subconscious mind through the use of hypnosis. (click here to read more about the mind).
In hypnotherapy, we work with the mind. Our mind is very powerful. Our thoughts influence the way we behave.
The mind is made up of two parts:
Subconscious mind (or some sources call this the Unconscious mind, but not to be confused with the state of unconscious.)
To understand the mind, Sigmund Freud explained that the mind is like an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg represents the conscious mind and the largest part of the iceberg that is underwater represents the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is the part that is in control. It holds the memories, emotions/feelings, habits, and imagination. It also protects us both physically and mentally in a number of ways.
For example, if you were driving a car really fast on a highway and suddenly you lose the knowledge to drive, you would be in danger. But if you have already learned how to drive and have been driving for quite a while, that programming will stay in your subconscious and hence, protect you when you are driving.
The conscious mind wants to change, but the subconscious mind is where the old programming is.
What to expect from a hypnotherapy session?
Some clients who come in the session may know nothing at all about hypnotherapy, know very little or know very well and have been hypnotized before. Some will already have assumptions about how it works and whether it will work or not. Whichever state you are in, it is important to keep in mind that everyone is different.
Not everyone will respond to hypnosis the same way. The magnitude of the experiences, feelings, and thought processes that occur to you during the session will most likely be different to another client. Other than that, the experience you will have with me may be different to other hypnotherapists, since all therapists have their own unique approach.
During the hypnotherapy, expect to feel deeply relaxed as I will be guiding you to release the negative patterns/beliefs and replacing those unwanted thoughts/behaviors with new positive ones. Please keep in mind that in hypnosis, you will not be asleep or unconscious. "Sleep is a state of relative unconsciousness, while hypnosis is a state of focused or heightened consciousness."
You will be able to hear my voice and reporting your experiences back to me in a slow and relaxed tone, as your subconscious mind is opening up. If any emotion rises up, I will guide you to release them. You might feel as if you are not being hypnotized, but that is because the conscious mind is always listening. This is very normal, but I will be guiding and observing you, to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps to accomplish a favorable result.
After the hypnotherapy, you will remember your experience, hence you would be able to recall it as we assess your experience. I will determine whether you need to come back for another session or not. Everyone is different and some may need more time than others. This is not something that can be easily predicted.
My advice for you: just go with the flow, want it to work and expect to be transformed. With an open mind and a positive attitude, you will find making the changes into your life much easier.