Are you interested in the best hypnotherapy London practitioner and looking for more information? I work as a hypnotherapist in London’s King’s Cross and online. Let me explain more about what hypnotherapy is and how it works daily at my practice for hypnotherapy in London every day.
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Hypnotherapy is one of those therapies that seems to be shrouded in some mystery. Many people have heard of it only from TV and movies and so may even have preconceived notions. However, often people ask me about it, as they don’t know exactly what it is and how it can help. Indeed people want to know about the best hypnotherapy London has to offer, so I hope I can help. It is often a sense of the unknown might be stopping you from looking at it as a viable option, which, of course, is a shame. The beauty of the therapy world is that there are so many different options: from traditional talking therapies and life coaching to complementary therapies and, of course, hypnotherapy.
It is often good to discuss therapies with your doctor if you’re looking for support with a physical or mental illness and following their advice. In some cases, hypnotherapy can be used alongside counselling or other therapies, or you may turn to it when other approaches have failed.
What is hypnotherapy?
To start with then – what exactly is hypnotherapy? It’s a therapy that works on the subconscious, the part of our mind we’re not consciously aware of. The subconscious is responsible for a great deal of thought processes and behaviours. The aim of hypnotherapy is to encourage positive change by communicating with it. As I use hypnotherapy in London, I enjoy helping people get to the roots of problems and hypnotherapy with its relaxing approach to change is great for this work.
How do hypnotherapy London sessions work?
In order to communicate with your subconscious, you’ll need to be put into a hypnotic state. This may sound a little scary, but really it is just a very deep relaxation and perfectly safe. Indeed you will still be completely aware of what’s happening around you and hear what is said.
It’s a myth that hypnotherapy is a type of mind control. Just as in normal life, you can’t be told in hypnosis to do things you would have a moral problem with or simply don’t want. So, for example, when people come to see me to quit smoking, if they don’t really want to quit, the best hypnotherapy can’t suddenly force them, against their will, to quit. In hypnosis, a person will, for sure, be more open to suggestion and therefore able to change patterns of behaviour that are unhelpful, but no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do.
When you are in this state, as your hypnotherapist, I will use suggestion techniques to talk to your subconscious. The idea is to help you uncover the root causes of issues, change thought patterns and ultimately change behaviour. There are different tools and techniques I can use, depending on what you need support with. If you are looking for the best hypnotherapy London has, getting an understanding of how sesisons work will be invaluable.
You may need a few sessions or just one. Again this will depend on what you’re seeking help for. Many hypnotherapists will also teach self-hypnosis techniques so you can continue the work outside of your sessions. This is also something I do with clients for hypnotherapy in London.
What can hypnotherapy best help with?
Hypnotherapy can be used for lots of different concerns. Any issue that could have roots in the way you think and behave may be addressed. Having said this, there are certain conditions that are believed to not be helped by hypnotherapy, including psychosis and personality disorders.
The most popular and best hypnotherapy London interventions can help is by changing your habits, helping with stress-related conditions and easing anxiety. Let’s look at some common issues that can be addressed with hypnotherapy.
Habits become embedded into our subconscious, which can make them difficult to change using willpower alone. If you have habits or behaviours you’re looking to alter, hypnotherapy may be able to support you. By suggesting different reactions and more positive behaviours, many people find success. Two areas people often turn to hypnotherapy for are changing eating habits and quitting smoking.
Overeating – If you’re unhappy with your eating habits, overeating and your relationship with food, hypnotherapy could help. Many of us have a complex relationship with food and may turn to it as a source of comfort. If this relationship becomes unhealthy and you’re looking for support with weight management, hypnotherapy can help you make positive and healthy changes.
Quitting smoking – There are several different methods to try and quit smoking, from going cold turkey to using nicotine replacement therapy or vaping. Hypnotherapy can be a great complement to these or a stand-alone method to quit smoking. The aim of hypnotherapy is to break the thinking patterns associated with smoking.
Through hypnosis, your unconscious can generate healthy alternative behaviours which you will carry out automatically. In effect, your stop smoking hypnosis sessions will reprogramme your unconscious mind to produce the same positive intentions that you believed cigarettes gave you but in far healthier ways.
When stress builds up it can really affect us, both physically and mentally. Hypnotherapy for stress looks to change negative responses to stress and offer a more healthy alternative. As well as helping with stress in general, hypnotherapy can help with many stress-related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and sleep problems.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – The link between our digestive system and our brain is becoming more and more apparent. IBS, for example, is known to be sometimes triggered by stress. So by easing stress, symptoms can be reduced. Learning how to manage stress through ‘gut directed hypnotherapy’, can therefore be very helpful for those with IBS. Indeed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) even recognise hypnotherapy as a treatment option for IBS. I use gut directed hypnotherapy at my practice in London.
Insomnia – When you struggle to sleep, the cycle of not sleeping and worrying about not sleeping can become a pattern in our subconscious. This is where hypnotherapy can help – by speaking to the subconscious and changing these thought patterns.
Another area hypnotherapy is proving to be powerful in is anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. Encouraging relaxation and new responses to stress, this approach can, in some cases, reach parts of the mind other therapies can’t.
Anxiety – The suggestions used in hypnotherapy to help with anxiety will depend on what specifically triggers you. As I see daily with clients, hypnotherapy works exceptionally well for anxiety. Progressive relaxation is very useful to help a person go into a trance state. As such hypnotherapy is allowing a person to be aware of the tension they’re carrying around with them, and to relax those muscles. By the time we work on the issue, the person is in a lovely relaxed state. It’s like having a mental massage.
Phobias – Phobias generally live in our subconscious, making them ideal to approach with hypnotherapy. Your sessions may include understanding what first triggered your phobia and offering positive suggestions to change the way you think and feel about the phobia in question.
What happens in a London hypnotherapy session?
If you’ve made the decision to hypnotherapy and so have gone online to search for the best hypnotherapy London has, having a clearer idea of what will happen in your session can be helpful. Often sessions begin with discussing what you are concerned about and digging more deeply into what is truly going on. Once hypnotherapy starts, you will get comfortable and be led into a state of deep relaxation. Once you are in a state of hypnosis the ‘change work’ can begin. Various techniques and approaches are used, all with an aim to help you achieve your chosen goal. Towards the end, you will be gradually brought out of your trance.
If you would like to discuss if sessions of hypnotherapy in London are for you, get in touch today.