With Louis Eyres (Dhp. Diploma in Hypnotherapy)
In the late 1980s when I began using hypnotic techniques in helping patients to overcome the effects of unwanted behaviour patterns e.g. smoking, overeating, and the use of hypnotic Relaxation in order to alleviate the effects of anxiety, stress, fears, phobias, worry, tension, blushing, panic, and the lack of confidence and many more. They were never really sure what to expect. Itâ€™s my intention to allay some of the fears concerning the use of hypnosis, the myths and mystery surrounding it which are totally undeserved, and to make clear that what takes place is very normal and non magical, with predictable results. A hypnotherapist may, for all practical purposes, be defined as a practitioner who uses the power of suggestion to induce the hypnotic state in his client and then utilizes the altered state of awareness of the client to bring about a therapeutic end. This would normally be to assist the person to deal effectively with something which, had been inside him self or herself, but outside his own control-usually to help him/her stop doing something that he/she does not want to do, or start doing something that he/she would like to be able to do. A hypnotherapist who claims to be a Doctor of hypnosis, Born with a gift, born with the power, is not only trying to fool his clients, but he is surely fooling himself. To be frank, a hypnotherapist is meant to be helping people in life, not triumphing over them, should they be that sort of person who needs thanks, recognition, and acknowledgement of what they are doing, then really, they have embarked on the wrong therapy. Hypnosis itself is comparatively easy to learn, it is common sense to say that a person usually drives a motor car somewhat better if he has an understanding of the engine, the clutch, the gearbox, and other such functions; and likewise, just to be a hypnotist is not really to be anything. I always feel a little insulted by the name hypnotist - where as the terms hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, and psychoanalyst I find acceptable.
When asked what words you would associate most with a Doctor, the sort of replies would be: clever, professional, helpful, trained, etc; and a tycoon would fare no worse than: ruthless successful, powerful, etc. But now try the word hypnotist, and immediately: charlatan, faker, black magic, etc, spring to mind. A maligned subject, hypnosis has certainly achieved more than its fair share of notoriety. There is nothing magical about hypnosis at all, so it can be said that there can be nothing magical about any cure or relief it helps create â€“ the fact is, hypnosis is a perfectly natural phenomenon occurring in people and animals, especially in children, it is much a part of our functioning, as are seeing and hearing. Why then the tarnished image? The answer (ignorance,) I have to refer back to the so called Doctor of hypnosis, the person born with a gift, born with the power, In olden days, anything not understood was feared, and despite our present-day enlightenment, old myths die hard. It has to be appreciated that hypnosis is not a treatment in itself, but is only an aid to other therapy, it is pleasant, relaxing, and very easy to enter the hypnotic state for a while, merely to do so serves no lasting purpose. It is what takes place when experiencing the state that matters, and this is probably the biggest single reason why people donâ€™t understand it. A good hypnotist is not necessarily a good therapist, people tell me all the time, that they went to a hypnotist but â€œitâ€ didnâ€™t work for me. If there is to be a benefit to any person going to see a hypnotherapist, the therapist, must be free himself from any hang-ups which may effect his own judgement. Indeed it is regrettable, but true, that hypnotherapy can attract to its ranks those who themselves need help and are seeking relief from inner anxiety. There are plenty of these therapists who are themselves in need of treatment, they cannot help other people, they must first cure themselves or be cured. So the next time you go to a hypnotherapist, ask, has he/she ever been analysed, ask, where and with whom. There are enough hypnotherapists trying to prove what they can do, and how they can do it, by presenting themselves on every TV program and newspaper that was ever devised. I can think of no reason at all for a hypnotherapist, needing to prove the hypnotic state, or that hypnosis works, it must only be to satisfy their own ego, however, while there are many honest, skilled and ethical practitioners, there are also many who are less honest, less skilled and often unethical, advertising all sorts of high-powered letters and qualifications, after their name, that mean nothing.
Analytical therapy, which is used to discover CAUSES of psychological problems. Hypno-Analysis can be summarised briefly as a doctrine of â€œcause and effectâ€: every effect (the symptom) must have a cause. Hypno â€“ Analysis reveals and removes the cause, and consequently relieves the symptom. Emotional problems respond particularly well to conscious Hypno-Analysis, such as, anxiety, stress, fears, phobias, worry, tension, panic, blushing, insomnia, and many other problems of modern life. There is no reason why anyone should put up with something inside themselves but outside their own control, providing they are prepared to devote time, effort, and self-discipline to be free of their problem. The use of Conscious Hypnosis dramatically speeds up Analysis, and similar results can be achieved in a few weeks as would be expected from a more conventional 1000 hour Analysis.
Suggestion therapy, which is used for simpler problems such as, stop smoking, or to lose weight, calmness, relaxation, and confidence. As in all therapy, an important part of the treatment of people who WANT to lose weight, is the preparation of the client. Before coming to me, I know that you have tried most, if not all methods of weight reduction ever devised. You will no doubt, have an abundance of diet sheets, calorie charts, and personal experiences of weight reduction programmes which for you have culminated in the common result of FAILURE, My treatment is an entirely new approach to your problem, it is not based on dieting but involves altering your eating habits in such a way that, while still enjoying food, while still feeling pleasantly full after meals, you can and will lose weight, the success rate for weight loss, and weight control, is now 100% with my treatment.
Hypnotherapy and competitive sport.
It must be emphasized that hypnosis cannot produce a performance beyond the physical capability of the athlete. It is not a substitute for training, skill and experience. Competitors under stress are more likely to make errors. However, performance will greatly improve, with a feeling of Calmness, Relaxation, and Confidence with complete control. Hypnosis can certainly help to bring a healthier attitude to any sport or competition. I will explain hypnosis. I will remove the doubt and fear about hypnosis forever. I ask, have you ever been in hypnosis, most will say â€œnoâ€ when really I have never met anyone that has not been in hypnosis, when every walk of life enters hypnosis, not once or twice in a life time, but five, ten, maybe twenty times a day, I explain, hypnosis is like looking out through a window, just staring at the rain, someone is talking to you, your not paying attention to what the person is saying, the person will get your attention when they give you a nudge, you find yourself apologising, that you were in a (world of your own, day dreaming, miles away,) yes thatâ€™s it, I have explained it, in a world of your own, and the only feeling you have, is that you are annoyed, that they have disturbed you, you just wanted to stay in that peaceful state a little while longer, exactly the same, after a session of therapy, most people will say, I didnâ€™t feel hypnotized, I never went under, you see the only feeling of hypnosis is, that of a state of mental and physical relaxation, that you just wanted to stay in that state, I will use my voice to induce you into the state of hypnosis, No swinging watches or flowing robes, no mystical or magical powers, just a reassuring manner to put you at ease, and the expertise to help you with your problem.
Most therapists use aversion therapy, its something I prefer not to use, simply because it can cause more anxiety, an example of this, when the Doctor tells you to return, when you stop smoking, you walk away feeling rather anxious, or when a client is in hypnosis, and the therapist is using suggestions, e.g. the next time you put a cigarette in your mouth, it will taste like burning tar, burning rubber, and make you feel physically sick, wanting to stop smoking can make the client a little anxious, to suggest to them that they will feel physically sick, would make them feel even more anxious. Believe me this feeling inside, this craving, addiction feeling, is called anxiety, Where as calmness, relaxation, and confidence reduces anxiety, that the next time someone offers them a cigarette, or any tobacco, you will say, without even thinking (no thank you I donâ€™t smoke,) each time that you decline such an offer, you will feel pleased and proud of yourself, with every reason, because you have broken the smoking habit etc. Not only will the suggestions for calmness, relaxation, and confidence make the client feel less anxious, but also to refuse a cigarette, will encourage a feeling of wellbeing. Therefore smoking becomes a thing of the past. For the Employer, it takes approximately five to seven minutes for a person to smoke a cigarette, how many people smoke at your work place, office, factory, etc. How many hours a month is it costing your business. (Group, stop smoking therapy) at your place of work. For further information on Group therapy Tel 087 2937155 or 048 302 60160. Before commencing hypnotherapy treatment, various important issues must have been addressed at prior consultation. Any misconceptions or anxieties about hypnosis should be discussed and allayed; failing the three criteriaâ€™s desirable for successful therapy may be frustrated.
These criteria are that the client concerned:
WANTS IT TO HAPPEN
EXPECTS IT TO HAPPEN
ALLOWS IT TO HAPPEN
The six stages of a successful hypnotherapy session.
THERAPY Stop Smoking, weight lose, calmness, relaxation, and confidence
What can be treated through hypnosis? Hypnosis on its own, or simply with suggestions of feeling good, calmness, relaxation, confidence, and so on, is actually very pleasant. I thoroughly enjoy simply spending a little time in a world of my own from time to time, and so do those patients with whom I use hypnosis. After their first experience of entering the trance state, without any other work being done, they usually smile as they return to the â€œordinary worldâ€, and say how good they feel. Because hypnosis is so relaxing and comforting, it is of great help in treating anxiety and depression, suppose you suffer from attacks of anxiety, which can occur anywhere and at any time. In those attacks, you may find that you feel terrified, or go into panic; you feel your heart is racing; you feel hot and sweaty or cold and clammy; you may feel nauseated and become afraid you will faint. Once you have had a few attacks like this, perhaps in the street or in a shop, you then become frightened of an attack coming and so avoid going out. That apprehension, the fear that an attack may happen, in itself makes it more likely that you will get such an attack. The tension that the fear creates predisposes you to these reactions. Hypnosis makes it much easier and quicker to discover what the cause or causes of the problem may be, such as a forgotten or â€˜repressedâ€™ traumatic memory, as described above and so help you free yourself of it, so that you no longer have the attacks at all. Hypnosis can be used to change or treat relatively minor things, one of the most common health hazards to which we expose ourselves willingly, is smoking. We all know nowadays (even if we pretend otherwise) that smoking shortens life, exposes you to serious risk of very unpleasant diseases, and so on. Yet many people find it extremely difficult to stop smoking. Hypnosis can be very helpful indeed to reduce any discomfort or anxiety you may experience as stated above on giving up the habit, but it will not make you give it up. Only your decision to become a non-smoker can do that. The same thing is true of other habitual actions such as, overeating, if you have developed a habit of eating sweet things to excess, or always have a cake with your tea or coffee break, and find it difficult to stop when you realize you are becoming over-weight, then hypnosis can be of great help.
I shall conclude, with the definition.
Hypnosis is a condition of profound relaxation which you allow yourself to enter, during which time there is an altered state of conscious awareness.
Louis Eyres Hypnotherapist (Dhp.Diploma in Hypnotherapy)
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