5 Easy Ways You Can Get The Most From Clinical Hypnosis

What can you expect, what can you do, and what will happen when you have hypnosis?

We create addictions and self-soothing behaviours, which can limit our full potential, all to protest the injustice and unfairness in our lives.

As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I often get asked about what takes place in a hypnosis session. I’m also asked what clients need to ’do’ to get the most out of their time in therapy. The most important answer to that question is to come ready to change, and be ready to be involved in your own healing journey.

Unfortunately, stage hypnotists, popularised by the media, have people fearing that they will lose control, that the hypnotherapist will make them do something they don’t want to do (cluck like a chicken), or that they will implant some weird belief they don’t want.

Clinical hypnotherapy could not be farther from that distorted image, as it encourages self-responsibility, magnifies the client’s internal resources and helps to build a bridge, between the client’s issues and the skills gap or solutions, that lay dormant within. You see, clinical hypnosis is based on the presupposition that if the client had the skills to address their issues, then there wouldn’t be an issue. Through strategic hypnosis and psychotherapy, and 'after session tasking', the client can regain and build upon these missing skills, thus rendering the original issue a moot point.

As a culture we are taught to blame ‘something’ (addictions, the media, our genes) or ‘someone’ (parent, partner, child) for our distress, dysfunction, and unhappiness. This however, just keeps us in a cycle of victimisation, which we find hard to break away from. Well-meaning people, friends and family members, see our pain and discomfort and want to make it better for us, but this is actually compounding the belief that our pain, our hurt has originated and can be diffused, outside of us.

We create addiction and self-soothing behaviours, and we can limit our full potential, all to protest the injustice and unfairness in our lives. And it is true that the trauma people face isn’t fair or just, and yet, there is a way through it and out the other side, but this road cannot be traveled whilst we blame the ‘others’ for our pain.

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