What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation in which the subconscious mind can be accessed, allowing change and transition to take place in a gentle, easy and effective way.

The late Dr Milton Erickson is the key figure behind much of the hypnosis we use today. Erickson believed that the client’s subconscious mind already possesses all of the resources necessary for the desired changes to take place. The therapist’s job is to help the client find and use these resources effectively.

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation which is natural and safe.                               It feels very much like day dreaming i.e., the state between sleeping and waking. In this state of relaxation the brain wave vibration rate slows down, (alpha state) giving access to the subconscious mind, suggestibility is heightened, enabling suggestions for healing and empowerment to be readily accepted. We are all influenced by suggestions and hypnosis uses this natural process to change negative patterns into positive patterns of behaviour. During hypnosis you remain in control of yourself and are aware of what is going on around you. Most people find hypnotherapy an enjoyable relaxing way to achieve positive outcomes.

Hypnotherapy is based on the relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind has no power to reason and therefore accepts and acts upon any fact or suggestion given to it. This is why hypnotherapy is so effective.

Common misconceptions

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The techniques and principles of hypnosis have been used to benefit mankind for many years. When stripped of the misunderstandings and mystery that surrounds it, hypnosis can be seen for what it really is – a normal, natural healthy state of mind which virtually anyone can achieve with the correct guidance. All that is needed is a desire to be hypnotised and co-operation with the hypnotherapist, you cannot be hypnotised against your will.

One common misconception about hypnosis is that the client is giving over their control to the therapist. Hypnosis is not power over another person rather a co-operation between therapist and client, the client remains in control of himself and allows himself to go into a state of relaxation with the therapist as a guide.

The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious (or unconscious) mind accounts for approximately 90% of your mind.  It is the part of your mind that is responsible for controlling your automatic bodily functions such as breathing, heartbeat, blinking etc.It is also responsible for storing your memories (the data for all the experiences you have ever had). It contains your values, your core beliefs about your self, every thought you have ever had, every feeling, every emotion. In a nutshell – every experience you have ever had!

The subconscious mind is creative, intuitive, irrational, and emotional. Because it’s illogical it can create anything you want to be, i.e.wealthy, slender, happy. It can also keep you stuck in negative behavior.
Your subconscious mind operates on it’s programming, just as a computer does and like a computer, your subconscious mind can be reprogrammed. We are constantly reprogramming our subconscious mind through our experiences and self-talk. If we are repeatedly telling ourself that we are a smoker, a success, a failure etc; then that is what we become. With Hypnotherapy and NLP we can effect change at the subconscious level.

The conscious mind accounts for approximately 10% of your mind. It is the part of you that is aware of what is going on right now.
The conscious mind is logical and analytical and it is where we spend most of our time. The conscious mind analyzes and evaluates whatever concern, situation or issue has its attention.
The conscious mind makes decisions and choices.
The conscious mind exercises what we call will power. Will Power alone seldom lasts, you mean well, but conscious intent fails and the old behaviour reoccurs.
The conscious mind also is the place of working memory. It is the memory we use every day to function.
Conscious decisions are influenced by the data stored in our subconscious mind.

What is a hypnotic trance like?

The sensations of hypnosis vary from person to person. It is usual to experience pleasant feelings of relaxation, comfort and wellbeing. We have all experienced the trance state in our normal daily lives. For example: If you have ever driven along the highway, reached your destination and thought “I don’t remember how I got here”, you were in a trance state, you were still completely aware of what was going on, you made the right manoeuvres on the road and had there been danger you would have acted instantly, but you were in a pleasant daydream for the whole journey. Another example is television advertising! Watching television programs induces a hypnotic trance and the programs are interspersed with hypnotic suggestions, called commercials!

What can Hypnotherapy be used for?

Hypnosis is a fast effective way to:

Resolve past trauma

Eliminate phobias

Increase self esteem and confidence
Enhance performance in all areas of life
Release unwanted habits such as smoking (MP3 Download Available)
Manage pain
Improve general health and wellbeing
Lose Weight (MP3 Download Available)
Relieve allergies and skin disorders
Relieve irritable bowel syndrome
Improve memory and motivation


What is Counselling

Counselling is a process which helps people identify and work through their problems or difficulties and learn how to regain control of their life.

Counselling is confidential and allows the client freedom to of expression in a safe, caring environment.

We all experience times in our lives when things don’t seem to go our way. Coping can become difficult, we feel stressed or perhaps we can’t find the solution to our problem.

Many people use counselling to help them reach their full potential, learn to relax or improve their relationships.

How can Counselling Help Me?

Helping alleviate emotional pain and suffering
Increasing your self esteem and confidence
Helping you identify and achieve your goals
Teaching you how to reduce and manage your stress levels
Helping you understand your unique personality needs
Helping you to gain the skills to cope with and manage problems

What types of Counselling are Available?

Stress and Anxiety – improve your health and well-being by learning to reduce your stress / anxiety levels
Depression – recognise the reasons for your depression, learn ways to overcome it and move forward
Personal and Relationship Issues – learn how to improve relationships with friends, colleagues, loved one’s
Grief and Loss -understand the natural process of grief and loss resulting from bereavement, separation / divorce, loss of job etc.
Self Esteem / Body Image -gain an understanding of your individuality and enhance your self esteem and self confidence
Pre-marital Counselling -increase understanding of both partners’ personality needs and enhance your relationship
Positive Parenting Skills -gain an insight into new ways to communicate with your children
Lifestyle Counselling – improve coping skills during life transitions eg. new baby, relocation, children leaving home, menopause etc. Improve your assertiveness, time management, goal setting or organisational skills


What is NLP?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) studies the way in which we perceive the world around us, how we think, feel and act, and how our thoughts, emotions and behaviours are organised.

NLP originated in the USA and was founded in the early 1970′s by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP incorporates insights from behavioural and Gestalt psychology, family therapy, hypnotherapy, linguistics and information processing technology.

NLP looks at how (rather than why) people get the results they do. NLP started from studying people who are exceptionally good at what they do, and finding out how they do it so that others can obtain similar results by doing the same things. NLP aims to achieve ‘generative’ change, which empowers you to achieve more in every area of your life. Most people find that when they learn a new skill or make a breakthrough in one area of their life, the problems they had in other areas seem to disappear or become less important.

The Neuro part of NLP comes from the idea that all behaviour stems from our neurological processes of sight, hearing, feeling, smell, and taste, our world is experienced through these five senses. We make sense out of the information received from these senses and act on it.

The Linguistic part of NLP indicates that we use language to order our thoughts and behaviour and communicate with others.

Programming refers to the ways in which we can chose to organize our ideas and actions to produce results.

So in a nutshell, NLP deals with the structure of our experiences, how we organise what we see, hear and feel smell and taste and how we delete, distort and filter the information that comes in to us through our senses. It also looks at how we describe experience through language and how we act intentionally or unintentionally to produce results.

If we think of the human neurological system of mind and body as an information system that can be programmed, then we can understand that by developing specific patterns, things such as limiting or sabotaging beliefs can be reprogrammed. With NLP we are able to effect deep changes from the inside out.

A phobic response that has lasted for decades can be altered in as little as 1 session!

NLP is “Content Free”

NLP concentrates on the structure of an experience, rather than the content. It focuses on how you think about something rather than what you are thinking about.

This means that an NLP practitioner can usually help you with a problem without you having to reveal every detail of where it came from. The advantage of this is that it takes away the embarrassment which some people may associate with getting help.

One of the things that often surprises people about NLP is the speed with which many problems can be resolved. Solving problems is all about learning – at the unconscious level, and this learning can happen very quickly with NLP processes.

Some principles of NLP

People have their own model of the world, and everything they do makes sense within that model
The mind and the body are united as one system
People have all the inner resources they need to succeed (There are no unresourceful people, only unresourceful states)
People are in charge of their own mind and therefore of their own results
The meaning of communication is not simply what you intend but also the response you get

What can NLP do for me?

NLP brings about self development and change and can be used in all areas of your life. It can:

Enhance confidence
Release negative emotions such as fear, guilt, anger, sadness
Remove phobias and fears eg arachnophobia, fear of flying etc.
Free you from anxiety/panic attacks
Enhance communication skills – individual and business.
Create the future you desire
Improve performance in all areas of your life
Develop goals that really work

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