Sarah Lewin - Inner Smile TherapiesCounselling and Psychotherapy in Nottingham


Why would I come for Hypnotherapy

You would chose to come for therapy because you wish to change something.
Hypnotherapy is best described as a relaxation technique. Therefore, it can be helpful in allowing you to experience deep relaxation. Because of this it may also then help if you are attending therapy for stress or anxiety.
While in a relaxed state of mind the brain is much more likely to accept positive suggestions than during talk therapy while in a normal awaken state. During hypnosis you are focused on your imagination, body and breathing rather than the external world. Your awareness is heightened and you will likely feel quite alert but relaxed. In this relaxed state you will respond more readily to suggestions in relation to the issues you wish to focus on. states, “The results of a study published in the May 2021 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders found that hypnotherapy was not less effective than CBT for treating mild to moderate depression. The results indicated that where CBT led to a 38.5% reduction in symptom severity, hypnotherapy resulted in a 44.6% reduction”.

Hypnotherapy is still seen as controversial and there are many myths surrounding it. It is important to understand that Hypno-"therapy" is not the same as stage hypnosis, which is purely for entertainment.
You will not lose control
It is not mind control
You will remember everything that happens
You will not be asked to do something you don’t want to do
You will remain alert and able to open your eyes at any time
Most people can be hypnotised, but you have to want to.

If you have tried the Calm or Headspace app or a guided meditation than you would have experienced something very similar to hypnosis.
Some people do find it easier to relax into a trance state then others. Those who can relax more easily will get more out of the session, but usually after the first experience of hypnotherapy those that were unsure at first are able to relax more easily in following sessions once they have experienced it for the first time.

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

Hypnotherapy is very helpful for the following and much more. Contact me to ask if it might help with your problem.

Negative Thought Processes
Confidence building
Public Speaking

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