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What is Hypnotherapy?

Updated: Apr 11, 2023

A brief overview.

Hypnotherapy may not be exactly what you imagine - The media often give a false impression.


Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to help people change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Hypnosis is a learned mindset involving but not always limited to strong focus and sometimes deep relaxation that allows people to be more open to suggestions. It is not, as the media may suggest total control handed over to the therapist, rendering you some kind of meat-puppet, nor indeed does the scientific evidence suggest that it is a trance whereby the therapist can peek into your deepest, darkest thoughts.

A brief history of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. The first recorded use of hypnosis was in ancient Egypt, where it was used to treat pain and illness. In the 18th century, Franz Mesmer began using hypnosis to treat a variety of conditions, including paralysis, blindness, and deafness. Mesmer's work was later discredited, but interest in hypnosis continued to grow in the 19th and 20th centuries.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by helping people to learn a hypnotic mindset, which in turn aids hypnosis and can help people to amplify the effects of any other therapeutic treatments that they are given, like a speaker plugged in to an electronic instrument or a magnifying glass for reading. When we are in hypnosis, we are more open to suggestions from the hypnotherapist as well as internally, from ourselves. These suggestions can help us to change our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

The benefits of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

* Anxiety

* Depression

* Pain

* Weight loss

* Smoking cessation

* Habit control

* Performance anxiety

* Phobias

As well as many more. Hypnotherapy can be used to benefit people for a much broader range of conundrums than people often realise.

Is hypnotherapy right for you?

Hypnotherapy may be right for you if you are interested in changing your thoughts, feelings, or behaviours. It is important to note that hypnotherapy is not a cure-all, and it is not effective for everyone. If you are considering hypnotherapy, it is important to talk to your doctor or to us at Piper Therapy Services, to see if it is right for you.

How to find a hypnotherapist

If you are interested in trying hypnotherapy, it is important to find a qualified hypnotherapist. When you are choosing a hypnotherapist, be sure to ask about their training and experience. Piper Therapy Services is registered with the UK Hypnotherapy Council and the National Council for Therapy and are fully insured.

Fed up of looking for a hypnotherapist? Why not contact us at Piper Therapy Services, and see if we will be able to help you?

What to expect during your first hypnotherapy session

Your first hypnotherapy session will likely begin with a free initial 15-minute consultation. During the consultation, the hypnotherapist will ask you about your goals for treatment and your medical history. The hypnotherapist will also explain what to expect during your hypnotherapy sessions.

Once you have agreed to begin treatment, the hypnotherapist will guide you into and educate you surrounding hypnosis. This may involve relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation. Once you are in hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will give you suggestions to help you achieve your goals. The hypnotherapist will also teach you self-hypnosis for home use outside of the therapeutic environment, so you can learn new skills to help with your day-to-day life.

Tips for getting the most out of hypnotherapy

To get the most out of hypnotherapy, it is important to be open to the process and to follow the hypnotherapist's instructions. It is also important to practice the techniques and other things that you learn in hypnotherapy between sessions. There will also often be other tasks for you to complete between sessions which will help you to change your mindset, thoughts and feelings as well as behaviours.

Conclusion: The power of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be a powerful tool for change. If you are interested in changing your thoughts, feelings, or behaviours, hypnotherapy may be right for you. Be sure to talk to us here at Piper Therapy Services to see if hypnotherapy is for you, and we can see if we can help. By offering a servive that is as bespoke as we are able to provide, contacting us will give you an idea of how hypnotherapy can not only benefit you, but how it can weave it's way into your daily life as we can teach you skills that you can apply to a broad range of life events. What are you waiting for? Contact us today.

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