WHAT IS HYPNOSIS ?

Kerry McGruddy

Kerry McGruddy

An Overview


Many of the people practitioners and I see have been on a journey through a range of what are commonly viewed as acceptable approaches or treatments before they get to us.

Hypnotherapy can be successfully applied to all manner of issues, including addictions to over eating, and substances such as tobacco smoking to sugar, alcohol and drugs; chronic pain; phobias; anxieties; lack of self-confidence and even professional performance in sports, { I personally mentally prepare professional boxers using Clinical hypnotherapy} and professional`s in work places, management and sales

Almost without exception, the clients who approach me about such things have already visited doctors, consultants, rehabilitation centers, counselors and diet clubs – the list goes on. And those things have not worked for them\\\

So, they arrive with a preconception that this is the last resort, when the reality is that their minds are truly incredibly powerful bio-super computers. if more people truly comprehended and understood their capability to impact on our lives for good or bad, they’d start, not end here

Most people generally have used phrases like ‘mind over matter’.

Yet, basically, we struggle to really believe that the mind can alter our physical body and life experience. Somehow, it’s easier to place our faith and trust in things we can reach out and touch, be they medicines, devices or hospitals, even if the evidence is telling us that nothing is changing for the better.

So What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a centuries-old method for re-booting our minds and harnessing their power to positively improve aspects of our lives. In fact, I believe it is the quickest and easiest way to make someone snap out of the things that are doing them harm and start developing more beneficial habits.

Successfully becoming a non-smoker, weight loss and food relationships, stress and anxiety resolution are some of the areas where I have seen it achieve the most impressive results.

The human mind is basically split into two parts – our conscious mind and our subconscious mind. The conscious part is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ which guides our daily activities, from making sure we eat to getting from A to B or fulfilling our daily work tasks. It is also the little circling thoughts inside our heads, which knows very well what we need to do to keep ourselves happy, healthy and on top of things but somehow, all too easily, keeps giving in to bad habits like overeating, and self-destructive thoughts centered on why we can’t do or achieve certain things.

Then there is our subconscious, a far bigger area, which is the conflagration of everything we’ve ever thought, experienced or had said to us, and ultimately drives some of the things our conscious self then does. The subconscious never forgets any of these influences and will continue leading us to do certain things because we got what it saw as a positive result at some point in the past. For example, comfort eating, the first time we do it, makes us feel better, at least in the short term. So, our subconscious thinks ‘I know, that worked well so I’ll make them do it again, and again’.

You can liken the mind to a self-learning computer, which is hardwired to run the same programs over and over again. Occasionally, it needs rebooting and auditing to ensure it’s producing the outputs the user is actually looking for. That’s where hypnotherapy comes in.

What Actually is Hypnosis ?

This is the most common question I get asked. Most people’s only brush with hypnosis before they visit a practitioner is watching stage hypnotists on television, making people cluck like chickens or say outrageous things. These experiences make them understandably wary of the idea of going ‘under’ and being made to do things that are, well, downright embarrassing. Perhaps they consider themselves quite strong willed and can’t imagine ever succumbing to such ‘nonsense’.

The answer I always give is that everyone, without exception, can be hypnotised. The reason I say this is that, in reality, most of us are in a trance, most of the time.

Think about it. How many times a day do you do something in an automated state, where you can’t remember the process you actually went through? Maybe you drove your car and couldn’t recall how you got to your destination, or cooked dinner on ‘autopilot’ while mentally sifting through the events of your day. This is very common because, while our conscious minds are focusing on the practicalities of the things we need to get done today in the here and now, our subconscious is only too happy to oversee our habitual activities in a kind of automated state.

Therefore, it’s also not a case of being strong or not strong, literally everyone is susceptible to hypnosis in one form or another.

Is it About Going into a Trance?

The reality is the complete opposite of this and hypnosis will actually snap you out of the trance-like state you inhabit every day, in order to change the behaviors that are doing you no favors.

You could almost liken it to when you go on holiday and, as soon as you switch off and start to relax, the day-to-day clutter in your head starts to dissipate and you think afresh about all those aspects of your life you might like to change, or new activities you would like to try. Or you suddenly remember something important that has thus far been crowded out by all the other noise.

Hypnosis provides a shortcut to stepping back from the world in a similar way to reassess, which we all know we need to do every now and again.It’s not a case of one size fits all, though, and working with a practitioner is important so that they can get to know you and work out the best approach and methods to suit you as an individual.

It is virtually impossible to hypnotize yourself because you will always find yourself battling against interference from your conscious mind. Nor can you be hypnotized against your will – you always have to want to do something a hypnotherapist asks you to do, or you simply would not comply with it. Even people who are made to cluck like a chicken must want to do that on some level, otherwise they wouldn’t, it’s as simple as that. It is always important to choose a practitioner you have a strong rapport with for the therapy to be as effective as possible.

Are There People Hypnotherapy Can’t Help?

Certain people are not suitable to undergo hypnotherapy. These include children under five, whose language isn’t advanced enough to understand the necessary instructions; and those with a serious mental health problem that results in a chemical imbalance in their brain, such as schizophrenia or clinical depression. In these latter examples, this is because hypnotherapy works by heightening someone’s senses, and thinking and feeling more vividly in this way can lead to them being more likely to do something that isn’t good for them.

How Can I Rest Assured My Investment With You is Going To Pay Dividends and Achieve Resolution and the Desired Result?.

In my post- graduate work I have studied the work of Dr David Spiegel, M.D., Associate Chair of Psychiatry at Stanford University where he directs the Stanford Center on Stress and Health and is one of the America`s and the worlds most respected experts in the clinical uses of hypnosis. In his latest paper, which takes into account 30 plus years of data on Clinical Hypnotherapy, he explains that to cover the whole population, we need to allow up to 5 sessions of Hypnotherapy to ensure total resolution of a particular issue.

This is not the norm, as most people are able to find resolution in 2 to 4 sessions. Up until now in the hypnosis practitioners community this has been the concern of varying points of view and not much consensus.

For example some practitioners claim for example that to stop smoking, you only need one session. The reality sadly is these practitioners do come to that conclusion without checking a clients progress over the proceeding 12 months, thereby not properly allowing for the variance and requirements of the whole population.

I myself quit smoking some 30 years ago after one session but several months later found myself smoking again. Luckily for me I recontacted and complained about it to the Hypnotist I went to and he gave me another session for free, and hence I am till this day a true non-smoker. But I can now see if this had not been the case, I probably would have dismissed hypnosis as not the answer to my smoking habit and a waste of my hard earned money.

It is because of this information, I have designed my programs and practice allowing and thus ensuring any of my clients, that they can rest assured that all their needs are allowed for and can rest with the peace of mind, their investment is assured and resolution of what they come to me for, is completely achieved.

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