Prior to any hypnotherapy appointments, a general consultation with Anthony is essential to decide whether this is the right approach for your needs.
What is hypnosis?
It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance states often during the course of our lives. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes (hypnotherapy), beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind.
In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.
Realistically no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful co-operation
Hypnotherapy makes use of the bicameral nature of the functioning brain and the conscious/unconscious processes therein. At its simplest level, the unconscious mind becomes (through our life experience) the repository of our conditioned experience, while the conscious mind is the waking mind dealing with appraisal and decision making. In hypnotherapy, the critical faculties of the conscious mind are sidestepped (through the hypnotic condition) and new ideas and 'suggestions' placed directly into the uncritical unconscious to effect beneficial changes when back in the waking state.
Clinical Applications of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit unwanted habits like smoking, nail-biting, bedwetting, healthy eating, improve work/study/sporting performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress, tension IBS, obstetrics (painless childbirth), pain control, and some sexual problems.
Simply put, whether your problem is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved events in your past, then hypnotherapy can be used to access and reprogramme these complexes which are being sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.