So what is 'hypnosis'? There are many misconceptions but think of it like taking out the outdated 'app' and replacing it with one that serves you better. For example, the old 'app' might be about comfort eating and new one is about healthy eating choices. Or it might be about installing the confident, positive app in place of the self-doubting version.
Whilst experiencing 'trance' or hypnosis, part of you is still scanning and is aware. You can snap back to full awareness if you feel unsafe in any way. Just like you do when you are driving an 'auto-pilot' and someone in front slams their brakes on - you immediately snap to attention don't you? You remain in control. It is the same as being hypnotized - if the therapist suggests you do something you don't want to do, you won't. Some researchers say all hypnosis is self hypnosis, so think of the therapist as your guide.
A typical hypnotherapy session will begin with a chat about what you want to achieve, looking at the impact that whatever it is, is having on your life and what life will be like when you have achieved your goal and made the changes. During this chat we start to explore some of your beliefs - beliefs that you may not even have been consciously of.
We may discuss triggers and what is motivating you now to make the changes. We may also discuss the overall context of your issue. All this helps you gain greater clarity and focus and ensures that I am very clear on specifically what it is you want to achieve. I can then identify the appropriate tools and techniques to support you which I then share with you.
The session will finish with an introduction to 'trance' which will feel relaxing and also motivating! This will start the process of change for you. A recording of this will be made and sent to you - or you can record it on your own phone. Sometimes you only need the one session to help you 'reset' or you come back and we go through a customised session - just for you- helping 'reset' your beliefs and habits to the ones that YOU want. Again, this is recorded so you have it for future use.