WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
The words 'hypnosis' and 'hypnotherapy' are derived from the Greek word 'hypnos,' meaning sleep. Hypnosis was first used for therapeutic purposes by early psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud, but the form of hypnotherapy used today was adapted by the American psychotherapist Milton H Erickson.
Hypnosis is a sensation that can happen when you are in a very relaxed state. The experience has been compared to the sensation of daydreaming. When in a hypnotic state people's critical faculties are suspended and they become open to suggestions. Therapists make use of this suggestible state to encourage behavioral changes. The use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool is now widely accepted among many health care practitioners including counselors, psychologists, doctors and dentists.
WHAT'S IT SUPPOSED TO DO?
Hypnosis is described as a way to bypass the conscious mind, providing direct communication with the unconscious. Most people can be hypnotized and the best subjects are those who have active imaginations.
Hypnotherapy can be particularly useful for habitual behaviors like bed-wetting in children, smoking, compulsive eating and nail biting. It is also useful for stress-related conditions like skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, pain relief, phobias, panic attacks, lack of confidence, inhibitions and sexual problems.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION?
Our sessions are approximately 1 hour long and run a little longer for the first session for a full intake. Smoking cessation sessions are approximately 1.5 hours long. Sessions are generally divided into one half hour counseling and one half hour hypnotherapy.
At Aim Hypnotherapy our treatment approach is tailored to individual needs while taking into account past cases with similar issues. As a result we are able to estimate how many sessions clients should anticipate after our initial session. If you feel your case is highly unusual rest assured that we will inform you if we are unfamiliar and will try our best to refer you to a more a more appropriate course of action.
Your first session will consist of intake questions and a conversation about your expectations and what you would like to change in your life. Following this you will experience hypnosis which will feel like a guided meditation.At no time do you lose control of your body and you will not act or say anything against your will. You will not feel anesthetized and the experience will feel more like being half awake. Most people describe the experience as a dream like state that feels pleasant and relaxing. Once out of the hypnosis state most people describe feeling refreshed and contended.