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What is Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnosis

Have you ever been so involved with a task that you have lost track of time? Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived safely, but not remembered the journey? Have you ever read a book and become so involved with the plot you can see scenery and hear characters speak? Have you ever day-dreamed? These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness. Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness-one which can be used for self help. It is a perfectly natural state which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially in the symptoms induced by or aggravated by stress. The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.

What is Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is therapy that utilises hypnosis: as simple as that! Therefore it is important that a hypnotherapist is properly trained in psychotherapy as well as in hypnosis. Shaun is, in therapy as well as being a competent hypnotist.

There are various models of hypnotherapy, and the decision as to which to use will be made jointly by Shaun and you. Here are the models that Shaun uses most regularly:

Motivational Hypnotherapy

Motivational hypnotherapy is mostly used in cases where a client is wanting to make a change, or to achieve a goal. Examples include:

• Smoking cessation
• Weight control
• Career goals
• Performance enhancement:
• Sport
• Learning
• Creativity

Fiona can help you maximise your motivation to achieve your goals: whatever they are!

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

This model uses theories from both cognitive and behavioural psychology to address issues of thought and behaviour. This can be a very effective process for a wide range of issues including:

• Fears and phobias
• Anxiwety and panic attacks
• Medical issues
• Study skills
• Confidence issues
• Sleep
• Analytical Hypnotherapy

Sometimes clients are unsure of why they have a particular problem or cannot achieve a goal. It can then be useful to use analytical age regression techniques to have a look back and discover what occurred in the past that has lead to the current situation. There are a few critical factors in analytical hypnotherapy:

Causes are often in childhood, and re-examining them with your adult mind can help resolution
You may or may not already be aware of the cause; even if you are you may not realise all the factors involved and analysis can help you get a clearer more complete picture
There is no need to “re-experience” bad times: it can be as though you are simply observing
Shaun specialises in the following:

• Smoking cessation
• Anxiety Issues (Including Performance Enhancement)
• Confidence issues
• Motivational issues

Shaun also works with a wide range of other issues. If you are wondering, just phone or email and ask!

It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.
Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe. There are no harmful side-effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Hypnotherapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. During hypnosis, you will be aware of what is happening: most people do not “feel hypnotised.” You are still in control.

Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Manchester has been helping people just like you to make significant improvements in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you would like more information, please contact me at or call 0161 881 1677 for an appointment in Manchester or simply to find out more about clinical hypnosis.