Hypnosis Sydney

About Hypnosis in Sydney

“What the mind agrees with … the body will respond to …”

 

This is the basis of hypnosis. 

What is hypnosis?

“Hypnosis is an education and communication process by which the conscious mind and the unconscious mind agree. This is done by bypassing the critical faculty of the mind and establishing selective thinking.” 

The way you feel about everything is down to the words you say to yourself and the pictures they form in your head on a subconscious level. So whatever you can imagine, hold in your mind and feel as real, can become real. 

 

Many people confuse hypnotherapy services with stage hypnosis, which is purely a form of entertainment. And no, I don't send you to sleep by swinging a pocket watch in front of your eyes!

 

In therapeutic hypnosis we transform your perception of life by resolving emotional triggers that are difficult to deal with consciously. We then override old, limiting beliefs with new language and new thoughts that are in line with the change you want to see.

Hypnosis is a powerful way of altering sensation, perception and behaviour. It has been an active area of investigation and research for over 100 years within distinguished university psychological and medical laboratories. In more recent times, it has found synergy with neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to be rewired and form new pathways. Today, hypnosis is acknowledged as a helpful tool for not just understanding how the mind works, but transforming lives.

This is how Dave Elman, a hypnosis teacher and author in the 1950s and 60s, defined 'hypnosis': 

“Hypnosis is an education and communication process by which the conscious mind and the unconscious mind agree. This is done by bypassing the critical faculty of the mind and establishing selective thinking.” 

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis; a hypnotherapist merely acts as a coach guiding you into a state of trance, where your mind and body relax. It is similar to day dreaming. In a hypnotic state you hear everything, know where you are, able to move and adjust at any time, and if you need to, you can open your eyes. 

 

Trance is a natural shift that we all experience in everyday life. Have you found yourself driving on autopilot along a familiar route? Getting lost in a novel or movie? Experiencing the flow of music or dance? These are all forms of trance.

 

During therapeutic hypnosis, you remain fully aware and in control at all times, just as you are when driving on autopilot. Hypnosis is all about entering this state, and once you are there, your mind is more receptive to hypnotic suggestion.

 

However, while hypnotherapists are trained in a learned skill, we are not magicians – so if you are determined not to be hypnotised or don’t want to be, then we cannot override your free will. During a session, if you don’t like a suggestion you hear, you won’t take it on board. 

 

The good news is that if you willingly enter trance and choose to accept the hypnotic suggestions, they will become new, positive beliefs that, in turn, transform your future.

The hypnotic state (aka trance) you enter doesn't achieve anything by itself. It allows the therapy to take place, which consists of crafted language forming hypnotic suggestions. The words chosen might include analogies, metaphors and guided imagery to shift your underlying mindset. 

There are 4 levels of trance aka hypnotic states used in hypnotherapy

Light Trance

Most people achieve light trance very easily.

At this level, your body is deeply relaxed, yet you are fully alert and more acutely aware of the sounds around you. As long as you are truly wanting to heal, your mind will be open to receiving hypnotic suggestions, and this will lead to change.

Medium Trance

At this level, your body is even more relaxed. You are aware of external sounds but are becoming more focused on internal thoughts and feelings. This allows your imagination to take a part in the process. When you come out of a medium trance, you might not remember the session clearly or have a sense of how much time has passed.

Deep Trance

This is also called the somnambulist level because it is like the trance experienced by a sleep walker. You can hear but you are so focused on your internal reality, that you don't respond to anything external. Only 1 in 10 of us naturally enters prolonged deep trance without guidance from a skilled practitioner.

Waking Trance

It is possible to use hypnotic suggestion during communication in a waking state, and it can be very powerful. This is because the power of hypnosis isn't in trance - it's in bypassing the critical, thinking mind to reach the subconscious. A skilled practitioner can do this through language alone.

However, while hypnotherapists are trained in a learned skill, we are not magicians – so if you are determined not to be hypnotised or don’t want to be, then we cannot override your free will. During a session, if you don’t like a suggestion you hear, you won’t take it on board. 

 

The good news is that if you willingly enter trance and choose to accept the hypnotic suggestions, they will become new, positive beliefs that, in turn, transform your future.

How does hypnotherapy work?

The mind's 'critical faculty' is our internal judge or inner critic, and is fueled by our underlying beliefs. This makes it difficult to achieve real change. Hypnotherapy bypasses the inner critic by tapping into the subconscious, where our underlying beliefs are formed.

 

The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis calls this the ‘golden handshake’. The conscious and subconscious mind are coached into communication, followed by integration and reframing of our thinking and perception. 

For hypnotherapy to succeed, you need to be clear about what you want from the sessions. This might be improved confidence, focus and clarity, relaxation for sleep, or breaking a toxic habit.

 

While you are fully conscious of your goal, there is a great deal going on in your mind that you won't be aware of. The conscious mind is the 'thinking mind'. So you’re all the time thinking. But in reality, it is your subconscious mind that is driving your behaviour. All you can access most of the time are your thoughts and feelings, and your true triggers mostly remain hidden. That’s why you become stuck in a loop of conscious desire on the one hand and a feeling of failure on the other.

 

Once you are relaxed in a state of trance and let go of judgement (the critical faculty), you begin to relate to how you truly feel. The hypnotherapist is then able to use specific language to help you become more flexible to change.

 

This is done through hypnotic suggestion, which uses a script precisely crafted for you. Thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, this leads to lasting change as old pathways are overridden by new ones. It's like creating a fruitful conversation between your conscious and subconscious mind, so that what you want and what you achieve are in flow with each other.

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