The first thing I would like to point out, is that, Hypnotherapy is not a "woo woo" weird or mystical type of therapy.
Hypnosis or trance is achieved by a trained Hypnotherapist who will gently guide you into a state of deep relaxation, so that you may address a particular issue or unwanted behaviour.
It is whilst you are in a very relaxed state that the subconscious mind is able to respond to suggestions made by the therapist. You can achieve hypnosis all by yourself and you do in fact do this many times throughout your day. When you are concentrating and fully focused on a task, reading, or watching tv, you can become so deeply immersed, your brain filters out all external chaos. This is considered to be a hypnotic trance. You are aware of your surroundings, however, you are so absorbed in the moment that you can only hear and see what it is you are fixated on. We move in and out of hypnosis on a daily basis.
Hypnosis is a way of bypassing the rational conscious mind in an attempt to access the creative subconscious mind. As humans, we like to make sense of what is happening in our world and why we do the things we do, or why we feel this way or that. The answers cannot be found in the conscious mind simply because the seed was sown in the subconscious mind. The trauma or issue was noted by the subconscious mind at the point of distress. The subconscious mind has all your emotions, dramas, thoughts and feelings, firmly under lock and key, from the day you were born. It is only when a feeling or thought is aroused, similar to one that happened at a distressing time in your past, you relive the moment, the trauma and all the emotional anxiety and confusion. This is the point we need to access, so whenever you feel those emotions in the future, you no longer sense the fear from a previous time. Together we can address the issues that are holding you back from living the life you should be living, free from anguish and stress.
The conscious mind is fully aware of the self-sabotaging habits, but it is not capable of making the changes necessary to "kick" habits and create a favourable outcome.
During hypnosis I use a range of hypno-psychotherapeutic therapies, dependent upon the extent of the problem behaviour or repressed trauma.
During your session, you do not surrender your mind to the therapist, you can move freely and you will not reveal anything against your will.