This is something we offer to all new clients, as a great ‘first meeting’ and informative session for you to get to know us and vice versa. It’s particularly beneficial if you’re someone who is skeptical / worried / scared about hypnosis, or you simply want an idea of how hypnotherapy can help. If hypnotherapy is for you and it’s completely obligation-free.
The session will go for 60 minutes and involves having a face to face chat with our hypnotherapist, Matt. We will discuss what problems / troubles you’re having, you can ask questions and he will ask you questions. He explains how hypnosis works, what’s involved, what’s required of you and if time permits, he will help you to enter a hypnotic state, so you can get a feel for what it’s like.
We’re all about the bigger picture and treating the underlying cause, not just the symptom. This session is important for both yourself and Matt to get fully informed. It enables us to prepare a customised treatment plan and quote, which is based on you and your individual needs, requirements, existing habits, triggers, trauma’s etc. This quote will include the number of sessions and a cost.
There’s a lot of information for these first two questions in particular, so I’ll break it down as simply as possible. It will make more sense if I explain how your mind works first.
We have two minds, a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. The conscious mind is like a tiny little computer, it can only handle about 7 tasks and the related information per minute. The subconscious mind is like a giant super-computer. It takes in between 2 and 11 million bits of information per minute. If all this information came to your little conscious mind, it would get fried. In between is a thing called the RAS – Reticular Activating System. It filters through all incoming information and brings to your conscious awareness the things that you’re interested in and things that reinforce your subconscious beliefs and programming.
So your conscious mind is your awareness, your reality and it’s also a reflection of your programming from your life so far. This is why two people can see the same event happen and have two different perceptions of what happened.
The subconscious is in charge of our recent memories, for quick recall when needed, such as what your telephone number is or the name of a person you just met. It holds your programs that you run every day, such as your recurring thoughts, behaviour patterns, habits and feelings. It also works as the long-term storage place for all your past memories, experiences and programs that have been installed since birth. It is the subconscious mind’s responsibility to use these past memories, experiences and programs to make sense of all the data you receive from the world and to keep you and your conscious mind safe and ensure your survival. Like a protection mechanism or self-sabotage, when you’re consciously attempting to make a change without addressing the core of the issue or the trigger, but you keep reverting back to your old ways and you don’t know why. This is your subconscious at work.
As I said, the subconscious mind is only looking out for your survival, it’s not concerned with whether you’re happy, fit, positive, enjoying life etc, it just wants you to survive. As an example, let’s say you left a very abusive or traumatic relationship and your subconscious decided that relationships are anti-survival so it’s now protecting you and making you overweight, so that you won’t attract another partner. It doesn’t take into account that 15 years later, you’ve got diabetes, arthritis, can barely walk properly without pain and a host of other health issues that are possibly way more dangerous to your health. It doesn’t have the ability to introspect or review past programming and think ‘that’s no longer required’ or ‘that’s not in our best interest anymore’. It does what it does the best way it knows how, according to how it’s been taught over the years.
If there’s a memory or experience that the subconscious deems too dangerous or damaging for the conscious mind to know about – for example past trauma or perceived trauma – it can hide it from the conscious awareness, so some people aren’t even aware they have any. Some people report that they know they’ve experienced or seen something traumatic but just don’t remember what it was. But regardless of how well the subconscious might be able to hide these things, it’s from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, habits, and behaviours are formed.
The logic of these two minds is that if it worked in the past and you survived, then it will help you get through similar situations by the same means, no matter how misguided, painful, and unhelpful the results may be to you personally in the outside world. Because of how they operate it is so much more efficient, effective and powerful to be able to directly access the subconscious mind in order to carry out something as important as change-work, which is exactly what Hypnotherapy does.
Hypnosis is the state where the conscious mind is off doing its own thing, you may have noticed this if you drive the same way to work and some days you get there and you can’t remember some or all of the journey. It’s where the subconcious has taken over and the conscious is off doing it’s own thing; that’s why you don’t consciously remember the drive. Hypnotherapy is therapy applied whilst in the hypnotic state. So in a clinic setting, the hypnotherapist will help guide you into the hypnotic state, the conscious mind is so relaxed it’s wandered off and is now having cocktails on the beach in Fiji and couldn’t care less about what is going on in the clinic besides enjoying the amazing level of relaxation. This therefore makes the subconscious mind accessible to you, with the help of the hypnotherapist. By using the appropriate tools and techniques in this state, the subconscious changes can be made in order to help you achieve the results you desire.
Everything starts in your mind, so just about everything can be adjusted, modified, added or removed with Hypnotherapy. The outcome is to help you make the changes you want by removing negative beliefs, habits and programming and replacing them with positive life-affirming beliefs, positive programming and desired habits so you can move forward and live your life no longer being restricted by all the negative and misguided information and emotion your subconscious has held onto over the decades.
You are in control at all times. The hypnotherapist is directing you, to assist you in making the changes you desire.
No, you cannot. Hypnosis is a natural state which most people enter into many times a day, without even realising it. If the hypnotist left the room while you were in a hypnotic trance state, you would simply come out of the hypnotic trance in approximately 5 minutes, or drift into sleep then wake up when you were ready.
Everyone can enter into a hypnotic trance state. When someone tells us they can’t be hypnotized, I always grab their arm and check for a pulse. If you have a pulse, you can be assisted to enter a hypnotic trance!
It varies person to person. Some people go very deeply into trance on the first session. Others only achieve a light state of trance on the first session, then on the second session because they know what is happening, they let go and achieve a deep level of trance. Most people report being able to go deeper with each successive session. All levels of trance, from light to very deep, bypass the critical factor and are effective to make the changes you desire.
Have you ever woken up in the morning, not sure if you are awake or if your dreaming, and you feel like you couldn’t move your body even if you tried? That’s the most common explanation I hear from clients. They tell me they feel so relaxed and their muscles felt heavy, with an overall calmness many have never experienced before.
Yes, most people will remember everything that happens during a session, however if you’re part of the small percentage of the population who is a ‘somnambulist’ (the people selected for hypnotist stage shows) then you may experience a degree of amnesia and not remember much of the session. All of our client sessions are recorded for your piece of mind and safety which is of the utmost importance to us.
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