Many people are familiar with the use of hypnosis for entertainment purposes such as stage shows. The hypnotist invites members of the audience up on stage and then has them carry out amusing acts. These participants have been carefully selected by the skilled hypnotist. They will have exhibited a willingness to take part and typically have the ability to go to a deeper trance state. These audience members are more open to following the hypnotists suggestions at a deeper subconscious level. This gives an illusion that the hypnotist is in control.
Hypnotherapy is quite different. I work with my clients to help reach their goals by using hypnosis as a tool to access the subconscious mind. I communicate to the deeper levels of the mind what the conscious mind already knows. As part of the process I can also elicit from the subconscious that which the conscious mind needs to understand, in order to resolve any issues or clear blockages.
Whilst in a relaxed trance state, the subconscious mind is able to follow positive suggestions and offer insights to anything we need to address in order to move toward desired goals.
Hypnotherapy sessions can have profound and long lasting effects by re-educating the subconscious mind by updating the messages stored within the long term memory.