So what is cognitive hypnotherapy and how does hypnosis work?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern form of hypnotherapy that helps people overcome their issues and create change in the areas that they feel need some attention. Its an approach that is highly bespoke to each client. This type of hypnotherapy is under pinned by recent scientific views of how our psychology functions combined with hypnosis which creates a bespoke approach to treating each and every person completely differently. This is what differentiates it from other forms of hypnotherapy in the field.
It is important that within Cognitive Hypnotherapy that each client receives a personal approach which is ultimately individual to them, as we all construct our experiences very differently, so the understanding of your own personality is highly focused upon. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is constructed around transforming the unique way you experience your symptom to get you to a solution and outcome.
Many of the issues we face in life are created by limiting ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that have been formulated from the past without realising and these create a very negative impact upon our conscious everyday lives. Many of these thoughts and ideas function below our conscious awareness, they are the limitations of our cognition (The process of knowledge through our experiences, thoughts and thinking), this in-tern causes us to feel negativity without actually knowing why, when this is the case our psychology can create repetitive, habitual problems that can feel difficult to understand or even control.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy works to get underneath the conscious mind and change the neural pathways that have been created to influence them positively and powerfully so your mind can become more receptive to new ideas, once achieved you will experience freedom and an increased ability to take responsibility and to positively manage your mind so that it works for you rather than against you. This can be a brief form of therapy, but focused on helping you to create significant, lasting change.
So what is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is best described as a natural phenomenon and a state of relaxation and concentration, combined with heightened awareness. So hypnosis is (rather disappointingly one might think) just a deep natural state of physical relaxation, combined with a relaxed yet focused mind. Hypnosis is a state almost anyone can enter if they want to. You cannot be forced into hypnosis. It has to be voluntary, The client has to permit the hypnotherapist to enter the state of hypnosis. The hypnotherapist is simply the catalyst that enables a person to enter the state by helping the client to relax their body and focusing their mind using their imagination. In many ways the hypnotherapist becomes the bus driver of your mind. You simply climb aboard the bus and allow the hypnotherapist takes you from stop to stop, with your agreement to do so.
When a client enters the state of hypnosis, they are always completely aware of what is going on around them and can be completely oblivious to normal conscious distraction, but at the same time remain in complete control.
This then gives reason to why some people believe that they cannot be “hypnotised” which would only be suggesting or implying that they cannot relax or enter a state of relaxation. The only reason for this belief is that most people do not realise when they are actually in the state, because they do not feel any different other than the overwhelming feeling of being relaxed. There are many levels of ‘deepness’ in hypnotic scale, during hypnotherapy a fairly light state of hypnosis is effective. This means that most people are fully aware of their surroundings.