Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Yoga Teacher Sandy Hector, talks about the benefits of hypnotherapy
What do you know about hypnotherapy?
If you were to choose a hypnotherapist, how would you go about it? First of all, and most importantly, choose a hypnotherapist with suitable qualifications, then find out how they work and what their fees are. If you have a specific problem that you are seeking help for, ask how their therapy will help you.
A good hypnotherapist will base their therapy around the client’s problem. This is called client centred therapy. Some hypnotherapists simply read general scripts using suggestion and imagery. This is called ‘Clinical Hypnotherapy’ and will work on its own for some of the people some of the time, however for the therapy to be successful, the hypnotherapist should base their practice on a solid foundation. The ‘Four Cornerstones of Hypnotherapy’ (C Roy Hunter) are four important hypnotherapy objectives which provide a blueprint for increasing the probability of client success. These ‘Cornerstones’ are 1. Suggestion and Imagery, 2. Discover the Cause, 3. Release, 4. Subconscious re-learning.
Suggestion and imagery
If you, the client, have a strong emotional desire to change, then just using suggestion and imagery alone may be helpful. However, without a strong emotional desire to accept the suggestions, either the conscious or the subconscious may block or resist the suggestions and the improvement may only be temporary. For lasting success the other three cornerstones should be employed.
Discover the Cause
When you are in a state of hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed, your conscious analytical mind starts to recede and let go. The subconscious or inner mind can then be guided back in your imagination, to reveal the cause of the problem. It is then possible to look at childhood perceptions of the past with adult eyes and allow the emotion attached to this to be redirected or released in a positive way. This leads us to the third cornerstone – Release.
There are a number of different techniques that can be used to gain release from the cause of the problem without confronting anyone. The hypnotherapist can facilitate forgiveness or release in an appropriate way, freeing the client from the bondage of holding a grudge and resolving the problem.
The fourth hypnotherapy objective uses suggestion and imagery to facilitate adult understanding at a subconscious level. Clients verbalise their own re-learning and the hypnotherapist paraphrases back in the form of suggestions and imagery giving the client a more mature understanding and a new perception of the problem.
Sandy Hector, Hypnotherapy Isle of Wight,