Hypnosis has had a rather chequered history. In the past it has been viewed by many as a black art and even by some as a kind of wizardry! Even today many people are frightened of it. Some people are even fearful that it might put them under a spell, making them either reveal information about themselves or compelling them to do something they would ordinarily not want to do.
Unfortunately hypnosis is often presented in a form of amusement whereby a person is selected to perform certain tricks or stunts which would otherwise seem contrary to their normal behaviour resulting in embarrassment.
The good news is that hypnosis in the context of professional hypnotherapy is nothing like the perception one might have gleaned from the television or stage shows.
The best way to describe hypnosis in the domain of hypnotherapy is to say that it provides a feeling of relaxation and calm that simply feels great. It's a bit like having a massage only a more mental rather than physical experience. The outcome of a hypnosis session is generally an increased feeling of well-being and relaxation.
In addition to relaxation, hypnotic state or trance brings further benefits. The mind becomes open to positive suggestion and with some gentle persuasion, positive plans can be seeded, which ordinarily the client may have chosen to resist or avoid.
The idea of this more relaxed, flexible approach to suggestions should not ring alarm bells. The client is completely in control of their own thoughts and actions, both during the trance process and after. It is simply a positive state to enable the recipient to take a different view of things and to appreciate the benefit this view brings.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a relatively modern approach to hypnotherapy and is different from perhaps the more traditional approach. Primarily it is solution focused and a brief therapy. The method used places the solution in the middle of the pathway for change, being forward looking rather than dwelling on problems of the past.