Hypnotherapy with Mindfulness
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Clinical Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, is the use of an altered state of consciousness for therapeutic endpoint.
All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious.
Hypnotherapy is helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own motivation and imagination to seek a desired goal. Hypnotherapy helps patients to relax and cope better with their symptoms and treatment, enabling people to feel more comfortable and in control of their situation. Some of the problems hypnotherapy helps with include anxiety, stress, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, depression and chronic pain.
At no point is the patient asked to discontinue any medication/treatment and the therapy often progresses with the consent of their physician.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
An important part of mindfulness is the awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen, moment to moment. Through mindful awareness, we reconnect to our bodies and the sensations experienced in the body each moment.
As people become more aware of their physical symptoms, we bring an attitude of kind acceptance to what is being experienced. As the resistance to discomfort drops gradually the body and mind shift from a stress mode or Fight/Flight mode to Thrive or Relaxation mode, which is vital for alleviating symptomatic distress.
During a long term illness, it is quite natural to base our expectation, of how we will feel today and in future, on how we felt yesterday. Mindful awareness allows us to gradually free ourselves from this expectation and be more open to experiencing how we actually are in the moment and not dwell in the past or worry constantly about future.
Mindful awareness empowers individuals and this forms a vital part of therapy sessions.