Hypnotherapy is being used more and more by sports personalities and even film stars to help them with motivation, mental attitude alterations and even change long standing addictions and problematic behaviours.
Most of us are not top sports or film personalities yet we can still experience the same kinds of problems in life. So, what really is hypnotherapy here in Newcastle upon Tyne? And what could hypnotherapy help you with?
Hypnotherapy in Newcastle – Debunking The Myths
There are many myths and urban legions about hypnotherapy here in Newcastle. Let’s explore a few of these and attempt to offer a credible and honest perspective from a professional clinical hypnotherapist.
“Hypnosis is a process of communicating ideas and experiences” – M. Hyland Erickson.
Clinical hypnotherapy is really very different from stage hypnosis. Primarily because in a clinical setting the intention is about helping a client to make and maintain psychological and bio-physiological beneficial changes. Stage hypnosis is essentially geared towards entertainment.
Both stage and clinical hypnosis can and do use similar processes. These processes are about creating the trance state from which suggestions or a little more precisely, certain kinds of experiences, trance phenomena and the communication of ideas that can be utilised to support new learnings and psychodymanic changes in thoughts, behaviours and perceptions.
One accurate definition of hypnosis I like from a respected colleague in the field of hypnotherapy and personal change Gary Turner is this :
“Hypnosis has nothing to do with trance, sleep, eyes closed, relaxation – they can happen with hypnosis, yet are not exclusive to hypnosis. Hypnosis is when your imagination is guided so that it becomes your reality.”
Can Anybody Be Hypnotised?
The answer is a very clear and honest no! Some people will not respond to hypnosis in any conventional way. The ability to experience hypnosis, or a deeper trance phenomena has both to do with the hypnotherapist, their flexibility and attitude to explore and the hypnotic subject. This could take several sessions, just one or never happen at all in that interaction.
Making the claim, ‘ANYONE CAN BE HYPNOTISED’ as some do on the promotional material and websites, really is lacking in any professional integrity. The honest answer to this is when I don’t know about any new person I work with is ‘I don’t know.’
In hypnosis, trance phenomenon could include types of inability to move such as eyes locking, unbendable arms, feet stuck to the floor or the inability to release an object. Inability in this instance would be against your conscious will.
You can experience ideo-motoric or automatic movements in your fingers, your arms or legs. You will be conscious enough to know you are moving and it is not under your own conscious will.
These are all possible aspects of trance and at the same time non of trance phenomena are required for engendering change.
Stating anyone can be hypnotised is like saying any depressive will get better by taking Prozac. It is simply not true. Any honest and experienced hypnotherapist will confirm this from vicarious and more importantly their own experience.
How Do You Know Hypnotherapy Has Worked?
The only way to know about difference and the accessing of resources is in practice is to have an experience. That means that following hypnotherapy you try out your new behaviours, thoughts and motivations and notice what is different.
Certain types of behaviours can be tested well in the therapy room. These are things like seriously traumatic memories. The resolution being more easily tested there and then. Public speaking will be better tested out in reality outside the change therapy room.
Part of a change agreement or contract is to explore and try out new behaviours and new ideas in the context of what was a problem. The feedback from you, having experienced hypnotherapy, is go out into the real world and notice for yourself differences that result from the work we have done together.
Doing this is the ONLY way you will know that the change work, new perspectives and ways of being fostered in the therapy room will be real in the world. The changes you need could be accomplished on one session or could take several.
Is It Possible To Be Hypnotised Against Your Will?
This is a very obvious yes! Or No! Depending on what is understood by ‘Your Will’. The concept of ‘will’, might be explained by levels or a spectrum of consciousness. There are very different, well documented and researched levels of brain activities that correlate to certain kinds of experience or consciousness.
All of these states can be accessed in hypnosis yet this is not the essence of hypnosis. The essence is is really about creating and sponsoring a context, an experience, where change, and ideas are communicated authentically.
The most well researched levels of brain wave activity fit into five levels of neuro activity. These being Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta, in reducing frequency.
What is really important to grasp at the beginning is that there is absolutely no separation between mind and body. We can see our body and other peoples but there is no mind to be seen or objectified in the physical world. The mind is an inner-subjective experience we can all have from the inside out.
One Hertz – abbreviated Hz is defined as one cycle or firing per second.
My experience it is possible for a person to be asked to consciously resist hypnosis and at the same time respond to and experience trance phenomena.
Hypnotic trance states and meditative states share similar characteristics in neuronal activity and frequencies. There are differences which relate to different areas of brain activity. In hypnosis there is increased activity in motor and sensory areas with more internal focus of attention.
- Gamma – Rapid High Firing – Above 40 Hz.
- Beta – Waking State – 14 to 40 Hz
- Alpha – Light Sleeping / Relaxed State – 7 to 14 Hz
- Theta – Dreaming State – 4 to 7 Hz
- Delta – Deep Dreamless Sleep – 0.5 to 4 Hz
In each of these brain wave frequencies and their collieries of states, it is very possible to activate and grow new neuronal connection which equate to new behaviours, new ideas and new ways of behaving. In the proper conditions this can take just around 15 minutes.
Your brain is fundamentally plastic in that you can learn and unlearn, given the most honest and fundamental motivation. This motivation, when properly tapped, is why you are seeking help with hypnotherapy in Newcastle.
So can you be made to things against your will? Well I certainly hope so. Most people see a hypnotherapist in Newcastle because they already can’t do things against their will.
People over weight, addicted or having phobic responses know in all consciousness their behaviour is unwanted and they desire, with their will, to make positive changes. Yet they don’t. So they are already doing behaviours against their will.
Hypnotherapy In Newcastle
When the time is right for you to seek the kind of help and assistance you need to make honest and genuinely positive changes in your life contact Nigel Hetherington for hypnotherapy in Newcastle. 0770 481 8467.
Newcastle hypnotherapy for help with psychological, behavioural, pain management and types of negative thinking that is spoiling your life.