Clinical Hypnotherapy in Wolverhampton

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Whilst we all have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind, the latter is the focus for hypnotherapy. Clinical hypnotherapy is a process that allows the conscious, critical mind to gradually close down for a short while, allowing the hypnotherapist to access the subconscious mind. We go into hypnotic states before going to sleep and before waking, so it’s a perfectly natural process we experience regularly. The experience is gentle and relaxing – the client simply sits comfortably and listens to a series of instructions which may involve visualisation, simple suggestions and story telling. This allows the client to relax and drift into a deeper state of focussed awareness – when the mind moves into alpha and then theta state. Once the client is fully relaxed in this state, easy access can be gained to the subconscious and positive suggestions can be more easily absorbed to support the client with their desired outcome.

A hypnotherapist cannot make anyone do anything they do not wish to do. The client is always in control and only suggestions they are agreeable to will be absorbed into their subconscious mind. For this reason, time is always spent discussing the needs and desires of the client before hypnotherapy begins.

photo-4Whilst everyone responds differently, clients often report a feeling of being aware but simply not wanting to move or open their eyes. Some hear every word, others hear very little once their conscious minds begin to drift. It generally feels like the space between being awake and falling asleep; a very deep sense of relaxation.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

Sessions begin with a discussion to ascertain the client’s issues and desired outcome; Kerry’s approach is person-centered and compassion-focussed. Once goals are clarified, clients are invited to sit back and relax whilst the therapist talks calmly and quietly allowing the client to drift into a deep state of relaxation. In this state, positive suggestions are given and absorbed into the subconscious of the client. Following the hypnotherapy, the client is talked back up into a state of conscious, wakeful alertness.

After the first session, a follow up discussion is undertaken at the start of each session to track progress and clarify the aims and outcomes the client wishes to work towards.

Midland Hypnotherapy Services do not use hypnotherapy as a ‘stand alone’ therapy, we encourage clients to also work consciously toward an effective outcome. There is no ‘magic wand’ and a client must be engaged in and motivated towards the outcome they desire for the best results.

During sessions clients are invited to also engage with their issues on a conscious level where interventions such as CBT, NLP and Mindfulness can be utilised if necessary. These techniques are used regularly in sessions giving clients tools they can actively work with between sessions, thus supporting the subconscious suggestions being absorbed during the hypnotherapy. We are all different and respond differently to  a variety of techniques, which is why we offer a variety of interventions tailored to the needs and responses of each individual.

This combination of conscious and subconscious interventions creates a positive foundation for change and allows clients to achieve the most effective results.

It is not unusual for clients to experience time distortion whilst under hypnosis where a longer time can seem like minutes or vice versa. This is all perfectly natural and a common experience for many. Clients tend to ‘wake up’ following hypnosis and find they feel very calm and relaxed.

Kerry is a hypnotherapist based in Telford. Midland Therapy Services specialise in anxiety, low self esteem and confidence boosting. The list below however, demonstrates the diversity of issues hypnotherapy may be effective in treating.

Issues Clinical Hypnotherapy may help

  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Blushing
  • Bruxism (grinding the teeth)
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Enuresis
  • Exam nerves
  • Fear
  • Fulfillment (lack of)
  • Gambling
  • Habits
  • Health Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low self-esteem
  • Motivation
  • Nail Biting
  • Nerves (exams, driving, public speaking)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personal Growth
  • Phobias
  • Public Speaking
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Actualisation
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Shyness
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sport
  • Stammering
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Weight Loss and Weight Management

Please note, this list is not exhaustive.