How Clinical Hypnotherapy can help you
You may already know how to get better. Logically, you may well know what actions or changes in attitude will resolve your problem. For example, you might know that being overweight may be resolved by eating differently and exercising more, or that stress is alleviated by taking time for relaxation. You may know that positive thinking, positive action and interaction leads to happiness, health and success, and helps us believe we can overcome any obstacle or difficulty. You also know that if you smoke, you can give up by not smoking cigarettes.
These kinds of solutions are widely expounded in self-help books and the media, and no doubt friends and relatives will offer similar advice. However, you may not be able to achieve the change you want to bring about by conscious will alone.
The conscious vs the subconscious mind
The issue is that the problem may not exist in your conscious, logical mind and so it cannot be controlled consciously. In fact, most irrational or overly emotional behaviour arises from the subconscious part of our minds and originates from either inappropriate, instinctive behaviour patterns or faulty programming learned as a child.
For example, people with anxiety or phobias display the instinctive characteristics of our flight or fight response - increasing their heart rate and making them hyperventilate and feel sick. Alternatively, conditioning in childhood may mean that we have an underlying belief that sweet foods are a source of comfort or reward. We may also have negative thought patterns that were copied from a depressed parent.
Using hypnotherapy to change subconscious patterns
Change needs to be driven by your subconscious. These subconscious patterns of behaviour lie in the part of our mind that responds to images rather than words, emotions rather than logic.
Once programmed, it is difficult to change these patterns, partly because conscious attempts rely on logic, a language the subconscious just doesn’t understand. In order to change we need to bypass logic and communicate to our subconscious in its own language.
I can help you do this using hypnosis, a focused state of attention that encourages the two minds to focus on the same thing. It’s a gentle but structured process that involves a lot of relaxation and some listening. If you want to ask any questions or if you feel ready to give hypnotherapy a chance then just get in touch.