About Clinical Hypnotherapy

handsClinical Hypnotherapy is a complementary modality that is used to assist in a wide variety of areas, whether it is improving performance or eliminating unwanted behaviours.

Well trained Clinical Hypnotherapists utilise both counselling skills and hypnosis techniques when working with clients in their clinics. Providing treatment programmes that meet the specific needs of the individual client.

The easiest definition of hypnotherapy is the “giving of therapeutic suggestions to a person while they are in the state of hypnosis”.

Why do we do this?

First of all, everything that we have learned has been learned by suggestions and these suggestions lodge in the subconscious mind and become our programming. That knowledge in the subconscious mind is what causes us to behave the way that we do. The conscious mind is the mind that we think with, whereas the subconscious mind does not think, but simply records all the things that we experience through the senses. Everything we touch, taste, smell, hear and see, records in the subconscious mind. Through repeated experiences, programming occurs in the subconscious mind, and this programming determines how we act and react.

Where problems arise is when the programming of the subconscious mind is such that it overrides the intention of the conscious mind. A person may decide that they wish to act or behave in a certain way, and this decision is made with their conscious mind. However, if the person’s subconscious mind is programmed for something else, a conflict arises between the two minds and it is the subconscious mind that always wins, for it overrides the conscious mind’s decision.

The person goes to see a hypnotherapist as they feel they have a weak will, as they know how they wish to act or behave, however despite their decision to change a particular behaviour and for some despite their best efforts to change their behaviour, they are either unable to do this, or soon revert back to their old behaviour. Alternatively they wish to enhance a certain behaviour and struggle to do this by themselves, as their subconscious mind is not programmed in such a way, to assist them to do this.

The truth of the matter is that it has nothing to do with willpower but has everything to do with the programming of the subconscious mind. If the programming of the subconscious mind matches the conscious decision, we then have a position where the two minds are in agreement, we have a winner!

The quickest and most effective way to programme the subconscious mind is to talk to it directly and the only way to do this is through the state of hypnosis.

Areas we can assist with

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a safe an effective therapy for achieving fast and effective results and assists in areas where thinking or behaviours are involved including:-

Selecting a Hypnotherapist

It is very important that in order to succeed with hypnotherapy, the client along with the hypnotherapist must decide on the “real problem” rather than trying to deal with a symptom and sometimes the presenting problem may be a symptom. Identifying the real problem, designing an appropriate treatment programme, and teaching clients how to utilise and implement hypnotic techniques requires a high degree of skill.

It is important that the hypnotherapist a person works with has had the right training and has the essential skills and qualifications. It is also important that hypnotherapists are aligned with and have the backing of a reputable hypnotherapy organization.

The NZ Society of Clinical & Applied Hypnotherapy recommends the following:-

  • Hypnotherapists should have completed a training course of 3600 Hours through the NZ School of Clinical Hypnotherapy or be working towards upgrading their Qualification through the NZSCAH Upgrade System
  • Have trained and hold a Hypnotherapy Diploma through the NZ School of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • If holding Registration, this Registration should be through the NZ Society of Clinical & Applied Hypnotherapy
  • Should be a member of the Natural Health Council (NZ)
  • Should be a current Member of the NZ Society of Clinical & Applied Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnosis?

hynosisHypnosis is a state of mind where the body is very relaxed. Whilst the person in hypnosis looks as though they are asleep, they are in fact not asleep, they are “body asleep – mind awake”.

When a person is asleep they are unconscious, unaware. Certainly unaware that they are asleep, unaware of what is going on around them. Their conscious mind is asleep. While they are asleep they are not thinking such things as “it is good to be asleep”.

Whereas when a person is in hypnosis or in the “hypnotic sleep”, they are very conscious. They hear very clearly and are aware of where they are and what is happening. As well as being very conscious, they can think and reason and have full control of their mind and actions. They will not undertake or act on suggestions which are against their moral nature or that they do not wish to comply with.

The phrase often used that a person is “under hypnosis” is erroneous. The true phrase is “in hypnosis”. It is not the ability of the hypnotherapist that “puts” people into the hypnotic state, but it is always the ability of the subject that results in hypnosis. When in the hypnotic state a person is not “under”, as they are aware and awake and in full control of themselves at all times. Hypnotherapists teach their clients how to enter the state of hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a natural state that everyone enters upon awakening and upon entering natural sleep. In the hypnotherapy clinic, the hypnotherapist teaches clients how to bring about this natural state, in order to use this, so this state can be utilized in order to access the subconscious mind directly.