The History of Hypnosis
Hypnotic or suggestive therapy is believed to be one of the oldest of all healing techniques. Healing through touch and prayer became the major way of treating illness during the middle ages, then in the 18th Century Franz Anton Mesmer (hence the phrase ' feeling mesmerised') found that amazing cures could be produced using trance. An Englishman - James Braid took up this work again during the 19th Century and discovered that profound trance and deep healing state could be induced using simple suggestion. He called this technique Hypnosis.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the combination of a range of therapeutic methods using hypnosis for the rapid, effective treatment and relief of a variety of physical and psychological conditions. It is an entirely safe, drug-free therapy, so there are no harmful side effects. In 1955 the British Medical Association endorsed the practice of Hypnosis in the training of Doctors at Medical School and since then it has become a valuable addition to conventional medical treatment. Research and development of new techniques supports the on going growth of Hypnosis as a technique that is effective in the treatment of so many clinical and psychological conditions today.
If you have ever daydreamed or become so engrossed in a book that time seems to have flown by; if you have felt sleepy during a car or train journey - then you have experienced a trance state!
The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. While you achieve this state of mind the therapist helps you to focus your attention to the issue you want resolving - and enable your mind to create new pathways to help you achieve what you want - and all this whilst feeling totally calm and relaxed.
It is a fact that no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion. Thus therapeutic hypnosis ( or hypnotherapy) is a state of purposeful co-operation.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following:
It provides relief from:
- General aches & pains
- Eczema & skin rashes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
It supports conventional medicine in the treatment of:
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Pain Control
- Anxiety and Stress
It frees you from:
- Sleeping Difficulties
- Panic Attacks
- Past Traumas
It helps you to develop strategies for:
- increasing workloads
- weight control & eating disorders
- improving sporting performance
- studying and concentration
- building self-confidence and potential
It helps break unwanted habits, like:
- Nail biting
- Binge eating or drinking
Hypnotherapy is very effective in:
- Teaching you relaxation techniques
- Helping you with anxiety through medical diagnostics - e.g endoscopy
- Preparing you for surgery
- Supporting post operative recovery.
Clinical Hypnotherapy means using hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will readily respond to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other, more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. When carried out by a professionally trained and skilled hypnotherapist, the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects.
Your first session will last up to 1.5 hours, during which time the therapist will take down a detailed case study and agree a treatment plan with you. Any questions you have will also be answered. With the help of the therapist you will start to focus on your issue and explore solutions.
Subsequent sessions are likely to last between 1-2 hours. You will experience the calm and relaxing state of hypnosis as you move towards a long-lasting and possibly permanent solution to your difficulty.
How many treatments will I need?
This is variable. Most people require a course of between 4 and 6 treatments. If you have had symptoms for a number of years, you may require treatment over several months. Habit breaking and help with stop smoking have specific treatment protocols. During your initial meeting with your hypnotherapist will be able to give you an indication of the number of treatments you may require.
ANNE CALLEJA MSc, DMS, Dip EHP. NLP, PDCHyp, NLPtCA, BACP, BSCH, UKCP.
Anne Calleja has over 25 years of experience in both business and private therapy. She is a qualified Ericksonian and Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Trainer. Anne specialises in using Solution Focused Therapy, Symbolic modelling and EMDR - all interventions known to have considerable success in resolving unresolved issues.
A member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Psychological Society, International Coaching Federation. Anne is also an accredited psychotherapist and registered with UKCP. She regularly updates her expertise through continued professional development and clinical supervision.