Hypnotherapy has long held a reputation for being mysterious, manipulative and at the very least, alternative and entertaining. In actuality, it is one of the most efficient and powerful therapies available and is valuable in treating many issues in today’s busy and stressful society.
The benefits of hypnotherapy are manifold as Roet (2000) describes, it is a " a natural state" and provides "communication with the unconscious, reduces pain, stress and anxiety, rebuilds lost energy" and raises self awareness". He claims it is "the safest form of therapy I know."
The philosophy underpinning hypnotherapy is, that we cannot change other people, we can only change ourselves. Therefore, if we want particular outcomes we may have to change our own perceptions.
As a therapist, it is about entering the client’s world so internal and external worlds become connected. The aim of therapy is to tap into inner resources and strip away the conditioning, the scripts and behaviours which are no longer useful.
Hypnotherapy allows the client to fully relax and the process is similar to the effect of meditation. Whilst under hypnosis the client is in full control and can stop the process at any stage, despite the persistence of urban myths, which state the contrary.
The therapist's role is to assist the client in exploring the various options open to them and helping them to make appropriate choices according to circumstance, environment and the personal resources available. In this way problems become an exciting opportunity for growth and learning and thereby, less emotionally draining.
During therapy individuals gradually learn to reframe" their internal "scripts" into scripts that will generate more positive and healthy outcomes for them. The focus is on building a true sense of self and being as authentic as it is possible to be in the environment in which we live. When we have a true sense of self we can make decisions with confidence and thus take greater risks and in so doing enhance personal and Spiritual development.