Hypnotherapy & What It Offers You
HYPNOTHERAPY AND WHAT IT OFFERS YOU!
By David Heard-Smith D.H.P.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE…….
To enjoy your life in happiness?
+ To enrich your Life?
+ To improve your reaction to STRESS?
+ To have your relationships provide fulfillment and success?
+ To understand more about yourself and how you function as you do?
+ To use to the full that part of your mind that is creative and successful?
+ To rid yourself of those negative thoughts and enjoy a pleasing and worry-free outlook?
+ To know where and who to turn to when you need guidance?
+ To lose that excess weight gently, quickly and safely?
+ To stop smoking?
These questions have only one answer. Understand your OWN subconscious mind and how to get the best from it.
With the willing assistance of your own subconscious mind you can achieve whatever you want.
All you need to know is how and then apply the techniques.It will be an exciting voyage beyond your imagination. You need not travel this revealing and exciting journey un-aided.
Hypnosis is a naturally induced state of total relaxation. The relaxed state, enables your subconscious mind, to willingly and happily accept suggestions for your well being and self betterment. By amending your habitual thought patterns and employing these new patterns into your way of life, amazing things can happen.
A BACKGROUND TO HYPNOTHERAPY.
Over two hundred years ago, hypnosis was employed, knowingly, in the treatment of his patients by Franz Anton Mesmer, an Austrian physician, hence the term, mesmerism. Since that time many have been associated with Hypnosis and in the 1930’s a psychologist, Clark L. Hull declared, after much investigation, that it was a normal part of human nature and thereby removed the mystery from the subject. Freud and Jung used hypnosis with great success, as have many others.
In the field of modern hypnosis there are two great influences worthy of note, Dave Elman and Milton Erikson, who, between them, advanced the teaching techniques of therapeutic hypnosis to the state which we are able to enjoy to-day.
Despite the fact that some ten years ago stage hypnosis enjoyed an uncertain evaluation by the press and television and was much confused with hypnotherapy by the public. Hypnosis, used as a tool in therapy, has made great advances in the treatment of physical, mental and emotional disorders. This state of affairs continues to grow and many Psychologists and Medical Practitioners have taken to using hypnotherapy as a useful tool in their own fields, or, more generally, have taken to referring certain of their patients to Hypnotherapists practicing within their local area. It is true to say that it is better by far to refer to a specialist in hypnotherapy rather than use it as a sideline.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a natural state of complete relaxation, during which you remain totally aware of all that is going on and in complete control. The fact is that your senses will be greatly heightened. You will not be asleep but because the conscious mind is so relaxed the therapist is able to communicate with the subconscious mind with the complete co-operation of the subject.
This is a condition that anyone may attain if they want to, except for those suffering from brain damage and those under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
To be in hypnosis describes the state of relaxation and therapy is the treatment used whilst in this enviable condition. Generally the sessions will last for one hour and the number of sessions will normally range from one to eight depending on the problem being treated.
The subject is in complete control and no suggestions will be accepted that go against the normal moral or ethical judgments that the subject holds dear. In fact, should a suggestion be made that goes against this judgement the subject will immediately come out of the hypnotic state. At no time are drugs of any nature used.
Nature gives us all the amazing power of our own minds to enable us to make changes in the way we behave. Positive changes are therefore beneficial for us all. It is fair to say that this treatment is powerful, simple, quick and very interesting.
HYPNOSIS AND ITS EFFECTIVENESS.
Whilst you are in hypnosis you are in direct contact with the subconscious mind. It is in the subconscious mind that all experiences of life are retained, memories, beliefs and automatic reactions developed as a result of experiences of life are kept there for future use and referral.
The subconscious is responsible for every automatic function of your body, heart rate, blood flow, hormone production and regulation, body growth, hair growth and redistribution, hunger and thirst mechanisms etc. It programmes your habitual functions such as speech, holding a knife and fork, tying shoelaces, driving a car, making love and all other functions that you have learned to perform as a habitual function either well or badly.
Very importantly it is the centre of all emotional and behavioural responses and so extends or limits responses to experiences both new and old.
This is where much of life’s difficulties originate because the subconscious never questions the information it stores but accepts it as a TRUTH.
Though you may well know that you have a bad or unhelpful habit and may really wish to alter this limiting behaviour your subconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious wish to invoke a change.
It is a case of, “If what you are doing doesn’t work then do something different,” but the subconscious mind is reluctant to change. This is an area where hypnosis is probably most useful as it enables the Therapist, with your continual consent, to invoke changes to this stubborn unwillingness for a new and improved response. However, once these changes are accepted by the subconscious mind they become as strong as the original unhelpful responses.
During the process of negotiating these changes, you, the client, are able to come to a far superior understanding of yourself and why past behaviour was as you have experienced it. This in turn gives you a greatly improved control over your life and an awareness of how to prevent future unwanted reactions.
Positive thought patterns are not unlike putting your foot down on the accelerator of a car but negative thought patterns are equally powerful but liken to having the handbrake on all the time.
Hypnotherapy is the most powerful tool yet to assist in breaking free from these unhelpful and harmful patterns of life and replacing them with new and upwardly mobile patterns to produce a harmonious, peaceful and self-empowering future.
Hypnosis is also a powerful and invaluable aid to coping with the stresses of life. It is extremely effective in reducing anxiety, depression and susceptibility to all manner of ailments from the common cold and backache to migraines, fatigue and allergies. The medical professions now recognize that the mind and the body are inter-related and accept that emotional difficulties are frequently expressed in a physical pain or disease. Likewise the reverse can often be the case and a physical problem may well manifest itself as an emotional dis-ease. More frequently than you might care to believe, the remedy for that which ails you is but a hypnotherapy session away!
There is a vast range of medical and psychological conditions that lend themselves to treatment under hypnosis, either to enable the suffer to cure themselves or to enable them to cope better with the pain or discomfort. All stress induced illness, behavioural problems, skin problems, phobias, alcoholism, infertility, poor sexual performance or enjoyment, negative attitudes, migraine, irritable bowl syndrome and pain control are included in this list. It would be unreasonable to produce a long list here but a phone call will enable you to discover whether your particular problem is suitable for treatment. Dentists often advise clients who suffer from undue fear of going to visit them for treatment, to seek help from a hypnotherapist to help them overcome their phobia. Hypnosis is now frequently employed to assist women with childbirth and many and varied surgery operations are carried out using hypnosis as the only means of anesthesia.
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION.
My name is David Heard-Smith and I moved to Cyprus in November 2000. There were a number of reasons for making this move, not least the fact that I just love to wake up to blue skies and sunshine. Another reason was to enjoy a more relaxed way of life, but sadly I found this not to be so abundant amongst my fellows as I believed it would be. This promoted the thought that I could perhaps offer assistance where it was needed. I have been in Private Practice in the field of Complimentary Therapy since 1984. I am a qualified Reflexologist, Allergy Therapist, Masseur, Stress Control Therapist, Achievement Therapist and Hypnotherapist. I also have a very Down to Earth view of life without the affliction of Rose Tinted Glasses.
I originally practiced in Cornwall and then in Somerset on a less intensive basis. I draw on an extremely varied lifetime of experiences and a natural tendency to observe and analyze people and behaviour. What made them do that? A very interesting question, that demands an answer.
Of all the Disciplines that I have studied and employed I find the most effective and permanent to be Therapy under the Relaxed State of Hypnosis. It is to this therapy that I devote most of my efforts. I find that it is a therapy that promotes a considerable amount of interest and to which so many owe a great deal for that which they have managed to achieve in the way of overcoming ill health, eating disorders, disabilities, pain and general problems in life. There are three main types of hypnotherapy, analysis, hypnohealing and suggestion therapy, all of which have their specific uses. Frequently two or all three are used at the same time.
I predominately employ the methods of the IAPH which is Pure Hypnoanalysis or train clients to Change their Limiting Beliefs (CLB) developed by Rob Kelly. Occasionally those of Dave Elman in my therapy as I find these to be quick, effective and kind to the client. I also employ Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). This, new discipline, was devised, by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in 1975 as a method of communicating with the mind.