Hypnotherapy is therapy using Hypnosis.
Due to the effectiveness of hypnosis in addressing the subconscious directly, it is a valuable tool in therapy. In many cases, hypnosis can achieve the same result as regular therapy in a much smaller time frame.
Hypnotherapy for children and young people is considered highly effective and is completely safe. Children tend to respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative and use their subconscious minds a great deal more than adults do. Hypnotherapy can help to address a number of issues commonly experienced in childhood, including exam nerves, sleep problems, bed-wetting, fears, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
The duration of therapy is based on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnosis. Your hypnotherapist will let you know how many sessions they recommend when you start therapy, and will be flexible when it comes to decreasing or extending the number of sessions to correlate with your progress and needs.
This is a Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what's going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself "1-2-3" and open your eyes.
Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations don't facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious. A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.
Myths about hypnosis, as shown in Hollywood movies, or from urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into a trance and not wake up, or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don't want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, and can bring yourself back to a full waking state at anytime if you want or need to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.
Choose a hypnotherapist that is well trained and that you feel is trustworthy; someone that gives you confidence. Hypnosis is a safe and beneficial procedure when facilitated by an ethical and trained professional.
No, you can't be made to do anything you don't want to do in hypnosis. In hypnosis you retain power over your ability to act upon suggestions, however if you allow yourself to act upon a suggestion you may feel as though the effects are happening by themselves.
No - although the word hypnosis is derived from the Greek god of sleep "Hypnos", studies have shown that hypnosis and sleep differ. Studies of brain activity have shown that while there are characteristic patterns of brain activity associated with sleep, the same has not been demonstrated of hypnosis. To observers, hypnosis might appear to be like sleep because suggestions of relaxation are commonly given as part of a hypnotic routine, but hypnotised people are in a state of focused concentration. The best way to think of a hypnotic state is as being awake, but a little fuzzy around the edges.
There is no evidence to suggest that someone can become stuck in hypnosis. The worst that could happen is you falling asleep - and waking up refreshed!
Around 90% of our minds is the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind manages all our autonomous actions like breathing and heart rate, as well as our actions. Take the example of driving a car; in the beginning you had to think and concentrate on every action while driving a car - it was a nightmare! Now, after driving for a few years, you do not even think about it. You just get in and go. That is your subconscious mind.
Normally, access to our subconscious mind is filtered through our intellectual or critical mind. This discards any information we deem as irrelevant according to our belief system, for example if I tell you that chocolate is good for you, you will either accept or reject that statement based on whether you believe it is true or not.
During hypnosis, we can bypass the intellectual mind called the “conscious” and speak directly to the subconscious. As long as a new suggestion is within the bounds of a person’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind accepts it and it becomes a new reality. The ability to change emotional attitudes and reactions is within every human being. Hypnosis just makes it a lot easier and faster to enable you to make the change.
Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to build new behaviours, create new patterns and find alternate ways of dealing with situations.
Multiple clinical trails have been conducted to study the effectiveness of hypnosis. One study determined that 68% of those treated for abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome with six sessions of hypnotherapy over three months were still in remission after four years.
Other studies have found that hypnotherapy can help relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy treatment.
There is also growing evidence that hypnotherapy can help you manage chronic pain.
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We have all experienced hypnosis multiple times before in our lives. We experience it everyday.
Have you ever driven a car and "zoned out" while driving? You know, you get to a point in the route and suddenly think "How did I get here?, I can't remember half the route!". That is hypnosis. Have you ever watched a movie that affected your emotions (made you scared or tense or happy/sad) even though you know it is all just pretend? That is also hypnosis.
Hypnosis is NOT:
Sleep or being unconscious.
The Goulding Process is an alternative and substance-free, self-help process for parents coping with a challenging child. Sometimes a lack of knowledge or support can cause parents to doubt their parenting abilities, feel misunderstood and go on a merry-go-round of endless consultations and dead ends.
SleepTalk® for Children is a simple, ethical, non-intrusive process that parents can use in the safety and comfort of their own home while their child or children are asleep. It only takes parents a few moments to present – it’s been called ‘the two minute gift with changes that last a lifetime’ – and helps children to develop a positive and confident sense of self and greater emotional resilience. The child feels less anxious and better able to deal with their world. The Goulding Process creates changes in the child’s mindset and behaviour that are reflected in actual changes in the wiring and structure of the brain, a phenomenon that Dr. Norman Doidge calls ‘Neuroplasticity’.
Emotional health in childhood, in my opinion is the key to future happiness. Australian national paper, ‘The Observer’, reported that Lord Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) and his colleagues at the Wellbeing Research Program at the LSE, conclude that a child’s emotional health is far more important to their satisfaction levels as an adult than other factors. He says, “Emotional health in childhood is the key to future happiness." The LSE study suggests that “Money, success and good grades are less important."
Society tells us that education is important; however emotional intelligence and resilience are essential for our children. Babies in the womb are listening and feeling everything that the mother feels, which impacts on healthy brain and body development. How can we have peace in the world without having peaceful, happy children? A substance/drug free process taking only two minutes a night can help not only the child but also the parents, who are the catalyst to ensure children develop a positive mindset. By educating patents to be more aware of the messages they are giving their children, they can learn to communicate in more constructive ways.
The Goulding Process introduces an alternative substance-free ‘remedy’ that promotes behaviour modification and assists with communication and family dynamics. New behavioural strategies are developed by the child during sleep and without contraindications. SleepTalk® for Children takes advantage of the fact that physiological change from a state of deep sleep to wakefulness is reversible and mediated by the Reticular Activating System (RAS). Research published in ‘Current Biology’ reveals “that complex stimuli can not only be processed while we sleep but that this information can be used to make decisions, similarly as when we’re awake.”
Most children have problems so my answer is yes. Some parents say, “But my child doesn’t have any problems”, however children often don’t share their problems with others, especially not their parents. I know I didn’t share my problems with my parents and I think many children today are the same.
This Process can also help the family as a whole, with parents learning about the use of positive language. The changes for the entire family can be quite profound when parents use more encouraging and constructive language and reduce the hurtful or negative comments they have been unconsciously making.
It is preferred that both parents be involved; a child develops their sense of self-worth and self-acceptance from both parents and by involving parents, there is a balance of energy with the male/female, Mum/Dad component for the child. However, it is only slightly less effective if only one parent delivers the statement and therefore can still be helpful for the child.
Absolutely. SleepTalk® is for all children. The recipients of SleepTalk® do not necessarily have to have a problem. A child may be five or six years old, happy and well adjusted, but are you sure that they are as positive and self-confident as they could be? That they are using their full potential? Just because a child doesn’t share their concerns, that doesn't mean they don’t have any. A belief that they are loved and their world is a happy place will ensure that everything they do is done with a sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Besides, many children grow up with a positive, healthy self-image and without anxiety, but don’t really utilise their individual talents. It's a marvellous opportunity for parents to assist their child’s mind to guard against negative suggestions and stop the thieves of self-esteem.
When does a child understand language? A very young child may understand by the tone of what is being said rather than the words. They will feel the love even if they do not understand the words. Even very small children can discern the difference between love and fear. We suggest that a child will benefit from 18 months onwards.
No. The only thing SleepTalk® and hypnosis have in common is that they both use suggestions. Hypnosis is conducted while the subject is awake and has a conscious memory of the process. SleepTalk® is conducted whilst the child is asleep with no conscious memory of the process.