clinical hypnotherapy

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy Explained…

Clinical hypnotherapy (also known as Solution-focused hypnotherapy) is when a client is hypnotised by a professionally trained hypnotherapist, so that they can overcome any issues that are affecting them that can be helped by positive suggestions.

In this type of hypnotherapy session, a client is not regressed back to any childhood or past life memories but, instead, is put into a light to deep trance state so that any words the hypnotherapist speaks will go straight to the subconscious mind without the conscious mind objecting!

When you are awake and focused your conscious mind is active. You might think this is a good thing, but the subconscious mind is much more powerful and if we can use it to our advantage we would achieve so much more and feel so much happier. The problem most of us have is that our conscious mind stops us from harnessing the power of our subconscious and so we end up spending so much more effort and willpower trying to overcome our bad habits rather than letting the subconscious do the work for us!

When should I have clinical hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy is better for helping clients overcome bad habits, such as smoking, drinking or for things like exam stress, which may not be linked to any childhood or past life issues. The client will not have to speak to the hypnotherapist like they would during a regression session. They are expected to lie there quietly while the hypnotherapist reads out suggestions to help then overcome their issue.

What are hypnotic suggestions?

While the client is under hypnosis, the hypnotherapist will read out a set of specially prepared suggestions in the form of a hypnotic script. These suggestions are designed to go straight to the subconscious mind and, if you know anything about affirmations, you will understand how these suggestions work. A typical clinical hypnosis script for stopping smoking might include the following suggestions:

‘You notice how nice your clothes smell’

‘You love how much money you have to spend on holidays now you are a non smoker’

‘You feel fitter, healthier and breathe more easily’

Does this work in one clinical hypnotherapy session?

Everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another and so it is not guaranteed that one session will be enough; however, some hypnotherapists provide their clients with an MP3 recording which will put the client into hypnosis and give them the same positive suggestions that they were given during the clinical hypnotherapy session. It typically takes about 21 days to form a habit and most hypnotherapists will agree that it takes at least the same length of time to get rid of a habit, so they recommend listening to the recording for at least 21 days straight and top up if and when needed.


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