What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a form of complementary therapy that produces a hypnotic state that allows a person -that can be best described as – ‘being open to suggestion’. Hypnotherapy can bring about the desired changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Throughout our waking day we are either open to or rejecting suggestions, so for example when visiting the supermarket there might be an item that stands out because it is on offer. However, this item was not on your list but because the item was at a reduced rate you add it to your supermarket trolley. Therefore, it is thought that we are all in a light state of hypnosis.
But it requires a trained hypnotherapist that can skillfully use positive suggestions to improve and provide change within our lives. Long gone are the days when the hypnotherapist is seen waving a pendulum and controlling people’s minds. The aim of hypnosis therefore, is to relax the clients conscious mind enough to alter the state of consciousness whilst simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. When the client is in a heightened state of awareness, the therapist uses skilled relaxation techniques to then implant the relevant suggestions required to make such change. The general consensus is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, but it is the hypnotherapist that helps the client to facilitate your experience.
The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”
WHAT CAN HYPNOSIS HELP WITH?
Fears and Phobias
Grief and Loss
Fear of Flying
Working with Insomnia
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
When someone mentions the word hypnosis, some people believe that it is about putting the client into a weird state and have them clucking around like chickens. This is a misconception that has been brought about by stage hypnotists. Furthermore, and contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep either. Hypnosis involves an induction of an enhanced trance-like state, where the client is very relaxed, but still in a state of awareness, of focus, with the ability to concentrated on the hypnotherapists voice. Hypnosis is not generally regarded as a therapy in and of itself. Rather, it is considered a therapeutic tool for creating a more relaxed, focused and attentive context for absorbing the therapy.
The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.
The hypnotherapist is trained to bypass the critical conscious mind and talk to the subconscious mind where it can be reprogrammed through suggestions, concepts and lifestyle adaptations. These seeds will be firmly implanted into the clients mind and should be taken on board immediately.
Hypnosis, therefore, re-educates’ your subconscious mind in terms of your habitual responses and instincts.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?
Whilst anyone with reasonable intelligence can be hypnotised, not everyone is hypnotised in the same way.
So, for example, you might think of a certain person and feel nervous. How does that happen? You thought of someone, and even though they weren’t in the room, you felt nervous! How did you do that? Well, at some stage, a mini hypnotic state glued together in your mind that particular person and the emotion of anxiety. That’s what hypnosis does – it helps you learn – and fast. So, we can use hypnosis to change this response. We can take deliberate control of the way you feel by relaxing and having you imagine things that make you feel good. Then all you have to do is rehearse doing the problem situation while feeling the way you want to feel.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And it is! Of course, there are many subtleties involved as well, but this is the most fundamental use for hypnosis. Changing your emotional reaction – how you feel about something.
Think of the applications…
If you’re a smoker, change how you feel about cigarettes
If you’re trying to lose weight, change how you feel about fatty and sugary foods
If you dislike public speaking, change how you feel about that
About exercise, about achieving, about yourself, …
The list really is endless. And all from one ‘simple’ tool.
‘Hypnosis is a state wherein the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to work on the same concept at the sametime without conflict’
Terence Watts (MCGI)
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I've just had an amazing session with Kim Barden. The PAL was 10+ very upsetting, something I was told as a child, that I see now has filtered everything in life... Her expert digging was genius; we did level 1 and afterwards PAL was -0!As we all know once you collapse one thing, a lot of other things collapse with it.
It also really highlighted and reiterated how important the relationship between therapist and client is. How the rapport must be a feeling of safety and equality.
Thank you Kim Barden and Terence Watts for devising such a powerful therapy."
MP – Guildford, Surrey
"I have tried all sorts of remedies over many years to gain control over my complete lack of willpower around chocolate. When Kim suggested BWRT, I was more than happy to try. After just one session, I feel as though I am in now control of the chocolate, rather than the chocolate being in control of me! I have no real idea what exactly happened in the session, as it seemed rather unremarkable, and I was rather dubious I must admit, but it did the trick. I still love chocolate, but instead of relying on it every time I’m tired, stressed or just plain hungry, I am able to recognise the triggers, reason with myself, and decide whether something else is what I need, or whether I do deserve and will savour the chocolate ! Kim is great, very relaxed, friendly and clearly a professional. Thank you so much !"
AJ – Guildford
"I can say that the therapy does work but one does need the incentive to make it work (I did- blood sugar but the same could apply to coronary etc. e.g. doctors orders.) and perseverance. This is where the deep relaxation and talking to the subconscious comes into play. It gets you thinking ahead. You can eat what you want (with care and some avoidances) which is an advantage over "traditional" or fad diets. Keeping the diary instils good discipline. Do not expect instant results - nothing comes quickly and shouldn't. I have lost 2 1/2 stone in the 18 months and still going down towards my target of 3+ stone"
In 2012 and 2013, Kim performed a variety of hypnotherapy sessions with me. It was my first time ever experiencing experiencing hypnosis time experiencing hypnosis and I was a little hesitant at first. During all our sessions, she was professional
and was very warm and caring towards me. It was nice to work with someone on personal issues that truly cared. Also, she is a hard worker that is well organised. Every hypnosis session we had, she had a new and edited new, and edited script that was tailor made just for me. She is dedicated to her clients, her professionalism, and her quality of care. During all of my experiences with her, I felt safe, and comfortable. She provides a great environment and ambiance in which to open up, share personal issues, and improve yourself. This is what I liked best about my time with Kim; I felt like I was working with a team that was dedicated to my self-improvement, I did not feel alone in my struggle to improve myself. She kept me motivated, accountable, and energised about my movement forward to a better me. If you are at all interested in improving yourself, working together with Kim is your best bet; she actually cares and wants you to succeed just as much as you do! Join her campaign to improve your life and you will not regret It!
Judy G - Guildford, Surrey.
"Kim was always professional without being too formal and I felt comfortable talking to her. She listened and allowed me to express myself. I understand the concept behind BWRT but felt a bit vulnerable and found it hard to concentrate consistently. It has helped to stop me obsessing about my problem and to come to terms with the fact that there may not be a simple answer and that sometimes things are "as they are". Thank you Kim for working so hard and exploring every possible avenue with me without being critical. I realise that you did a lot of homework and preparation to help make the sessions productive. I hope I can build on this work and deal with the problem more constructively in the future".
"Thank you once again and very best wishes from Judy".
I've struggled with anxiety and depression for nearly 10 years, I've gone through CBT, Counselling numerous times and healing, which was amazing. The person I used to see I had a connection with and they made me feel safe, unfortunately that person left and I have never felt that connection with anyone since, not until I met Kim. As soon as we started talking I knew I was in safe hands and I knew I could trust her. As we started BWRT I started to relax immediately, as we progressed there was a point I knew I was going to struggle and I could feel that fear building, with the Kim by side and guiding me through I knew I was going to make it out the other side. And as I am typing this I can feel myself smiling.
Thank you Kim for helping me find me again.