Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that harnesses the power of positive suggestions to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness, reached using skilled relaxation techniques, allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
It has a common misconception that hypnosis means the person being hypnotised loses control. Practised appropriately, it is a powerful means of helping patients enhance their own control over a variety of symptoms. It is a safe, efficient and effective tool to reduce symptoms of a multitude of conditions.
Anyone who has the ability to focus and concentrate can undergo hypnosis.
Hypnosis can be very successful and carries very few side effects. There is a growing evidence base for the successful use of hypnosis in a variety of problems such as chronic pain and anxiety.
If you are unsure if your problem is suitable for dental hypnosis, please contact us so we can help guide you.
Initial Consultation – 20 minutes to discuss suitability, what hypnosis can do for the patient, and a brief history of the problem.
First Hypnosis session – The session lasts 60 mins. A full history will be completed along with other paperwork, plus the first experience of hypnosis and relaxation.
Subsequent sessions – 45 minutes. This will be when the therapy takes place. Treatments usually last for 2-4 hypnosis sessions, each lasting between 30-60 minutes. You will be required to complete your own self-hypnosis work to practice between sessions.
The beauty of hypnosis and modern technology is that it doesn't matter where you live and all hypnosis sessions can be delivered virtually (Zoom).
Face-to-face sessions take place in London, UK. A chaperone will be present in the room for all hypnosis sessions as well as the dental hypnosis therapist.
The results of hypnosis are long-lasting and once treatment is complete you may only have to come for top-up sessions if you feel you need them.
The number of sessions will depend on the nature of the problem and the individual, no one size fits all, we are all differing human beings requiring differing levels of assistance. Lifelong problems may need a series of consultations.
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any skepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self-images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind – the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.
The initial task of the clinical therapist is to establish rapport with the client. This involves encouraging the client to talk about his or her concerns. The therapist would spend time with the client first to take a clinical history. As well as establishing a clinical record, the discussion contributes to building trust and confidence between the therapist and the client. Feeling safe, comfortable and secure with the therapist helps the induction of a hypnotic trance.
Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed and a full explanation of hypnosis is provided. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis would also be dealt with.
The first session usually lasts one and a half hours with subsequent sessions between an hour and an hour and a half.
Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, people still remain in complete control of any suggestions given.
The whole object of clinical hypnosis is to take back control that has been lost and which has therefore resulted in the symptom or problem.