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Three Common Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy

9 Sep

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-time-now-2-image1543231When people come to me for hypnotherapy, they often have some anxiety about how it will be and I wonder whether perhaps you feel the same?

Maybe you have seen stage hypnotists who seem to take control of people getting them to do silly things and make fools of themselves?

Maybe you have heard stories of people going into a trance and not being able to come out?

Perhaps you have seen films where people have been hypnotised into doing things they wouldn’t dream of normally?  No wonder there can be some fear of hypnosis when it is often presented in this way!

It’s completely natural to have worries about trying something new, so I want to put your mind at rest now about some of the common misconceptions of hypnotherapy.

1) I’ll be out of control.

When you are in hypnosis, you are totally aware of what’s happening.   As a hypnotherapist, I cannot ‘make’ you do anything you don’t want to do.   That is why before we use hypnotherapy, I will spend some time making sure you are committed to the changes you want to make and exploring any unexpected benefits of staying the way you are.  Your subconscious mind has some powerful built-in safeguards and will not allow you to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do or reveal anything that is not to your benefit.

During hypnotherapy you will be fully in control.   I am simply facilitating you in bringing your subconscious mind into alignment with your goals and dreams.

2) I can’t be hypnotised.

Clients often worry that they won’t be able to be hypnotised or that hypnotherapy won’t  work for them.   In fact, we move into a trance-like state naturally at many times during the day.   For example, if you have ever driven somewhere familiar, got to your destination and not remembered the journey, then you have experienced trance.  Similarly, when we daydream or switch off when watching TV, then we have gone into a light hypnotic trance.

Clients are often surprised about how familiar hypnosis feels to them and they worry that they are not ‘doing it right’.  The fact is that as a client, you can simply relax and allow me to guide you into hypnosis.  Your subconscious mind will do the rest.

3) Hypnotherapy will magically allow me to achieve my goals.

I’m sorry to say that this isn’t true!  Even though hypnotherapy is wonderfully effective in helping with many problems and issues, you do need to be committed to making changes.  When I work with clients, it is very much a two-way process.  I will often ask people to do ‘homework’ between sessions with the aim of giving the subconscious mind the focus and direction it needs.  I have found that it’s the clients who are most engaged in the process of working with me who get outstanding results.  So, ask yourself, ‘Do I really want to make this change and am I willing to do everything I need to do to reach my goal?’  If the answer is ‘Yes!’, then hypnotherapy will be perfect for you.

I hope this has answered some of your questions about hypnosis and how it can help you.  I know that there are many misconceptions about hypnotherapy and that is why I offer a free 30-minute consultation with any potential clients.  This is a chance to have a chat with me, ask any questions and discuss any worries you might have before committing to a session.

I am passionate about hypnotherapy and have seen wonderful results when working with clients, so if you want to find out more then get in touch today for your free consultation.

Five Steps to a Confident You!

19 Aug

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image7806283We all have days when we feel  a bit low, those days when it seems easier to crawl back under the covers and hide from the world.  These are the times when we need to connect with our inner confidence, that special something that gives us our sparkle back.

I know that it can sometimes feel like an impossible task to make that connection, but having these five steps to follow will empower you to feel confident and ready to take on the world again.

1) Find your own confidence talisman.   This should be something that represents confidence to you.  It might be a photo of someone you admire, a piece of jewellery or even a stone you can keep in your pocket.  When you need an extra boost of confidence, connect with your confidence talisman.  Look at it, wear it or feel it.  Let the confidence flow in to you.

2) If you were to feel confident, where would you hold your confidence in your body?  Just close your eyes and see what part of your body comes to mind.  Perhaps it’s your heart, your head, your stomach, whatever feels right for you.  Notice how confidence feels as a physical sensation.  Is it hot or cold, hard or soft?  Does it move or is it still?  Take some time to explore how you experience confidence physically.  Whenever you want to tap into your confidence, focus on the part of the body where you hold it and allow the feeling to grow and become strong.

3) Get in touch with the confident you.  Imagine how you would be if you were super-confident.  How would you dress?  How would you move?  What would you say?  What sort of thoughts would you have?  Allow yourself to imagine your most confident you and get excited about the possibility of being that way.  When you are going into a situation where you want to feel confident, connect with this part of you.  If you can imagine being this way, you can do it!

4) Realise it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  Sometimes we label ourselves a particular way (or someone else might have done this for us!)  Perhaps we have adopted the label ‘shy’ or ‘introverted’ and we think there’s no way we can be confident at the same time – it’s like black and white thinking.  Just because sometimes you might feel shy doesn’t mean you can’t feel confident at other times.  I used to have the label ‘shy’ attached to me and thought there was no way I could stand up in front of people and talk.  I’ve come to realise that shyness is just one aspect of me and I also have a confident side.  Accept the possibility that you have many different qualities within you and confidence is certainly one of them.

5) Make a resolution to do one new thing every day to start expanding your comfort zone.  The possibilities are endless, like taking a new route to work, starting a conversation with the newsagent, taking an evening class or switching off the TV and doing something different. Have fun with them and know that with each new thing you are building your confidence.

If you start experimenting with these five steps, your confidence will start to grow naturally.   Start today and please do let me know how you get on!

This blog post is adapted from an article I wrote for Soul & Spirit Magazine.

 

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

5 Aug

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-portrait-thoughtful-young-woman-kitchen-image29191340People are sometimes surprised that I do so much work with weight loss clients.  Wouldn’t a nutritionist or personal trainer be the most appropriate person to call on when you you want to lose weight?

Actually, until your mindset is in the right place, I’m afraid that anything you try to lose weight is going to be a struggle.

This is where hypnotherapy comes in.  When we work with hypnosis, we are working with that deep part of the mind, the subconscious, that influences our behaviour and decision-making.  If the subconscious is not in alignment with what we are trying to do for example, losing weight, then it can feel like we’re battling against ourselves.  This is when the weight loss process becomes REALLY hard work!

When I work with clients who want to lose weight, we use hypnotherapy to do three key things:

  • Let the subconscious mind know exactly what you want and how good it will be when you get there.  (This gives the subconscious the clear direction it needs).
  • Identify any unconscious blocks you might have in the form of past experiences or limiting beliefs, for example, the idea that you must ALWAYS clear your plate, or the belief that you won’t be able to maintain your ideal weight.
  • Find a way to lose weight that fits for you and is in alignment with the way you live your life.  (This means that the process feels natural and effortless, rather than frustrating and difficult).

By using hypnosis in the above ways, you can lose weight without dieting or depriving yourself.

So, rather than choosing hypnotherapy as a last resort, maybe it’s time to get your mindset in the right place and allow yourself to finally be the weight you want to be?  Contact me now to arrange your free 30-minute consultation and find out more.

Virtual Open Day – Friday 7th June

5 Jun

Arm up, smallI am holding a Virtual Open Day on Friday 7th June between 11am and 3pm.

 

‘What’s a Virtual Open Day?’, you might ask.  Well, this is a chance for you to connect with me, find out more about how I work and what I can help with.  I will be available to answer any questions you might have and there are a number of ways to contact me:

 

By Phone:  I will be available on 07917 434 088

 

By Email:  You can email me at nicola@horizon-hypnotherapy.com

 

On Facebook: I will be answering questions and sharing videos, blog posts and articles on my two Facebook pages

Horizon Hypnotherapy   and   Your Forever Weight Loss

 

If you’ve been thinking about getting in touch, or if you’re curious about hypnotherapy or any of the other therapies I offer, this Virtual Open Day is the perfect opportunity.

 

I look forward to connecting with you then!

 

Nicola

 

What’s Your Meaning?

30 May

 

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-woman-thinking-image9668962Through my work as a hypnotherapist, I have come to realise that if we make our goals as compelling as possible for the subconscious mind, then it will help us to get to where we want to go. To do this we need to give that deep, powerful part of our mind a very clear idea of what we want.

When I am working with clients, one of the first things I get them to do is to visualise how they will look when they are the weight they want to be. This is very important in itself, as it gives the subconscious a wonderful image of where you want to be. However, to take this a step further, you need to really get in touch with how it will be for you when you are the weight you want to be and what that will mean to you.

So, how do you do this? Well, I’d encourage you to think about the following areas:

  1. How will you feel when you’re the weight you want to be? Often women know that they will feel more confident, happier with themselves, more relaxed.
  2. How will the way you behave change, both socially and at work? Maybe you will feel a greater sense of freedom and this means you will act differently.
  3. Think about the impact your weight loss will have on your relationships, particularly your children if are a mother. Clients often say this is a big incentive to adopt a healthier relationship with food, in order to be an inspiration to their children and their loved ones.
  4. How will being the weight you want to be make a difference to the clothes you wear? This is something that virtually every woman I work with mentions, being able to wear what they want and not feel restricted.
  5. How you will your weight loss affect your health and fitness levels? Imagine how it will be to experience a new sense of vitality and energy.

 

This is why I love working with weight loss, because I have seen over the years that it’s not just about the physical changes. In fact, often this is only a small part of what happens to my clients. Losing weight has a huge impact on all areas of their lives.

If you are trying to lose weight, or make any sort of lifestyle change, take some time to think about the difference it will make in all of the above categories. Go through each point and write down what your weight loss will mean to you in as much detail as possible.

If you are a particularly visual person, then perhaps you could create a vision board which shows the impact in all areas of your life.

Have fun and start to get excited about what you are moving towards!

Once you have done this, it will be like you’ve created a 3D image of your future and your subconscious will know exactly where you are heading and how amazing it’s going to be. And do you know what? It will start finding ways to get you there, without you even thinking about it.

Amazing eh?

If you are struggling with losing weight at the moment and you feel like something is holding you back, the home study version of the Your Forever Weight Loss online program is the perfect solution for you. Click here for more details and you can get started straight away!

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