I am often asked what is so special about hypnotherapy compared with every other talking therapy and form of counselling.
The answer is very simple, all forms of therapy are developed to allow us to make changes to how we think, feel and act. With all other forms of therapy and counselling this is done on a conscious level, with hypnotherapy we are making changes on an unconscious level. We are working directly with the unconscious mind, the hard-drive of our computer which stores and sorts all of the information we are exposed to and is constantly running programs in the background.
We all have a conscious and unconscious mind, with a barrier filter protecting our unconscious mind called the Critical Factor. If I were to tell you that 2 + 2 = 7 you have instantly rejected that suggestion. That is your Critical Factor at work. In a light hypnotic state, where you are still consciously aware and alert the Critical Factor comes down to allow positive suggestions to be given to and accepted by your unconscious mind.
Suggestions such as “you are a non-smoker and will remain so for the rest of your life, you will never smoke” or ” you are feeling positive, calm and relaxed, you are feeling really good”. So this is the difference between hypnotherapy and every other talking therapy and form of counselling.