What exactly IS hypnotherapy??

I am asked quite often “what’s the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?” Then followed normally by “so what’s the major difference between hypnotherapy and all the other psychological work? Well let me tell you; I think for starters hypnosis, is in fact,  nothing more than a tool, albeit a very specialised tool that can produce apparent miracles on occasions, and like all tools, it cannot do anything at all until somebody puts it to work. Hypnotherapy is a skill which uses the tool of hypnosis for the administration of many and various forms of psychotherapy. A good analogy is the difference between a saw and woodwork – a carpenter uses the saw to carry out the task of working with wood. But the very best of saws is useless without the craftsman to skilfully weird it. Now its worth recognising that hypnotherapy is totally different from any other form of therapeutic intervention. No drugs, no manipulation and does not rely on the client’s intellect to make it work. But the major difference is that all other forms of psychological work – counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry and the like – are based around conscious processes of thought, and because it is conscious work can often hinder its success. However I work with something quite different. Which hypnotherapy I approach the subconscious part of the psyche, helping the clients to resolve difficulties at a level where conscious thought cannot interfere, either for good OR bad. It is precisely because of the fundamental change to the thought processes that a client will then be released from a symptom or habit so completely that...

Understanding the Conscious critical faculty and how phobias start.

Your conscious critical faculty is the part of the brain that sits as a filter between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. It contains as a database of your beliefs built over your life and these beliefs are based on your life experiences and interactions with other people in your life and they may be correct or incorrect assumptions. The conscious critical faculty filter accepts and interprets information constantly and works out in split seconds whether the information being received is “correct or incorrect” depending on the interpretation that is stored in the subconscious mind. An example of this could be someone with a strong phobia of spiders and even though they “consciously” and logically knew that the spider was not going to hurt them, this did not stop them jumping on the chair and screaming in fear. What has happened is that they learned in their early formative years from seeing someone else’s reaction that spiders were to be feared and they have taken that fear on as a belief in their own subconscious mind. This belief is then stored and cemented over with the CCF (conscious critical faculty). So when that person sees a spider, she may logically think, they won’t hurt me, the mind goes to check the CCF and finds that she is wrong, there is a information in here from past experience that spiders will hurt her. This is a false belief but it is the overriding one (as the subconscious mind always wins), so you can see how easily people get stuck with irrational fears. But with the power of hypnotherapy together...