What exactly is Hypnotherapy?

What exactly is hypnotherapy?

ALISON RALPH

Hypnotherapy, although extremely effective as a treatment, is not widely known or understood. Many people immediately think about stage hypnosis or hypnosis they may have seen on TV. So what exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be broken into two works – ‘Hypno’ and ‘Therapy’.

Let’s deal with the word ‘Therapy’ first. People come to hypnotherapy because they want help and support with some aspect of their life. For example, they might want hep overcoming anxiety or for pain management. The hypnotherapist will therefore allow the client time to talk about their problem and will guide the client to talk about how it is affecting them in day to day life, the first time they experienced their problem and triggers for their problem. This is completed in a private and highly confidential manner. The therapist and client then work together to devise a for sessions. Within the sessions, the aim is to allow the client to achieve goals and overcome obstacles with a change of mindset. 

That leads us to the second word -‘Hypnosis’. Hypnosis is simply, a deep relaxed state of body and mind. You will be guided into relaxation using different techniques, including the calm voice of the therapist. I have had clients explain the feeling as ‘a massage but without the physical touch’. Once you are in the deep level of hypnosis, the subconscious mind is receptive to change and the therapist can talk about the goals and changes you want. 

Hypnotherapy is a partnership between the therapist and client and by working together, changes can be made!

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Face-to-face Vs online sessions

Face-to-Face Vs Online sessions

ALISON RALPH

Back in March I went from having a busy private practice to no clients at all, almost over night. I was forced to make the decision to go online (luckily I’m not afraid of technology). I was however afraid of the effectiveness of the sessions and whether I could guide somebody into hypnosis in the same way.

I suppose part of this decision is down to the individual person and their perspective of therapy, however I have personally found that sessions are just as affective.

The first sessions I conducted were great and the clients experienced great mindset changes and this speared me on to keep going. Some people seem more able to be hypnotised in the security and comfort of their own surroundings. I’ve now helped so many people over the computer and I’ve decided to keep going with this into the future. 

All you need is a comfortable and quiet environment and your laptop or tablet! 

I use a website called Whereby. You can find it here: www.whereby.com. The room is private and confidential and we can see each other via video. I sometimes give handouts to my face-to-face clients and these are sent to you via email. 

People who prefer face-to-face sessions comment that they like the fact they are going somewhere for that time-out they need. The environment is calm and comfortable, with candles lit and warmth. 

If you are reluctant to go for online sessions but it would be easier for you, call me for a free chat. If you begin sessions but feel that online is not for you, you can always change to face-to-face or stop sessions completely. If you go ahead, it may just be the change that you need!

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Hypno-Gastric Band

Hypno-Gastric Band

ALISON RALPH

I am excited to announce that I am now qualified to deliver the Hypno-Gastric Band in Macclesfield, Cheshire. 

This is a fantastic hypnotic treatment for those who want to lose weight. 

So how does it work?

Have a watch of this short video of me explaining a little more about the treatment. 

Hypno Gastric Band

As mentioned in the video, I will be offering an introductory price so that I can practise my skills and some of you can benefit from a discounted price! 

So if you want to find out how powerful the mind can be in terms of weight loss, this may just be the treatment for you!

 

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Let’s talk face mask anxiety

Let's talk face mask anxiety

ALISON RALPH

Today the government have enforced a policy where we must all wear face masks when we enter a supermarket. If we don’t we could be fined up to £100.

For some this is a mere inconvenience, but for others, this can be the cause of anxious feelings and in some cases, even panic attacks.

So what can you do to help yourself?

Get to know the facts.

When we increase our knowledge about something, less anxiety can be created because we are not using our imagination to fill in the gaps. Look at the facts about why we should be wearing them and how they can protect us and others.

Getting to know about your feelings is also important. Make a note of how you are feeling and if in a particular situation those feelings were worse or lessened. Plan your next action according to these feelings.

Exposure.

What is really important to know if that the more you do go out with your mask on, the easier it should get. You could begin by having a walk around your house wearing the mask and then move outside into your garden. Pushing yourself to go further each time.

Breathing

I often talk about how breathing techniques can help and this is no different in face mask anxiety. Focus in on your breathing, taking an inward breath through the nose and then out of the mouth. This tricks the brain into thinking you are in a relaxed state and so the brain will respond with feelings of relaxation. 

You could use an affirmation at the same time. ‘I breath in relaxation on the inward breath and I am calm on the outward breath. 

Talk it through with someone.

You may decide to talk to  a loved one about how you are feeling or a professional therapist. Voicing how you feel can help to change your mindset and allow you to feel more relaxed about the situation. 

Hypnotherapy can be a helpful tool because it works with changing the mindset, using the subconscious. You may just need one or two sessions to help you feel more in control with your anxiety. 

The norm. 

Like everything new, wearing a mask out in public will be strange at first. However, the good news is, the more that you wear it as allow it to become a part of your daily outfit, the more you will become used to it. 

If you are struggling with your child wearing a mask (11 years and older), offer them an incentive. For example, more screen time to encourage them to get used to the idea as well. 

Always remember that if you tune into your anxiety and the ways you are feeling, it is easier to take steps to improve those feelings. At these unusual times it’s best to look out for yourself and takes things at your own pace. 

 

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How to lose weight with hypnosis

How to lose weight with hypnosis

ALISON RALPH

In my Cheshire hypnotherapy clinic and online, I work with people to help them lose weight. Hypnotherapy is a natural way to lose weight and doesn’t encourage you to restrict foods in the way that diets do, it works on changing your mindset.

When a person over eats there is normally an underlying reason, for example, they may eat due to boredom, stress or emotional reasons. In hypnotherapy sessions we identify your reasons and using the subconscious mind we change these behaviour patterns so you have a different response to these feelings. 

When under hypnosis I teach you techniques to help you along the way and you are also given activities to complete to keep you motivated and on track. 

Self-hypnosis is also taught so you can practice on a regular basis, allowing the messages to imprint in your subconscious mind. 

So why work with the subconscious mind?

The subconscious mind is where all our past behaviours and patterns are stored. This is the part of us in charge of keeping us alive and safe. These behaviours can go all the way back to childhood and using hypnosis we can investigate these. 

What could you be doing now to kick start this process? 

You could identify your danger points. When do you eat the most? Where are you at the time? How are you feeling? Some of these patterns you could begin to change yourself. For example, if you eat in the car on the way home from work, replace your sugary or fatty foods with a tub of grapes or don’t have food in the car at all. 

 

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Stop Smoking help

Stop smoking help

ALISON RALPH

In my Macclesfield hypnotherapy clinic I help people to stop smoking. The habit of smoking is deep rooted in the subconscious, therefore hypnotherapy for smoking can be a very affective treatment. 

There are however some self-help ideas which you can do yourself at home. These are ideas which I have given to past clients and they have been successful. 

  1. If you take one thing away from reading this post today let it be that a craving only lasts for 3 minutes! The time it takes the brain to send that message that you need the rush of feel good hormones takes only 3 minutes. So what could you do in 3 minutes? Some squats or arm reps if your into exercise, read a page or two from your favourite book or magazine, play with your dog. The list is endless!
  2. Smoking is often part of your routine, especially if you have been doing it for years! So something as simple as changing your routine can help to lessen them cravings. For example, if you wake in the morning and have a coffee with a cigarette before anything else, then get up and get dressed first, change your coffee for milk or juice. If you have a cigarette on your break at work then replace that with a walk or a chat in the staffroom. 
  3. Smoke with the other hand – it sounds bonkers I know, but it requires the brain to think different and may trigger a thought process which says this is awkward or I don’t enjoy this. 
  4. If you would like to get into the root of the cause because nothing else is working then have a think about the reasons why you smoke. For example, are you a stress smoker? If this is you, think of a new behaviour when you are stressed. For example, you could use a breathing technique or in the evening do some yoga.

 

Why am I finding it difficult to stop smoking?

Another important thing to take away from reading this post is that it is difficult to stop smoking and it is not your fault if you have tried and failed a number of times. The chemicals which are realised in the body when you smoke send a message to the subconscious mind (your survival mechanism) to say that you feel good and you are relaxed. when these chemicals leave the body the subconscious kicks into survival mode and asks for them again (hence the craving) so all you need to do is break that cycle!

If you are interested in hypnotherapy to stop smoking then please get in touch. You can email: info@alisonralphypnotherapy.co.uk or phone: 07719032346