What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention. We are in these deeper levels of consciousness many times a day. For example, when we are driving, watching television, or running. This is when the two parts of your mind (the conscious and sub-conscious) are focusing on the same thing, and when a person is in this state they are more receptive to suggestion. In a therapeutic setting the practitioner will use hypnosis to help their client to overcome a range of conditions by speaking directly to the sub-conscious mind, and introducing these positive suggestions. This is a highly effective process and will quickly help to change unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns.

The myths about hypnosis:

Despite what you may have seen or read about hypnosis, it isn’t a way of controlling someone’s mind, and no one can be made to do anything they don’t want to do. Your mind is a survival mechanism, and it will reject any suggestion or command that isn’t right for you.

What does Hypnosis feel like?

The experience is very relaxing and is similar to daydreaming. The client will still have awareness throughout the process, and will leave the session feeling refreshed and positive.

What is solution focused Hypnotherapy?

The full name for this kind of approach is Solution Focused Brief Therapy, which is a type of psychotherapy. The main difference is that it is future driven. This means that the client will not be expected to talk about or relive any painful memories. That is not to say that the past didn’t happen, and if there is a phobia or trauma to work through then this is done in the first few sessions. But after that the sessions are designed to help the client to move forward and focus on how they would like their life to be rather than how is now.

Years of research has proven that treating people in this way is much more effective, and clients notice a difference after a much shorter time frame. This is why it is called “brief therapy” because clients tend to make significant lasting changes in weeks rather than years.

What conditions can hypnotherapy help with?

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Quit Smoking
  • Phobias
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Weight Management
  • Pain Management

James is a fully qualified hypnotherapist and psychotherapist. He is also a registered member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)

Paul Mckenna and James Banfield - Hypnotherapists

Here is James meeting one of his role models – hypnotherapist, behavioural scientist, and author Paul McKenna on a weekend course in October 2017.