What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?


History of Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis was first known as “mesmerism” after Dr. Frank Mesmer (1734­-1815) who used hypnosis quite successfully on his patients. The father of hypnosis is James Braid who came after Dr. Mesmer. It was James Braid who established hypnosis as a science rather than an occult. By the 1900’s hypnosis was being practiced by Sigmund Freud, Milton Erickson and Dave Elman, all well known in the psychology field. Hypnosis remains the brief, solution focused practice today as it was used by the early founders and is called hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypnos” or “sleep’ and “osis” or “put to sleep”. It is a state of relaxation involving focused attention and an increased capacity to accept suggestion. During hypnosis, you concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory or image. Everyone can be hypnotised! In fact everyone drifts into and out of hypnosis all day. Remember times when you were lost in a book for hours, in a driving trace or simply daydreaming at your desk. In fact, crying and anger outbursts occur in a state of hypnosis.

Take one hand. Place the boney part of the back of your hand on your forehead. This is your conscious mind. Your conscious mind is less than 10% of your brain.  Now take both hands. Spread your fingers wide. Place your wide spread hands at the back and sides of your head. This is your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind is 90% or more of your brain.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

With hypnosis, you are able to bypass your conscious mind and access your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning. Your subconscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for your emotions, beliefs and memories. Imagine it as being a large memory bank, it stores everything that happens to you, without judgement. The subconscious mind stores and retrieve your data. Do you have an irrational fear, maybe of bees or spiders? Under hypnosis, your subconscious mind could retrieve when, why and how that fear developed. Do often feel you do not deserve abundance in your life? Under  hypnosis, your subconscious mind could retrieve when, why and how that self limiting belief started for you. Can you not release your body weight despite trying any diet? Under hypnosis, your subconscious mind can reveal why you are not releasing your weight.

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses the power of your subconscious mind to help you change behaviors determined by your belief system. The state of relaxation allows Sue Fortune as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist to bypass your conscious mind and give positive suggestions directly to your powerful subconscious mind…the part of your mind that is simply accepting and does NOT judge. This allows you to overcome blocks and self destructive behavior and achieve the success you so desperately desire.

Conditions Effective for Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy also uncovers the root cause of self destructive behavior, anxiety or phobias, self limiting beliefs and addiction. You are not always aware of your beliefs.  Actually most people are not aware of their negative beliefs and the impact they have on our self esteem, confidence, emotions and day to day behavior. You are capable, deserving and worthy.  And you are capable, deserving and worthy enough to explore the root cause of your self limiting beliefs and experience happiness, behavior change, success and freedom.

During hypnotherapy, you are always in control! You will not do or say anything you do not want to. You will not cluck like a chicken, unless you want to!  Hypnotherapy is safe and natural when you are guided by an experienced Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Hypnotherapy can be a credible alternative to talk therapies.  Sue uses hypnotherapy for a variety of concerns including smoking cessation, weight loss, addictions, and stress/anxiety management.