Surrey-based Kim, a married father of two young adult children, has been practising hypnosis for over 40 years. He gained a diploma in Clinical Hypnosis after studying with The Institute of Clinical Hypnosis in London and uses a range of therapy techniques including Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnologic.
It is important to understand that, although people share similar fears, concerns, phobias and worries, they are always unique to that person. It is for that reason that every session is customised so that the client can gain maximum benefit from the hypnotic state.
To understand hypnosis, we first need to accept the concept of the mind consisting of two parts – the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind houses our analytical mind - that is to say, it handles day to day problem solving solutions based on rational information. For example, looking out for traffic when we cross the road, or making sure we get to an appointment on time. By contrast, the subconscious mind is far more powerful and influential, taking care of our imagination and emotions as well as storing our permanent memory. During hypnosis the state of the mind is altered allowing the subconscious mind to function without being restricted by the conscious mind.
While in this state of heightened awareness, the mind is more receptive and is able to accept those suggestions and ideas that are most beneficial to us.
The client is not asleep or unconscious, and is aware of what is being said – it is similar to being engrossed in a television programme, whilst hearing a conversation in the background.
Following the initial consultation, either over the phone or in person, it is usually possible to assess how many appointments will be required in order to address the client’s problem. The first appointment will last between one and two hours. During this session, not only is a full case history taken, but hypnosis is fully explained to ensure that both the client and hypnotherapist understand exactly what the problem is and how it will be addressed. The client is then encouraged to practice going into hypnotic trance, which is a wonderful and relaxing experience. Hypnosis can be achieved in various ways, with most people preferring a gentle, progressive relaxation technique. Once in trance, the therapist can give the pre-agreed suggestions in a way that is more readily accepted by the subconscious mind, unhindered by the critical, conscious mind.
Everybody’s experience of being in trance is unique. However, common sensations are of complete physical and mental relaxation – like having a massage of the mind.
You will be aware of everything that takes place during trance because all your senses are heightened when you are hypnotised.
Anyone can learn to go into trance, but you cannot be hypnotised against your will.
The first session is scheduled for 90 minutes. If required, any subsequent sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes. Periods of hypnotic trance often feel much longer owing to a phenomenon known as time distortion.
Only beneficial effects – there are no negative side effects to hypnosis. No drugs are used at any time.