Tamsin Cooper Explains What Hypnotherapy Is

What Is Hypnosis? Hypnotherapy Explained

What is Hypnotherapy?

Wednesday 2 March, 2016

The dictionary defines hypnotherapy as, “an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterised by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.” I don’t really like that definition of hypnosis. It may be technically correct but it sounds a bit cold and clinical.

Imagine having your heart set on getting across a deep fast flowing river. You can't do it on your own. Hypnotherapy lays down stepping stones across that river so that you can achieve your goal if you wish to. With my help as a hypnotherapist you can now reach your goal*.

Stepping stones are a nice way to put it, because to achieve your goal you aren't going to just run across a bridge in seconds on your own. It is a careful crossing that we talk about and then make together.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Many people have explained the feeling of being under hypnosis as a really lovely, comforting feeling. It is very like that moment just before you go to sleep, when you are feeling warm, safe, and cosy in your bed. It is a feeling of being very relaxed.

Under hypnosis, however, you are anything but asleep. Although relaxed you are in a highly responsive mental state in which your subconscious mind is extremely open to suggestion with increased focus and concentration. You will be able to concentrate on a specific thought without being distracted.

How do I get hypnotised?

I’d like to get rid of some of the myths or things that you may have seen in films. I don’t use a pocket watch to hypnotise you. You simply relax and listen to my voice.

What happens under hypnosis?

A common question is “are you going to control me?” The answer is quite simply no. I cannot make you do anything that you would be opposed to, such as rob a jewellers shop for me. If the fire alarm rang or there was another emergency you would just get up and walk out of the room as normal.

I’m sometimes asked if I can hypnotise everybody. I have never met anybody that I could not. It is true though that some people are easier to hypnotise than others.

Please do not confuse me with a stage hypnotist. I am a clinical hypnotherapist and therapy is what my work is all about.

As a hypnotherapist I work with people to achieve many different goals. Some of my treatments include hypnotherapy to help stopping smoking and hypnotherapy for weight loss.

You may remember that earlier I said that I cannot get anyone to do something that they don’t want to do. This is why I chat to everybody before I accept them as a client. For example, if a 5 cigarette a day smoker comes to me who doesn’t really want to give up we would both be wasting our time, however, if a 20 a day smoker comes to me who actually wants to give up it is a different story.

The 20 a day smoker will have all sorts of cravings and changes to make to their daily habits but I can help with all of this and I am incredibly successful at helping people quit. Most of the smokers I help with hypnotherapy have all tried to quit using other methods such as cold turkey, nicotine patches, nicotine gum etc. but have all failed in their previous attempts.

What results can you expect from hypnosis?

Adrian from Hertfordshire came to see me about giving up smoking. He was a little bit sceptical but after one session of hypnotherapy he has never smoked again. His exact words after the hypnotherapy was that “it was so easy it felt like cheating. I haven’t thought about smoking or looked at a packet of cigarettes for the last 3 months. I highly recommend it”

People come to see me for all kinds of reasons. Giving up smoking, weight loss, fear of flying, and stress and anxiety. You can see and hear some hypnotherapy video testimonials from a few of my many clients. 

At Tamsin Cooper Hypnotherapy in Flitwick I am close to the railway station and M1 motorway. My hypnotherapy practice is a short drive from Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes, and Dunstable with ample car parking and excellent disabled facilities. I can also help clients worldwide using Skype.

To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you please either call me or use the contact form on this website.

*Results may vary from person to person.

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