Hypnotherapy can help you to view the world in a new way, a better way, a way that makes you feel good. This is why it is such a useful tool for overcoming fears and anxiety, building confidence and kicking out old habits.
It is an altered state of consciousness into which you allow yourself to enter, with the guidance of a therapist. You are in control all the time, you always know what is happening, and you can come out of the altered state at any time in the same way one can snap out of a vivid daydream.
The hypnotic state can feel as if you are dreaming or daydreaming and is a natural form of consciousness which many people experience on a daily basis. For example, have you ever been so absorbed in a book or a film that it feels like you are actually there. This is a form of hypnosis, as is the experience some people have when waking in the morning, being aware of everything going on around them yet still being in a very relaxed dream like state.
Within the hypnotic state, we can by-pass the barriers to our inner thoughts and feelings. Suggestions are acted upon much more powerfully than is possible in a normal state of mind.
Mental imagery can also be utilised to assist you to make changes in your life. The subconscious mind does not distinguish between real and imagined experiences, which are why dreams can feel real.
This phenomenon can be used so that you can create new positive realities for yourself or alter your perception of past events which may affect your current behaviour.
There is also a growing body of scientific knowledge, psycho-neuro-immunology, which is showing that the mind is directly linked to our immune systems, which means that techniques used in hypnotherapy can also affect our physical as well as psychological and spiritual well-being.