During our lives, indeed since birth, our minds continuously gather information, mostly from situations we have personally experienced or perhaps learned from others. This is a basic requirement of life and without gathering such information we could not function effectively as mature individuals. Much of these learnings are fairly basic, like any animals', and instinctively geared simply towards survival. We learn at an early age what is dangerous, what is safe, what pleases us and what we dislike. We like to think of ourselves as being more sophisticated and complex and of course, in many ways we are. However in our developing subconscious minds the business of protecting us is a continuing, lifetime occupation. Reflect on how much an individuals life is governed by the above principles and it becomes obvious that the emotions that we experience on a daily basis whether it be fear, anger, happiness, sadness, joy, despair or love are, in part, to help us to function safely and successfully.
Basically our sub conscious mind steers us through our lives, guiding us towards doing the things we like or are "comfortable" with and avoiding those things, which in the past have been logged in our brain as an unpleasant experience. Generally this works very well in ensuring our well being but ...there are times when our friend the sub conscious can work against us. For instance when a past experience has prompted an extreme emotion (usually unpleasant) this may leave a strong memory which may adversely affect our future behaviour.
Fears/Phobias, anxieties and nervousness, unwanted habits or behaviours, low self esteem and many other social or personal problems can often be attributable to such experiences.
Each person's life experiences and their reactions to them are individual .The way that each person's mind interprets these experiences may determine how they behave or react to similar future experiences.
For example, a child having a wasp land on an arm and fly off again without incident, will most likely react differently to a future similar experience, from a child who was unfortunate enough to experience being stung by the insect.
That child's subconscious, in an effort to protect him/her, may log the memory as a very unpleasant one. By using the emotion of fear, when encountering future, similar, events, the sub conscious may force the child to take extreme steps to avoid the perceived "danger" of bees or wasps .
On the face of it this may seem to be a sensible reaction to a possible threat but where the reaction produced is disproportionate to the real threat then problems can arise. eg. the child or person, in panic, and in desperation to escape, runs onto the road oblivious to the greater, more lethal, danger from on coming traffic.
It is from direct, or sometimes indirect, experiences such as these that phobias can be created.
It can be seen from the above example that the mind, and in hypnosis it is believed to be the Sub conscious mind, can from time to time over react to, or misinterpret, a situation resulting in unwanted problems or reactions which may trouble us throughout the remainder of our lives. Even though the Conscious mind (The thinking, reasoning part of our brain) tells us to behave differently the Sub conscious mind overrules it and we struggle to remedy the situation and are usually resigned to "live with the problem".
By using hypnosis the hypnotherapist seeks to address the sub conscious, whilst the client is in a relaxed and receptive state, to find the source of the problem and through suggestion and /or therapy , take steps to remedy the situation.
I believe Hypnotherapy to be a valuable tool in resolving many of the very real problems which ordinary people suffer on a daily basis, quietly and perhaps secretly, and am pleased to be able to help.
Please see " problems page" for examples of the types of problems which can be helped by Hypnotherapy.