Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness. It is a gentle and progressive relaxation into the subconscious mind. You will always be in control and you cannot be hypnotised against your will. It is not a trance like state, but resembles a peaceful sleep.
A good way to describe the process of hypnosis is using the idea of an iceberg. The vast majority of an iceberg is held under water, with only a small percentage exposed above sea level. We can use this as an analogy for hypnosis, with the small part being the conscious mind and the unconscious mind being the larger. What we try to do with hypnosis is to cause the iceberg to topple over, so that the submerged part is exposed. If the iceberg only topples over slightly, the result will be light hypnosis. Topple it by 75% and the result will be medium to deep hypnosis. However, a complete flip of the iceberg will result in very deep hypnosis. When this occurs, the conscious mind is largely sidelined leaving greater access to the unconscious.
Hypnotherapy taps into the unconscious mind, as the unconscious mind is more receptive to change. It is also the unconscious mind that holds memories, fears and behavioural patterns that are holding you back.
There are two techniques that are used within hypnotherapy. Suggestion therapy and hypnoanalysis. Suggestion therapy involves inviting your unconscious mind to accept positive suggestions. Hypnoanalysis involves unravelling memories or fears that are preventing you from moving forward.
As a clinical hypnotherapist, Stuart is capable of performing both and to teach you self-hypnosis if you desire.