Lina Morton HypnoCounselling

About Hypnotherapy
About Hypnotherapy #01
What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a psychological phenomenon, not a therapy.

The best way to view hypnosis is as a state of deep relaxation and intense concentration in which the conscious mind, (the critical, analytical part of the mind) becomes disengaged from everyday concerns. In this state the person is best able to have a clearer perspective and alter perception.

The hypnotist does not have control over the person's mind. The person is in control and can return to the waking state at any time.

I view myself as a mind coach who guides her clients to the hypnotic state and teaches them to use it to help themselves. It is a skill which when used with understanding is a tool for life.

What Conditions Can it Help?

For example:

  • Examination Anxiety. You may be a person who experiences examinations as stressful. People who are overly stressed may feel vulnerable. Anxious. They may have panic attacks. You may feel that anxiety affects your performance, your confidence and your exam results.

    Anxiety is an irrational fear of a perceived threat. At some level, you may perceive examinations as threatening.

    There is a biological explanation for this discomfort.

    Your body reacts first. It sets up the fight or flight response. Then the mind follows and looks for evidence of the danger. The design of this reaction system is for emergencies. It is clearly an inappropriate response to an exam situation. This is where I can help you.

    You can learn to take control of your body. And challenge the thought processes around your anxiety.

    Learn to access the hypnotic state and then use it as a quick and efficient tool to manage yourself. Self-hypnosis can be used to manage stress; prepare for exams; be calm so that you have the capacity to retrieve information you have stored in the bank of your mind when you google it; go to sleep; go back to sleep.

  • Panic attacks. There is a biological basis for experiencing a panic attack. Rapidly accessing the hypnotic state on recognizing the symptoms can abort the onset.

  • Anxiety disorders. Hypnosis defuses anxiety. You cannot be anxious and relaxed at the same time.

  • Pain. Hypnotic procedures are capable of reducing pain so that it is not felt at all, or that it is perceived at greatly diminished and acceptable levels.

  • Childbirth. Hypnosis training prior to delivery diminishes negative attitudes, anxieties and fears concerning childbirth and reduces pain without interference with physiology of mother/child. Depending on the mother's hypnotic ability, hypnotic techniques can allow her to control the amount of pain she feels so that she can work with the contractions and her partner can be taught to help her induce analgesia in advance of labour. Labour and delivery can be enjoyed in a relaxed, and controlled way.

  • Stress. Stress can be a significant contributory factor to chronic back pain, migraine headaches, asthma, skin disorders and the development of coronory heart disease. Hypnosis enables people to reduce stress and control it.

    Stress adversely affects the immune system resulting in increased susceptibility to infections, allergies and cancer. The deep relaxation experienced in hypnosis has been shown to increase defence mechanisms.

    I am experienced in helping people to manage the following:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Dental phobia
  • Hypnotic analgesia
  • Hypnotic anaesthesia
  • Flying phobia
  • Sleeping
  • Lower back pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Hypertension
  • Childbirth
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management
  • Enuresis
  • IVF
  • Confidence
  • Exam nerves
  • Nail Biting
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • PTSD
  • IBS
  • Depression
  • Chemotherapy
  • Performance: public speaking, music, sport
  • Weight Management

    I am a member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners.

    Tel. 01934 742330

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