Hypnosis can be a really useful tool in therapy. It is a state of relaxation and heightened attention that can help in exploring past issues and also in preparing for future events. It is not a state of consciousness where a person can be made to do or carry out anything against their will. In fact, it is very important that the client is totally in favour of a change that hypnosis may help to effect. I offer hypnotherapy courses at the Christopher Centre in Sudbury.
According to Stephen Heller, PHD, if you picture a horizontal line and think of one end as conscious awareness and the other as sleep, you can then envision the many gradients between these two opposite points. You might accept hypnosis as an area between these two poles at which an individual’s awareness of his surroundings are diminished, while awareness of internal processes, feelings, thoughts and pictures are increased.