Most ‘problems’, including phobias, anxiety, habits, sometimes even physical ailments, are an attempt by your subconscious mind to find a solution to a particular circumstance. Although it may not seem like it sometimes, your mind and body are on your side, trying to solve the many challenges that they encounter each day. For example, a panic attack may be the subconscious mind’s way of saying ‘I feel in danger,’ although the conscious mind knows there is no physical threat.
You weren’t born with migraines, confidence issues or a chocolate addiction! These are behaviours learnt at a subconscious level and they become an ‘automatic response’ without our realising why.
Just because you feel you have ‘always suffered’ with a phobia or problem does not mean you have to continue suffering with it.
Hypnosis works to alter the unwanted learned behaviours by examining the origin of the subconscious mind’s reaction and then updating it with new and more helpful information, analogous to reprogramming a computer.
Hypnosis can be used to:
- reduce or eliminate anxiety, trauma, phobias;
- change associations, so that chocolate, for instance, is no longer seen as a comfort, but is more realistically regarded as an occasional treat;
- mentally rehearse better ways of going about things, such as being able to deal with stressful situations (such as public speaking) without an automatic nervous response;
- achieve physical change, since the subconscious mind controls our autonomic bodily processes.