Hypnotherapy brings together hypnosis with other therapeutic techniques. The hypnotic state allows a person to remain aware of surroundings, yet also be more open to discussion and suggestion by accessing the subconscious mind while deeply relaxed. While under hypnosis you are completely in control of what you say and do, and will remember everything that has transpired. The hypnotic state, also know as a trance state, is common among all of us, such as when driving a car home and not remembering how you got there, or watching a television show and forgetting about the passage of time. When we are in a more relaxed state, the conscious mind, often the part of us that is resistant to change, is quieted. We can go to the root of a problem and remove it from its core by applying other therapeutic techniques, such as Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches, that allow you to release any obstacles, old beliefs and conclusions that have prevented you from healing. Hypnosis can also lower blood pressure and heart rate and change certain types of brain wave activity that affect our emotional states.
I believe it is important to learn how our mind works, both on the conscious and subconscious level. Becoming aware of what neural networks and pathways have been laid down in early childhood we can discern between the fight/flight mechanisms of our older part of our brains and our newer part of our brain, the pre-frontal cortex, that allows us to make complex conscious decisions. Mindful awareness increases our brain's ability to self-regulate, increasing our executive functioning capacity. When we can regulate our emotions, we can improve our relationships and health. With the combination of hypnosis and therapy the old conclusions that one made early in life can be replaced with new, more positive and affirming conclusions and beliefs about oneself. It is with the subconscious mind that we are able to access the part of us which makes change happen at a true and lasting level.