Irena-Marie Makowska is a mind management coach, practitioner in BWRT® and clinical hypnotherapist.
Questions, answers and explanations:
Hypnotherapy is a mixture of hypnosis and therapy. Irena-Marie combines hypnotherapy with creative visualisation and mindfulful.
Each one of us experiences a state of hypnosis daily, from watching television, reading a book to driving or daydreaming. It is normal and natural, and it is simply an altered state of consciousness.
Many clinical studies have shown that hypnotherapy can be incredibly successful for stopping smoking, losing weight, phobias, accelerated learning, stress management and acute pain relief. It is also the only documented successful therapy approved by the United Kingdom’s NHS for IBS.
A survey of psychotherapy literature by Alfred A. Barrios*, Ph.D.¹ in America Health Magazine revealed the following recovery rates:
- Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
- Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
- Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions
*¹ Barrios, Alfred A. ‘Hypnotherapy: A reappraisal’ Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, Vol 7
How the mind works
Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939), an Austrian neurologist, known as the founding father of psychoanalysis likened our mind to an iceberg - the 'visible' conscious mind and the submerged subconscious. Freudian theory is that the subconscious governs how we think and feel. By accessing our subconscious mind, using a blend of mind management techniques, we are able to alter old limiting habits, behaviours and beliefs (HBB) - and create new positive ones.
What is the difference between clinical hypnosis and stage or entertainment hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness and you are in complete control. It is impossible to make someone do, feel or think anything that they choose not to.
Stage hypnosis is carried out by entertainers who selectively hand pick a group of extroverts to perform. It's entertainment!
You remain alert and are aware of your surroundings, sounds, smells and movement. Your attention is solely focused on you.
Hypnotherapy is not a 'quick fix pill', you have to want to create the change such as losing weight, removing anxiety, quitting smoking...
How can hypnotherapy change my life?
The beauty of hypnosis is that it is YOU who is changing your life. Not someone else, not pills or a doctor or a therapist. If we take responsibility, realise it is only us who can improve our lives, then that is very empowering. Hypnosis opens the door and you do the rest.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes absolutely, and you simply will not reveal anything you do not wish to reveal. You are in control.
How will I feel, under hypnosis?
Relaxed and safe.
Your breathing deepens and slows down, your blood pressure regulates and your heart rate calms as you reach total relaxation. Most clients report feeling very relaxed and energised after a session.
Hypnosis is a safe and natural therapy, and is recognised scientifically. It is being used more and more by doctors and in hospitals for pain control, weight loss, IBS, arthritis and anxiety, to name a few.
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