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Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills. In this essay I will look at the origins of hypnosis; brain wave activity; myths that surround hypnosis; some positive aspects and also relate my own personal experiences. I will also consider how hypnosis is portrayed

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Course code CAMBR1A Year One Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills - Module One Essay title My First Understanding of Hypnosis Word count 2,000* *Word count excludes Title page and Bibliography Introduction My first understanding of hypnosis, now I have had my first class, was that it represents an altered state of consciousness, which could also be described as a different state of awareness. This altered state allows the therapist to effectively communicate with the subconscious mind. The basic principal is that the therapist is aiding the client into a different brain wave pattern using only voice and words to do so. Albert Einstein believed that human beings use approximately 10% of their brains, however while hypnotised, it is suggested that access could be gained to the other 90%. In this essay I will look at the origins of hypnosis; brain wave activity; myths that surround hypnosis; some positive aspects and also relate my own personal experiences. I will also consider how hypnosis is portrayed in fiction and whether the examples used could be interpreted as accurate or misleading to the average reader. In my conclusion I will reflect on how hypnotherapy may be used to help myself with any personal problems. ...read more.


sleep and will be able to dream and sleep comfortably. The last cycle is Delta, and has a variant of 1-3 cycles per second. This is a deep sleep and no dreaming will occur. This is the reason some clients are more suggestible than others. It can be safely said that at some point everyday a person is in a hypnotic state or altered state of awareness. We all go through the different brain wave cycles and in a specific order, this is because they fluctuate in accordance with what we are doing. For example we will go from Delta (a deep sleep) through Theta and into Alpha when we wake up. We will notice that we feel awake but not quite fully functioning yet. This is the brain waking up and 'going through gears' as it were. Myths & Positive Aspects In the early part of the 20th Century hypnosis was used almost exclusively by stage hypnotists, thereby projecting a hopelessly distorted view of the very powerful therapeutic tool. In 1955 the British Medical Association endorsed the practice of hypnosis in Medical School education, since then it has become a valuable addition to conventional medical treatment. ...read more.


I believe these can be likened to the Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) a Hypnotherapist may use to induce a state of relaxation with a patient before beginning treatment. Conclusion From my experiences, I have formed the opinion that there are far too many myths that surround the subject of hypnosis, and these are often compounded in films, books and 'entertaining' stage shows. Hypnosis is not in the least bit mysterious or supernatural and the hypnotic state is natural for all human beings. It has numerous positive aspects that can be used to improve general functioning - to make people feel better mentally or physically. It can be used for medical purposes such as pain control, and to resolve many psychological issues. It is often successful when other, more conventional methods of treatment have failed. It is safe and there are no harmful side effects, and when administered by a professionally trained and skilled therapist it can offer long lasting and often permanent benefits. I believe that this practise can help me with weight loss and also as an aid to controlling my blood pressure. In fact, I believe that you can use hypnotherapy for anything that is dependant on one's own efforts. ...read more.

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