WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
If you are new to hypnosis, it is understandable if you are a bit uncertain about what to expect. If your only experience of hypnosis is what you have seen on television, or stage hypnotists you might even have the wrong impression of what will happen during a hypnotherapy session.
It is best to think of hypnosis as a state of focused attention. You (usually) close your eyes, to reduce distractions, and then you simply follow the instructions that the hypnotherapist gives. The research shows that when we focus our attention in this way, we are more receptive to the suggestions that are made.
So, in hypnosis, if I suggest that you take a deep breath and relax, and you follow that instruction, you are more likely to feel relaxed.
If I suggest that you imagine yourself in the future feeling calmer and dealing with your anxiety, and to focus on how great it feels, you are more likely to feel confident about yourself and your abilities.
So, in hypnosis, you can use that state of focused attention to create positive and meaningful thoughts, feelings and sensations.