Friday, 27 December 2013

A Have a New Year Resolution for 2014 - Then Discover the Fascinating World of Hypnotherapy in Bath and what A Hypnotherapist in Bath can do for you...

Do you have in mind a New Year resolution for 2014? Give up smoking maybe, lose weight or how about ending a lifelong habit such as nail-biting or thumb sucking? What about that social anxiety, difficulty speaking in groups or the stress you have gone through recently? Is it time to make some changes to your life for the better and start anew in the New Year?

Recently Mrs Bingham and I discovered the fascinating world of hypnotherapy in Bath with Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Development Coach Mr Tim Langhorn

I didn't realise just how long hypnotherapy had been around. Did you know it was a Scottish surgeon and "gentleman scientist", James Braid (1795 – 1860) who came up with the term 'hypnosis'. He began his experiments in an attempt to find a scientific reason for the trance. 

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Mesmerised or staring
Braid had witnessed the 'trance state' during a stage performance of Mesmerism. We all know what it means to be mesmerised by something. Mrs Bingham gets that every time she sees me washing up. However, though mesmerism was taking seriously in the 19th century as a possible means to help people, it was soon proved that it did very little apart from glue one to the spot and stare. Hypnosis on the other hand is a completely different story. Especially when it is used as a means to support therapy ( which gives us hypnotherapy).

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Bright object to induce trance
Anyway, back to our Scottish surgeon. James Braid soon discovered that he too could produce a trance like state. At first he used a small bright object in front of the eyes of his volunteer assistants and their eyes became strained and closed spontaneously. He soon found that suggestions alone achieved the same result.

He concluded it must be a form of sleep and named this phenomena after Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep. So very soon the terms he used such as hypnosis and hypnotism were becoming widely adopted throughout Europe and so the names stuck.

So the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy has been around a very long time. Psycho analyst Sigmund Freud, the founder of modern day psychological therapies, used hypnotherapy in his practice. The use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy utilises the hypnotic state or trance state, yet many people remain unsure to its benefits and surround it with mysticism and myth.

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Hypnotists are just entertainers
This is possibly due to the hypnotist we see on stage or on the telly. Many hypnotherapists shun stage hypnotists as making a mockery of what is a therapeutic tool.  They believe it has a negative impact on the good name of hypnotherapy.

Stage hypnosis however is big business and a stage hypnotist can potentially earn a great deal of money. The skills required to induce a hypnotic trance are easily accessible and there is
no formal regulated body to oversee any unscrupulous performers. 

Stage hypnosis does however often demonstrate the power of hypnosis. It is able to do this more so than hypnotherapy, due to the very nature of a stage performance. The main aim for a stage hypnotist is to put get the participant into a hypnotic trance, to then create an amusing or embarrassing situation for the person to endue. Everyone there knows what happens and any volunteer is automatically game for a laugh, wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, albeit sometimes a humiliating one.

There are two things which the hypnotist and hypnotherapist have in common. They both use hypnosis to relax people and shut down consciously aware barriers which ordinarily would get in the way. And they also need 'willing participants' who are open to the experience and have little in the way of conscious resistance. Saying that, there is a very big difference between these two professions. The hypnotist is there purely for entertainment purposes, whereby the hypnotherapist utilises hypnosis to aid the therapeutic process and uses the power of hypnosis, only for positive and helpful reasons.

After my recent research into this matter I hope this blog helps break down any myths or barriers for people considering the positive use of hypnosis. Whether to alleviate a habit, change a behaviour or deal with an unwanted reaction to a situation or event.

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Hypnotherapist Tim Langhorn
I was very fortunate to meet Hypnotherapist Tim Langhorn at his hypnotherapy practice in Oldfield Park, Bath. It is something that has always fascinated me. I have seen the likes of Paul McKenna and Derren Brown on the telly and wondered how this fitted with what Tim offers.

Tim Langhorn is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Bath who has been working with people of all ages therapeutically for over 30 years. 

Tim is a skilled and experienced Hypnotherapist trained by the internationally renowned London College of Clinical Hypnosis LCCH.

I started my visit to Tim Langhorn by asking him “What is hypnotherapy and what kind of issues or problems does it help?”

This is what he told me:

“Well Bingham, hypnotherapy is basically therapy under hypnosis. Hypnosis is very much like being in a daydream. When we go into our imagination and daydream we can focus all our attention to do this, to such an extent we can lose ourselves briefly to what is going on around us.

We are usually pretty relaxed when doing so and can conjure up all types of images or thoughts in our mind. Hypnosis is very similar. And like a daydream we can come out of it whenever we want.

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Hypnosis is similar to being in a daydream
The hypnotic state or trance, is a natural phenomenon. It is known as 'an altered state of consciousness'.

It is also similar to  when you focus your mind to read a book or daydream to the exclusion of all else, while the rest of world carries on in the distance.

For that moment distancing yourself from conscious reality. That’s a hypnotic state or ‘trance’. As natural as breathing.

Hypnotherapy exploits that calm, relaxed and focussed state to bring about positive change. The use of imagery, metaphors, suggestion, affirmations and therapeutic techniques can retrain the unconscious part of your mind to make changes you desire. 

Your unconscious mind always has a positive intent to protect. That's it's job. For example, over time you may have convinced it that there is a particular object or animal that you fear. After a while your unconscious programmes this in to create an automatic trigger to alert you to the danger. It then prepares you for the 'flight or fight' response which protects you from harm. Other times you may programme it to repeat something over and over again. The unconscious mind complies and you eventually land up with a habit. Hypnotherapy can help reverse this way of thinking. - Tim Langhorn Hypnotherapist Bath Hypnotherapy Bath
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Hypnotherapy Bath to quit smoking
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Hypnotherapy Bath for weight control
Whether it's quitting smoking or working on weight control.

Hypnotherapy is also well suited for people with anxiety, panic attacks or phobias.

Because you have programmed it in the first place to fear birds, spiders, heights, flying or have the habit of smoking, over eating, thumb sucking etc. You can use hypnotherapy to reprogram it to not do those things. What makes hypnotherapy work so well is that in this dream like state, you have little conscious interference. Therefore, nothing to stop the new positive suggestions from being accepted by your unconscious mind.

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Children's hypnotherapy Bath
The use of hypnotherapy with children in Bath is particularly very successful because their minds are very creative and receptive to the positive suggestions. They swiftly come up with solutions to problems they are experiencing and find the solutions naturally from within themselves.

I use a light state of hypnosis, where the child will go into a ‘day dreamy' state. Children experience this kind of state many times a day quite naturally; when they are waking from sleep or falling asleep, or just becoming absorbed in thought or in imaginative play.

I have been working professionally with young people since 1982, so I know it is very important that both child and parent can feel comfortable, confident and at ease with me the therapist.

Parents stay in the room so a child feels more at ease in a  session. Parents can then see for themselves that the process of hypnotherapy is relaxed, gentle, safe and positive. Children respond well to hypnotherapy."
Contact Tim today and the initial consultation is yours
absolutely free if you decide it’s not for you
01225 317 813 Tim Langhorn Hypnotherapist Bath - Hypnotherapy Bath
Tim’s combined wealth experience and knowledge of Hypnotherapy and related therapies has meant he has encountered a whole spectrum of issues with people of differing ages and diverse backgrounds.

All this as well having an excellent insight and an unconditional positive regard for the issues people bring enable Tim to get to the heart of any symptom, habit or behaviour.

Tim Langhorn's  professional, calm and non-judgemental approach enables people to explore  these issues in a safe, secure and confidential environment. Hypnotherapy Bath Tim Langhorn Hypnotherapist Bath
Hypnotherapists remember have regulated bodies, societies and groups specifically developed for the enhancement of good practice as well as moral and ethical considerations. Tim Langhorn Hypnotherapy Bath - Hypnotherapist Bath
A hypnotherapist such as Tim is signed up to these professional practices and is accountable to these bodies.

It is with that in mind and having met Tim that I for one would trust him to help me with any issue or condition which I feel needs his very specialised training.
                Tim is a registered professional with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis
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So why not start a New Year with a new start. A New Year resolution to lose some weight, quit smoking or finally deal with that fear or phobia. You may suffer from anxiety or a performance related fear. You may have difficulties speaking at presentations or in large groups. A social anxiety or panic attacks may be preventing you from fulfilling your potential.

Well not any more. Help is at hand so you can help yourself so long as you have the desire for change.

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2014.

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