Hypnotherapy

How does it feel?

More about what it is

How is it done?

Who can have hypnosis?

What is it useful for?

Suggestion therapy

Hypnoanalysis

The Past has Power

Past-life Regression

Life between Life Regression

Appointments and fees


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Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a very useful tool to help the mind deal with many problems.

It has been used as a treatment for millennia. The Ancient Greeks chanted rhythmically around an injured person, who would relax deeply as result – allowing painful wounds to be dealt with without discomfort.

Hypnosis is simply a state of ‘focussed concentration’ and is comfortable and pleasant. The client remains aware at all times, and is fully in control. No hypnotherapist can make anyone do anything against their will, nor would they ever wish to do so!


How does it feel?

Everyone has already experienced being in a state of hypnosis, even though they were not aware of it at the time:

If you have been at a film, or play, when you forgot about your surroundings to the extent that you were speaking (silently) to the actors – ‘don’t go in there!’ ‘oh, please hurry’, or were crying as though the sad or happy event was happening to you, then you were hypnotised- ie, concentrating so hard on what you were seeing that you let your own reality slip aside.

Or, if you travel the same route regularly, you may have had the experience of suddenly realising that you have passed a particular place without noticing it. When you were going through that place, you were in a state of hypnosis, concentrating on something else such that you were not consciously aware of your surroundings. Of course, if a crisis had arisen, you would have reacted appropriately, you were not in any sort of coma!

It is the same with hypnosis for therapy purposes. It can feel so normal that clients often tell me after the session that they were not really hypnotised –‘I could have stood up at any moment’. This is true, they could, but because they actually were hypnotised, they did not choose to stand up, because they were enjoying the deep relaxation that is part of the experience of hypnosis.


More about what it is

Our minds have two parts, the conscious mind, which deals with all the day to day stuff, and the subconscious mind which is in the background holding most of our beliefs, attitudes and fears.

For example, a person will use their conscious mind to plan a trip and book their flight. Then the subconscious (or unconscious) mind may kick in, saying “I’m scared to fly, I don’t want to go.” It is very hard to convince your subconscious mind to change its opinion, and although that person may talk themselves onto their flight, using their conscious and logical mind, the subconscious may go on complaining all the way there, making for a very unpleasant trip!

With hypnosis, we can talk directly to the subconscious mind, and convince it that it does not mind flying. This is done by bringing about a state of very deep relaxation. In this state the conscious mind ‘slips to one side’, a bit like an iceberg turning in the water, so that the small bit that used to be visible is now hidden. The subconscious mind comes to the surface, and can be talked to and encouraged. It will usually agree to change its opinion to the one the therapist suggests, in this case, that flying is no trouble at all.


How is it done?

There are many ways of inducing a deep relaxation.

The client will be invited to lie back in a comfortable chair, and concentrate on either my voice, or sometimes to look intently at something.

I will choose a method most suited to the individual
Usually I just talk, and as one of my tutors described it, ‘bore the client into relaxation’!

Dramatic methods, such as staring at the cliché swinging watch, are rarely used.

The client is the person actually in control, and it is up to her to ‘agree to go along’ with what is suggested, just as a child will go along with another child’s suggestion that they play house, or cops and robbers: ‘You be the robber’ – ‘ Okay’!


Who can have hypnosis?

Anybody over 7 years old.

95% of people can allow themselves go into a deep state of relaxation that is sufficient for therapeutic work to be carried out.

People with learning difficulties may not be able to concentrate adequately.


What is it useful for?

Hypnosis can be helpful in any situation which has a psychological component. Commonly treated issues are:

  • Fears and phobias
  • Anxiety states and panic
  • Undesirable habits: smoking, bed-wetting, nail-biting
  • Lack of confidence
  • Problems losing weight
  • Long term pain
  • Stage fright
  • Morning sickness
  • Shyness, social phobia, blushing
  • Grief
  • Children’s problems: shyness, clumsiness, lack of confidence, bullying

These will generally be treated with what is called ‘suggestion therapy’ (see separate section)

Other problems may originate from events in the past – see ‘hypnoanalysis’. These can include fears, sexual problems, confidence problems, obesity of more than 3 stone overweight, or any problem that does not respond adequately to suggestion therapy.

General dissatisfaction with life, uncertainty about a path to take, unresolved grief, can be helped by ‘regression therapies’.


Suggestion therapy

This is the commonest form of hypnotherapy, and will clear many problems. It involves giving ‘suggestions’ to the subconscious mind, for example that it will not be afraid of flying, that it will perform well in a given situation, that it will not feel bullied by a particular person. There are many ways of dressing up these suggestions so that they become acceptable to the subconscious, which then agrees to change. Often I will teach the client how to hypnotise herself at home, so that these suggestions may be repeated, thus strengthening their effect.


Hypnoanalysis

This is a powerful therapeutic tool with which the subconscious can be helped to explore the reasons behind a condition.

Many illnesses, or states of unease originate from a situation in the near or distant past, during which the mind learned to think or behave in a way which is no longer appropriate. By ‘going back’ under careful guidance, and looking at such a situation, the emotions which were appropriate to it can be left with it in the past. This is not frightening, and most people find reliving past events to be fascinating. For many people, the past may also show up positive and loving experiences that had been forgotten, and which can boost self-confidence and a feeling of well-being.

Unresolved grief can be helped this way, often by revisiting times with the deceased person, and ‘talking with them’ again.

Hypnotic regression is simply an exercise in remembering. The subject can ‘stand back’ from the scene and view it as an observer. If an unpleasant event occurs during the memory, it is not necessary to suffer through it, the subject feels only as upset as when watching a film. The therapeutic effects of the session are not reduced, and the emotions relating to the uncomfortable experience can be left in the past, and forgotten.


“The Past has Power” : a poem. (why hypnotherapy can help!)

The Past has Power

The past has power
He is a slumbering demon
Who pulls our strings from a distance
And makes us dance to an old forgotten tune.
He cannot be tamed by neglect.
You can throw sand in his eyes
From the new dance floor’s rhythm,
But he will rise up again and shape the future
By controlling the present.


To tame him he must be revisited
And studied, and acknowledged.
Only by close attention will we see
The way he is formed, and how our future is made
By the habits he created.
And we must be aware of how he did it then
-If not, his paws will reach out to our present
And push the pieces into old shapes
And our future will be like our past.


To start afresh today
We must know our past
And make the newly forming parts of him
Be the future we desire.

©Madeline Ann Stringer 1998

Past-life Regression

The existence of past lives has been discovered accidentally by many hypnotherapists, during routine sessions, when the patient’s subconscious mind is invited to ‘go to the time from which your problem stems’. Many patients spontaneously find themselves in another life, often with resonances with their present problems. Today’s problem can then be let go because the subject realises it is only relevant to a time now well over. In about half the cases of problems caused by a reaction to a past event, that event will have been in a previous life, not the current one.

It is not necessary to believe in the literal truth of ‘past lives’ to gain benefit from a past-life session. The situations experienced during the session can be accepted as a metaphor, or as a fairy-tale that your subconscious mind has created to explain your problem to your conscious mind. It is possible in this way to learn a great deal about yourself.

People who are sceptical about past lives often mock the idea by saying ‘everyone is always royalty’. Nothing could be further from the truth, the vast majority of clients find themselves in very ordinary lives, as slaves, servants, peasants, or foot soldiers. It is rare to find someone in the life of a rich person, never mind royalty, for the simple reason that through history there have been proportionally very few rich people – just like today!

Every ‘past life’ can teach you something about yourself, and how you are living your life today. Some people will recognise characters in the past life who are in their present life, and that can be enlightening.

Hypnotic regression is simply an exercise in remembering. The subject can ‘stand back’ from the scene and view it as an observer. If an unpleasant event occurs during the memory, it is not necessary to suffer through it, the subject feels only as upset as when watching a film. The therapeutic effects of the session are not reduced, and the emotions relating to the uncomfortable experience can be left in the past, and forgotten.

Appointment details

A past-life session takes up to two hours. Sessions are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Thursday and Friday afternoons.

I do not do hypnosis appointments late, as being hypnotised is not a sleep, but can be like work for the client, and it is not useful if they are tired. If a client nods off, I have to wake her and start from scratch!

The fee for past-life is €190.

Please phone 01 2986365 for an appointment.


Life between Life Regression

If you do accept the idea that you have lived before, there next comes the question – where was I in between my lives?

Dr Michael Newton, a hypnotherapist in California, now retired, stumbled upon the life - between - life when he was facilitating a past-life regression session for his client. She stated that she was lonely because none of her ‘group’ was here with her. On further questioning, she described her group of soul friends (no one has only one soul mate!) with whom she played and studied in the spirit world. Dr Newton subsequently regressed up to 8,000 clients to their in-between, and found that all his clients described much the same experiences, suggesting that the ‘spirit world’ does exist, and is like they said. Visiting one’s life in between lives can be fascinating, teaching a lot about why things have turned out as they have, with whom you have deep connections, what your abilities are, and how you occupy yourself, what work you do, while waiting to re-incarnate. Most comforting of all for many people, clients will meet their ‘spirit guide’, a higher soul, (not an angel,) who oversees your progress on this earth, and helps you through some of the difficulties. It has been suggested that the small ‘voice’ you may hear, often called intuition, may be this entity’s efforts to help you.

More about LBL

Dr Michael Newton has written books about his findings, called ‘Journey of Souls’ and ‘Destiny of Souls’. If you are interested in having an ‘LBL’ session, but have not yet read these books, my advice is not to read them until after your session, as it is far easier to relax into and believe your own session if you are not comparing your performance or findings with what you have read. Michael Newton also edited 'Memories of the Afterlife' to which I contributed a chapter. You can also go onto the Newton Institute website: www.newtoninstitute.org for fuller details.

What about the session?

An ‘LBL’ session takes up to 4 hours. During that time you will first go into a deep relaxation, and then go back to the womb just before your birth into this life. Then you go further back to a past life, and by going through the death, find yourself entering the spirit world. It can be slow at first to see the information, but with time and practice it comes clear.Not everyone sees all the details of their between-life time. But most people feel they have seen what they needed, what will help them at this stage of their life.

Do I need to prepare?

It is best that you have had a past-life session first. (see past-life section) You should ideally be 30 years or older. Younger people do not receive as much information, probably because so much more of their life choices are still in front of them, and you must make these choices yourself. Bring with you to the session a list of the questions you want answered. This is usually things like: ‘am I on the right path in life’, ‘why did my father die so young’, ‘will I meet my soulmate’, ‘what is life for’ and so on. Do not list too many, and realise that much of this information may come to you without needing to ask the specific question. Also many people find that once they are in the relaxation that some of the questions seem irrelevant.

Also, bring a list of about 10-12 people who you feel are still influencing you as you live your life today. These need not be still alive, or actively in your life. List them by name, relationship to you, and describe each with a few adjectives. So your list might start:

Sandra sister fun, loving, chatty, manipulative
Bill ex teacher critical, pernickety, encouraging

The purpose of this ‘theatre programme’ is to help me recognise individuals who turn up in spirit in your session, without you having to stop to explain to me who ‘Sandra’ is. Do not list everyone you know, and particularly not those who moved through your life but whose effect on you is no longer active.

If you would like your session recorded, it helps if you can bring two C90 cassette tapes. I know this technology seems out of the Ark, but I find it the least invasive, easy to manage during the session, and it is immediately ready for you to take away. And think of it this way – you have been looking into the very distant past, so why not use a bit of the recent one!!

I advise that you do not listen to your recording for at least a month after your session, as what you remember, and remember feeling, is far more significant.

Appointments and fees

I do Life Between Life appointments appointments on some weekday mornings from 10a.m., for a fee of €300, or on Saturday mornings for €400

I accept cash or cheque, and can give a receipt.

To make an appointment, please phone me on 01 2986365.


Appointments and fees

Hypnosis appointments are available on Thursday and Friday mornings and Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. I do not do late appointments, as hypnosis is not a relaxation session, but can have an element of ‘work’ for the client, who may be too tired, and simply fall asleep! Then I have to wake her up and start over. I allow 90 minutes for the appointment, but you will usually be hypnotised for about 45 minutes.

The first visit fee is €115, subsequent visits are €95.

If you would like to come for a half-hour chat about your problem first, to help decide if it, and I, are right for you, the charge is €20. If you then come, within six months, for hypnosis, your first visit is only €95

I accept cash or cheque, and can give receipts.

Past-life session, 2 hours, €190 Life-between-life session, up to 4 hours, from €300. See fuller details under those section headings