More About Hypnosis

“By changing nothing, nothing changes”
Tony Robbins

What is clinical hypnotherapy?
What does hypnosis feel like?
How can clinical hypnotherapy help you?
How does it work?

What is clinical hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapy setting. Hypnosis is a natural state – a state that unbeknownst to us, we use every day, and rely on even though we Leon Cowenare unaware. You have two minds, the conscious and subconscious. The part you know about is your conscious mind. The part you use everyday but don’t realise you’re using is the subconscious. Have you arrived at your destination unable to recall the details of your journey? Or have you seen a mother “kiss it better” for a child and the child miraculously is better?  Or found that some sound or smell suddenly triggers off a lost memory? All these are evidence of the subconscious mind at work, and hypnosis is simply our ability to access and direct this subconscious activity in a positive and helpful way.

What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a very deep state of relaxation. First and foremost, it is very, very pleasant – the sort of feeling you have when you’re almost asleep, and allowing the world to go by. But as with the pleasant dreaminess of almost sleep, in hypnosis you are still the person in control. You are totally aware of all that is happening, and you allow it to happen in much the same way as you allow yourself to drift in a daydream. It is your choice whether you accept or reject suggestions made to you, and it is your choice whether you continue in hypnosis. It is important to realise that hypnotherapy is not magic, but it can produce what seems like a miracle – the miracle of helping you overcome the issue in your life letting you be happy and more content than you have for a long time.

How can clinical hypnotherapy help you?
The range of conditions clinical hypnotherapy is now recognised as helping is constantly increasing. Medical research is now showing that apart from the area that hypnosis seems famous for, smoking, clinical hypnotherapists are helping their clients overcome issues such as allergies, stress,  anxiety, pain, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, migraine headaches, dermatitis, weight issues, sexual problems, study issues (such as end of year exam nerves), insomnia, sports performance, confidence, fears, such as spiders or flying
poor decision making, gambling, tinnitus, eating disorders, dental issues, skin conditions
and many other issues.

How does clinical hypnotherapy work?
It is an age-old question, and perhaps we shall never know the answer completely. However unlike the days of voodoo and mystery, we do know now that clinical hypnotherapy suggestions can help both physical and emotional issues. It can allow the subject with past trauma on both a mental and emotional level and allow us to modify our behaviour(s). When we use clinical hypnotherapy to access to these our subconscious mind, we access control of our own lives. The use of self hypnosis can be invaluable, and its uses are limited only by your own imagination. It can be used simply for relaxation, for ego-boosting and confidence, for waking up in the morning or sleeping at night. We hear more and more now of its use in weight control, sporting performance, study, concentration, and the control of habits such as smoking or nail biting. Self hypnosis is self help. It is a positive reinforcement of your goals at your fingertips, for your use in your specific interest.
As a leader in the profession of clinical hypnotherapy, Dr Leon W. Cowen PhD (Clinical Hypnotherapy), provides advanced training and supervision on these and many other specialist client issues as principal lecturer and Executive Director at the Academy of Applied Hypnosis