Confidence can be hard to pin down at times! Most people have had the experience of observing someone they know at a party or in a work situation, communicating with ease and naturally, without a hint of self-consciousness and have thought, “Why cant that be me?" It may be that you lack confidence within specific relationships and want to learn how to be more assertive, perhaps certain situations give you trouble or you may want to become a better public speaker, or at least find it less anxiety provoking! Perhaps you want to be able to share some of the knowledge and ideas that you have inside your head, which you hold back because of lack of confidence or you find it difficult to speak up in front of groups of people or lack confidence in all areas of your life. All these experiences are common and can be helped by hypnotherapy.
Of course, in life there will always be natural differences among people. Some people just seem to be more introverted, whilst others seem to enjoy the limelight and draw others towards them with ease. Whether confidence is a problem, must be self-defined, by the individual. If it impacts on your life in subtle or more obvious ways and you feel frustrated or held back by lack of confidence, then hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire could benefit you.
Hypnotherapy is an application of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnotherapists at Hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire, utilise hypnosis to help people solve personal problems, such as lack of confidence. Hypnosis is a state of mind, typified by deep relaxation, a narrowed focus and heightened sensory awareness. This state of mind occurs naturally and people slide in and out of this state, known as ‘trance’, all the time, in everyday life. Examples of trance states include fantasising about someone you are attracted to, becoming deeply absorbed in reading a book, being anxious about an event causing you to re-live what could go wrong over and over in your head and daydreaming. As you may see from the examples given, trance states can be positive or negative, depending on what is being focused on.
Hypnotherapists induce deeply relaxing trance states and utilised them to bring about positive change. This is because, when a person is deeply relaxed, as they are during trance, access to the unconscious mind is enabled. The hypnotic process is wonderfully pleasant and relaxing, which in itself is beneficial for people who lack confidence and experience stress and worry on a regular basis. Being free of stress and worry, during the hypnotic process, allows the therapists to pack your unconscious mind with positive suggestions of confidence. Whilst in this state you also get to practice situations in which you will act with confidence and conviction, through a process known as visualisation.
Hypnotherapy can also be effective in removing negative associations that you have developed between situations and feeling unconfident and it can also be used to remove and free you from negative emotions from the past. Sometimes self-esteem can be related to childhood experiences and these can be dealt with through hypnotherapy at Hypnotherapy, Herts.
During your hypnotherapy treatment at Hypnotherapy Herts, the hypnotherapist will also work with you to achieve confidence through a process called anchoring. Anchors are naturally occurring associations between an external stimulus and a behavioural or emotional response. They occur because the human mind constantly seeks to make sense of the environment by looking for patterns and associations between things. It is likely that you have had the experience of hearing a certain piece of music that reminds you of a person or event from the past. Not all anchors are positive. People learn to make negative associations between things, such as feeling anxious or worried when they are asked to go to their bosses’ office or when they are required to give a presentation to colleagues.
During confidence sessions at Hypnotherapy, Herts, the therapist deliberately makes use of anchors in order to empower people to have control over their emotional states. There are specific techniques in which a stimulus is used to trigger and link an emotional state. The stimulus is usually external and may be a sound or touch. Through these techniques it is possible to for an individual to build up a resource of positive emotional states, which they can access in any situation in which they need them. This will mean that by activating your chosen trigger, such as squeezing your forefinger and thumb together, you will be able to access confident feelings, when you need them. It is also possible to completely collapse negative anchors so that external stimuli that cause you negative emotional states will no longer be a problem.
If you are fed up with being held back or not being able to do what you dream of doing because of lack of confidence, book your appointment with a hypnotherapist now!
Karen Hastings is a NHS experienced mental health occupational therapist, Master NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist. Karen uses hypnotherapy in Hertfordshire, along with cognitive therapy approaches. For more information about Hypnotherapy, Herts visit http://www.karenhastings.co.uk