It is believed that our mind operates on two levels:
- The upper level being the conscious mind
- Below or behind that the subconscious mind (unconscious)
The conscious mind is the part of the mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning – “the thinking mind”. The conscious mind controls all the actions that you do intentionally whilst being conscious. For example when you decide to make any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg, getting up from a chair, taking a sip of tea etc.
So whenever you are aware of the thing that you are doing, you are doing it by instructions from your conscious mind. It is responsible for pretty much all of your day-to-day decisions. Your conscious mind is logical.
The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary automatic actions, things that you don’t really take decisions about.
Your breathing rate and heart beats are controlled by your subconscious mind. Your imagination, dreaming and emotions are also controlled by your subconscious mind and it is the place where your memories and beliefs are stored – “the feeling mind”. Your subconscious mind stores information that the conscious mind uses to make its decisions. The subconscious mind has no logic.
A lot of the issues that result in people seeking therapy start in the subconscious mind such as habits and behaviours we carry out repeatedly or as a result of experiences we have had throughout our lives. Over a period of time they become automatic so we don’t even think about it when we are doing them.
The results can be seen perhaps when they result in reacting in a certain way in response to certain situations such as phobias, over eating, smoking or biting your nails when anxious or stressed.
At other times information stored in your memory is misunderstood or out of context. As a result your conscious mind can’t make its decisions rationally because the information it is basing its decisions on is either unreliable or unhelpful.
A phobia of cats for example can make you feel afraid even when you know logically that they are fluffy and harmless. The fear is controlled by your subconscious mind which has no logic.
Hypnotherapy can help you to become aware of and then change emotions and beliefs controlled by the subconscious mind which in turn can facilitate changes on a conscious level releasing feelings of conflict, tension, stress and anxiety and making you happier, more confident, more positive and feeling a sense of control over your everyday life.
Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that can help you change negative patterns of behaviour and thinking and improve your physical and mental health and general well being.
The British Medical Association (BMA) recognise hypnotherapy as a complementary treatment.
A few sessions of hypnotherapy can address issues that clients may have battled with for many years such as stress or anxiety in certain situations, phobias or fears of any type, long standing behaviours that are causing upset or annoyance, or general habits that clients want to break.
Hypnotherapy can also help you to relax. Regular relaxation or self hypnosis can be hugely beneficial for your general health and wellbeing. Relaxation should not just be for weekends or holidays. I can teach you simple techniques which you can easily incorporate into your day to day life and that will provide you with the ability to relax whenever you feel the need.