The History of Hypnotherapy

Over the last few decades, hypnotherapy has become an increasingly popular form of therapy for helping people overcome all manner of issues and mental illnesses in their lives. Its aim has always been to focus in on what it is that causes our behaviors and negative habits and to then provide a roadmap for changing these for the better. Its concern with the subconscious is what makes it so effective at rooting out the causes of things which are troubling us.
But what’s the history of hypnotherapy? Where did it come from, and how has it developed since its inception?

The roots of hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy has a long and illustrious history, with its practice being traced back to the very start of recorded history. Healers, shaman, witch doctors, and tribal doctors have all used hypnosis as a means of treating people.
The actual origin of the word ‘hypnosis’ comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ which means ‘sleep.’ The Greeks used hypnotherapy in their treatment of people, using The Aesculapian Sleep Temples to put patients into a trance-like sleep to heal them.
Hypnotherapy also has a history in Chinese medicine where it has been used for over 5000 years. All of this shows how long hypnotherapy has been a cornerstone of the healing process, and how long it’s had to develop into the discipline, it is today.

Hypnotherapy in the modern day
The dawn of modern hypnotherapy can be traced back to the mid-1900s when two men Milton H. Erickson and Dave Elman changed how we approach hypnotherapy. Erickson came up with the idea of ‘indirect hypnosis’ which involves using subtle language patterns to change a patient’s perception of themselves.
Erickson also believed that to be effective; hypnotherapy had to be meaningful to the individual. This meant that his methods were based on understanding and working with each client’s view of the world.
Elman published a book titled Hypnotherapy which is regarded as a cornerstone of the field of modern hypnotherapy. He bridged the gap between hypnotism and hypnotherapy by adapting the practices of stage hypnotists for therapeutic uses.
The work of these two pioneers has had a significant influence on modern hypnotherapy which is now very solution-focused. Modern hypnotherapy also uses rapid and indirect techniques, and it is far more guided by the client and their desires and goals.
What is hypnotherapy’s aim now?
The goal of hypnotherapy hasn’t changed much since its inception. It’s all about bringing about healing and change. The way in which it achieves this aim, however, has changed. Sessions are now guided far more by the client, rather than being dictated by the therapist. However, hypnotherapy still works on the level of the subconscious and looks to seek out the cause of issues that are affecting the client.
So if you feel like you could benefit from hypnotherapy, then please get in touch with me on 07870 893226.

Hypnotherapy & gambling

Gambling addiction has increasingly become an issue in the modern world because of how easy it is to access now. In the past, you’d have to go to a betting shop, or casino, but now it’s as easy as logging onto your PC or opening an app on your phone. This ease of access means it’s even harder to control what to some is an all-consuming impulse.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which gambling addiction can be tackled, and one of those ways is hypnotherapy. Read on to find out more about gambling addiction and how hypnotherapy has helped many people to overcome it.

How to know when your gambling is a problem

The vast majority of people who gamble have no problem with it. In fact, it can be a very enjoyable experience. There’s a buzz caused by adrenaline when we gamble, which can really give us a natural high.

For some, however, gambling can become a problem. It becomes a problem when your gambling regularly feels out of control. The issue is, as with many addictions, it can be difficult to admit that you have a problem with it. There are, however, a few questions you can ask yourself to see whether your gambling is a problem or not.

  1. Do you gamble when you don’t want to?
  2. Do you continue past the point where you know you should stop?
  3. Do you lose money that you need for other things?
  4. Are you in debt because of gambling?
  5. Do you feel you have to hide the extent to which you gamble?
  6. Do the people around you complain to the point where you feel you have to defend your gambling?

If you’ve answered yes to some or all of these questions, it’s possible you have a gambling problem.

Why is gambling addictive?

Simply put, gambling is an addictive pursuit because it provides both random and occasional rewards. We know from studying the brain that these rewards are the most desirable of all. When rewards are predictable, they become less exciting because the novelty soon wears off. With gambling, however, the result is unpredictable, so the excitement remains.

How can I stop gambling?

It’s the unpredictable nature of gambling that keeps the addiction going, but there’s more to gambling than just this emotional cycle. Gambling addiction is often a symptom of other emotional issues, such as depression or just generally feeling a bit down. It offers a means of escape from these feelings.

Hypnotherapy is all about changing behaviour and getting to the root cause of negative behaviours. Hypnotherapy will help you to discover the attitudes, thoughts, and past events which have led to your gambling habit.

Although a hypnotherapist can help you through your journey to giving up gambling, you need to want it yourself in order for it to be successful. Unfortunately, you won’t be cured in one session. Instead, you should think of it more of a process. There are many people who can help you along the way. Your friends, family, Gambler’s Anonymous, and your hypnotherapist.