Hypnosis can be an extremely powerful tool for bringing about positive change in our lives. Forget any preconceptions you may have about hypnosis from watching stage shows or TV demonstrations in which participants are made to bark like or dog or make fools of themselves in the name of entertainment. There is nothing remotely mysterious about hypnosis. It’s a very natural state – an altered state of consciousness in which a person is able to narrow the focus of their attention. In truth, you’re frequently in a state of light hypnotic trance without even realising.
Have you ever had the experience of driving in your car but not been able to remember details of any of the roads you drove on or the cars that passed by you? Your mind was elsewhere, deep in thought, but on a subconscious level you were still fully in control of the vehicle and able to react to any situation in front of you. This is an example of a trance state. While in a state of hypnosis, you are always in control. In fact, all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. The hypnotist simply helps to facilitate your experience. Hypnotherapy isn’t about being made to do things – it’s about empowerment.
Phoenix founder Andrew Cowie is an Advanced Master Hypnotherapist and has trained under some of the leading names in the field, including Generative Trance creator Dr Stephen Gilligan, and Thom Shillaw, pioneer of the Shillawian Hypnosis model. A specialist in Conversational Hypnosis, Body Language and Unconscious Communication, Andrew has a formidable array of techniques to suit any problem or goal. He says: “Hypnosis harnesses the power of the subconscious mind – the invisible powerhouse which takes care of all your bodily functions, such as the beating of the heart and the flow of the breath. The subconscious mind performs all these marvels of bodily activity day in, day out, without you having to be consciously aware of it. By tapping into that unconscious powerhouse, remarkable feats of positive change and transformation are possible.”
Hypnosis can be used to implement powerful change in your life in areas ranging from stress relief to phobia cures, smoking cessation and weight loss. We can also teach you self-hypnosis techniques which you can use on yourself, completely safely, to promote healing and positive development.
Hypnosis can help with:
Stress is one of the great epidemics of the modern age. We live in a society that is over-anxious and burdened with worry. The financial crises of recent years have taken a huge toll. An austerity-driven agenda of relentless cost-cutting has led to vast swathes of job losses, zero-hours contracts, mass unemployment plus burgeoning workloads and longer hours for those “fortunate” enough to have kept their jobs. The cost of living has continued to rise whilst wages have been squeezed, leaving many people worse off than they were a decade ago.
To put it bluntly we’ve become trapped in our fight-or-flight mechanism which our ancestors only used as a response to life-threatening situations. We’ve become like cars which have been driven with the accelerator pedal rammed permanently to the floor until the engine blows. That’s what happens to your body when you ignore the early warning signs of stress and try to keep battling on at full throttle. Don’t ignore those warning signs. They’re there for a reason. The smoke coming out the engine is trying to tell you something. It’s time to get help. Hypnotherapy can help us to break the habits of unhelpful rumination and worry so that we can slow down, become more grounded and start to live our lives with a greater sense of internal peace and harmony.
Depression counselling fife
MANY people suffering from stress or anxiety also have depression and it’s extremely common for the two conditions to go hand-in-hand. Some people still think that depression is trivial but they’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by just “pulling yourself together”.
The main thing to realise is that you’re not alone. Many famous people have battled depression, such as JK Rowling, Buzz Aldrin, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Jim Carrey and actor Robin Williams whose tragic death in 2015 catapulted the subject into the public eye. One of the biggest problems faced by sufferers is the fact that depression is an invisible illness. Unlike, say, a broken leg, the effects aren’t visible to the casual observer. But that doesn’t make it any the less of an impediment. If anything, it makes it worse because there’s little support or sympathy. Hypnotherapy can help by making us less self-critical and more accepting of who we are and what we are.
Addiction service fife
Because of our increasingly stressful lifestyles, more and more people are turning to forms of substance abuse to make themselves feel better, but the tragic reality is that alcohol and drugs only ever make things worse. Yes, they might provide us with a very brief and temporary sense of euphoria or stress relief but these effects will soon wear off and leave us feeling even worse than we did before. Addiction takes many forms – it’s not just about smoking, drinking or drug use but also gambling, shopping, computer gaming and even Smartphone addiction. We’re living in a culture of instant gratification which leaves us constantly wanting more. No matter how much you have, you’ll always be chasing the next product, the next model, the next iPhone, the next car, the next job or the next episode of a TV show. Our binge culture has left us addicted to the feelgood chemicals serotonin and dopamine and we’re constantly looking for more of whatever gives us our personal hit. Here at Phoenix we have a strong track record of working with addiction and with helping young people in particular to break bad habits and turn their lives around. Hypnotherapy is one of the key tools in the Phoenix arsenal, helping our clients to find a greater sense of internal harmony and wellbeing without dependence on external sources of stimulation.