Patricia is a member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She received her diploma in 1995 and has been running a successful practice for the last 17 years, treating a wide range of conditions.
She completed her NLP Practitioner Training Course in 1997 (training through Beeleaf)
Master Classes attended at the LCCH (London College of Clinical Hypnosis) include:
Healing the inner child
Past Life Regression
Cessation of Smoking
Brief Strategic Therapy
Goal Centered Therapy
The misconception and impression that many people hold is that hypnosis is something magical, mystical and even dangerous. Hypnosis has even been portrayed as a scary form of mind control, where people are made to give up control of themselves. Hypnosis is in fact the complete opposite, as people visit hypnotherapists or utilise self-hypnosis because they want help to gain more control over their lives, limiting habits and behaviours- not less.
The phenomenon of hypnosis is firstly, and most importantly, a natural state
of mind, which means that virtually every person has the capacity to respond to hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a state of physical, mental and emotional relaxation, along with a heightened state of awareness. This change of consciousness is extremely comfortable and relaxing, just like those moments before you fall asleep and as you start to wake up in the morning. You'll feel very relaxed, yet your mind will still be highly focused and aware.
Hypnosis is a means of moving into a perfectly natural state of mind, that people actually move in and out of several times a day. Everyone has experienced this trance like state, although they may not have called it hypnosis.We all go in and out of different levels of consciousness all day. Daydreaming, reading, driving are all examples of every day tasks when we may enter an altered state of awareness.
Have you ever had the experience of driving along the motorway and suddenly realised that you passed your exit several miles back?
Or have you ever been so caught up in a TV programme, a book, a film or computer game that you've lost track of time, or not realised that someone has been talking to you?
These are all everyday examples of a change of consciousness and an altered state of awareness. Hypnosis is just another example of an altered state of awareness. The difference being hypnosis is unique in that it can be utilised for self-change as we are also much more open and responsive to positive suggestion in this state.
So, when a hypnotherapist guides you into hypnosis they are not asking you to experience anything strange that you haven't experienced before. This is why sometimes people come out of trance unsure whether they were actually hypnotised or not, as it is such a familiar feeling.