Hypnotherapy for English speakers
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy where one uses guided hypnosis for treatment. It's beying used for changing certain behaviours, thoughts and feelings. This is done under the guidance and with the help of a certified hypnotherapist.
A few weeks ago, I was finishing up a session with a client when he asked me if I also do hypnotherapy in English. He had a non-Dutch speaking friend who was looking for a hypnotherapist in Amsterdam. The friend was an expad, who's been living in Amsterdam for almost two years. His Dutch was at the ‘Albert Heijn-level’, so he could manage in a supermarket, but a real conversation was too hard. I said to the client that he could contact me, but I realised through the question that my website is all in Dutch, and not readable for someone with Albert Heijn level. So, with that in mind I decided to make a webpage for non-Dutch speakers.
Wat is hypnosis
Hypnosis is a state of trance and somehow similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.
Is hypnotherapy different in English?
Not really. As a therapist I work in the tradition of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, which is based on the works of the American psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson. Here we use language as the most important tool, to guide someone in hypnosis. And working with language patterns in Ericksonian hypnosis is easier in English compared to Dutch.
What can u use hypnotherapy for
Hypnotherapy is a treatment for a wide range of health conditions, including burn-out, depression, overcoming phobias and other anxiety issues like panic attacks. It's also helpful in treating addictions such as smoking, gambling, cocaine and sex addiction. It is also used to control pain and is being used in place of anesthesia, particularly in patients who prove to be allergic to anesthetic drugs. I also treat fear of public speaking, which is, due to my background in theatre something I have a perticular interest in.
What to Expect
Although there are different techniques, clinical hypnotherapy is generally performed in a calm, therapeutic environment. The therapist will guide you into a relaxed, focused state and ask you to think about experiences and situations in positive ways that can help you change the way you think and behave. Unlike some dramatic portrayals of hypnosis in movies, books, or on stage, you will not be unconscious, asleep, or in any way out of control of yourself. You will hear the therapist’s suggestions, and will not loose any control.