About your hypnotherapist
Saar Ramesar, holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology (M Com). Her hypnotherapy training was completed as part of her Masters degree . She also received additional hypnotherapy training, post the completion of her degree. She has been based internationally for the past 10 years assisting individuals, amongst others, to resolve all types of developmental, behavioral and mental issues. She also holds a B Com Psychology Degree as well as a B Com (Hons) degree in Psychology.
What is Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy or psychological therapy that uses hypnosis as a therapeutic tool to help individuals make positive changes in their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, or perceptions. It involves a collaborative process between the hypnotherapist and the client, with the goal of harnessing the power of suggestion to achieve an altered state of consciousness, to address specific issues or concerns. This therapeutic technique offers several potential benefits for individuals seeking assistance with various psychological and behavioral issues.
This changed state of awareness and focused attention induces deep relaxation that allows for improved concentration. Hypnosis is often induced with the guidance of a hypnotherapist using verbal repetition and mental images. During hypnosis, most individuals feel calm and relaxed and typically become more open to suggestions and may experience changes in perception, memory, and behavior. Therefore, hypnosis can assist individuals to gain control over behaviors that they would like to change. This may assist in aiding the individual to cope better with anxiety, pain, emotional trauma, or an undesired behavior. Important to note, that although an individual is more open to suggestions during hypnosis, they do not lose control over their behavior during a hypnosis session.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy can be used to address a wide range of mental and behavioral issues, including but not limited to:
- Stress Reduction: Hypnosis can induce a state of deep relaxation, helping individuals reduce stress and anxiety levels. This relaxation can have a positive impact on overall well-being.
- Pain Management: Hypnotherapy has been used to help manage and alleviate chronic pain conditions, such as migraines, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. It may help individuals reduce their perception of pain and increase their pain tolerance.
- Phobia and Anxiety Treatment: Hypnosis can be effective in treating specific phobias, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorders. It helps individuals confront and manage their fears and anxieties more effectively.
- Smoking Cessation: Hypnotherapy is sometimes used as a smoking cessation tool. It can help individuals break the habit by changing their attitudes and behaviors related to smoking.
- Weight Management: Hypnosis can aid in weight loss and weight management by addressing underlying emotional and psychological factors that contribute to overeating or unhealthy eating habits.
- Improving Sleep: Hypnosis may help individuals with insomnia or sleep disorders by promoting relaxation and improving sleep quality. Techniques like guided imagery can be used to facilitate better sleep.
- Enhancing Confidence and Self-Esteem: Hypnotherapy can boost self-confidence and self-esteem by addressing negative self-beliefs and promoting a more positive self-image.
- Behavioral Change: Hypnosis can be helpful in changing undesirable habits or behaviors, such as nail-biting, hair-pulling (trichotillomania), or excessive procrastination.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Hypnotherapy may assist individuals in coping with the symptoms of PTSD by addressing traumatic memories and reducing associated anxiety and distress.
- Performance Enhancement: Athletes, artists, and individuals in various professions sometimes use hypnosis to improve their performance by boosting focus, confidence, and motivation.
- Coping with Grief and Loss: Hypnosis can help individuals process and cope with the grief and emotional pain associated with the loss of a loved one.
- Resolving Addictions: Hypnotherapy is often used as a cessation tool to break the habit of addictions, amongst others, alcohol, drugs.
- Improving study habits and academic performance: Due to the ability of hypnosis to increase concentration and focus, this can be used to increase study/academic focus for enhanced performance.
Important to note, is that while hypnotherapy can be effective for many people, its success may vary from person to person and issue to issue. The effectiveness of hypnotherapy often depends on factors such as the client’s receptivity to hypnosis, and the complexity of the issue being addressed.
What to consider before embarking on hypnotherapy:
- Specific Issues: Hypnosis is often used to address specific issues such as anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation, weight management, and pain management. Consider whether your concern aligns with the types of issues that hypnotherapy can effectively address.
- Openness to Hypnosis: Hypnosis relies on an individual’s willingness and ability to enter a hypnotic state. Some people are more receptive to hypnosis than others. Being open to the process and willing to follow the hypnotist’s instructions is crucial.
- Qualified Hypnotherapist: If you decide to try hypnosis, make sure to seek out a qualified and reputable hypnotherapist. Look for someone who has applicable qualifications in psychology as a basis.
- Realistic Expectations: Understand that hypnosis is not a magic cure-all. While it can be effective for many people and issues, it may not work for everyone or for every problem. Maintain realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of hypnotherapy.
- Commitment to the Process: Successful hypnotherapy often requires active participation and a commitment to the process. You may need multiple sessions to achieve the desired results, so be prepared to invest time and effort.
- Safety Concerns: If you have a history of certain mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia or dissociative disorders, or if you are taking medications that affect your mental state, discuss your situation with a healthcare professional before pursuing hypnosis. Hypnosis may not be suitable for everyone in these cases.
- Personal Preferences: Consider your personal preferences and comfort level with the idea of hypnosis. Some people may be more open to alternative or complementary therapies, while others may prefer more traditional approaches to treatment.
What to expect during a hypnotherapy session:
- Assessment: The hypnotherapist begins by conducting an initial assessment or consultation to understand the client’s concerns, goals, and background. This information helps the therapist tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to the client’s specific needs.
- Relaxation: During a hypnotherapy session, the client is guided into a state of deep relaxation. This relaxed state is often referred to as “hypnotic trance” or “hypnotic state.” It is characterized by a heightened state of focus and concentration.
- Suggestion: While in the hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist provides verbal suggestions to the client. These suggestions are designed to target the issue or concern at hand. Suggestions may be framed positively to encourage desired changes in thoughts, behaviors, or emotions.
- Exploration: In some cases, the client may be guided to explore their subconscious mind or engage in imagery, visualization, or other therapeutic techniques to address underlying issues or gain insights into their experiences.
- Reinforcement: The hypnotherapist may reinforce positive suggestions and encourage the client to adopt new thought patterns, behaviors, or beliefs that are aligned with their therapeutic goals.
- Termination: At the end of the session, the hypnotherapist guides the client out of the hypnotic state and back to their normal level of consciousness. The client may feel refreshed and relaxed after the session.
Should you be interested in starting your journey to emotional wellness, please Contact Saar. She is currently based on a beautiful working sheep farm and practices from there. Should online sessions be required, please contact her to ascertain the functioning thereof.