Hypnotherapy in St Just, Cornwall
Welcome. My name is Julie Snell and I'm a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist practising in St Just, West Penwith, Cornwall, which is close to Penzance.
I offer a friendly and informal initial consultation, without obligation. There is no charge for this. This provides some quiet time to discuss your issues in confidence and find out more about how hypnotherapy may be able to help you. This free consultation is without obligation to go any further. I can help you make a more informed choice as to whether hypnotherapy is right for you.
My approach is sensitive, non-judgemental and holistic. I offer a friendly and peaceful environment where my clients can come for support with whatever problems or issues they are dealing with. I support the people I work with to move forwards in ways that are meaningful to them.
Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register which is the largest hypnotherapy register of practitioners in the UK. I abide by the code of ethics of this organisation.
Clinical Hypnotherapist in St Just, West Penwith. Within reach of Camborne, Hayle and Penzance.
Why Consider Hypnotherapy?
Today hypnotherapy is considered to be a respected therapeutic tool, a well established way of engaging with the unconscious mind. I consider it to be a thoughtful and intelligent therapy. But it can also be a wonderful, life affirming experience. It may create a peaceful state of stillness and tranquility giving you a nourishing sense of well-being. It can be a deeply relaxing experience that allows you to explore your own unique inner landscape; accessing creativity and your own unique potential. It may be an extremely positive experience that may enable you to discover the heart of the problem; finding new perspectives, strengths and insights. This can engender a new sense of clarity and a deepening of wisdom. Sometimes it can be a very profound experience. A hypnotherapist may be able to guide you through this process with sensitivity, creativity and integrity.
Hypnotherapy In The Past - The Mind Body Connection
The history of hypnotherapy as a healing method dates back as far as recorded history. Even the most ancient cultures and civilizations used different forms of hypnosis, such as sleep analysis, meditation and suggestions to aid healing.
In the earliest origins of hypnotic-like therapy, it can be inferred that Tribal doctors, wise women and shaman's used 'suggestion therapy'.
Ancient Egyptians had 'Sleep Temples' which have been traced back as far as 3000 B.C. The Greeks had Shrines of Healing. Both were places where people sought healing and were given suggestions while in an induced sleep.
In the Hellenistic Period 500 B.C. 'Sleep Temples were mostly used to help the mentally ill and the priests would interpret their dreams. It is believed that the priests also strongly used suggestions to 'cast out bad spirits'.
In 1069 a book called Kutadgu Bilig was written in Turkish that talks about the efsuncus. These were a medical auxiliary that used 'suggestion' to ward off demons.
Pietro D'Abano (1250 - 1316) was a teacher of medicine, astrology and philosophy. He had been called a 'Suggestionist'.
The Austrian doctor, Franz Anton Mesmer (1733 - 1815) is known as the 'Father of Hypnosis' and started a theory of 'animal magnetism'. He became interested in magnetic healing and believed that all living things had a 'magnetic fluid' in them and that if they had enough of this they would be healthy. He had great success in treating thousands of people with the process that came to be referred to a 'mesmerism'.
An English physician, Jonh Elliotson (1791 - 1868) reported many surgical operations performed painlessly using hypnosis. He was the author of 'Surgical Operations in the Mesmeric State Without Pain' (1843) He is famous for introducing the stetoscope into England.
There were women practicing mesmerism and stage hypnosis though it's difficult to find any information about them. Annie De Montford was a famous and prolific mesmerist in England in the 1870's. The famous Mrs H L Flint was known as 'The Little Hypnotic Sunbeam' in the 1890's.
James Braid (1795 - 1860) was primarily a Scottish eye doctor. He realised that some patients would go into a trance if their eyes were fixed of a bright object such as a pocket watch. He came up with the theory and words 'hypnosis' and 'hypnotism' in 1843. He said that hypnotism was a scientific and 'psycho-physiological' (mind-body) discipline.
James Esdaile (1808 - 1859) was also a Scottish surgeon. When working in India he used eye fixation to put patients into a deep hypnotic sleep before surgery. He performed hundreds of operations using hypnosis as his only anesthetic.
Dr Braid and Dr Esdaile were among the first to have their research into hypnosis taken seriously. Their studies were scientific and considered valid.
The French were also taking an interest in hypnosis. J.M. Charcot (1823 - 1892) was a French physician who was the first to identify and label the various levels of hypnotic depth.
The work of another Frenchman, Emile Coue (1857 - 1926) was very interesting. He pioneered the use of autosuggestion and is famous for the phrase 'day by day in every way I am getting better and better'. A man of enormous compassion, his technique was one of affirmation which have been championed in countless modern books.
Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939) was originally a strong advocate of hypnotherapy and traveled to France to study with two renowned teachers. He wrote several articles on hypnotherapy and translated two books from French into German on the subject. He used hypnotherapy in the late 1800's but by the beginning of the new century he had moved to using 'free association' or 'talking' techniques. With the rise of psychoanalysis in the first half of the 20th century hypnosis declined in popularity.
During the 1800's hypnosis was commonly practiced by doctors, especially in Europe. It was used as an anesthetic and pain reliever. With the discovery of anesthesia and stronger pain relievers hypnotism slowly lost it's popularity.
Milton Erickson (1901 - 1980) has been called the 'grandfather of hypnotherapy' for his important contributions to the acceptance of hypnotherapy as a science and an art. He was a psychiatrist and hypnotherapist who's professional credentials were impressive to his peers. As a teenager he was stricken with polio and paralyzed, but he remobilized himself. It was while paralyzed that he had an unusual opportunity to observe people and he noticed that what people said and what they did were often very different. He became fascinated by human psychology and devised countless innovative and creative ways to help people. He healed through metaphor, surprise, confusion and humour as well as hypnosis. Ericksonian Hypnosis has greatly influenced many modern schools of hypnosis.
In 1955 the British Medical Association (BMA) recognized hypnotherapy and in 1958 the Americal Medical Association (AMA) approved a report on the medical use of hypnosis. Two years after AMA approval the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology.
Dave Elman (1900 - 1967) was one of the pioneers of the medical use of hypnosis. He is known for having trained many physicians and psychotherapists in America in the use of hypnotism.
Julie Snell, Clinical Hypnotherapist in St Just, Cornwall. Within reach of Penzance, Hayle, St Ives, Camborne, Redruth and Truro.