What happens in an Exploring Hypnotherapy session?
Debra Quin is an experienced Hypnotherapist, having worked at the Breast Cancer Haven for many years. Debra will guide us through various relaxation techniques, and then guide us through suggestions, exploring ways that we can manage generic issues related to Cancer and Cancer treatment.
The sessions are held via Zoom, so although you are within a group, you are still in the comfort and safety of your own home. There is no pressure to engage with the group, however, if you have any questions or feedback there will be an opportunity at the end of the session.
This is a relaxing way of taking time out, and can offer you an opportunity to alter old thinking habits, which may be having an unwanted effect on your life. You will learn how to reframe your thought patterns, helping you to cope with whatever is on your mind in a more beneficial manner.
We will look at topics which you may relate to, such as Fear, and Pain.
- Monday 8th November – Fear
- Monday 6th December – Pain
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is an established evidence-based complementary therapy, with over 70,000 research references worldwide. It has been used in a medical setting since the 1700’s, and was first documented for use with cancer treatment in 1829. It has been used in a cancer setting to help with a wide range of issues such as pain, fear, anxiety and many side-effects of cancer treatment.
We all tend to repeat old patterns of thinking and behaviour. Hypnotherapy acts as a bridge to guide us to the source of the pattern of behaviour or anxiety, and then gently offers ways of reframing those patterns within the session, so that we can take control again.
A ‘Hypnotic state’ is a natural state of mind. We all go into such states of mind in everyday life, for example, when we daydream or concentrate intensely on something. Hypnosis brings us into a deeply relaxed state, creating a ‘focused mind’. Our conscious mind switches off when we are relaxed, or focused, enabling the subconscious mind to be open to positive suggestion.
Our subconscious mind stores all our memories and experiences. When we have an emotion, memory, or image from the past, this is the subconscious mind communicating to our conscious mind.
Hypnotherapy does not resemble stage or TV Hypnosis, which is purely for entertainment. When receiving Hypnotherapy, you do not lose control at any point, or do anything you would not wish to. You don’t have to take on the therapist’s suggestions, no one can hypnotise you if you don’t want them to.
Are these groups suitable for anyone with a cancer diagnosis?
Hypnotherapy is not suitable for anyone who has a history of psychosis, uncontrolled epilepsy or schizophrenia.
If you have any concerns about whether Hypnotherapy is suitable for you, please get in touch with Debra firstname.lastname@example.org and/or your medical provider before joining these sessions.
How do I get the most from my Exploring Hypnotherapy session?
This is an opportunity for some relaxation and self-care; it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing, and to join the session in a quiet, comfortable location.
As you will be guided through relaxation techniques, you may fall asleep, so ensure you are in a safe position.
Frequently Asked Questions
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about how to join the session.
For the comfort and safety of everyone joining our online groups we have a few room rules we ask everyone to observe.
- Try and arrive on time for the start of the session if you can, if you do join late please mute yourself on entry to avoid disturbing others.
- In general it makes for a better group experience if people can see each other, but do feel free to turn your video camera off if you are not feeling up to being visible that day
- Make yourself comfortable and join the meeting from your favourite cosy space, but if your video camera is on, please check what can be seen by others. Although pyjamas are fine if you’re currently bed-bound, do dress in a way that is appropriate for a group gathering.
- Please keep yourself on mute unless you are talking, especially when there may be distracting noises in the background.
- Take part in discussions and question-and-answer sessions, if you want to, but please listen to others and help the meeting host to ensure everyone has time to speak if they wish. The group lead may suggest using the hands up icon or typing questions into
the chat box.
- If group participants share personal stories and sensitive information, please treat this as confidential and avoid disclosing anything outside of the group without their permission.
- Should a group participant share information that raises a concern for their personal safety, we will follow this up privately in line with our safeguarding responsibilities.
- Technical failures and internet problems are quite common with online platforms, if the facilitator or another participant experiences problems please be understanding.
- In the unlikely event that a group participant says or does something inappropriate in a session, we will immediately remove them from the room and may take further action.
Advice given by Penny Brohn UK does not replace advice given by your healthcare professional or medical guidance.
Online group meetings are not suitable for discussing individual medical treatments or concerns, please note that we offer integrative doctor consultations and other therapeutic support by phone or video consultation for Penny Brohn UK clients requiring tailored advice and support.