What is Hypnotherapy?

Can you tell me what hypnosis is exactly?

If in doubt, ask a hypnotherapist and many will differ on their interpretation of what hypnosis is.  Taken from the dictionary, hypnosis is a relaxed state of mind where an individual can be hyper focussed on a particular goal they wish to attain.  Hypno-therapy is two words, “hypno” meaning sleep (Greek) and “therapy” meaning treatment that heals a disorder, or a psychological treatment.  The NCH suggests that hypnosis is a natural state of mind and part of everyday life.  Perhaps you sometimes find yourself on auto-pilot or daydreaming whilst doing a mundane task.  These are forms of hypnosis and brain scans show brain activity moving into a different state such as Beta to Alpha, and sometimes Theta.  This is similar to how the brain changes during meditation.  Hypnosis is not a state of where the mind is shut down. It is a state of intense concentration. In this particular state, the mind is more easily receptive to positive suggestions. Interestingly, hypnosis seems to be most effective in those with a good imagination as well as a higher IQ.

What if I fall asleep?

It can happen that a client falls asleep during hypnosis.  Ideally this needs to be managed so that you don’t fall asleep.  Some people suggest that if you fall asleep, it maybe that your body is indeed fatigued and perhaps there is limited benefit to the session, but others’ opinions believe your subconscious mind will still be taking on board the suggestions made.  If you are concerned about this please talk to your hypnotherapist about this before or after your session so that steps can be taken to minimise this occurrence, such as engaging with you throughout the session.

What if I relinquish control of my faculties and start clucking like a chicken?

Even now I am asked whether I will make my client cluck like a chicken or do something embarrassing.  Be assured that the sessions are above board and your desire to attend for hypnotherapy is commensurate with your desire for change, not entertainment.  When people attend stage hypnosis, they expect silly things or behave out of character.  With hypnotherapy, the desire is for an optimal outcome to deal with a difficult area or manage specific change and my goal is to help you achieve this. I adhere to the NCH code of ethics.

What will it feel like?

Since hypnosis is seen as a natural state of mind, people tend to hear every word and feel completely in control, as if they can walk out of the room whenever they choose.  You may simply feel deeply relaxed, a bit like drifting off to sleep or a sense of weightlessness.  Everyone experiences it in the way that is right for them and perhaps at times you may even wonder whether you have actually been hypnotised.  Be assured this is completely normal and your hypnotherapist will be able to reassure you so that you can have a completely relaxing and peaceful experience..

What can hypnosis help me with?

Hypnosis can be used to help with a wide range of issues such as:

  • Fears and phobias
  • Weight Loss
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Physical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines
  • Panic attacks
  • Self esteem
  • Social Confidence
  • Habit Reversal
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Insomnia
  • Manage pain
  • Improve performance at work or in sport
  • Improve birth outcomes

Please ask if there is a condition not mentioned that you would like help with.

How will my first hypnosis session go?

Firstly a detailed history may be taken, and some conditions may require you to contact your doctor to let them know you are having hypnotherapy.

You may need to complete a form ahead of time to help minimise the time taken in the session to take down details, and once you attend we will discuss the form and your specific goal further and then you will have your first hypnotherapy session.  Afterwards the therapist will ask you how you felt and how you thought it went, with perhaps some homework for you to do at home and then bring to the following session, if you have agreed a number of sessions, unless it is a one-off session.

Afterwards you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed.  Change can be subtle, as your hypnotherapist will be working with your subconscious mind, and you may just notice a very positive shift in how you are feeling.

Why choose me?

I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2008, primarily working in agencies (including SWADS, Hope Counselling and Olive Branch) having trained in counselling and psychotherapy, with additional Professional Development certificates and courses attended, including a basic coaching course and in 2014 I qualified as a Hypnotherapist / NLP practitioner with the world famous Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis.

I am also registered with The National Council for Hypnotherapy and have full Professional Indemnity Insurance, with a criminal records bureau check in place.