What is Hypnotherapy for?

Want to get the most out of your life? Imagine being able to grasp more of what you wish for, balancing different areas of your life, enjoying better health and realising your goals.  Hypnotherapy can encourage, inspire and energise you to make these things happen.

If it feels like the right time for you to make some changes, hypnotherapy can help in a positive and gentle way, to move you forward to where you would like to be.

From your first consultation with me you will understand more about the way you can control your thinking and behaviour and how to approach life in a more positive way.  You will understand more about how your brain works and how to make it work better for you.  You will feel calmer, more relaxed and be able to bring about those life changes you have your eye on.

Long gone are the days when a hypnotherapist is seen waving a pendulum and controlling people’s minds.  Clinical hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to help create change in your thoughts, feelings, behaviours or values and beliefs, as opposed to something that might be used in stage hypnosis which is more about putting on a show for the audience and volunteers to have fun and to be entertained for a short period of time.  During clinical hypnosis you are in control at all times, if you don’t want to be hypnotised then it simply will not happen.  

What can hypnotherapy treat?

This is a just a taste of what hypnotherapy can treat;
  • Stop smokingWeight Management
  • Depression
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Menopause
  • Sports Performance
  • Motivation
  • Insomnia
  • Exam Nerves
  • Public Speaking
  • Cure Phobias
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
Essentially, hypnotherapy can help with any problem you find challenging to cope with on your own – thoughts and actions you’d like to get rid of or gain or emotional distress that is too overwhelming or has gone on too long. Some physical problems can also be effectively treated by hypnotherapy.

What is Hypnosis?

When most people think of hypnosis its of being in a trance like state, but really when you’re in a hypnotic state you are in a truly, deeply relaxed state of mind where your conscious mind is so totally relaxed that you’re not thinking at all about the usual everyday things that clutter your mind and cloud your thinking.  Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed, extremely focused state of mind, sometimes referred to as an altered state of consciousness.  Often hypnosis is likened to being asleep although when in hypnosis you are neither fast-asleep nor wide-awake but somewhere in-between.  You are still completely conscious when in a state of hypnosis, no one can take control of you and make you say or do anything that you would believe to be wrong or consider out of character if you didn’t want too. 
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Most of us experience some form of hypnosis everyday sometimes several times a day but without acknowledging it as hypnosis.  When you catch yourself daydreaming for example, where you are able to discover thoughts and ideas you didn’t realise you had, looking underneath your surface thoughts, your mind becomes less confined and is allowed to wonder and roam free.  When daydreaming you are fully focused but at the same time aware of things going on around you in your periphery, this is a minor form of self-hypnosis.

We all have a little voice in our head, our internal dialogue, sometimes criticising the decisions we have made and our resulting behaviour.  This internal dialogue feeds us ideas on how to think, feel and behave in any given situation.  The more positive the suggestions we are able to give ourselves, the more positive our reactions will be.  What we say to ourselves can very easily influence our successes or failures as it determines how we think and what we picture happening in our minds eye, setting our expectations.  To enable us to change our behaviour we need to be able to visualise how good things can be, to paint a positive picture in our minds eye.  This positive picture becomes our subconscious motivation to bring about change and growth.  

What is the evidence for hypnotherapy?

Thousands of positive research studies on hypnotherapy have been published. It was recognised as an effective treatment by the British Medical Association and American Medical Association in the 1950s and more recently, by the American Psychological Association (for obesity) and NICE guidance (for IBS) used by the NHS.
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