What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a pleasant state of mind that is brought about by ‘imagining’ a series of progressively more relaxing images and situations. It has been described as ‘guided daydreaming’ and is a very relaxed and pleasant state. It is similar to being completely absorbed in your favourite book or movie, or perhaps
you have that experience when you have been driving your car and arrived at your destination without quite knowing how you got there!

Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. This is not dissimilar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.

Hypnosis is simply a state of heightened relaxation and altered awareness.


What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. When you are relaxed in this way it is possible to make contact with your unconscious mind, in order to effect the change or changes you want in your life.

There are many techniques, styles and applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change,     (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.


Why choose hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has long been recognised to be a very powerful method for personal development. In fact, it is known to have been in use for the last 6,000 years. Today, all around the world, people use the power of hypnosis to help deal with a vast range of problems, from stopping smoking to losing unwanted weight, gaining confidence and improving self esteem. It is an effective tool where by use of hypnosis, the unconscious mind can be contacted, without conscious interference, so that its power can be utilized and harnessed to promote the positive changes that you want to see.

The unconscious mind is an untapped resource for creativity and is the seat of all your emotions and therefore directs nearly all your behaviour. It is responsible for maintaining the body in good health and for all the autonomic processes, e.g., breathing, blood circulation, tissue repair and controlling blood sugar level. Therefore by tapping into the unconscious, behaviours can be altered that are beneficial to you and your well-being.

Hypnosis is a doorway to your unconscious mind and the inner world of your imagination and emotions.


What does hypnosis feel like?

It’s similar to drifting off to sleep at night, that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, you may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the experience!

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not seem any different, just very relaxed.


Will I be aware of what is going on?

Yes, you will. You will hear everything that is said and will be able to move at will, scratch your nose, yawn etc but you may just feel so relaxed you just may choose not to!


Can I be controlled?

You will be in control at all times. Hypnosis is a state of relaxed awareness, you stay fully in control, and everything you do under hypnosis is done voluntarily. A hypnotherapist is a guide helping you on a journey to make only those changes that you want to make.


Can I be made to do something against my will?

No, your conscience and morals will still be present throughout and you retain the ability to exercise these at will.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis; I will just facilitate the process with you! Within each of us, there is a protective mechanism of ethics, values, beliefs and identities. This protects us and would make it impossible for me to suggest anything that would conflict with this protective mechanism or induce you to do something against your will.


Will I remember the session?

 You’ll be aware of everything that’s going on around you. The truth is that you will be able to remember most of it. Any portions not remembered, will be where your mind has drifted off to some distant thought or memory.


Is hypnosis dangerous?

No not at all. It’s just a deep state of relaxation where you become more
open to positive suggestions.


Can anyone be hypnotised?

People who are intelligent and can follow instruction and people who want to be can be! The only people who can’t be hypnotised are those who don’t want to be hypnotised. Everyone else can be hypnotised if they want to, but the depths and response levels do differ from person to person.


Can you make me tell you anything under hypnosis?

No, I can’t. You are always in control. If you don’t want to say anything then I can’t make you.


Can you make me do anything you want, like being a chicken or a dog?

This kind of thing is reserved for entertainers and extroverts who like to show off and play pretend games. It has no place in serious clinical hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can reduce inhibitions but it still can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. Stage hypnotherapists rely on willing and compliant subjects who have an expectation that they will have fun and may be asked to do silly things.

You will always be treated with the utmost respect and courtesy and your physical and emotional well-being will safeguarded at all times.


Could I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

No. It simply does not happen. You are able to come out of the session at any time – all you have to do is tell yourself to do so.


What can hypnosis be used to treat.

Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues. See my Treatments section and refer to my Facebook page for more information.

  • Fears and phobias
  • Breaking bad habits (i.e. Smoking, over-eating, procrastination)
  • Physical conditions (ie. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin conditions, migraines, tinnitus)
  • Anxiety and stress inc. panic attacks
  • Lack of confidence, low self esteem
  • Fertility
  • Insomnia

It can also be used as a tool to:

  • Manage pain
  • Improve performance at work or in sport
  • Improve birth outcomes
  • Manage depression


How long is a session?

A free initial consultation is offered to determine if hypnotherapy will help you. These sessions last for approximately 30 minutes.

Each session thereafter is approximately 60 minutes in duration.


What will happen in a hypnosis session?

I will take a detailed history and with some conditions may request permission from you to write to your doctor, to let them know that you are having hypnotherapy.

We will then discuss your goal and what you would like to see or feel at the end of your sessions.

Using a range of different techniques I will guide you into a relaxed state, helping you to feel comfortable and then work with you towards achieving your goal.

After a session you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed. Often change is very subtle but progressive, as I will be working with your subconscious mind. You may just notice a very positive shift in how you are feeling after the session and then that feeling will continue to grow over the following days and weeks.


How do I choose a hypnotherapist?

Every hypnotherapist should be registered with an independent Professional Body, which welcomes hypnotherapists with the right level of training from a range of different schools.

I trained at EICH and am a fully insured hypnotherapist and psychotherapist with membership in the National Council of Psychotherapists (MNCP). I also have a degree in Psychology BSc and am a member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).

I am also registered with the CNHC, which is a voluntary register set up by The Department of Health set up in 2010 to protect the public.