What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness, usually achieved with the help of a trained therapist, although it can be taught to be self-induced. In this state (often called trance) a person can easily access new possibilities and alternative patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic method which utilizes the  state of hypnosis to bypass the limiting beliefs of the conscious mind. Habits, phobias, stress, unhappiness and dissatisfaction are often the result of being locked into repetitive, ineffective patterns. Hypnotherapy provides the beneficial conditions which enable a person to access his/her own experience -based capabilities and resources to effect change and personal growth.

Hypnotherapy is not something strange, paranormal, or out of control. Each of us actually knows much more than we think we know. Since the moment we were born we have been storing information, experiences, talents, memories, beliefs, values and ways of reacting to situations. We each have inside ourselves all the answers to our questions, and all the solutions to our problems, based on our own life experiences. Using the altered state of hypnosis we can tap into this storehouse of resources to effect whatever change we wish, to achieve whatever we want, and to live however we desire.

What are the aims of Hypnotherapy?

The aims of hypnotherapy are:

      • To reduce suffering and distress
      • To help find ways to cope more effectively with the demands of everyday living
      • To develop insight and strengthen a sense of self-mastery

What conditions/problems can Hypnotherapy alleviate?

The range of conditions/problems that hypnotherapy can address and help is wide. The most popular three are hypnosis to stop smoking, hypnosis to control anxiety, and hypnosis to deal with  eating issues and weight loss . To explore these in more details make a selection from the sidebar.

Will I lose control?

Hypnotherapy has no relation to “stage hypnosis”, nor does it impose behaviour or manipulate memory. It is an interpersonal process in which a client’s conscious and unconscious messages are modified in the direction of a desired solution. It is the client who chooses and initiates the change; a skilled therapist supports and reinforces that which the client considers and desires.

Can anything go wrong?

On the contrary, in the hands of a well-trained therapist, hypnosis is both safe and effective. Dr. Milton Erickson, an American psychiatrist, pioneered modern hypnosis and developed an advanced system of hypnotherapy which recognises and utilises the individual, innate resources of each client.  By increasing choices, hypnotherapy makes it possible to avoid automatic, repetitive and undesirable responses to stressful situations.  Life can be made creative, freer, and more positive.

How many sessions might I expect to attend?

Deep and lasting changes can be made quickly and easily using hypnosis.  Hypnotherapy is brief and highly effective.  “Two and review” is often a rule for sessions.

How valid is Hypnotherapy?

The Health and Education Authority confirms the popularity, medical credibility and scientific validity of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.  It also stresses the importance of finding a competent, properly trained, registered practitioner.  Hypnotherapy is a complementary practice, and is not a substitute for orthodox medical care.  Patients who are undergoing medical treatment should always consult and remain in the care of their physicians.