About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy:

Hypnosis has been used for many years as a way of helping people to make positive changes in their lives. Hypnosis, in one form or another, has been used as a method of helping people successfully recover from issues and problems for generations. It provides a key to the subconscious mind to help people achieve their goals and has been successfully used to help them manage pain, emotional distress, achieve success, and even overcome phobias, anxiety and depression. It is the mind that controls our bodies and emotions and tapping into this fundamental fact is what makes hypnosis so powerful.

Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between you and your hypnotherapist. Nobody can make you do anything that you don’t want to do, and no-one can hypnotise you against your will, as your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestions that are inappropriate for you.

Hypnotherapy works by bypassing the conscious mind, where our logical thought processes take place. Suggestions are made to your subconscious mind, the part of your mind responsible for patterns of behaviour.

Through hypnotherapy a state of creative focus is enabled that promotes change to a currently held belief. By using positive imagery and suggestion, I encourage you to concentrate on, and consider, alternative outcomes to any given event.

What Happens:

I use a combination of hypnosis and various psychotherapy techniques designed to help you focus on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past.

Hypnotherapy can help you achieve your goals through us working together to identify where you want to be and how to get there. We begin each session with a discussion designed to encourage you to think positively. This part of the session uses techniques that help you to focus on how you want things to be in your life, rather than focusing on the problem.

Once we have estabilshed how you would like your life to be, and you have a clear idea of your preferred future, we will have the hypnosis part of your session to consolidate the steps you need to achieve positive change, and consolidate that positivity. The suggestions I make to you during this part of your therapy will enable the subconscious part of your mind to make that preferred future a reality.

Before the therapy sessions begin I recommend that you have an initial consultation. This is a free session that lasts about 45 minutes, and gives us an opportunity to assess what you want to achieve and see if hypnotherapy is suitable for you.

During the initial consultation I will explain how the brain works and how problems are created, and how hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your problems or difficulties, as well as discuss how many sessions you are likely to need.

Common uses of Hypnotherapy

*As with any therapy results cannot be guaranteed, and outcomes may vary from person to person. Hypnotherapy is a collaboration between client and therapist and requires a commitment to make positive change.

You already know what you need to do to maintain your ideal weight, so what’s stopping you? There could be a whole host of reasons why… it could be that your life is so busy and hectic that you haven’t got time to shop for healthier fresh food or prepare it, let alone savour eating it. You might be having feelings of of low self-esteem, which can lead to you developing self-sabotaging behaviour. You might have unhelpful beliefs around food, such as needing to eat everything on your plate. Or unhelpful habits, such as finishing off the last morsels of the children’s meals.

Hypnotherapy can help you find your motivation by helping you to make positive changes in the way you think and feel about yourself and the world at large, and this may help you to manage your weight. To do this we work together to help you to address the underlying stresses that get in the way of you making appropriate choices around food and exercise. But it can only help if you make an effort to do something different, so be prepared to make changes. It is worth remembering that hypnosis is not a “quick fix” and we would aim for steady, sustainable weight loss.

Hypnotherapy can help with these issues, but it isn’t a magic wand. You won’t be able to lose weight unless you change what you eat or take more exercise, preferably both.

Through hypnotherapy we can create a future for ourselves that doesn’t include smoking. The creation of this preferred future can be highly positive and empowering, and stopping smoking becomes a truly positive choice that means you can regain control, not just of the smoking habit, but also of your life.

Your physical addiction to cigarettes is only part of the story. It is also habit and how you think and feel about cigarettes. With hypnotherapy the physical addiction to cigarettes can be over after just one week and research shows that, by quitting smoking with hypnosis, a person is three times more likely to give up than if they used nicotine patches See Here. Imagine… How different would your life be if you gave up smoking? What would you gain?

As with anything, success is not guaranteed. However, you will receive a hypnotherapy/relaxation CD and handout pack to assist you on your journey. Although only one session is generally needed, I also offer support after the session should you need it for the following 12 months.

How confident we feel can have a tremendous impact on our lives. It is something that directly affects our successes in life, our relationships, and all our endeavors, and the simple truth is; the more confidence we have, the more likely we are to achieve our desired goals. With this in mind, it is a shame to realise that most of us struggle with a lack of confidence at some time in our life, and this can mean that we do not always achieve what we are able to, and can feel that we have been held back in life. This is why improving one’s confidence level is a goal for so many people.

You are not just born with confidence, it is not just something you either have, or lack. Confidence is something that can be developed, even by the most unconfident person. The feeling of confidence can have a major impact on the quality of our lives and it is a positive step forward to increase it.

Hypnotherapy encourages you to take steps to do more, be that socialising, working on a hobby or pastime, or just getting out into the fresh air. By doing things that push us, but not so far that it is too uncomfortable, we can build our confidence and motivation to try new things. As with all things it will require some effort from you to do this, however, during sessions we will identify the steps you need to take, and break this down into manageable tasks so you will be able to increase your level of confidence.*

Whether it is in our business life, sport, career, or any other area of our life, to be successful we need to be motivated to succeed. Many different theories exist on how motivation can be developed, but there is one theory that really resonates as true, and that is that we need goals. When we have our goals in place we are like a coiled spring: Ready for action! No goals generally means no action.

If our goals are not well enough defined we often feel we need to constantly find ways to motivate ourselves. A goal of becoming more motivated is not good enough. If you have a goal of achieving something specific in your life then the motivation will probably take care of itself. It is essentially the end product of a suitably focused mind.

Some people have an exceptional capacity to self motivate, and can achieve amazing accomplishments, such as climbing mountains, running marathons, writing novels, etc. Others, however, find maintaining the drive to exercise more than once a week, practice playing an instrument, or keeping a journal a real struggle.

There are many different ideas about what drives us to succeed and what can hold us back, and the current thinking is that the reasons for our motivation, or lack of, lies deep within our subconscious mind. In addition we may lack the right, positive cues to regenerate our original spark of interest. Our hormones also control our moods, energy levels and over-all health, and it is possible that our lack of motivation is rooted in sub optimal hormone levels; adrenal fatigue from high stress and a cortisol overload. In all probability it is a combination of all these factors.

Motivation is a serious issue in the health industry, and I see a lot of people wanting to lose weight, give up smoking, or get back into healthier lifestyles. Almost everyone has that original spark of interest to improve their health, but the motivation it takes to follow through is not always there. Hypnotherapy can help people to motivate by helping them identify their goals and the steps to get there, in addition to creating a positive mindset in which they can achieve a positive outcome. In order to understand that you can achieve your goals you may need to change long held beliefs such as; “I’m not able to do it”, or “this is out of my reach”. Hypnotherapy can help you overcome these beliefs by helping you to build your confidence and self esteem, which in turn will help you in your motivation to succeed.

A phobia is a persistent fear of an object or a situation, and people with a phobia will often go to great lengths to avoid the object or situation they are afraid of. The reaction to the phobia is often disproportional to the actual danger posed and is generally irrational.

There are 2 different types of phobia: Simple phobia where we react negatively when we are faced with the thing that is causing us fear, e.g. the dentist, a spider, or a needle, etc. Complex phobia which is a continual feeling of fear and anxiety.

Examples of complex phobia include emetophobia, or the fear of being sick. This is a very common phobia and its effects may mean that it becomes difficult to collect the children from school in case the child is feeling ill. Social phobia is also a complex phobia, and is a fear of social situations that can include weddings, public speaking, or even going out for a meal with friends. Often people with this phobia will fear embarrassing themselves, or feeling humiliated in public.

The good news is that we can learn new habits and ways of behaving. Simple phobias can often be overcome through learning new habits like being more relaxed and calm in stressful situations. Hypnotherapy can help to create new positive habits and patterns of behaviour, and this will override the phobic behavioural patterns. The basic feature of any phobia is a conflict between the conscious and subconscious. Hypnotherapy communicates with the subconscious, filtering through how you want your life to be, rather than how your currently is.

Panic attacks are surprisingly common and can happen suddenly and feel overwhelming. When experiencing a panic attack people feel an intense fear and sense of dread, and this can be very frightening. It is normal for us to experience mild anxiety when we need to move out of our comfort zone, for example if we are going to an interview. However, if our subconscious perceives the danger as greater than it really is our fight or flight response kicks in and this normal reaction is amplified by many times.

The symptoms of a panic attack can include:

  • Feelings of fear or severe anxiety
  • Racing heartbeat or palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint or ill
  • A change in breathing pattern, usually shallow or rapid

Hypnotherapy can help you to remain calm and relaxed when faced with different situations, and can help you to reduce your general stress and anxiety so that you are better able to cope with situations that mean you need to move out of your comfort zone. Through hypnotherapy you can take back control of your life and emotions, as well as increase your confidence levels and get back to your real self.

The thought of having to speak in public can cause instant fear in most of us. Research suggests that this is one of the most common fears in the UK, and this includes making wedding speeches, or giving a presentation at work, even if it only to a few people that we know. When faced with speaking in public we can start to shake, our minds go blank, we might feel sick, and will probably feel like running away! The fear of public speaking is a form of social phobia and happens when our “fight or flight” response takes over, and makes us believe that we are in some kind of danger we need to escape from.

Some people may only suffer mildly with one or two symptoms, while others may suffer extreme anxiety and have a number of symptoms. Symptoms include:

  • Inability to speak
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shaky voice
  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Blushing
  • Mental blocks
  • Tight chest
  • Feeling nervous
  • Feeling embarrassed
  • Panicky

There are many reasons why we respond in this way and these can include; a lack of confidence or self esteem, self-consciousness, not wanting to make a mistake or say the wrong thing, not wanting to embarrass ourselves, not wanting to be the centre of attention, being in an unfamiliar situation, thinking we will be laughed at, thinking we will be judged.

Hypnotherapy can be highly successful in helping people with a fear of public speaking. It can build confidence levels and allow you to remain calm and relaxed, while developing new positive ways of thinking and feeling. In your sessions we will work together to help you develop a more positive approach and develop a different way to respond.

Depression can make us feel like there is nothing that can make a positive difference. This is not the case and taking that very decision to do something about it can be significant in itself. Depression is not the fault of the person suffering from it and it is something that is experienced by millions of people at one time or another in their lives.

To give you a better idea of this, statistics show us that 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health problem, and that mixed anxiety and depression is the most common form of mental health problem in the UK. In addition depression affects 1 in 5 older people, and women are more likely to seek treatment for it that men, although men are 3 times more likely to commit suicide that women.

The word depression is often used in everyday conversation, and people sometimes use the term to mean they are feeling fed-up or sad. Depression is more than this, and if your “low moods” are interfering with your everyday life, never seem to go away, or recur over and over again, it could indicate that you are depressed.

Mild depression, although it might not prevent you from going about your normal day to day life, can make just about everything more of a struggle to do and cope with. Things that you used to enjoy and value no longer seem worth the effort. In severe depression we may even feel life is no longer worth living. There are various forms of depression and diagnosis is best left to properly qualified medical professionals; e.g. Your GP. Hypnotherapy can be used effectively alongside conventional medical interventions such as antidepressants, and I recommend you continue your treatment with your doctor as well as seeing me, and have found that this is the most effective way froward to help you combat the condition.

Modern day living can place great responsibilities and demands on us, and this has resulted in 1 in 7 of us suffering from stress and anxiety at any one time in the UK. Some are able to cope better than others, but a significant number of people now are seeking help with stress and anxiety, and related conditions, such as certain skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches or migraines. Too much stress can weaken our immune system and severely impact on our quality of life and well being.

Anxiety is a fear or concern that is exaggerated, and is out of proportion to the situation, although sometimes it may not feel like this. The symptoms of anxiety relate to our fight or flight response. This is a primal response that protects us against perceived threats in our environment, so if our subconscious mind thinks we are in danger it will trigger a rush of adrenaline. It is this response that causes your heart to beat faster, pumping oxygen around your body to help you fight or run away. You may feel as if you are on high alert as well, unable to calm down or relax, your mind may race and you feel unable to focus or quieten down.

Research shows that prolonged exposure to stress related hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can lead to memory problems, a weakened immune system, weaker bones, increased blood pressure, and even reduced fertility.

Hypnotherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety by helping you identify how you would like to be and helping you identify the steps to get there through a range of different techniques. By unlocking your own innate potential to break free of negative thought patterns, you can react in a positive and confident way to situations that have caused you stress in the past.

A habit is an unwanted behaviour or addiction that we do not feel we have control over. These behaviours can affect us negatively, making us unhappy, or even causing a risk to our health and well being.

There is good news though, and that is that we do have control and can change how we react in certain situations. Hypnotherapy can work readily to resolve bad habits and behaviours, as it bypasses our critical conscious mind and deals directly with our subconscious. Hypnotherapy can help with habits such as smoking, overeating, nail biting, teeth grinding, and recreational drug use, etc.

One in three people will suffer from insomnia, in one form or another, at some point in their lives. The symptoms of insomnia can include difficulty in getting to sleep, waking up during the night and not being able to get back to sleep easily, or waking up earlier than you need to in the morning. If this persists it can negatively impact on our well-being and the effects of prolonged insomnia can range from fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, reduced problem-solving skills, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and weight gain.

Good quality sleep is vital as it is not only a time for the body to restore itself and restore energy levels, but also allows us to enter our dream state, or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which is where we solidify our learning and organise our memories. REM also replenishes feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which boost your mood. As anxiety is often the cause of insomnia we can quickly find ourselves in a vicious circle. The worse our sleep becomes, the less able we are to cope, and the more we worry. The fact we are not sleeping also adds to this as we will worry about that too! This can be really debilitating and can seriously affect our ability to function normally or enjoy life.

Hypnotherapy can help to improve our sleep patterns by addressing any underlying stress and anxiety and helping us to find better ways of coping with problems. It can also provide us with gentle relaxation prior to going to sleep. Depending on the person, change can be immediate or sometimes takes a little longer, it all depends on what issues you have surrounding your life. As with all hypnotherapy insomnia is dealt with in collaboration with your therapist, and you may need to make changes as suggested to help alleviate stress.

Competitive sport involves huge amounts of physical control and mental concentration. It is now accepted that there is a profound difference between a sports person who is supremely confident and one who doubts their abilities.

Hypnotherapy can help improve sporting techniques by helping you to remove triggers and negative responses that can be the result of pre-competition nerves or self- belief issues. By working with your hypnotherapist you can become more relaxed in competition and be more focused on what you want to achieve.

Anger is something that most people have experienced and is a normal, often healthy, human emotion, and it exists to enable us to protect ourselves against a perceived threat or potential attack.

However, if this powerful emotion is mismanaged it can cause us problems. When anger gets out of control it can have disastrous consequences, including damaged relationships, problems at work, domestic abuse, road rage, violence, and negatively affects the quality of life for all the individuals concerned.

When we become angry we release hormones, such as adrenaline, into the bloodstream and our heart and blood pressure increase. We release the tension created by these physical changes, usually verbally or physically. Some people do not release this tension, however, and will instead suppress their anger, and this can lead to an emotional build-up that leads them to “explode”.

Hypnotherapy can help us to reduce our anger by taking greater emotional control. We can learn to recognise when we are becoming angry and find different ways of expressing and releasing the anger. By becoming more relaxed and calm in our day to day lives we can respond to stressful situations in a calm and measured way, rather than lashing out, shouting, or becoming violent.