What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

I provide strictly confidential and non-judgemental Clinical Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Clinical Hypnoanalysis to adults and children.

Clinical Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a peaceful, pleasant state of complete and total relaxation and heightened awareness.  Hypnosis is not a sleep state nor a trance state.  It is just an altered state of consciousness and deep relaxation, where there is super concentration of the mind upon a single thought or idea to the exclusion of everything else.  The client is at all times in control of their mind and their surroundings.

Hypnosis is super concentration of the mind upon a single idea or thought to the exclusion of all other thoughts.  Or, hypnosis is a natural state of the mind and is induced naturally and normally in everyday living; for example when we are daydreaming, watching TV, listening to our favourite piece of music, attending a sermon at a church, mosque or synagogue or when we are engrossed in a novel!  It is just an altered state of consciousness.

According to the CNHC (a Government-sponsored voluntary registration body for complementary healthcare practitioners), ‘Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours’.  (The CNHC’s Register has now been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register [AVR] by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care [PSA]. The PSA is the Independent Government-appointed Body that oversees the work of the nine statutory medical, health and care regulators. These include the General Medical Council [GMC], the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professionals Council [HCPC].  See CNHC website for further details by accessing the links button above).

Importantly, hypnosis is not mind control nor is the hypnotised person – the client – under someone else’s power.  The power of change is always within the mind of the person who enters the state of hypnosis.  Their mind is at all times aware of what is taking place even though they may appear to be in a deep state of relaxation or hypnosis.  Similarly no one can be made to do or say anything under hypnosis unless they absolutely want to.

Indeed, there is a huge difference between what a Hypnotherapist or a Hypnoanalyst does and what a Stage Hypnotist does.  Stage hypnotism is a combination of coercion, expectation on the part of the volunteer as well as external pressures from the audience and the Stage Hypnotist. Plus it is the exhibitionists who are normally the ones who volunteer in the first place!

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist – not a Hypnotist! Hypnotism is about manipulation.  Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy aimed at helping a client reach their potential / achieve their goal.

Hypnotherapy works well with Children as it does with Adults.  Hypnotherapy is suitable for  children and young people aged 5 to 15. Hypnotherapy or guided imagery / visualisation appeals to children as they are usually very open to hypnotherapy since they generally have fewer misconceptions – as they have not heard of hypnosis – and they tend to be very accustomed to using their imagination and visualisation a lot of the time.

How does it work ?

The subconscious mind is our driving force and we always do what our subconscious believes.  The subconscious mind is the part of our mind that stores all our memories and it is where our habits are ingrained.

The acceptance of any new habit requires our subconscious cooperation. But whenever the conscious (or left side of the brain; i.e. the side associated with logic) and the subconscious (or right side; i.e the side responsible for imagination and intuition) are in conflict the subconscious always wins.  This explains why smokers are unable to stop smoking – they still imagine the pleasures of cigarettes – or dieters see their weight yo-yoing – they still imagine the delicious taste of unhealthy foods.  Willpower alone won’t work because willpower is the left side of the mind and is always overridden by the right side, unless it’s re-programmed to change.

It is important to note that clients are NOT controlled and CANNOT BE controlled in any way when undergoing hypnosis, hypnotherapy or hypnoanalysis.  They are only guided by the Hypnotherapist, To that extent clients can NEVER be made to do anything that they would not normally want to do. Clients can and will ONLY do what they actually want to do.

Hypnosis can work on anyone who is willing to give it a try. But, if you are sceptical or have any doubts about it, it may not work on you.  Similarly, if for instance, you do not actually want to manage or control your eating or your weight and you come for a session on weight and life style management – where the decision to come has not come from you but from others in your family who have been nagging you to reduce your weight – then no amount of hypnosis will work for you.

I specialise in helping those suffering from phobias, weight control issues; relationship problems; stress management; anxiety control and continual worrying, to name but a few.

Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy can help people who want a quick fix (dealing with exam fears, overcoming public speaking jitters, stress management, stopping unhealthy eating habits etc.