What is Hypnotherapy?


What is hypnotherapy?

I often get asked “What is Hypnotherapy?”. In short, Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique. It is a form of complementary therapy that relaxes the conscious mind while helping the subconscious focus on what is important. In this relaxed but heightened state of awareness, the hypnotherapist can use positive suggestion to help bring about improved and lasting behavioural changes.

If you have a deep seated emotional or psychological problem, or a bad habit you just can’t break, hypnotherapy can help you change your life and take back control. Hypnotherapy helps you to access your own inner strengths and resources and allows you to recognise thoughts and feelings and deal with them positively, to bring about beneficial change.


What can Hypnotherapy treat?

Hypnotherapy can treat a wide range of issues from emotional and psychological issues such as stress, anxiety and fear, to bad habits you want to break such as smoking or over-eating.


Some of the challenges I have great success helping with are:

Stopping smoking

Helping with weight loss

Fear of flying



Anxiety and Stress



I also use teach expectant mothers to use hypnotherapy to help aid the natural birth process (hypnobirthing) and treat a whole range of other issues.


Is hypnotherapy safe?

Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy and very safe when conducted by a qualified Hypnotherapist. It is approved by the British Medical Association (BMA) and Hypnotherapy is practised by some doctors, dentists, psychologists and counsellors. I am an experienced and dedicated Hypnotherapist with a Senior Qualification of Hypnotherapy Practice. I am also a member of The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council who awarded me The Senior Qualification of Hypnotherapy Practice in 2008.


Where has hypnotherapy come from?

The origins of Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis go back many years – at least 6000 to be precise. Many ancient cultures used trance as a therapeutic device even then.  Modern Hypnosis really gained ground in the second half of the 19th Century after which there was a decline until the 1950’s which brought about a renaissance. The development of neuroscience has enabled modern clinical hypnotherapy to be well understood and established as a treatment for pain management, IBS, stopping smoking and a body of research literature is now accumulating evidence on the efficacy of hypnotic procedures on a wide range of psychological and medical problems and conditions. You can read some testimonials of its success here from my clients.


How do I know if hypnotherapy is right for me?

I offer a free initial consultation to discuss how I can help. At this initial consultation I will assess if hypnotherapy is both suitable for you and the most effective way to achieve your goals. I have a network of other therapists including hypnotherapists with different specialisms, counsellors, cognitive behavioural therapists and other clinicians I will always refer you on to if I feel I am not the best person to help. 

In the initial consultation I can answer any questions you may have and give you an idea of the number of sessions and expected outcome of treatment. It is important to understand that everyone is unique and will respond in their own way to hypnotherapy. A guaranteed outcome is not certain as with any treatment, but I can give you a good idea of what I feel is achievable and we will talk through a treatment plan which we will follow together over the coming sessions.


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