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Clinical Hypnotherapy

If you are looking for an alternative option to release negative thoughts and emotions, or behaviiours, then Hypnotherapy could be the answer. Not only does it get to the root of the issues in a fraction of the time of traditional talk therapy, it is also a very pleasurable experience that will show you what deep relaxation is all about. In Hypnotherapy it is the process that does the work and unlike talk therapy, you, the client, barely do any talking at all, and just let me do the work for you.


What is it?

Hypnosis is a natural state of awareness. We all access a trance state several times a day, such as when we are daydreaming, driving (when you can't remember the journey because your mind was elsewhere), or watching TV (Same as driving).


The Brain has different brainwave states which we access at different times of the day for different reasons. 


BETA - this is our normal waking state when we are alert. In this focused, awake state an EEG machine will measure the brainwave pattern at 15 - 40 cycles per second.


ALPHA - This is a more relaxed brainwave state. We access alpha brainwaves when we are meditating.   This is the state of Hypnosis. This brainwave state registers at 9 - 14 cycles per second.


THETA - We experience Theta brainwaves when we are in a deep meditative state, or REM (dreaming) sleep.  It promotes a sense of bliss, and a state of just being. This is the state of deeper hypnosis. This brainwave state measures 4 - 8 cycles per second.


DELTA - We achieve this brainwave when we are in a deep, dreamless state of sleep. This is the state of rest and repair and where the bodies healing takes place. The brainwave measures 1 - 4 cycles per second.

How does Hypnosis work?


Because we are accessing the subconscious mind through relaxation, we can get straight to the heart of the problem allowing change to happen in a much shorter time. During hypnosis you will enter the room in Beta, and then during the course of the relaxation you will access other brainwave states which assist you to gain access to emotions or ingrained unhelpful behavioural patterns and limiting beliefs. By communicating with the subconscious mind using creative visualisation techniques and neuro linguistic programming we can break these unhelpful cycles or access memories/beleifs that may be holding us back from getting the most out of life..


But the power of hypnotherapy is much more than just stopping smoking or losing weight.


There is nothing scary about hypnosis. It is a completely natural and relaxed state of being where you are focused and completely in control at all times. It is very relaxing and deeply therapeutic.


Unlike stage hypnosis, hypnotherapy is about helping you to overcome your problems using the power of your unconscious mind (your non-waking brain), whereas stage or street hypnosis is about entertainment and getting you to do silly things, still with your consent or you wouldn't do them. Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic intervention for change and not entertainment.

What would a Hypnotherapy session look like?

Initially we will have a chat about your presenting issues, how long you have been experiencing them and what you are hoping to get out of hypnotherapy.

I will then use a guided visualisation as a relaxation technique to induce a lovely trance like state. You will only relax as deep as you feel comfortable with and this usually increases over the course of the session as the trust builds and you become more comfortable. However the depth of the trance has no bearing on the outcome. You are completley in control at all times.


Once you are relaxed I would use a variety of techniques which might include NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming, positive suggestion therapy, timeline therapy or other to help you to overcome the issue that you are presenting with. You will then be brought out of the hypnotic state where you can continue to enjoy the feeling of relaxation.

Hypnotherapy is effective because it communicates directly with your subconscious mind.


What can Hypnotherapy help with?

By making contact with your unconscious processes, hypnosis can be effective for a wide range of issues, especially focussing on any negative emotions and behavioural patterns. The ones that I mainly focus on are;

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Stress Management
  • Excelling at Sports
  • Confidence


It can also be helpful for;

  • Menopause symptoms
  • Cancer treatment
  • Sleep
  • Pain 
  • & much more.....
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