Hypnotherapy is a long-established, highly effective and natural way to help free ourselves from states of mind that are holding us back and to replace them with healthier, more positively-oriented ones. I combine hypnosis with solution-focused psychotherapy to help people to relax deeply and gain access to their innate resources in a safe and comfortable way.
What was before is left behind, that which was not comes to be, and every minute gives rise to another – Ovid (Metamorphoses)
Nature has provided us with an unconscious programming ability. Before we are born, our brains are encoding all the instinctive responses we need in order to survive and thrive. As we learn to negotiate the world around us, we update these responses to keep us safe and to meet our basic physical and psychological needs.
Sometimes, though, despite our best intentions, the responses we acquire as we go through life are less than helpful, and can stop us from having our basic needs met in a healthy and sustaining way. When this happens, we can develop a problem of some kind. Perhaps we become depressed, anxious, or maybe we pick up a habit we find difficult to control.
Since the unconscious processes behind our experiences are by far the largest part of brain activity, it can be hard to find a conscious solution to this sort of condition. So in order to help resolve a problem it makes sense to work with the unconscious part of the mind that’s driving it – using a language that part of the brain understands.
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool for helping these unconscious processes directly. PET scans of hypnotized subjects have clearly shown observable changes in brain functions, and hundreds of scientific studies point to just how therapeutic hypnosis can be when assisting people who have emotional and psychological difficulties.
Some people ask:
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised. Believe it or not, hypnosis is a normal everyday experience. Surprise, distraction, looking inwardly, reflecting on the past or the future, being deeply absorbed in a task, film or book – all of these are common examples of accessing the naturally occurring state of consciousness that is central to hypnosis. Our emotional problems ‘program’ us in a similar way, but these programs can be modified through hypnotherapy so that we can reclaim a healthier state of mind and body.
Will I remain in control?
Yes. Unlike stage hypnosis, hypnotherapy is not something that is done to you - rather, it’s a collaboration between therapist and their motivated client. We work together to find ways to achieve the changes you want to make. You still have free will, and a suggestion is just that - not an order. Hypnosis won’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. You are helped to gain more control over things that have been controlling you.
Does hypnosis work if I recall - or if I don’t recall – everything that is said during a session?
You don’t actually become unconscious during hypnosis. You experience a parallel state of awareness that allows you to remain aware of your thoughts and where you are, whilst also letting you drift into other realities beyond your immediate surroundings. Sometimes you will go deeply into hypnosis, sometimes you will just feel very relaxed or day-dreamy, and sometimes it can seem very similar to everyday awareness in that you hear every word the therapist says. Many people who believed they weren’t hypnotized have reported that later on they have achieved the changes they had wanted.
How many sessions will I need?
It depends on the individual, and the complexity of the problem. Some problems can be resolved in just one or two sessions, whilst others may take longer.
- My practical solution-focused approach is tailored specifically to your unique needs and personality.
- We can work together in person or through video call.
- We’ll discuss what you would like to achieve from the session, and any background information that will help us to move towards how you would like your future to look - addressing the past only as much as it helps you to improve your health and well-being in the future.
If you are personally motivated to make a change, we can have a chat to find out if I am the right person for you to work with.
Just call, text or email me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Psychotherapy
The General Hypnotherapy Register
Hypnotherapists may become members of the General Hypnotherapy Register if they satisfy certain criteria with regard to both training and ongoing requirements as determined from time to time by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
Members are either registered at Practitioner status (which confirms that the GHR acknowledges their qualification to practice), or Affiliate status. Although Affiliate level registrants will have completed a sufficient number of training hours to equip them to commence seeing clients on a limited basis, the GHR does not acknowledge them to have yet been trained to full practitioner level.
All GHR Registered Practitioners are required to accept the published Code of Ethics and Complaints & Disciplinary Procedure.
Areas of hypnotherapy I deal with
Information about health conditions (*)
Hypnotherapy can enhance the well-being of individuals diagnosed with serious medical conditions, but should not take the place of medical treatment and advice. If you have been diagnosed with - or suspect you may have - any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor before starting hypnotherapy.