Hypnotherapy, who is it really for? And will it work on me?

Before I became a therapist, I must admit I was a bit like everybody else, "Oh, hypnotherapy; isn’t that where people make themselves look silly? Isn’t that where you lose control and get asked to do silly things? That’s something that others can try but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it."


Yes, before I became a therapist, my thoughts were really only driven and formed by what I had seen on TV. However, would it surprise you if I said that what you see on the telly is really nothing like what hypnotherapy is like, and couldn’t be further from reality?

So, can I be hypnotised? Can anyone be hypnotised?

Does hypnotherapy really work?

Everyone can be hypnotised to some level; what you see in the TV shows are really specially selected clients, who generally are extroverts and willing to participate in the fun.

In cognitive hypnotherapy imagine the therapist has a bag of tools available, and the two of you, working together, can select the best tool (or combination of tools) that will have the best possible success in change for you.

Can our memories and habits really be changed?

Can I ask you to… Not think of a blue pig. Whatever you do, don’t think of that blue pig. I really, really don’t want you to think of that blue pig.

So, hands up who thought of that blue pig?

Our mind is always open to suggestions, otherwise, the advertisers would be out of a job!

Our environment, how we live, and what life throws at us - the good, the bad and the ugly - all help create our memories, (our model of the world) and how we feel about things, situations, and life. That’s why, when given the right environment, we drop into habits that have been formed over the years. These could be habits, feelings, or experiences that make us react in a given way; a way that, given the choice, we would rather not react - a fear of flying, a fear of spiders, smoking, binge eating and the list goes on and on….

These habits, emotions, and events can be changed. Memory is malleable and we can change the way we see things, feel about things, and react to things.

How can cognitive hypnotherapy help?

Using cognitive hypnotherapy you and your therapist, working together, can really help you to feel differently about things, change the way you react in certain situations, help you choose the behaviour that’s right for you, and how you feel about it.

Will cognitive hypnotherapy work on everyone? Not all therapy works 100% on everyone, but the beauty of cognitive hypnotherapy is it’s really not a one size fits all model and you and your therapist, working together will devise a model that has the best chance of success for you!

So does it really work? Yes; cognitive hypnotherapy really does work, and I can give you many examples of people who have changed their habits, changed their lives, and removed something from their lives that may have been holding them back.

As a great mentor of mine once said (and I truly believe this): "A problem is only a problem if it’s a problem to you!"

Isn’t it about time you woke up? Working together, you and your therapist can work at removing that problem, helping you live a more fulfilled, healthier and happier life.

Cognitive hypnotherapy… It just works!

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Written by Robert Donnelly, Cognitive Therapist /Hypnotherapist and Coach
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Rob Donnelly is a qualified cognitive hypnotherapist and loves helping people to be the best they can be, overcome anything that may be holding them back, and help them to live a more full and complete life.

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