What is Hypnotherapy?

Unfortunately, many people carry misconceptions about hypnotherapy and hypnosis due to misrepresentations by the media (e.g. that you'll end up running around like a chicken, being brainwashed, handing over all your money, or never coming out if it - not to mention the 'look into my eyes whilst I wave this clock around in front of your face' stereotype). In fact. hypnosis is a perfectly natural and potentially very healthy state that we all move in and out of to different degrees on a daily basis. For example, being absorbed in activities such as watching T.V, reading a book, listening to music all involve being in a state of hypnosis. It is really simply a state of deep relaxation and selective attention or focus. When you move into this state of deep relaxation, your subconscious mind can be more easily accessed. This can be very useful as the subconscious mind is the part of us where we hold many 'programs' or 'scripts' that drive certain habits, patterns, beliefs, thoughts, emotions and traumas that may be affecting us without us even knowing about it. Hypnotherapy allows us to access these 'programs' and re-write them. Furthermore, the state of deep relaxation that Hypnotherapy induces is in itself extremely conducive to our well-being, especially with our modern day, fast paced and stressful lifestyles.

Hypnotherapy has been scientifically proven to help people with numerous issues, but the main success factor (as with any type of treatment/healing/therapy) is YOU. It is absolutely essential that you are highly motivated to change and willing to take responsibility for your own health. If, for example, you are being forced into it by a concerned loved one or are hoping for a 'magic cure', it is less likely to be effective. With something like smoking for example, your motivation needs to be at least 8/10 to kick the habit - preferably higher! Another issue to think about is that sometimes Hypnotherapy can uncover deeper issues that need to be addressed. If this is the case, I have many other techniques that can help. Some of the issues I commonly see are:

  • Fears (e.g. flying) and phobias (e.g. spiders, agoraphobia, claustrophobia)

  • Anxiety (including 'performance anxiety' such as public speaking, singing, exam nerves)

  • Low confidence/self-worth

  • Negative thinking

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Excessive blushing 

  • Assertiveness

  • OCD

  • Habits (e.g. nail biting, eating certain foods)

  • Smoking

  • Stress

  • Sleep problems

  • Eating and weight issues 

  • Addictions such as substance misuse, overspending, gambling

  • Sexual issues

  • Relationship and communication issues

  • Pain management

  • Digestive problems

  • Allergies

  • Enhancing creativity/learning

Above: Depiction of Hypnotherapy session with me by Sean Ryan - www.theshamanshorse.com

I have been trained in Hypnotherapy with CARA Centre of Transformation and Empowerment and am accredited by the GHSC (General Hypnotherapy Standards Council)

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Anouska Madden/Phoenix Dancing With Crow


4 Tudor Court

Clarence Road

N22 8QD

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