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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy aims to access a state of consciousness known as hypnosis, which is generally understood to be a state of selective attention/focus, often with an accompanying sense of deep relaxation. When you move into this state of  selectively focused attention and relaxation, your subconscious mind can be more easily accessed and you are more receptive to learning new things. 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 can induce is in itself extremely conducive to our well-being (especially with our modern day, fast paced and stressful lifestyles) and can enable us to tap into our greatest creative potential and consciousness expansion.


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. all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis - i.e. you are actually doing it to yourself and so it is under your control - and it 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. 


Above: Depiction of Hypnotherapy session with me by Sean Ryan -


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, willing to be pro-active and 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', or quick fix, it is unlikely to be effective. 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

I have been trained in Hypnotherapy with CARA (Centre of Transformation and Empowerment) and HypnoTC (The Hypnotherapy Training Company) and am accredited by the GHSC (General Hypnotherapy Standards Council) and NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists).

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