What is Hypnotherapy and how can it help me?

The word Hypnosis is derived from the Greek word hypnos....which means to sleep, and although you dont actually go to sleep during hypnosis, your body and mind are in a relaxed state which emulates the brainwave patterns of sleep.


Clinical hypnotherapy uses the benefits of hypnosis during relaxation to bring about positive changes to the conscious and unconscious parts of the brain.



Whereas hypnosis has been, and still is, used for entertainment purposes on stage and TV, this method of hypnosis is definitely not used in clinical hypnotherapy. Contrary to popular belief, a lengthy study has proven that a hypnotised person CANNOT do anything against their will (such as cluck like a chicken when they hear a bell!!) and can be fully aware of the information being given to them.



Whether your issue is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), stress, anxiety or unresolved events in your past then hypnotherapy can be used to access and alter these unwanted behaviours which are being sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.


The NHS and a vast number of GP's recently are recommending "Talking therapies" (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling) as an additional form of intervention for issues such as Panic Attacks, Depression and Stress/Anxiety issues.


Whilst these forms of therapy can be very effective and available on the NHS, there are the usual waiting times to be seen by a professional and also it is not uncommon to be only seen a couple of times due to the budget constraints of Local Health Authorties.


Cognitive Behavioural therapy and other forms of "Talking" therapies can take quite a number of sessions to even start getting to the heart of the issue. The reason for this is due to the fact that these therapies are relying on the conscious part of the mind to try and work through and resolve the issues and in some cases the conscious mind does not want to acknowledge or deal with the issue because it is too complex or distressing.


This is where hypnotherapy has the slight advantage. (I definitely wouldn't say that one is better than the other, because that all depends on the nature of your situation and what may be appropriate for you)


With hypnotherapy, it is the unconscious mind that the therapist is dealing with, therefore we are essentially bypassing the normal defence mechanisms of social pressures and expectations that we usually find ourselves constrained within in normal day to day life and most people find that this is more beneficial in the long run.


On average, patients will tend to have 3-4 sessions of hypnotherapy, however depending on your own particular circumstances, this may be more or less.