Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a state of mentally focused concentration whilst the body is in a state of deep mental and physical relaxation, Hypnotherapy allows you to make the changes you desire. It provides us with a bridge to get from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind, where we can get to the root of a problem and/or bring about other changes. Hypnosis allows for total concentration on an idea or concept, helping clients to resolve difficulties at a level where conscious thought cannot interfere and cause conflict -positive change here can reap tremendous benefits and can often happen very fast.

Whilst in the relaxed state, the subconscious mind is more receptive and easily accepts suggestions and imagery. We can recall memories that are not accessible to the conscious mind and then change habits and beliefs by breaking the patterns attached to certain events, people or situations. It can also be used to improve or enhance almost all areas of human activity, such as illness or problems, motivation, concentration, business skills, stress handling, achieving goals, relationships and sporting performance.

Hypnosis as a tool

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Hypnotherapy - Focuses your mind like a laser

Hypnotherapy is a skill which uses the tool of Hypnosis for the conduct of many and various forms of Psychotherapy, such as to enhance motivation or change, to enhance personal or spiritual growth and/or to release clients of problems and the cause of problems. Hypnotherapy can help us to make sense of something that seemed beyond our control and understanding and helps reduce our life’s fears and placing limitations on ourselves. It is like a laser that helps you to pin point exactly what the problem is, making the therapy much more effective both in terms of time and cost. Without it, it rather like trying to find a needle in a haystack!


The most advanced formulation of Hypnotherapy is Hypnoanalysis, which deals with awareness below the level of the consciousness which the therapist will help the client see consciously. It uses the skills and talents of a hypnotherapist to facilitate physical, emotional and/or mental health in individuals who fail to respond to other therapeutic interventions. It focuses on the causes and effects of symptoms, unravels the causal mysteries of physical and emotional symptoms and in many cases, helps to reduce or eliminate those symptoms. Healing is defined as a reduction or elimination of the emotional response to symptoms

What’s the time difference between a Hypnotist and a Hypnotherapist?

The Hypnotist gives many suggestions and hopes for results whereas the Hypnotherapist knows how to solicit the subconscious to reveal the cause(s) in order to facilitate release and relearning…. and resolve problems using Hypnotherapy.  A Hypnotist may be all that is needed for simple motivation, but for deeper issues, a more highly trained individual would be a far better choice, i.e. a Clinical Hypnotherapist, trained in the more advanced skills of hypno-analysis, able to conduct regression to uncover the underlying causes of problems/traumas, etc. and release suppressed or unresolved emotions. It is very important to check the training and qualifications that your therapist has undertaken before commencing any form of therapy.

The therapist is there to facilitate the clients own healing process.  A good therapist simply makes change accessible and then allows the client to effect that change. It is a two-way effort. The Client has the power and is always in control of the process.

Our Minds

We have two parts of the mind – Conscious and Subconscious. Only a very small portion of our mind is conscious in a self-aware way and most of our mind functions happen automatically without conscious thought. This can be likened to an iceberg – 10% of the mind is conscious and we are aware of it, 90% though is subconscious and without our awareness.

We are more familiar with the Conscious mind. The conscious mind looks, listens, learns, judges, analyzes and criticizes.  It is able to accept or reject and idea or concept. It is where we make our daily decisions. It is our logical, analytical, thinking part that rationalizes.  It has a slower processing speed and can conceptualize past or future.

The Subconscious (also known as the unconscious) mind deals with our imagination, emotions, memories and functions of our body, as well as running all programs of automatic behavior based on what we’ve learned. It stores all our experiences, runs our autonomic nervous system and controls our bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. It holds all the memories of everything that has ever happened to us – everything we have ever experienced, seen, heard and learned.  Even if we cannot consciously remember them, the memories are there. It communicates through emotional responses called feelings and these feelings govern our reactions.   It has a superfast processing speed and its workings are invisible to us.  

Your conscious mind is wonderful at designing the life you want, but it is in the subconscious where it actually all happens. If you want to change a habit, thought, belief or behavior, you must work with the subconscious mind and this is where we use hypnosis.

Our brain works on the following brainwave frequencies:

Beta (conscious mind) – the brain is active and you are aware.

Alpha (subconscious mind) – the brain slows down and relaxes; the conscious mind starts to sleep. You are more suggestible.

Theta – drifting on the edge of sleep, day dreaming and possibly having outer body experiences. Also the state used for pain relief. You are highly suggestible

Delta –deep sleep, with periods of dreaming in an unconscious state. The body refreshes itself in this state and the subconscious mind conducts the ‘filing’ of our waking experiences.

It may not make any sense to the conscious mind, but to the subconscious it is a real and serious threat, and the subconscious mind will always win.  It will then start to initiate the fight, flight or freeze response, which is when emotions and physical reactions/symptoms will rapidly increase.

During Hypnosis, we work with the Alpha/ Theta state.

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Hypnotherapy - focussed attention and therapeutic change

What is Hypnosis Like?

In hypnosis, your mind is always aware and observing, and you enter into a heightened state of awareness.  Everyone relaxes and experiences it in their own way. Hypnosis is actually a very natural state of mind and body and we enter into hypnotic states every day without even realising we are doing so, such as when we drive our car home and can’t really remember the journey! Each one of us also passes through a hypnotic state as we fall asleep and when we begin to wake up.

Myths about Hypnosis?

Many people are worried about going into hypnosis because of what they have seen on the television or stage – in particular that they might be made to act like a chicken and the hypnotist may have control of their mind. The myth busters below may help to alleviate some of those concerns.

During hypnosis:

  • You are totally aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times.
  • You are not in anybody’s power and nobody can take control of you.
  • You cannot at any time be made to do anything you do not want to do.
  • You are not asleep or unconscious.
  • You can come out of the hypnotic state anytime you wish.
  • You do not get stuck in a trance state.
  • You do not ‘blurt out’ your dark secrets unless you want to!
  • You do not say or do funny things unless you want to!
  • You do not become possessed.
  • You do not leave your body.
  • There will be no loss of memory or ability to think for yourself
  • Your personality will not be affected.