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Susan and her associates work with clients using a range of modern psychological techniques. One such technique is hypnotherapy. Clinical and Cognitive Hypnotherapy should not be confused with the 'stage show'.


FAQs and Hypnotherapy


Some people are understandably cautious about seeing a hypnotherapist for treatment and advice before making that change. You may wish to discuss these issues in more detail when you commit to making that change.

So, exactly what is hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of consciousness. Clinical and Cognitive Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for a beneficial purpose. Being in hypnosis is a natural state, not unlike a daydream; it is a super relaxed state of mind, and you remain in control the whole time. You would never do or say anything you don't want to. You are just so relaxed that you can just cut off from normal everyday things that clutter your mind and cloud your thinking. Being hypnotised allows you to connect with your subconscious mind, which is where you store your memories, experiences, and past events. Our brain is unique and by far the most complex organ in the body. Our nerve cells connect to shape our thoughts, memories and aspirations.


What happens in a clinical hypnotherapy session?

Our clients seem to be fascinated by the thought of being 'hypnotised'. What happens during a session? We are clinical hypnotherapists using the subconscious mind to enable you to make the changes that you want to make. We are registered with the General Hypnotherapy Council and follow a code of professional practice. To understand the word 'hypnotherapy', perhaps it may be helpful to think of you being in a state of deep relaxation. At all times, you remain aware of what is happening, and your mind will keep you safe. Once you have made an appointment, we will have time to establish rapport. We need to listen to what you are telling us. Often, the initial phobia, confidence issue, addiction or concern will lead to deeper discussion and understanding. We note that you want to make that change. At this stage, we discuss the possible programme. Hypnosis is often combined with other modern psychological techniques (such as NLP/ Mindfulness/ CBT/EFT/EMS) and is natural, quick, ethical, and permanent.

When you are in a state of deep relaxation (a hypnotic state), the subconscious part of your brain is ready to be reprogrammed more healthily or desirably. Remember, you choose to accept or reject the suggestions to allow that change to take place. It is your mind, and you are always in control. There are several approaches that we can use. We call upon all your senses. Sight. Taste. Touch.Sound. Smell. In the relaxed state, you can visualise, imagine, look back, and look forward to the change in the future. You can break away from old habits and addictions and tackle issues from insomnia to a lack of confidence and stress.

The power of the mind and the power of positive thinking, when reprogrammed, can allow you to make the change that you want. A session will come to a conclusion by bringing you safely back from your state of deep relaxation. You will remember everything that happened and feel relaxed.

What are the benefits of clinical hypnotherapy?

In summary, hypnosis can help you to tackle addictions (such as food, alcohol, smoking, gambling, or drugs). An addiction can build up over time, and a ‘bad habit’ forms. If you are ready for a change, you can break that habit.

Hypnosis can help to reduce anxiety, depression, stress, lack of confidence, sleep disorders and harmful childhood issues, and help to promote well-being, positive behaviour, weight control, healthy eating, and relaxation.

Will I still be in control of myself?

YES! This is what most people are afraid of. They are terrified that if they really submit to the relaxation of hypnosis and go fully into a trance-like state, they will no longer be in control of themselves and can be easily controlled by the person who is hypnotising them. Be assured you are still in control of yourself when you are hypnotised. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed.  No one can take control of you. This is not a ‘stage show’. At any time, you can remove yourself from a hypnotic state.


Does clinical hypnotherapy work?

YES! However, the first requirement is that you wish to tackle the challenge you are facing. The initial chat is important, and the therapist will also judge whether hypnotherapy is part of a more holistic programme. Hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure for everything. If you require more information, a web search answering this question should be considered.

Does clinical hypnotherapy work on children?

Yes, Hypnotherapy can help children with confidence and school concentration, anxiety, and sleep.

How many times will I need to see a hypnotherapist?

Another frequently asked question about hypnosis is, ‘How many sessions will I need?’ For certain issues, one longer session may be sufficient. However, you most likely will need more than one session with a hypnotherapist to work with you and tackle your problem, depending on what it is. This can be discussed at the initial meeting, and a programme agreed.


Is clinical hypnotherapy safe?

Hypnosis is perfectly safe.  You are always in control of the situation, and you are never unconscious.  Unlike drug therapies, hypnosis has no possible side effects, and in most people, hypnosis works, unlike drugs, which may work or may not work depending on your body's chemistry and what the disorder is. Hypnosis can treat the physical and mental aspects of common problems like addictions safely and can help you break your physical and emotional dependence on overeating, smoking, drinking, drama, anger, or any other destructive addition that you might have.

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