Professional Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy and how does Hypnosis work?  

Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis – In simplistic terms Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of physical and mental relaxation which we all drift in and out of every day.  I’m sure you can relate to driving long distances and drifting to other thoughts whilst part of your sub conscious mind concentrates on the driving. Or maybe you are watching TV or reading a book and do not hear anyone calling you or other “distractions”. Have you ever arrived at a place you drive to regularly e.g., work, and wondered how you got there? You simply went into hypnosis!  When you utilise this natural state of mind in hypnotherapy it becomes easier to make beneficial changes in your life.

Hypnosis - You are in control

Despite what you may have seen or experienced with stage hypnosis you should be aware that a person in hypnosis or undergoing clinical hypnotherapy is fully in control of the situation. In hypnosis your subconscious is directly accessible and is the part of your mind that determines how you react to any suggestions before you become consciously aware. You can be sure that you will never say or do anything in hypnosis which is against your moral or ethical judgement, and also as the subconscious is the driving force behind you then any changes that it accepts for your benefit during a hypnotherapy session become deeply rooted and long lasting. This is the reason that hypnosis and hypnotherapy can change your long-lasting habits and belief system, allowing you to choose a new, healthier and beneficial lifestyle.

Hypnotherapy eyes closed in hypnosis

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

Behaviours & Habits

  • Fears & phobias
  • Smoking
  • Nervous behaviour e.g hair pulling
  • Performance anxiety e.g. public speaking

Emotional Issues

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Self-esteem & confidence

Physiological Issues

  • Eczema, Psoriasis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue

The above are just a few examples of the many issues or problems that hypnotherapy can help with.  if you have another problem that you need help with that is not listed with please contact us for a FREE confidential consultation where we can advise you further.

Hypnotherapy - FAQ

Do you need help?

Alan is a certified Hypnotherapist and helps people overcome their difficulties, both in the UK and Internationally.  Alan completed his hypnotherapy diploma with psychotherapy and advanced diploma with the EICH in 2006 and since then has developed his own unique blend of hypnotherapy, some of which has been influenced by the work of the late Dave Elman, Gil Boyne and Milton Erickson.

If you would like to find out more about Hypnotherapy and how it may help you please go to the contact page  where you may book a free consultation or call Alan today for a no-obligation, confidential chat.

Q - Is Hypnosis safe?

A - Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Contrary to the commonly held belief you cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis.  If a hypnotist were to hypnotise you and leave you alone, you would either remain in the restful condition much like a nap until you naturally came back to full consciousness, or after a while when you heard no further dialogue would return to normal consciousness.  

Q - How is Hypnosis induced?

A -  There are many ways to bring about the hypnotic state, including the famous swinging watch.  The most common way nowadays is with the voice.  A hypnotist or hypnotherapist will talk to you while you relax and simply listen to the story being told.  There are many different induction techniques that can be used to match your personality and a good Clinical Hypnotherapist will choose the best one for you.

Q - What does Hypnosis feel like?

A - It feels pretty much like a daydream to most people only more intense.  Some may feel heavy, others reporting feeling lighter than normal. Everyone has a slightly different feeling, but in general they report a relaxed, pleasant experience.  You will hear the therapist, any other sounds around you, and be able to talk, move and open your eyes if you wish.  Some clients expect to be in a zombie like state after seeing all the hype in movies and stage shows, but the truth is that for most clients hypnosis feels “normal”.

Q - Can everyone be hypnotised?

Q - Yes, pretty much anyone with a few exceptions.  For some conditions hypnotherapy can only be used if you have written permission from your GP or consultant, including any condition where you are are under supervision of a psychiatrist or mental health professional.  This is to ensure that any medical treatment you may be undergoing will not conflict with hypnotherapy.

Q - Does Hypnotherapy really work?

A - That is a very broad question, but the answer is yes, hypnotherapy can bring about positive and long lasting change in most peoples lives.  Some people find that hypnotherapy is a rapid and powerful way to make changes, while others will have less dramatic change.  As with every other therapy the results are dependent on your willingness to change, the effort that you put in and the rapport with your therapist amongst other things.

Q - How many Sessions would I need to have?

A - That depends on many variables such as the type of problem i.e. a simple phobia may be resolved in 1-2 sessions but someone with a more complex issue to resolve may require around 6-10 sessions, or more.  Progress also depends on each individual’s will to overcome the problem, the rapport with the therapist and the speed at which they work towards change in the sessions.

Q - I think my mind is too strong to do hypnosis?

A - If you believe you have a strong mind and cannot be hypnotised then you are correct! No one can be hypnotised unless they want to be.  If you wish to though you can use your strong will to allow yourself to benefit from hypnosis & hypnotherapy.  Incidentally, strong minded people often make the best subjects, getting great results in therapy.

Q - How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?

A - Details of all our therapies and associated fees may be found on our Practice Information page.

Q - Is it true that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis?

A - Yes, pretty much that is the case.  To achieve a hypnotic state the subject gives themselves permission to drift into it, and cannot be coerced or tricked into entering hypnosis.  This is important to grasp as it is the basic building block upon which all client-centred hypnosis is based.  The hypnotherapist merely guides the subject by suggestion, but without the person’s consent and enthusiasm there can be no realisation of a useful working state where therapeutic work can be realised.  Self hypnosis is a powerful technique to learn which will benefit anyone for the rest of their life, and the ability to relax the mind and concentrate on a specific goal is without doubt a powerful means to self achievement.

Q - Hypnosis, Hypnotherapist, Hypno-Analysis - I'm confused?

A - Hypnosis is a state of mind that can be self induced or brought about by another person who might be known as a hypnotist. A Hypnotherapist is someone who uses hypnosis to bring about a beneficial change by the use of hypnotherapy techniques during hypnosis. Hypno-analysis is a form of hypnotherapy during which the hypnotherapist uses techniques to uncover the root causes of the problem.

Q - I do not want to have hypnotherapy - can you help me?

A - It may be that you still feel uncomfortable about hypnotherapy, probably due to a fear of loss of control, or due to adverse press and the unfortunate portrayal of hypnosis as “mind control” in the media.  Or perhaps you don’t wish to discuss your private experiences with a therapist but still seek help for your problem?

For many conditions there is now an alternative – BWRT® (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) which works in an “awake state” and is largely  “content free” therapy that may be just what you have been looking for.

Read more on our BWRT page

Q - How do I know you have been properly trained?

A -  Alan practises hypnotherapy in accordance with the code of ethics of the professional bodies he is affiliated to.  Alan completed his hypnotherapy diploma and advanced diploma with the EICH in 2005 and since then has developed his own unique blend of hypnotherapy, some of which has been influenced by the work of the late Dave ElmanGil Boyne and Milton Erickson.

Confidentiality is assured as is his professional attitude to you as a valued client.