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Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy in Summary

Hypnosis has a very long history in health care, and written about extensively by eminent 20 century psychiatrists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. These therapies can help resolve many personal problems, can help to change negative behavioural patterns, and help build confidence. What we are actually saying is that the aim of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is to bring about beneficial changes to a variety of problems that actually have origins in the mind. An example of the personal problems that people have overcome through this type of therapy is stopping smoking, losing weight, overcoming fears and anxieties. Many individuals have improved their sports performance through hypnosis, and improving academic technique has a high success rate.

What exactly is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. This means that during a Hypnosis session instead of working with our everyday conscious and working mind state a therapist guides a client into entering a subconscious relaxed trance-like state. This subconscious trance state is not unfamiliar to us, for it is similar to that relaxed state we enter into before going to sleep, and also we experience it during natural occurring periods such as daydreaming. A therapist will use gentle relaxation and visualisation techniques to help their client achieve this trance dreamlike state, the client remains fully aware of their surroundings, remains in control, and is able to hear, feel and speak. So contrary to popular belief, the client, although generally closes their eyes, is not asleep, and can remember all that has happened. We can then deduce and understand from this information that a hypnotist does not have total control, of their client during hypnosis, the reality being that an individual can respond or not to a hypnotic suggestion.

What then is Hypnotherapy and Hypno-Psychotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the actual application of Hypnosis so enabling a therapeutic change in how we think and feel about ourselves and others in our environment. So therapists are aiming to bring about positive changes for individuals, helping them cope and realising how actions and reactions to themselves and others can often be destructive. Thus the external influence, the hypnotherapist, can assist in activating the inner strength and resources of a person (the client) so looking to achieve realistic goals. Hypno-Psychotherapy uses the hypnotic trance state to a deeper level, and this allows access to the subconscious mind to consider the origins of problem. This means looking at events of the past and releasing tensions and anxieties that are still attached.

The Hypnosis Session Itself

During a Hypnosis session a client first has an in depth consultation with a therapist to assess the problem and needs. Therapy takes place on either a comfortable chair or therapy bed. A deep relaxation technique with the therapist using a calm and gentle voice helps achieve a hypnotic trance. A sense of well being is felt, and in trance the subconscious mind can be reached and thus allow positive hypnotic messages to be given and accepted.

In summary Hypnosis has since ancient times proved to be a safe and drug free method of creating desired changes quickly. It is completely natural and there are no unpleasant or unwanted side effects. A hypnotic state allows your unconscious mind to absorb new, acceptable, beneficial suggestions. Hypnosis is a two way process between the therapist and the client in a professional partnership. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and co-operates

















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Hypnotherapy has a very long history in health care and can help change behaviour patterns that prevent you being all you can be. Whether you want to stop smoking or other addiction or addictive habit, or you're a professional sports person wanting to improve your game, then hypnotherapy could be the key.
Hypnosis is simply a relaxed daydream state of mind, in which a person remains fully aware of their surroundings and in charge of their actions. Experts believe we enter hypnosis as much as 80% of our day! It is as natural as breathing, in fact 15 minutes of hypnosis can be equivalent of one hour of restful sleep.
When you are in hypnosis you are awake and aware , you are not asleep. Your mind is still active, your thoughts are under your control. You can hear, speak, laugh, and remember everything that has happened.
There is nothing dangerous about therapeutic hypnosis. Many people fear hypnosis because they believe they would be under the control of the hypnotist. In reality you are always in control and can choose not to respond to a suggestion. You can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.
Hypnosis is suitable for resolving a wide variety of problems and in many cases can be effective in just a few sessions.

Main Uses of Hypnotherapy

Pain Relief, Phobias, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Asthma, Skin Disorders, Digestive Disorders.

Biochemical Effects of Hypnotherapy

Triggers healing processes. Causes changes in brain and tissue chemistry by inducing the relaxation response.


Hypnotherapy may not be suitable for those with severe depresion, psychosis or epilepsy.


The British Institute of Hypnotherapy explains:

“People try to rely upon the limited capacities of their conscious mind for direction and support, even though the unconscious mind has more resources and a better sense of reality. Consciously we tend to be very critical and will often over analyse when attempting to problem solve. This will then produce unproductive results such as anxiety, worry, confusion and in some cases a loss of belief. We then become locked in a feedback loop of negative thinking, which in turn encourages us to believe we have no longer a sense of control. Then that old habit negative self talk cuts in to remind us how "it won't work for me", or "what's the point it will probably go wrong", or "I'm a failure" and so on. Many people, often through the experience they had while growing up, develop defensive negative attitudes, forever minimising the benefits and maximising the difficulties in situations past, present or future.”

Hypnotherapy & what problems a Hypnotherapist may help

Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnosis to bring about a therapeutic change in how we think and feel about ourselves, those around us and our environment. The aim is to bring about positive changes to how we act and react to certain situations, people, substances, etc.

An external influence - the Hypnotherapist - assists in activating the inner strength and resources of a person - the Client - with the aim of achieving realistic goals.

The problems that Hypnotherapy is best placed to help fall into the following groups:

Thoughts, Feelings & Ideas

People can suffer from thoughts & feelings of low self-esteem or obsessive thoughts about someone or something. They may not be able, for example, to let go of an unhealthy attachment to an ex-lover or that a partner is unfaithful. Hypnotherapy can help the client to change this.


Many people experience irrational fears of a variety of insects, animals, objects or situations and Hypnotherapy is renowned for its effectiveness in assisting sufferers to overcome these potentially very distressing and inhibiting conditions.


People can suffer from a wide variety of distressing feelings such as panic attacks, anxiety, jealousy, guilt, anger or inadequacy. Whatever the problem feeling, Hypnotherapy can help deal with it more specifically than drug therapy and without risk of any associated & potentially harmful side effects.


People can find themselves gripped by any of a huge range of habits, that they seem unable to control. These can range from something like nail biting, smoking to more deep-seated compulsive disorders. Hypnotherapy, using hypnotic techniques, can help to remove habits with precision and without the side effects associated with 'so called' anti-psychotic drugs.

What Other Issues may be Helped with Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues. The following are just some of the issues thFreat may be helped through professional hypnotherapy:

  • Smoking Cessation

  • Weight control

  • Nail biting

  • Enuresis

  • Habits Eating disorders

  • Anorexia Nervosa

  • Bulimia Obsessive

  • Compulsive Disorders

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sexual problems

  • Sport

  • Nerves (exams, tests etc.)

  • Confidence

  • Self-esteem

  • Gambling

  • Sleep problems

  • Public speaking

  • Letting Go

  • Panic attacks

  • Phobias

  • Headaches

  • Pain

  • Illness

  • Relationship problems

  • Skin problems

  • Arthritis

  • Concentration

  • Memory

  • Fear

  • Relaxation

  • Blushing

  • Shyness

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Childbirth

  • Bereavement

  • Stammering

  • Children's problems

  • Motivation

  • Work performance

  • Interviews

  • Addictions

  • Self-actualisation

  • Personal growth

  • Fulfilment

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can a hypnotherapist make you do something shocking, embarrassing or irreversible?

A. The answer to all these questions is an emphatic ''No''!

Q. When I am in a trance can you make me cluck like a chicken? Bark like a dog?

A. The person in the trance cannot be made to do anything they think is unacceptable. Thus, you cannot hypnotise a person to rob a bank if it is against their principles to do so. You cannot be ''made'' to violate your own values or acceptable patterns of behaviour. The trance state can be terminated by you at any time. It is your choice to enter the hypnotic state, and you can always choose to leave it.

Q. Can anybody be hypnotised?

A. Yes, anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be. A hypnotherapist cannot force anyone to be hypnotised against their will.

Q. Will I be OK to work/drive after my appointment?

A. Yes, that will not be a problem at all.

Q. How many sessions will I need?

A. That depends on the progress you are making, your motivation and your desire to improve. However, hypnotherapy is very powerful and effective.

Q. How long does each session last?

A. Each session last for at least 1 hour.

Q. Will I become ill afterwards?

A. No, you should feel very relaxed afterwards.

Q, Is Hypnotherapy safe?

A. Definitely! There has never been a recorded incident of injury or a client being hurt during this process. It is safe and can cause no harm to anyone who has hypnotherapy.


























Links of Further Interest

Internal Related Links

Hypnotherapists at the Centre

Alison Evans

Hypno-Psychotherapy Page


External Related Links


Further information about Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy;

National College of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists