What is Hypnotherapy?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked jokingly:

“You’re a hypnotherapist? Can you make me cluck like a chicken then?”....

This is followed by an inward sigh from myself…

No, I cannot make you cluck like a chicken, unless you have a burning desire to do so. I can only assist you to make a change if you truly desire the change to happen.

So, how does Hypnotherapy work? Well, it alters our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for your behaviour and physical state to alter.

At the point the subconscious mind is open I’m able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations which aim to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind.

Some Common Misconceptions Regarding Hypnotherapy

Contrary to popular belief hypnosis does not involve being put into a deep sleep (although some clients become so relaxed they may drift off), and you cannot be made to do anything you wouldn’t ordinarily do. You remain fully aware of your surroundings and your situation, and are not vulnerable to every given command by myself. In order for hypnotherapy to work, you have to want the treatment to work.

How long will it take?

How many sessions does it take then? The answer is: it depends. Your readiness and ability to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However, I can teach you self-hypnosis techniques which can be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with myself.

How Can I Help?

I can offer a safe space in which my clients can feel free to offload their struggles and talk about issues with the reassurance that everything said will be kept in complete confidence, free from judgement.

I am trained specially in supporting survivors of sexual abuse and rape, and very familiar with many of the corresponding issues that go hand in hand with trauma including:

• Blame

• Shame

• Guilt

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Low self-esteem

• Insomnia

• Self-harm

This is to name but a few…

My services are available to all people from different walks of life however, not exclusively for survivors of sexual abuse. Hypnotherapy is deeply relaxing and very enjoyable for a lot of people who try it. It can have varying levels of success depending on how suggestible the person is, but most people who experience it report feeling deeply relaxed and calm afterwards (which is never a bad thing), especially for those experiencing chronic anxiety.