So what is hypnotherapy?


So what is hypnotherapySo what is hypnotherapy and what is my role as a hypnotherapist?

As a hypnotherapist I use my skills to help patients achieve the best outcome they can in whatever issue, condition or symptom they present with by helping them find their own positive inner resources.

Treating the Person

I am the catalyst that helps patients find their own inner resources, their own inner healing system. Sometimes these lie deeply hidden and they need help to uncover them. My aim is always to treat the person, not the issue, condition or symptom they present with.

I find it a privileged and somewhat humbling role because behind every face there’s a different story, and any number of possibilities as to why their particular symptom, issue or condition has occurred or developed in the first place.

And often a big part of the patient’s healing is in being able to talk, either in or out of trance, about something that’s possibly been hidden in a very deep place. Indeed, it may not even have been talked about before.

My biggest and best reward is hearing my patients tell me how much better they feel, that they now feel empowered to move on, that they can now move forward in a meaningful way and continue to positively improve their life.


So – what is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

How does it work?

Is it magic?

Hypnosis is actually a very natural state that we go in and out of several times a day without even realising it.

Have you ever been so absorbed in a book – or some other activity, that you’ve not been aware of what is happening around you?

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming at moments during the day?

Have you ever driven along a road deep in thought and then noticed you’ve passed certain points of your journey without realising? Or you have maybe reached your destination without taking in the details of your journey? Just as though you are on autopilot?

These are all instances of natural hypnosis.

Heightened Awareness

Hypnosis is an altered state of heightened awareness.

It happens when our attention is so highly focused that we exclude external stuff going on around us, even though we may still be aware of it being there.

People sometimes mix hypnotherapy with stage hypnosis.

Stage hypnosis is used purely as entertainment with the intention of making people look silly and ridiculous in front of an audience who find it funny.

Interestingly though, the tools stage hypnotists and hypnotherapists use to induce trance-like heightened states of awareness are the same, but we use them to achieve very different end results.

Hypnotherapy is hypnosis used for therapeutic purposes that benefit the recipient in positive ways. It does not brain-wash or control someone’s mind.

The mind will only go where it wants to go!

More to come ….

Until next time,


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