Contemporary psychotherapists view the internal
(neurological) connections we make between our
conscious and unconscious mind, as those which
create change in us, and these changes happen in a
supportive and non-judgemental environment.
Clinical hypnotherapy is a specialist area, and
skilled practitioners will make use of trance and
metaphor to allow their clients to integrate new
ideas and experiences at a deeper level. It is
particularly effective for alleviating traumas and
The stresses of modern life can affect our bodies in
physical ways, such as poor sleep patterns, high
blood pressure, allergies, migraine and irritable
bowel syndrome, to name but a few. Hypnotherapy has
proved to be beneficial in all of these ailments,
and many more, including relief in deep-seated pain,
anxiety and depression.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS OR TRANCE?
Hypnosis has a long history, and the technique often
involves deep relaxation, but not always. Old myths
have given way to scientifically sound applications
in medicine, sports and education. More and more
research is being carried out which continues to
validate its effectiveness in many physical and
Hypnosis used in therapy stimulates the body’s
self-healing system via a slightly altered state of
awareness, and when this is carried out with the
help of a trained professional, it is known as
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our minds work on two different levels; the
conscious and the unconscious.
When we are awake, our conscious minds are always
busy making decisions, thinking, and planning our
next step. In the relaxed trance state of hypnosis,
we can communicate directly with the unconscious
mind, and so bring effective relief to many areas of
CAN IT WORK VIA SKYPE?
Yes it can. It also works very well over the
CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTISED?
Everyone has the ability to go into a hypnotic
trance. It isn’t something that is done to you, but
something that you learn to do yourself. The
therapist is like a piano teacher – they can
demonstrate, but you do the playing!
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’M HYPNOTISED?
Most people have had the experience of daydreaming,
where they are not so aware of outside surroundings.
Most of us have also driven on ‘auto-pilot’, where
we realise that we’ve no idea how we arrived at our
Some people feel lightness; others feel relaxed and
lethargic. You will find it a natural and enjoyable
experience. One thing that people do notice is a
change in their daily behaviours.
IS HYPNOSIS SAFE?
Hypnosis is completely safe.
People are sometimes concerned that they will ‘lose
control’. No matter how deeply into hypnosis you may
go (and everyone experiences different levels), you
are not asleep, and you cannot be made to say or do
anything that you don’t want to.
You are fully able to talk if you wish, and you are
aware and in control at every moment. Most people’s
misconception about loss of control stems from stage
acts, where ‘permission’ is already given to the
Clinical hypnotherapy is ethical, and is always
carried out with the permission and best interests
of the client in mind.