What is Hypnotherapy?

To help us understand what hypnotherapy is, first let’s looks at what hypnosis is.

I have always been intrigued about hypnosis. I recall that my ever first works night out in Leeds, just after starting my career in HR, was to the theatre to see a hypnotist act.

Remembering the mix of thoughts and emotions watching the show brought up for me. Absolute fascination, curiosity and wonder at the power of the human mind. Yet uneasiness and embarrassment for the people who chose to participate in the show.

Well I am happy to clarify that whilst hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a therapeutic technique, it is absolutely nothing like that stage show I went to see many years ago!

What is Hypnosis?

This is how I like to explain it to my clients:

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state, that we all find ourselves in throughout our everyday experiences.

Have you ever driven somewhere and then arrived at your destination and wondered how on earth you got there? Or have been so engrossed in an activity like reading a book or watching a film that you have missed what’s actually going on around you? Well, this is hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a mental state, where we are highly focused, have reduced peripheral awareness and have heightened suggestability.

One of the most common questions I get asked is “will I remain in control?”. Simply, the answer is “absolutely yes”!

In hypnosis you wouldnโ€™t do or say anything that you wouldnโ€™t do when you are not in hypnosis.


The client always remains in control and the reason for this is that any hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

All I will be doing is acting like a GPS system and if you choose, you will follow the guidance I provide you.

Therefore, it really helps when someone is focused, willing and engaged with the process.

Hypnosis is a very individual experience and there is no right, wrong or expected way for someone to respond, however it will only be effective if you have a desire and willingness for change and are fully engaged in the process.

Positive outcomes rely on a collaborative approach.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Most people describe it as a deeply relaxing and pleasant experience. Some say they feel like they are effortlessly floating or drifting. Others describing their body as being comfortably heavy or grounded. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis. It can successfully help you with a variety of different emotional and physical challenges.

Hypnotherapy uses the safe and natural state of hypnosis to reach the unconscious mind. Helping you to become more aware of, and more receptive to the inner emotions and issues that you are experiencing.

The power of the unconscious mind is used to create positive thoughts, ideas and concepts, which will enable you to successfully overcome these challenges.


As your therapist it is my role to find and create the right conditions to help you achieve your desired outcome.

We will work together in a relaxed and friendly environment.

I will gently guide you into a state of hypnosis, enabling you to harness the power of your unconscious mind and helping you reach your goals.

Following your initial session you may start to notice a positive impact straight away, as the new suggestions made to your subconscious start to take effect. However, like a lot of things hypnosis gets more effective the more you practise, as the suggestions are reinforced.

Hypnotherapy helps you to find a state of deep relaxation and by focusing on what is working for you, it can help facilitate change for the better.

If you’d like to find out more about how, through a powerful combination of hypnotherapy and talking therapy, I can help you successfully overcome your challenges and reach your goals please get in touch.

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