What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy with Susan is a relaxing and calming experience, where we work together to find the solutions that are right for you. We all know that sometimes ‘will power’ and our perceptions of logical thought are not enough.

Hypnotherapy involves losely structured sessions that utilise a variety of therapeutic techniques. The first half of each session, where I draw on my varied theoretical and professional knowledge and experience, consists of a gentle therapeutic conversation.  Discussions can involve an exploration of whatever you choose to bring to the session, whilst discovering what small steps might be possible to assist you towards your goals.  The second half of the session involves the relaxation process, using guided imagery to assist movement into the deeply relaxed state of trance where suggestions made are accepted much more freely and deeply by the mind. To follow up we may include some techniques you might choose to try at home, (see here for some basic examples).

Hypnotherapy is not the mysterious magic act you see during the short-term intensive stage hypnotism show, where the volunteer appears to have lost control. Trance with hypnotherapy, although using similar processes, is more of a state of deeply relaxed consciousness, where the individual remains in control during a hypnotherapeutic process that has a much gentler approach with the aim of producing  deeper more long lasting results.

You will feel deeply relaxed and comfortable, some say it is like that state between sleep and wakefulness, where you will be aware of everything around you and you remain in control at all times. Once in the relaxed state the suggestions made to the subconscious mind can be much more readily accepted, assisting you to bring about the changes you desire with much greater ease.

It is a totally natural, safe form of treatment. At anytime you can bring yourself out of the relaxed state if you so wish.

There is a great deal of scientific research that supports hypnotherapy and its benefits. The theory that hypnosis “primes” the brain to be open to suggestion has been supported by various studies, such as Hull University researchers who showed that the effect of hypnosis can be seen on brain scans. Dr William McGeown, a lecturer in the department of psychology, said, "This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation." The British Medical Association (BMA) recognised hypnosis as a valuable medical tool as early as 1955, and in 1962 the American Psychiatric Association followed, recognising it as a viable modality in treating some psychological conditions. 

After the initial session each subsequent hypnotherapy session will be individually designed for you and what is needed to assist you towards just where you want to be. Further explanations of how it can help you specifically will be given at the free, no obligation initial consultationContact me and give the initial consultation a try, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.