What is hypnotherapy?

So, what is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is described by Wikipedia as;

“a type of alternative medicine/therapy in which hypnosis is used to create a state focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues”.  www.wikipedia.org. Hypnotherapy 3rd August 2020.


A hypnotherapist will work to help you relax and put you into a trance or relaxed state (a state similar to when you are engrossed in a book or film or the state you achieve through meditation).  Once in this state, the hypnotherapist will communicate with your sub-conscious mind to provide help or therapy to help you towards your goals, e.g. – stopping smoking, losing weight, dealing with anxiety etc.

In this hypnotic state you are fully aware and in control. Due to the way your brain is wired, your brain will only accept your hypnotherapists suggestions if it’s something you actually want to do.  This means that unless you want to bark like a dog, a hypnotherapist can’t make you bark like a dog.  It also means that unless you actually want to stop smoking a hypnotherapist can’t stop you smoking.  You have got to want change!

How many sessions a client needs will depend on the issue. The most common issues hypnotherapy can help with are:

  • Past life regression
  • Stress, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Sports performance
  • Insomnia
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Smoking and other unwanted habits
  • Weight control
  • Fears and phobias
  • Birth and pain relief

*please note that this list is not exhaustive and if you have a particular issue you want help with that is not listed, please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual needs. Please note that hypnotherapy or any other therapies offered are not intended as a substitute for conventional medical advice. If you are undergoing medical treatment, please consult your doctor before booking an appointment.