What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective talking therapy involving hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. It induces a deeply relaxed state of mind and body which allows access to the subconscious in order to bring about positive changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The subconscious is where we store our beliefs and learnt behaviours. It is also the part of the mind open to suggestion and therefore change. Using hypnotherapy techniques such as relaxation and guided imagery, to bypass the conscious mind we can access the subconscious, in order to make the changes we choose to make and live a more positive life.
What will Hypnotherapy feel like?
During hypnotherapy you will enter a light trance and feel deeply relaxed yet fully aware and in control of what is happening. It is a gentle, pleasant experience, much like daydreaming. You will not do or say anything you do not want to. Hypnosis is used to enter the trance state, which is basically a state of relaxation; completely natural and safe. We all enter trance-like states many times during the day without even realising, for example when we are driving and reach our destination without remembering the journey, or when we are reading or watching television and don't hear someone talking to us. During this deeply relaxed state you will remain physically alert but mentally calm, allowing the conscious, busy mind to become suspended. The subconscious part then becomes more receptive and available to positive suggestions and therefore change. It is a positive experience, where you will feel calm, relaxed and empowered to make the changes you choose.
Does Hypnotherapy work?
There is an abundance of evidence available now that demonstrates psychological and physiological changes can be produced by hypnotherapy. Professional organisations such as The British Medical Association and the British Psychological Society have been formally studying and verifying hypnotherapy for many years and it is now regarded as an evidence-based mental and physical health treatment technique, scientifically-proven in helping clients access their subconscious minds to overcome challenging issues. It is one of the world's oldest sciences, with Egyptians using the technique as early as 3,000 B.C.
What are the benefits of Hypnotherapy?
Emotions can significantly affect our bodies and therefore our health. Very often negative emotions can manifest in our bodies as pain or other difficulties in our present lives. Hypnotherapy enhances our bodies and minds capacity to heal and overcome personal challenges to achieve positive changes. My aim is to empower you in order for you to take control and manage your situations better. Unlike counselling which may involve looking at a number of issues in a conscious way, hypnotherapy often focuses on a singular issue and works with the unconscious. Hypnotherapy has repeatedly and consistently helped clients with anxiety, stress, confidence, depression, obesity, addictions, and countless other issues.
How many sessions of Hypnotherapy will I need?
The duration of therapy is dependant on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnosis. Prior to the first session we will decide on the desired changes you wish to work on. Some issues may require a longer-term approach with regular weekly sessions, some may only need a singular session. How many sessions you might need will be discussed with you when you start therapy and will be flexible when it comes to either reducing or extending the number of sessions according to your progress and needs.
Hypnotherapy for Stress, Self-Esteem and Confidence
I am experienced in working with women for a variety of different reasons, in particular I specialise in stress-management, self-esteem and confidence. Although self-confidence and self-esteem are directly linked they are not the same thing. Confidence refers to the way we feel about our ability to carry out what needs to be done and self-esteem refers to the way we feel about ourselves internally. In the majority of cases those with poor self-esteem very often have low self-confidence. Having confidence in our abilities can make a massive difference to how we function in our personal and professional lives.
Hypnotherapy for Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is how we perceive ourselves and is mostly formed in our early years. It is made up of thoughts and opinions which are influenced by the people surrounding us and the experiences we have. Put simply, it is caused by repetitive thinking that becomes learnt behaviour and beliefs. These beliefs, because of how established they become, can be difficult to change but the good news is, hypnotherapy can help. Having low self-esteem can impact our health, happiness and wellbeing, making it hard to value ourselves and recognise our strengths. It can also significantly effect our personal and professional lives, preventing us from reaching our full potential. The aim of hypnotherapy, therefore, is to talk directly to the subconscious to change the negative beliefs and thinking patterns and replace them with more positive beliefs and responses.
Hypnotherapy for Confidence
Low confidence, a state of mind many of us suffer from time to time , can be caused by a variety of different reasons, which will differ from person to person. False beliefs we have about ourselves are held in the subconscious and can deplete our confidence. Confidence can be persistently low, making day-to-day living difficult or low with regards to a specific event or issue, causing anxiety. Whatever the reason, low confidence can hold us back from living a happy and fulfilled life. Hypnotherapy can help by accessing the subconscious and facilitating positive thoughts and beliefs, which in turn causes a change to how we feel about ourselves. When the subconscious believes we are confident this translates to our conscious mind, therefore altering thought patterns and subsequent behaviours.
Hypnotherapy for Managing Stress
Stress is something we all suffer from time to time and a certain amount can actually good for us, however when we feel under too much pressure, this can turn into feelings of being unable to cope with the demands of life. People react to stress in a variety of ways and what one person finds stressful another may find motivating. Stress can manifest itself physically, which has been medically shown to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to illness. It can also manifest itself in various emotional symptoms, such as:Feeling overwhelmed
Anxiety and agitation
Moodiness, irritability or anger
Depression or general unhappiness
Loneliness and isolation
Hypnotherapy can be highly effective in combating stress and can even empower you to take control of situations that may be causing you stress. If you are struggling and would like to work with me in reducing stress, empowering you to take control of your life, contact me today and we can arrange to work together to bring about the positive changes you choose to make.
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."
- Agnes Repplier
"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes."
- Carl Jung
"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."
"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."
- Abraham Maslow
"As one goes through life, one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move."
- Katherine Hepburn
Short Inspirational Stories
Welcome to my collection of inspiring and motivating quotations and short stories. I turn to my books for inspiration and words of wisdom whenever I'm in need of a pick-me-up. Reading and collecting quotations is now one of my favourite pastimes and I will regularly update this page. Below you will find some of my personal favourites that I would like to share with you. I hope you find them as inspiring and thought provoking as I do.
The Pursuit of Happiness
When the comedienne, Joyce Grenfell first went to the USA she was asked by reporters what she thought about the ideals of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. She replied, "I'm not so interested in the pursuit of happiness as in the discovery of joy"
What a great distinction. Happiness often seems to be something we have to work hard to achieve. The discovery of joy suggests something that is already there, we only have to notice it.
The Setting Sun
Two friends on a safari holiday are watching the African sunset. One is lost in the experience, the sounds of the birds, the changing colours, the gentle breeze. The other is reviewing the day, the transport that was late, the less than acceptable lunch, the plans for tomorrow. When the sun completely disappeared below the horizon who do you think made the best use of the time?
When the sun sets on your life, and it will, how many experiences will you have fully appreciated and how much time will you have spent reviewing the past and planning the future?