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Hypnotherapy, does it really work?

Occasionally someone asks me, “does hypnotherapy really work?”   Well clinical research has shown that hypnosis is effective in dealing with a wide range of issues.  Like stop smoking, lose weight, reduce anxiety and pain, sleep better, reduce exam anxiety or compulsive behaviours.  A list of scientifically based research articles are cited in the Research section at this site.

Generally speaking, if people are able to go into a relaxed state – a trance state, then hypnotherapy will be effective for them.  Most of us go in and out of trance states during our normal,  waking life.  It happens quite naturally when we are focusing on something we enjoy, like a favourite book or tv program.  It can happen when you are driving home and because you know the way home so well you arrive and not remember how you did it because you were on automatic pilot.  You were in a relaxed, trance state and your brain waves are slowed down to  alpha level.

A relaxed state allows the unconscious mind to receive the powerful positive suggestions.  This enables people to easily make changes in their behaviour, like giving up smoking and forgetting about the urge to smoke or overeat etc.  This relaxed state also regulates and calms our emotions.  Many of us have strongly conditioned emotional memories and when we focus on them, or worry about those  issues it makes the neural bundles stronger.  The same applies when you learn a new language and you keep repeating the foreign words and phrases.  The repetition of focus make those neural bundles, the memories stronger.  This allows you to remember those new words and phrases and come easily to your mind.

And this is an important point to understand that when we focus on something, we make it stronger. The concepts of Mindfulness and the Law of Attraction are similar.  What you focus on, think, feel, tune into, becomes stronger.  People hypnotise themselves to perform well or poorly at a job interview for example.   They can rehearse their answers to the usual job interview questions and imagine they’re calm and relaxed and performing well.  All that thinking, focusing, worrying or rehearsing is making the neural bundles in your brain stronger.   So hypnotherapy is a technique that supports the mind to achieve your desired goals.

Energy Psychology – contemporary and ancient healing methods

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Emotional Freedom Techniques is one of the main modalities of Energy Psychology. EFT combines cognitive and exposure techniques with acupressure to reduce a range of issues like anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, sleep issues and addictions. Over 110 randomised control trials have been conducted, mostly in the last decade that demonstrate beneficial results (Feinstein, 2018, Published […]

Drug and alcohol dependence

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Many people come to see me for alcohol, cannabis or nicotine dependence.  Sometimes they may be using methamphetamines, usually on weekends or for longer binges.  All of these substances change a persons neurochemistry.  And accept for LSD or cannabis, which are hallucinogenes, the rest of these substances fall into two different camps – sedatives or […]

Losing weight in 2019

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When summer comes around and we look in the wardrobe and try things on that we haven’t worn for several months we can be surprised about how some items don’t fit as well as they used to.  A favourite dress, skirt or shorts can reveal more bumps that we feel comfortable with.  Maybe your doctor […]

Hypnotherapy for stress reduction

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Many clients come to see me to lose weight and stop unhealthy food cravings.  For some of them, it becomes clear in the first or second session that there was an issue from childhood that caused them to feel anxiety, and still has an impact on some aspects of their life.  They may have witnessed domestic violence, been mistreated by one […]

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

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Many clients come to see me for weight loss.  Although everyone is different, there are some typical reasons why people gain weight.  Recently, I saw a client who said they were overeating sugary foods.  They wanted something sweet after lunch and dinner, and biscuits with tea or coffee in between meals.  After one session they said […]

Hypnosis for stress reduction and relationship issues

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Hypnotherapy is a great way to reduce stress.  It taps into the power of your unconscious mind and allows more ways to relax, and soothe your nervous system.  Sometimes, people see a hypnotherapist as a kind of last resort.  They have experienced talking therapies, with a counsellor or psychologist.   Maybe they have been prescribed medication, which they have […]

Spider Phobia

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Recently I helped a young man, John, overcome his spider phobia.  He had this to say about his experience.  “I have had a spider phobia for more than 20 years.  It all started one Saturday night when I was having a sleep over with a mate and we watched the film Arachnaphobia.  The two of […]