An introduction to hypnotherapy

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

If you could lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and/or speed your recovery, all whilst sitting comfortably and listing to someone talk, then who wouldn't? In fact, the benefits of hypnotherapy can be far more wide-ranging than people realise: from addictions and allergies to weight management and all manner of things in between. As if these weren't reasons enough to try it, hypnotherapy can also help increase your energy levels and motivation to help you achieve your goals sooner.

However, when I say I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, more often than not, people will ask if I turn into them into chickens! This is a theatrical talent of the stage hypnotist: quite a different role to that of the Clinical Hypnotherapist. We use our hypnotherapy training for positive and therapeutic change, rather than stage entertainment.

What is hypnosis? The words 'focussed concentration' and 'extreme relaxation' are often used in its explanation, but maybe it's easier to define what hypnosis is not. Hypnosis is not mind control. Quite the opposite, in fact. It could better be described as negotiation with the subconscious mind. Your morals and ethics are housed in your subconscious mind, and as a trained clinical hypnotherapist, I can negotiate with your subconscious, but I can never change or control your morals or ethics.

The ideas, beliefs and moral standards by which you choose to live your life are unbreakable. The idea that one person can completely control another is a myth, simply because, whether in a hypnotic trance or not, a person will only do what they want to do. So, if what you want to do is entertain people by being a chicken, then a Stage Hypnotist is who you can go and see. However, if you want to make more healthy choices in life or you'd rather reduce your lifestyle-limiting beliefs, e.g., anxieties, fears or phobias like insomnia, fear of needles or flying, then why not come and see a Clinical Hypnotherapist?

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