What Is Hypnotherapy?

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What Is Hypnotherapy?

A form of therapy that uses the power of suggestion and guided imagery to encourage positive change within the mind. Something that we all do naturally during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

I will use relaxation techniques to help you reach a state where the conscious part of your mind is relaxed and the subconscious part of your mind is more open to suggestion.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud believed that the mind is made up of three sections.

  • The preconscious mind contains anything that could be brought to the conscious mind. 
  • The conscious mind contains all of our thoughts, feelings, memories and wishes that we are aware of at any given time. 
  • The unconscious mind is where our thoughts, memories, feelings and urges are stored and we are unaware of them working. A lot of the contents of our subconscious mind are unpleasant or unnecessary, such as addictions, anxieties and low self esteem. 
It is in the unconscious mind that most "problems" lie. The conscious mind wants to do something the unconscious mind isn't willing or ready to do. For example, you want to stop smoking or stop feeling anxious but something seems to be preventing it.

Unlike many other psychological therapies, hypnotherapy is widely considered to be a fast and effective approach to achieving beneficial change.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and heightened awareness induced by suggestion

• Hypnosis, which is a totally natural phenomenon, is very pleasant and relaxing. Under hypnosis people can converse very easily and it is impossible for them to come to any harm. The centuries old technique of hypnosis is being used increasingly as a supplement to orthodox medicine.


• It has and continues to prove to be a valuable alternative to drugs for anesthesia and has been found to accelerate healing, accelerate learning, relieve stress, control pain and increase performance. Many athletes and sports teams use hypnosis when they are "in the zone" and hypnotherapy to improve confidence.

• All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and a hypnotist is merely a facilitator who uses techniques to help clients into hypnosis. The hypnotherapist then uses suggestion techniques to facilitate a positive change in the unconscious mind.

• It is for this reason that nobody could be hypnotised against their will. In order for any hypnotherapist or stage hypnotist to hypnotise another person full co-operation is required at all times.

What Is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the brains ability to change throughout an individuals life. Many aspects of the brain can be altered, even through adulthood, however, a developing brain has a greater ability to change. 

Hypnotherapists use the brains plasticity to suggest change at a subconscious level and have been doing so for hundreds of years.
Now thanks to modern technology we can understand how this works and why hypnotherapy is so successful.

Book your free consultation call  to discuss your needs, so that Neil will be able to create your personalised hypnotherapy plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

What If I don't wake up?

This is not possible. If after putting someone in to a hypnotic trance, the hypnotist was to suddenly drop dead, of two things would happen;

• The client will immediately wake up or "shock awaken"

• The client will fall in to a normal sleep and awaken when he/she is ready.

There is absolutely no chance of anyone being "locked" in hypnosis forever.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, every human being can be hypnotised with the following three exceptions:

• Young children under approx. 5 years of age. 

• Severely mentally disturbed.

• People who choose not to be hypnotised.

People do go in to different depths of hypnosis but hypnotherapy can be of benefit to everyone that is wanting change. 

Will I blurt out all my secrets?

No, you will always be in full control of everything you say. There is no question of being in the power of the hypnotist and made to do things you don't want to do. 

However, anything shared by you is treat with the strictest of confidentiality.

Will I actually be sleeping?

No, you will neither be asleep or awake but somewhere in the middle. You will be in a state in which all of your natural senses will be around 30% more efficient than usual. You will be fully aware of what is going on at all times. 

It feels very much like when you're having a vivid dream.

When In hypnosis, will I do things against my will?

No, you will not. A person in hypnosis is in total control of the situation at all times. 

Although the word "sleep" is used frequently in hypnosis, a person in hypnosis is not actually asleep. In fact he/she is neither wide awake nor asleep, but somewhere in between and the unconscious mind is in a heightened state of awareness

Therefore, you will not be "made to dance around like a chicken".

Why is your Consultation free of charge?

The free consultation call is the perfect time for you and I to get to know each other; so that I can understand what you are wanting to achieve from hypnotherapy. I will use this time to ask you some questions so that I can better tailor your therapy sessions to suit your needs.

Will i be pressured to use your services?

Absolutely not.

There is no point in pressuring someone to work with you, this will not create a good rapport and will make the work more difficult.

How many sessions will I need?

The duration of your therapy will depend on your circumstances and the reason for which you are seeking hypnotherapy. If you are seeking hypnosis for a one-off service, I will deliver hypnotherapy in a single session of up to 2.5 hours.

However, other issues may require a longer term approach with regular sessions.

Will I have to pay upfront?

Yes. I charge one single fee that is paid upfront at your first session. Accepted payment forms are debit/credit card, cash, bank transfer (funds cleared 24 hrs prior to appointment). 

Alternatively you can spread the cost over a maximum term of 12 months with a deposit of £78.70. Please enquire for further information. 

How long will my session last?

Initial Session 2 - 2.5 hrs

Follow up session 1.5 - 2 hrs

Stop smoking session 2 hrs

I think my child can benefit from hypnotherapy, can you help?

Hypnotherapy for young people and children is both safe and very effective. Children naturally use their unconscious mind and their imagination frequently, so they tend to respond very well to hypnotherapy. That being said, I will only work with children if it is something that your child wishes to do. 

I can't get to your office, do you offer online or home visits?

I certainly do. Online sessions are conducted either through Zoom or apple face time.

Home visits are available upon request for an additional fee. 

I feel really nervous, is this normal?

Feeling nervous before your hypnotherapy session is perfectly normal and it's perfectly acceptable for you to feel this way. 

Part of Neil's job is to relax you and this will happen naturally as part of your session and induction into the hypnotic trance. By the end of the session you'll wonder why you felt nervous.

Can I get Hypnotherapy on the NHS?

Access to hypnotherapy through the NHS is very limited but you can discuss this with your healthcare provider. However it's not widely available, which means Neil and other hypnotists generally work privately. All good hypnotists will be happy to communicate with your healthcare provider if this is your wish.

How many sessions will i need? 

That is hard to answer here as everyone is different. Some people only need one session, some people need several.

With my business model, number of sessions is something you won't need to worry about as I'll work with you until your issue is resolved.  

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