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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy… An Explanation


Hypnosis is simply an altered state of awareness when we’re doing something that fully absorbs our attention so that we ignore what’s going on around us.

Some common examples of activities that absorb our attention and concentration are meditation, computer work, listening to music, dancing, jogging, eating alone, having a shower or cutting the grass. These already learned activities are already stored in our subconscious so you function automatically and it’s easy to drift from an alert state into a different level (altered state) of awareness.


Have you ever noticed that:

  • When we daydream we could be in a crowded room full of chatter but we don’t hear any of it!
  • You’ve been so engrossed in a book or film that you feel as though you are one of the characters?
  • You’ve been so involved in something that you’ve lost track of time?
  • You’ve driven from one place to another wondering how you got there?

If you can relate to any of these examples then it means you’ve experienced hypnosis.

Everything you have ever learned or experienced is stored in what we call the subconscious or unconscious part of our mind. We carry out many tasks that we’ve already learned automatically.

You can probably relate to saying “I was on automatic pilot” once you’d realised you’d become so engrossed in your thoughts that you’d driven to work instead of the supermarket! Whenever you do something automatic like driving, your conscious mind drifts off allowing your subconscious to become more active which means you are more likely to go into a trance state.

The trance state

Trance is a natural daydream like state that we drift in and out of many times a day. It’s a state where our body gradually relaxes. It’s a way to:

  • Go inside ourselves and solve problems.
  • Access our imagination and creativity.
  • Take a break from the outside world for a while.
Hypnotic trance

This is merely the the state I, as a hypnotherapist, will use to help you to make beneficial changes.

Inducing hypnotic trance

Within the therapy room I use a safe, effective and gentle relaxation technique to guide you into a very pleasant state of relaxation so that you begin to focus your attention inwardly. For example I may ask you to focus on your breathing and other bodily sensations, pleasant daydreams, feelings, imaginative scenes or memories with sounds and smells. As you focus your attention on these ‘internal’ senses and allow yourself to enter this very pleasant state you become more relaxed and open to suggestions.


Once in this altered state of awareness we can begin to make beneficial therapeutic changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We can give beneficial, positive suggestions to the subconscious part of our mind and as you become receptive to therapy I can help you to change limiting beliefs, unwanted habits and behaviours enabling you to find solutions to your problems, unleash your potential and live your life to the full! As well as giving positive suggestions there are many other therapeutic techniques I use to help you and a full assessment on our first session will help to tailor each session to your individual needs and determine which techniques will give you the most beneficial results.

Myths and Misconceptions

Although hypnotherapy is a form of complimentary therapy there are still myths and misconceptions surrounding it. Many people still think they will be ‘put under’ or ‘lose control’ and the important thing for you to know is that you are completely in control at all times. In fact hypnotherapy can only help you to get back the control you lost that resulted in your issue. You will only accept suggestions that are within your own belief system and as a hypnotherapist, I merely guide you into a hypnotic trance so that I am able to help you to make those beneficial changes to your life.

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