Is Hypnosis Safe?

Absolutely YES! Its no more dangerous than a daydream, as long as youre in trained hands! You must always check the credentials of whoever you use for hypnotherapy  as anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist, and that needs stamping out.

Can I Get Stuck In Hypnotic State/Trance?

No. Just an urban myth with NO truth to it whatsoever

Do I Lose Control?

Nope, another myth. In fact, hypnosis is about MORE control not less. I can help you see how much control youve actually got, not how little you thought you had.

How Does It Feel?

Varies from person to person, for most people its a very deep state of relaxation. Probably the most relaxed people have ever been. Until youve experienced it its hard to describe, but its as if half of you is very relaxed and half of you is completely aware of whats going off. When was the last time you REALLY relaxed?

What Can it Be Used To Treat?

Many, many things. The common ones are weight, stopping smoking, stress, anxiety, IBS, panic attacks, agorophobia, the list is endless. Ask me if youre not sure.

What Is Hypnosis?

Not such an easy one to answer. The best description to help you the client, is that it is a way of retraining your brain. A way to overcome problems by digging in and finding the answers from within you. You can look at hypnosis as a state of mind, in that state of mind the brain is a lot more open to change.

Have you ever wondered what hypnosis actually involves? Well, its probably NOT what you think. We all experience hypnosis (trance states) every day: Things like being lost in a book or a film, “being miles away” or even driving on autopilot are all examples of hypnosis. Sports people call it being in “the zone”. There is no going to sleep, no mind control, in fact you are probably MORE aware not less. You are in full control at all times, the hypnotherapist doesnt take over you- that’s just a misconception. You can’t get stuck in a trance state either.

You might feel a deep sense of relaxation, maybe more relaxed than ever before! The simplest way to think about hypnosis, in a way most people can relate to is retraining the brain. In a trance state, the brain seems far more open to new ways of thinking and behaving than without. With a good, caring therapist, hypnotherapy is completely safe and natural, and it can have deep lasting effects for life. If you want to know more feel free to call now to book a FREE consultation where you can see how we can help you.

Does Hypnotherapy work?

In the past science used to think that hypnosis was all just an act, but now with advances in brain scanning imagery we are actually able to see how hypnotherapy can help us, as clinical hypnotherapist Garry Webster explains, there’s much more to it than first thought. Our technology has come on in leaps and bounds over the last decade or so, and with it we can start to see how hypnotherapy can help people with all kinds of issues. Depression, stress, anxiety and panic attacks, ego strengthening are just a few of the main mental health issues that a good qualified hypnotherapist can treat. Of course there are also things like weight loss, phobias and sleep issues, to name a few.

With these technological advances, we now know that hypnosis is an altered brain state. Various studies have repeatedly showed McGeown et al. (2009) showed in a brain imaging study, that hypnosis “is a distinctive and unique pattern of brain activation…”, Oakley and Halligan (2013) say new brain imaging findings do support the contention that “hypnosis is a distinct form of consciousness…”. All our lives start and end in our heads, in the realm of our brains is where everything really exists.

Therapists often tout the phrase that we can adapt to our environment, and there is clinical evidence to support this. Woollett & Maguire (2011) show that London cab drivers brains have been shown to develop larger hippocampi as a result of working as taxi drivers. The researchers studied the size of the posterior hippocampus on cabbies both before passing the entrance exam known as ‘the knowledge’ and afterwards. They also measured the same regions in those who did not pass the rigorous test to qualify as a taxi driver. The results clearly showed that those who had qualified, and were working as taxi drivers had developed much larger posterior hippocampi than those who did not qualify. The researchers note that this “does not help clarify which, if any, of the qualifed taxi drivers had a genetic pre disposition to have a more ‘plastic’ brain and therefore to learn the knowledge more easily…” (cited in Brierley 2011). There is evidence that children who learn to play instruments “showed changed anatomical features in brain areas known to be involved in the control of playing a musical instrument…” Hyde et al. (2009).

This change is known as neuroplasticity. the brain is in a constant state of change, everytime we learn something our brains change to accomodate this new information. The good news about this for people with life long problems is that – we are never stuck with these problems. And for decades, therapy has been changing the way our brains see things, and its taken us until now to actually know this. This insight means that anything is possible. Anyone can overcome pretty much anything with a little help.

If you are thinking of trying hypnotherapy, make sure you only sue a hypnotherapist who is properly trained and a member of leading organisations. A good hypnotherapist will be happy to answer any questions you may have before you start. Ripley Hypnotherapy have helped people all over the world via Skype so if you want to know more, get in touch today.

What does a hypnotherapist do?

A hypnotherapist ( a good one that is) uses hypnosis to help bring about change from all kinds of problems such as weight loss, stopping smoking, anxiety and panic attacks. A clinical hypnotherapist is trained to help you overcome so many of lifes problems, you could look at a clinical hypnotherapist as working on the mind where as a doctor works on the body.

Please note the distinction between a hypnotist, and a cinical hypnotherapist. They might sound similar but the 2 are very different, A hypnotherapist is a practitioner of hypnosis and hypnotherapeutic techniques- generally hypnotists are stage practitioners. Also, a hypno-psychotherapist ( i am one of these)  is trained even longer than a hypnotherapist.

Where does the hypnotherapist service cover?

Our Derby hypnotherapist service covers Derby ( of course) but also Derbyshire and as the location of the Derby office is on the border of 2 counties, it also sees clients from right across Derbyshire – areas such as Amber Valley which is seen as the heart of Derbyshire, Alfreton, and even as far up as Buxton.

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