About Hypnotherapy2023-07-11T13:17:04+00:00

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is about re training your brain to see YOUR life differently. You can learn to do so much more than you may have ever realised. Hypnotherapy is advised for certain conditions by the Royal College of Psychiatrists . This BBC article shows other conditions such as IBS, PTSD and other conditions can be helped by hypnosis.

I offer FREE consultations to everyone, this means you have an opportunity to come and see what professional clinical hypnosis can do for you. Hypnosis is perfectly safe and natural, and nothing like most people imagine.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnotherapy is a technique to get all the regions of your brain talking to each other and working as a team. This stops the internal conflict that we all have from time to time, and can bring results which are nothing if not amazing.

Hypnotherapy is probably nothing like you might imagine, and usually quicker than people realise.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?

Hypnotherapy is fast (when compared to other forms of therapy). Thats a major point, if its faster it will cost less which for most clients in itself relives more stress. Hypnotherapy helps you to overcome the issues in your mind, it even helps to understand whats going off – believe it or not often times people are just aware of the symptoms and dont know whats caused them.

Problems like anxiety, stress, insomnia etc all come from “within” i.e subconsciously. The subconscious control MOST of our lives even though we dont realise it. Thats means you need to work on that same level to tackle those problems. Of course, hypnosis is the primary therapy for subconscious work. The NHS gives some advice on hypnotherapy and recommends you choose a qualified practitioner

Hypnotherapy is safe and effective, it is becoming more and more widely used in the NHS and many 100’s of scientific studies show how powerful hypnosis is proven to be. You can find some more advice on what hypnosis is here

Hypnosis works on many different problems, after all – our lives are all in the mind. Hypnosis works and has been proven to help with physical problems as well as psychological problems. Even things like helping wounds to heal quicker, skin problems, warts the list really is endless.

How Does Hypnotherapy Work?

What is hypnosis- how does hypnotherapy work? These are often asked questions, and most people have the wrong impression of what hypnosis is and how it can help. Let me ask you this: if you were in charge of yourself, would you have any problems? would you be overweight, smoke, drink or have phobias? We all have worries and doubts about life that can drive us mad sometimes. So, as silly as it sounds- are we actually in charge of ourselves? The answer is yes, but we all need some help sometimes to see that. What we call the subconscious mind has an enormous amount of power, and we need to get it working with us, instead of against us. There are several studies here but for a quicker answer just contact me

The Subconscious Mind

Hypnosis works with the subconscious mind. There are no clear cut answers, but what you can be sure of is that the subconscious can help you to do almost anything better! Science seems to be giving us at least some insights into what the subconscious mind actually is. There are many different brain regions (and physical abilities) that work outside our normal conscious awareness and this explains why sometimes part of us feels like doing this, and part of us feels like doing that. We all have that inner conflict at times. Hypnotherapy aims to get these parts working together better, as a whole unit instead of individual groups.

Stress Anxiety Depression

Think about this- when you are stressed or worried or even depressed, you know you dont like those feelings but you feel like you cant help it. Well, the whole point about good hypnotherapy is that you can help it, far more than you realise. there is no rationality or common sense involved, doesnt it seem like our brains are our worst enemy at times? Its ridiculous when you think about it.


Scientific studies have shown that actual physical changes in the brain can occur with as little as 90 minutes help, (for instance; mindfulness, meditation, hypno-psychotherapy etc). The changes are seen in the “connecting cables” (grey and white matter) so that it seems that more information is able to pass through these wired networks and this has been scientifically proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and much more. Some studies even claim that these treatments give better longer lasting results than some medication.

The Future

Many years ago, hypnosis was wrongly seen as quack medicine. This was because people assumed it was something that was ‘done’ to people, i work with people to help them change. With the advances in brain scans, we now know that the brain is doing quite different things under a hypnotic state and that in this state, the human individual can do much more than they can in a normal conscious state. Hypnosis is an everyday state that we ALL experience but some of us call it different names to others. Hypnosis is not and never has been dangerous, you cannot get stuck in a trance state. A trance state is like driving on autopilot, or being lost in thought for a few seconds. A hypnotherapist helps you go into that state then helps you when you are in it.. You are always in control and never unconscious like people imagine.

As a hypno-psychotherapist i have a much wider range of tools than a pure hypnotherapist. I can take into account far more than the presenting problem that a client might bring.

If you live in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, we can use hypnosis to help you change your life, call me to find out more.

About Hypnosis

People often ask – what is hypnosis? Well, hypnosis is nothing new, until anaesthesia came along, you would have been one of the lucky few, to have an operation with the chance to be hypnotised. Brain scans show it is a specific state of brain activity

We’ve all experienced it, whether we realise it as a ‘trance state’ or not. A good example is when you are driving along and then think to yourself.. “where am I going?…Im going the wrong way”. You might explain this by saying..”I was miles away” or ” Im not concentrating”.

The point here is: you got where you were, somehow, even if you dont remember actually driving there, your mind was definitely somewhere else, but you are still able to perform what you wanted to- in this example, its drive the car. Standing in a long queue can also let our minds wander, this is the same as a trance state.

To me, there is no argument about whether hypnosis exists or not – you cannot pinpoint a persons mind, but we all know it is there . Our mind is just a name we give to it, it is the same with a trance state.

Hypnotherapy IS : safe, relaxing, effective

Hypnotherapy IS NOT : dangerous, nor mind control

– You cannot get stuck in hypnosis
– There is no mind control
– You are always safe, aware and in control
– Nothing bad will occur whilst in a trance state

How It Works

One of the pioneers of modern hypnosis- Milton Erickson said that we all have inner powers/abilities/strengths that we do not make the best use of. Clients when faced with a problem, are not so much unresourceful, as in an unresourceful state. That is to say that we often do not realise our capabilities, and it is only by using the trance state that we can learn new things- new ways to behave even if we have exhibited these old unwanted behaviours for many years. As stated before a trance state is akin to meditation, a deep focus or a different way of using our minds to achieve something. A runner goes into ‘the zone’ when in a race, yet immediately they cross the finishing line, they can collapse through exhaustion.

You can learn to use this power to your advantage, whatever your goals are a trance state can help you get where you want to go. A trance state is a natural thing not something to be scared of. A while ago there was much input from the scientific community to say that hypnosis was all put on and i.e being faked by people. Lately however science has shown that certain parts of the brain are activated during hypnosis, and these parts of the brain were not active in the control group of the experiment who were just following along. There have also been countless operations carried out using only hypnosis as anaesthetic, it is quite literally switching the pain off!! If you can cut people open in surgery and control the pain using hypnosis- imagine its potential power for other things.

Garry Webster MNCH

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