NCSAG logoWhat is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is therapy that uses hypnosis. It is the application of hypnosis to assist clients to resolve their issues.
Hypnotherapy is mostly used in cases where a client wants to make a change, or to achieve a goal.
Unlike most comparable therapies, hypnotherapy measures its history not in years or decades but in centuries.

What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness which many people experience everyday. For example have you ever day dreamed or driven somewhere safely but not remembered the whole journey?   These are examples of an altered state of awareness.

Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness which can be directed by a therapist to facilitate change. It is a perfectly natural state. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially if the symptoms are induced by or aggravated by stress.

It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.


What can it be used for?

Cessation of dependencies and habits:

e.g.          Smoking

               Eating disorders


Management of stress related disorders:

e.g.          Phobias

                Panic attacks


                Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Managing personal crises:

e.g.          Accident/trauma





                Coping with illness

Optimising psychological well-being:

e.g.          Stress



Achieving personal growth:

e.g.          Building/rebuilding self-esteem

                Resolving relationship difficulties

                Enhancing job/career satisfaction

                Improving sporting performance

Many other issues can be helped. Speak to the therapist in confidence about yours

What is Hypno-psychotherapy?
Hypno-psychotherapy is an extension of hypnotherapy into the realms of psychotherapy, based on integrative theories. It is utilised for deeper problems than would be addressed by someone purely qualified in hypnotherapy. Examples include depression and dealing with trauma or abuse.

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The hypnosis session
Hypnosis customarily creates a deeply relaxed state in which mental stress and bodily tension are reduced. In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change.
The therapist and client then work together, using an agreed approach, to achieve the clients goals.
The client is invited to relax in an armchair and is then guided into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.
While in hypnosis, the client is still generally aware of their surroundings and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time. No responsible therapist would attempt to hypnotise anyone against their will, or encourage an individual to act against their natural inclinations whilst in hypnosis.

After the hypnosis session
At the end  of the hypnosis session, the client will be gently returned to the normal waking state. Most new clients are surprised at how far away the reality of hypnotherapy is from any prior expectation of ‘mind control’, and find the experience deeply relaxing.

How many sessions?
The number of sessions required depends on the issue, the clients motivation for change and the speed the client wishes to work at.
Using hypnosis allows the therapist to work at a deeper level with the unconscious mind allowing for more rapid change to occur, typically between 2 and 8 sessions.
Sessions usually last about one hour.


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