Understanding Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?


In certain circumstances it may be necessary to consult with your GP before Hypnotherapy can be undertaken. You will be advised if this is the case.



Hypnosis within therapy works with the unconscious part of the mind which stores beliefs, memories, habits and the automatic processes of the body. While light trance is a common everyday experience, the process of hypnosis can be used to induce a deeper state of focused concentration. When relaxed the unconscious mind is more receptive to change and is able to learn new behaviours that are for your benefit.


When hypnosis happens naturally

Hypnosis refers to any method of inducing trance, which we experience naturally many times throughout the day without even noticing:

  • when deeply engrossed in a film or book
  • as we daydream of that holiday in the sun
  • when drifting off to sleep
  • when we drive and don’t remember all of a repetitive journey
  • through the practice of relaxation or meditation
  • when our attention is diverted for safety reasons
  • unfortunately anger can also focus the attention

Finding such a relaxed state has many benefits, and as the body slows down the mind begins to follow.


What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?

Being able to relax and have someone listen to your concerns is where the therapy begins. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, express any concerns and for us to explore what you hope to achieve. Having a basic understanding of why you feel and behave the way you do will help the process of change to begin on a conscious level. Your therapist will help you to consolidate this learning as you begin to feel calm, and allow the natural state of hypnosis to access your unconscious mind.

You will relax in a comfortable chair and headphones will be provided to make your experience more enjoyable. The aim is for you to allow your mind to open to the possibilities for change. Using a range of techniques, your therapist will work with you towards achieving your goal. Your therapist is a guide and will help you on a journey, but changes can only be made by you


How will I feel?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind where you may hear every word that is spoken. Or, if you allow your relaxation to deepen you may feel like you do when you’re not quite asleep but drifting somewhere between. You may experience a feeling of lightness or heaviness as your muscles begin to relax or you may feel absolutely nothing. It’s a personal experience and one that can be learned and enjoyed and may vary from session to session.


What can Hypnosis be used for?


Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues that may be troubling you.