I currently offer hypnotherapy
in Ipswich. Please contact me for more
information and to find out if this therapy is
right for you.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique which
works to reprogramme the subconscious mind. Once
a light trance has been induced, a number of things
can be done:
What can hypnotherapy be used
- Negative or limiting beliefs can be cleared
and replaced with positive new beliefs such
as "I am confident" or "Who I
am is enough"
- Deep analysis can be carried out to find the
route cause of a problem, and then guided visualisation
can be used to create a solution.
For example, if in a client's childhood, something
bad happened, they may have forgotten about
it consciously. However, the subconscious mind
still remembers it as if it has just happened.
Once it has been identified, it loses some of
it's power, as it can be integrated with adult
awareness and understanding. If further work
is needed to heal the memory, appropriate visualisation
will be suggested to the client, so they change
the memory in their minds.
Hypnotherapy can be used in many situations,
where a person wishes to change some aspect of
It can be used to treat depression, anxiety,
low confidence, low self-esteem, panic attacks,
sadness, fears and phobias, worry, low motivation,
grief, post traumatic stress disorder, sleep problems,
addictions, weight management and so on.
How is hypnosis achieved
and what does it feel like?
After a discussion which lasts around 30 minutes,
the client is invited to make themselves comfortable
on the chair or coach. Gentle music is played
in he background, and the session begins.
There are many methods of inducing a trance -
the objective is to get the conscious, questioning
mind to relax and take a back seat. This can be
done by distracting, confusing or boring the conscious
mind (have you ever been so bored by someone that
you switched off? you were in a light trance state
when this happened!)
The induction method I prefer is progressively
relaxing the client, gently relaxing them limb
by limb, starting at the top of the head and working
down to the feet. This gives a very pleasant first
impression of hypnosis, and is a technique clients
can use at home, to reduce their stress levels
and help them sleep.
This technique takes about 30 minutes and by
the end of it, the client is deeply relaxed.
From here I may use a deepener which takes them
further down into relaxation. For example I may
describe a beautiful place in nature, which they've
been to before, or somewhere totally imaginary.
By this time the client is focusing on their internal
pictures, sounds and feelings and is very deeply
relaxed and receptive to positive suggestions
Then comes the therapeutic bit...
We may do some exploratory work - possibly going
back in time, or travelling into the future...
or meeting a wise advisor for advice on their
We may change the way they view their problem
so it is turned into an opportunity.
We may explore through visualisation how they
would like their life to be.
We may destroy a fear by putting it in a balloon
and letting it float away.
We may box up their problems for sorting out
We may use affirmations (positive present tense
statements - e.g. I am successful!
We may dissolve anger and other suppressed emotions
with coloured light.
The above are just examples, and many different
techniques are used during the sessions, depending
on the client's needs.
Once the therapeutic work has been completed,
the client is counted up out of the light trance
state. The client will 'wake up' feeling positive,
optimistic and relaxed. There will be some time
for the client to come back fully to everyday
awareness before they leave to drive home.
Being in a light trance feels like that time
when you are laying in bed, not quite awake, not
quite asleep. It is a daydreamy state, where you
are focused internally rather than externally.
You can think about the levels of consciousness
in the following way:
Fully alert: You are taking an exam
Light trance: You are daydreaming about taking
Moderate trance: You are fully imagining yourself
taking an exam
Deep trance: You can feel yourself taking an
Sleep: You are dreaming about yourself taking
What is the difference between
stage hypnotism and hypnotherapy?
Most client's who come to see me have seen some
form of stage hypnotism, whether it's Paul McKenna
or someone else. Whilst these shows are good for
raising the profile of hypnotherapy, and providing
proof that it does work, it does create some apprehension
You will be pleased to hear that hypnotherapy
is much more dignified than what you may have
seen on the TV. You lay down on a couch or lean-back
chair, and gently relax into an altered state
of awareness. There is no squawking like a chicken
The main difference between the two uses of this
tool is the intention behind it.
The work hypnotherapists do is entirely therapeutic.
This means it is carried out 100% for the benefit
of the well-being of the client. People visit
a hypnotherapist because they have something they
want to change in their lives.
Stage hypnotism is carried out for entertainment.
People who allow themselves to be hypnotised in
a show, know what's involved and are happy to
proceed on those terms.
It is important to note that in both cases the
full consent and cooperation of the person who
is hypnotised is required for it to work. People
CANNOT be hypnotised without their consent.
Is there anyone that can't
Certain drugs and mental conditions may interfere
with hypnosis. Your medical history will be discussed
before the first treatment, and if necessary you
will be asked to provide a consent letter from
Everyone else who is fit and well, and not on
certain medication can be hypnotised.
Working with G.P's
For many people it is not necessary to contact
their G.P. before having hypnotherapy. However
where appropriate I encourage clients to tell
their doctor they are receiving treatment, for
example in a case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
In the occasional case, I request a doctor consent
form before beginning treatment.
Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy. This
means it works alongside allopathic medicine -
and not instead of it. Whilst undergoing hypnotherapy
or any complementary treatment, you must continue
taking all medication until you have the consent
and supervision of your doctor to reduce / stop
Hypnotherapy versus counselling
Hypnotherapy has an element of counselling in
it. The first part of all sessions give the client
a chance to talk through anything that has happened
or they have been feeling since their last session.
Talking is therapeutic to a point - as the saying
goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.
However unlike counselling, hypnotherapy is solution
focused, and each session uses techniques to move
the client closer to their goals. Hypnotherapy
starts with the belief: You are here... and you
want to get to here. Lets look at how we can achieve
that. Counseling starts with: You are here...
lets talk about this and see if it changes. In
my experience, the more you focus on your problems,
the bigger they get.
Please note: any hypnotherapy appointment cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice will be chargeable at the full rate.