Hypnotherapy is not a mystery

In recent years, hypnotherapy has been gaining recognition after NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has recommended it for the treatment of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Find out how Andrea Smith successfully utilises hypnotherapy with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help her patients overcome a number of other issues.

How Hypnotherapy Works

Hypnotherapy is widely recognised as a complementary therapy that uses the power of suggestion positively to bring about change in your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. It alters your conscious mind by relaxing it and stimulates the subconscious mind, which plays the dominant role throughout the process, allowing the therapist to make positive suggestions. 

As a qualified and experience hypnotherapist, I will not make you cluck like a chicken or ask you to discuss your private secrets or make you dance around the room. You will not be rendered unconscious during hypnotherapy, but everyday noises will no longer matter as you are in a relaxed state. You will feel calm that noises and other distractions just fade into the background. You will be an active participant in this process and where creating a strategy for change comes into play. 


How Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Works

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing your thought patterns so you can get rid of unwanted behaviors. The primary purpose of CBT is to stop negative thought cycles. It helps individuals to acquire coping strategies for dealing with many challenges in life.

CBT deals with five main areas:-

  • situations
  • thoughts
  • emotions
  • physical reactions
  • actions

How Hypnotherapy and CBT Work Together

Hypnotherapy together with CBT is a collaborative process. CBT is instrumental to identifying unhealthy thought patterns and developing effective strategies that will enable clients to cope, while hypnotherapy is used to embed positive feelings into the client's unconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy FAQ

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a type of psychotherapy, which puts an individual into the hypnotic altered state of consciousness. Hypnotherapy digs deeper into the source of distress/worry/concern and connects with their subconscious mind to break habits, stress related issues and long term conditions.

What are the differences between hypnotherapy and hypnosis?

It is easy to confuse hypnosis with hypnotherapy, but they are different from each other. Hypnotherapy is a therapy technique, which treats psychosomatic and mental issues. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to connect with the subconscious and understand the sources of the issues that the individual faces.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

The benefits of hypnotherapy include improving the success of treatments for sleep disorders, phobias, infertility issues, flying anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss and post-trauma anxiety.

What conditions can be treated with hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can treat grief, addictions, migraines, smoking issues, weight problems, performance anxiety and childbirth.

Does hypnotherapy work for everyone?

Hypnotherapy has the capacity to work with most people but some people are more susceptible than others to the suggestions. The important aspect is for you to be committed, have an open mind and put your trust in your hypnotherapist.

How quickly will clients see results?

The result will depend on client's personal circumstances and if he or she wants to resolve the issues effecting them and are willing to make the change they desire. There are even cases when one session is enough to see significant results.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is similar to the feeling you get before you fall asleep. It also feels like daydreaming. After a hypnosis session, most clients feel revitalised.

Will I still be conscious during hypnosis?

Yes. You can even hear noises and still be aware of everything going on around you.

Hypnotherapy is NOT:

  • mind control
  • brain washing
  • sleep
  • an unconscious state
  • a peculiar, altered state
  • a mystical/magical state

With hypnotherapy you are:

  • Aware
  • In control
  • Confident and motivated
  • In a natural harmless state
  • Are able to come out of your relaxed state when you wish to