What is Hypnotherapy?2020-11-23T13:01:48+00:00

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses the power of positive suggestion to influence a change in our behaviour and the way we respond to our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Some of this evidence is influenced by neuroimaging studies, as well as measuring client feedback. Hypnotherapy is a form of ‘supplementary’ therapy that uses talking therapy and hypnosis to support people in making positive change, promote relaxation, and have a better quality of life. A recent ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded, ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety […]’, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia. (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)

There are multiple reasons why someone may turn to Hypnotherapy to help overcome certain personal issues and improve their overall well-being.  With relaxation in mind, Hypnotherapy is often used as a method of dealing with cases of anxietystress and depression. It can also be extremely beneficial when looking to manage persistent fears and phobias, including fear of public speaking. This can be particularly useful for jobs that require you to perform and give presentations on a regular basis. Hypnotherapy can significantly benefit your overall mental well-being, therefore, helping to encourage positive thinking, improve self-confidence, and deal with stress.  There are also some physical issues that can be helped with a course of Hypnotherapy including IBS and Weight Management as well as medical conditions that are made worse by anxiety and stress such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In early 2000, Hypnotherapists began to combine the best of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with Ericksonian hypnotherapy to produce therapy that was goal focused (what the client wanted to achieve) rather than the more traditional problem focused approach (spending time discussing the issues that brought the client to seek help). Using Solution focused hypnotherapy, a modern research-based combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy, this can help promote relaxation and achieve beneficial lifestyle changes.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool that enables us to change how we choose to respond to situations. 95% of our behaviour and decisions are controlled by the subconscious mind, according to a study by Dr. Julia Mossbridge and associates.  With the client in a relaxed, comfortable state, the Hypnotherapist works with the client’s thought patterns and behaviours that lie in the subconscious mind – this is everything beyond the capabilities of the conscious mind. The suggestions used by a trained Hypnotherapist in Hypnosis can include storytelling, guided imagery, visualisation and powerful metaphors, ‘re-educating’ the subconscious mind in a positive way, helping the client to be more in control of their thoughts and feelings. For more information on the science behind Hypnosis, please read this article.

I am a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Clifton Bristol, but thanks to online sessions using Zoom, I have the pleasure of helping people from all over the world. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of helping people vastly improve their quality of life and mental and physical well-being. From professionals suffering stress and anxiety to competing equestrians and actors looking to improve their performance. For more information, get in touch to find out how Hypnotherapy could help you today. You might enjoy reading my blog for tips on how to improve your well-being.


I am an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of supporting a range of people from all walks of life in both the public and private sectors as well as in specialist areas of performance psychology.

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