Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind in which you are aware of everything you experience
The mind is like an iceberg. Only a small part of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water and this is similar to the conscious mind; the part of the mind which is responsible for everyday thoughts, analysing information and making decisions. Below the surface is the subconscious mind; the much larger part of the mind which deals with memories, emotions and the autonomic nervous system. It is this part of the mind that stores all of the behaviours and responses which make us who we are.
Although often mistaken as a form of sleep, hypnosis is actually an altered state of awareness where the subconscious mind is very alert. We all experience hypnosis, often several times a day. Examples you may be familiar with include day dreaming, travelling to work and not remembering the journey, or being deeply absorbed in a good book or film.
During hypnosis, the subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestion and hypnotherapy uses this process to suggest new thought or behaviour patterns and responses. There are no specific feelings associated with being in hypnosis, because everyone experiences it differently.
Hypnotherapy is often very helpful for addressing specific issues such as fears and phobias, panic attacks, stopping smoking and losing weight. We will discuss your situation at your initial consultation and decide on the best therapy options for you. Hypnotherapy involves working on a subconscious level and so this type of therapy is often relatively rapid compared to other talking therapies, with many issues requiring between 3 and 6 sessions, depending on you and your situation. I use a variety of hypnotherapy and NLP techniques including suggestion therapy, hypnoanalysis, hypnoCBT and time line therapy, to help you get to where you want to be.