Clinical Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, can transform old and negative subconscious thought/behaviour patterns, helping us to replace them with new and positive anchors for living.

Hypnosis may be employed to help in many ways, the obvious ones are to do with kicking habits such as smoking, snoring and nail biting as well as weight loss and passing driving tests.  Clinical Hypnotherapy has a far greater range of capabilities however and I have listed some of these below:

So that you can inform yourselves about the process of Hypnosis, I have given below a definition of Hypnosis as outlined by D. Corydon Hammond PhD (University of Utah School of Medicine) in his “Misconceptions & Fears About Hypnosis:  Educating & Preparing the Patient”.  I have also listed some of the major facts and myths about hypnosis which may serve to alleviate any concerns.

Definition of Hypnosis:
a)  A state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention.  A metaphor for hypnosis may be found in the sun’s rays on a magnifying glass:  when the rays of the sun are focused in this way, they are more powerful.  Thus when concentrated and focused, we are more able to harness the power of our minds in a way that is impossible in the everyday hustle and bustle of busy lives.

b)  Hypnosis is a focused state in which we use analogy and metaphor as keys to negotiate and release old and stubborn subconscious processes.

c)  Contrary to the idea that we are ‘totally out to it’, hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness wherein our awareness of what is happening is heightened; we become acutely aware of the importance of everything we see, hear and feel and are able to respond to it in a powerful manner.

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?  
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It may seem rather ‘new age’ to work with dreams but recurring stories that unravel in our brains as we sleep can sometimes be the key to a variety of ‘roadblocks’ that may be strewn across our paths during our daily lives.

Dreaming is a natural part of most people’s sleeping lives.  Generally we can dream our dreams in peace without being woken up by them.  However, dreams can become a tiresome problem when we ignore something that is of serious importance in our lives. 

Difficult and recurring dreams are merely a frustrated (and possibly angry) voice trying to get our attention to sort out the discomfort that is being experienced at a subconscious level in the mind, body and spirit.  Running away from the challenge of addressing this type of dreaming can lead us into ever increasing spirals of misery, anger or depression.

It is not of any significance if you don’t have dreams to work with during your time here.  Not everybody dreams and, indeed not everybody needs to dream.  I include a mention of my work with Dreams only as an acknowledgment that some people may have the key to some of their difficulties in the dreams that they dream.  If you are unaware as to whether your dreams may be significant, worry not… the subconscious is always on the look out to be heard.  When it knows there is someone listening… it definitely does make its presence felt and finds a way of having its say!

An example of a classic dream case was that of Mr J., a young man who, as more of an aside than anything else, reported two dreams that were a bit of a nuisance and kept waking him up.  He’d been talking about the difficulties he was having staying asleep.
  In one dream he was flying a 'plane which was about to land in the middle of a major city.  He always awoke at the point before the 'plane hit the street and the wings were about to crash into buildings.  In his second dream this young man had to find an answer to something and the only way he could find it was to crawl through a series of tunnels which kept decreasing in size until he couldn’t fit through and had to back out before he got stuck.

These two dreams were the missing links that were needed to help this particular client resolve some of his difficulties.  Through understanding what his dreams were screaming at him Mr J was able to see what he was doing to sabotage his life.  Two major anxieties had festered away in his subconscious mind for many years and had developed into ‘the giant monster’ that life had become for him.
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Hypnotherapy:  the key to unlocking....
old & unhelpful "life scripts"
Subconscious Processes
stagnant behaviour patterns
How do they inform us?
Clinical hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, fear, general misery and lethargy, unhelpful or unwanted habits and many other psychological and medical problems;
It is a procedure during which a health professional suggests that a client experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts or behaviour according to the client’s previously discussed requirements;
It is a process whereby the practitioner helps the client become relaxed enough to allow communication at a subconscious level;
Hypnosis is a dynamic process that occurs between client and therapist; it is NOT a mental tug of war!
It allows for an in-depth insight into the subconscious processes that have kept us stuck in unhelpful behaviours for many years;
The procedure of hypnotherapy SHOULD ALWAYS be a respectful one;
Contrary to common mythology, everyone has the ability to experience hypnosis;
The results of hypnosis are as varied as each individual but most people experience a refreshing release and a renewed vigour after each session.

What Clinical Hypnotherapy IS NOT…
Hypnotherapy is not a loss of control or a surrender of free will;
You do not lose your free agency and you could NOT be made to violate your values or moral code under hypnosis;
Similarly, you cannot be made to reveal anything against your will;
Hypnosis is not something that is imposed on you but something that you, yourself do with the help of a professionally trained ‘guide’;
Hypnosis is NOT a state of loss of consciousness;
Nor is it a procedure that results in amnesia - the majority of people remember everything that happens.
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Symbolism, metaphor and analogy are powerful vehicles for meaning; they are the language of the subconscious mind.  This 'language' affords a two-way communication between the conscious and subconscious mind and body.  Imagery helps us build a conscious and vivid picture of what we have attached meaning to in our subconscious lives.  These pictures are the subconscious' way of showing us what is going awry in our lives.  In this way we are then able to consciously free ourselves from stagnant blocks that cause emotional and physical pain.

Working with the subconscious is NOT a ‘weird’ or ‘new age thrill’.  On the contrary, by accessing the subconscious we access the keys to a more harmonious future.
To help lessen the ache of grief
Eradicate the pain of hurtful/unpleasant memories
Develop inner peace and self confidence
Relieve chronic anxieties and fears
Re-frame old/unhelpful thought/behaviour patterns
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