Hypnotherapy is a safe, enjoyable and powerful therapy that can help with a wide range of issues.
Surprisingly we experience a mild form of hypnosis every day….
When you’re driving on autopilot, absorbed in a creative project or even just day-dreaming, you’re experiencing a light state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is not like sleep, nor are you unconscious, though it’s similar to the state in between sleep and being fully awake. It’s simply a state of focused inner absorption, and I’ll guide you to use your imagination to create the changes you’re aiming for. Hypnotherapy can help you to create lasting, positive change through simple yet powerful imagery techniques and suggestions. There’s nothing magical or mystical about hypnotherapy – it’s a practical, down-to-earth therapy, backed up by research and based on sound scientific principles.
Most people find hypnotherapy a deeply relaxing, calming and uplifting experience that often brings rapid results, improving both emotional and physical well-being. It’s not unusual for clients to comment that it’s the most relaxed that they’ve ever felt after their first session!
So many problems, both psychological and physical, have stress or anxiety at their root. My clients often find that when stress and anxiety is addressed the benefits ripple out to every area of life. With hypnotherapy I can help you learn to relax more easily; overcome worrying or critical thoughts and self-doubt; overcome negative beliefs; enhance your confidence, self-esteem and self-belief, ultimately leading to greater fulfilment and enjoyment in life.
I use a combination of psychological therapies with hypnosis, including cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy, as well as NLP. We start with a comprehensive consultation which helps me to understand you and plan your sessions. I don’t use a ‘one size fits all’ approach – your hypnotherapy sessions will be designed to suit your individual needs.
Hypnotherapy helps with a wide range of issues and conditions including; anxiety, panic attacks, stress, depression, sleep problems, hot flushes, phobias, weight loss, poor confidence and self-esteem, unwanted habits, nervous habits, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, persistent headaches and pain management. There are many other problems that can be effectively addressed with hypnotherapy – if you’re interested please get in touch to see if I can help.
If you feel ready to make positive changes, you’ll find hypnotherapy to be an empowering experience that will enable you to take control of your life, discover your inner strengths and resources, achieve your goals and live life to the full. I’m here to help you make those changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes I am. I trained at the prestigious Anglo-European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis and am listed under the college directory. I was awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, considered the gold standard in hypnotherapy qualifications. I’m a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register and the CNHC.
As a professional I’m committed to on-going training and supervision to keep my skills and knowledge up to date. I’ve completed additional specialist hypnotherapy training in anxiety management, sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, metaphor therapy, pain management and weight loss. I’m also a BWRT® practitioner and very excited to bring this rapid and dynamic therapy to Devon.
Hypnosis is an everyday experience that we’re all familiar with. Whenever you’re totally absorbed in reading a good book, driving on autopilot or even just day-dreaming, you’re experiencing a light state of hypnosis. The difference with hypnotherapy is that you are guided into hypnosis and the experience is deeper.
People often believe that hypnosis is a passive process, something that is done to you, but it actually requires your participation. Hypnosis is not like sleep, and you’re not unconscious; it’s similar to the state between sleep and full waking consciousness. Hypnosis is simply a state of focused inner absorption with a heightened sense of awareness.
Most people find hypnosis a very relaxing, calming and enjoyable experience. It’s common to have increased awareness of pleasant feelings and sensations in your body. Many experience a sense of comfortable heaviness, lightness or a floating sensation; although sometimes it feels just like relaxing or day dreaming with your eyes closed. While the majority of people are aware of and remember everything others will find they only have a vague memory of the session. Everyone is different and will experience hypnosis in their own unique way. Most people find hypnosis leaves them with a deep sense of inner peace and harmony.
Each session begins with some talking therapy – not all your time with me will be in hypnosis, though most of it will. I will help you to focus on what you want to achieve, to help you overcome the problems and challenges in your life. My aim is to help you achieve your goals as quickly and painlessly as possible – I don’t dig into the past unless absolutely necessary.
I will guide you in some simple imagination exercises to help you develop a relaxed inner focus. When you’re experiencing hypnosis your mind is more open and suggestible to positive new ideas and different ways of thinking, which then leads to new habits and behaviours. So I will guide you to imagine and mentally rehearse various scenarios and ideas to help you achieve the changes you’re aiming for. In addition to the work we do together, we’ll explore various techniques for you to use at home; for example practising self hypnosis and journaling.
Most clients will need between four and six sessions for effective change. Simple phobias may be resolved in fewer sessions, more complex issues may require longer.
It’s important to bear in mind that hypnosis is not something done to you. It’s a collaborative process in which the hypnotherapist is your guide and, using your imagination as suggested, you make it happen for yourself. Anyone who can understand and follow simple guidance can benefit from hypnotherapy. No-one can be hypnotised against their will, but if you’re ready for change and approach hypnotherapy with an open mind and a positive expectation, then you’ll definitely experience hypnosis.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m here to help.