What is Hypno-Psychotherapy


The word ‘hypnosis - ύπνωση’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘sleep - ύπνος’ and it is one of the oldest forms of therapeutic treatments and has been said to date back several thousand years. It is no secret that our mind does not consist just in its conscious state but reems of evidence has shown us how deep and powerful the unconscious mind can be. 

Hypnosis with Psychotherapy together helps induce an altered state of physical and mental relaxation. You experience a heightened awareness of your surroundings with focus and concentration greatly enhanced. 

Hypno-Psychotherapy is an integrative therapeutic approach that incorporates hypnosis along with psychotherapeutic theories to assist with deeper set problems that either option alone may not be able to address fully. Combining hypnosis with different psychotherapy models offers opportunity for balance and is an effective agent for change. 

For some, going to therapy is about trying to make sense of the past, being dissatisfied with the present and a wish to do and be better for the future. Hypno-Psychotherapy helps to make further sense of things and contributes to a persons understanding of the kinds of change that can become possible through personal exploration. 

What can Hypno-Psychotherapy help with?


What is of primary important for any therapy to work is the personal desire one has for change. Change will only happen if you are open to it and come with the genuine intention to make things better for yourself. As your therapist I can work with you to enable you to accomplish the things you set out to do when coming for treatment. 

Hypno-Psychotherapy is mostly used to not only help access deeper routed concerns imbedded within the subconscious mind, but it can help:

  • change unwanted or disruptive behaviours
  • help manage difficult emotions
  • change perspectives and instil healthier habits
  • access suppressed memories that may be contributing to current emotional distress
  • help offer clarity and rest bite from distressing or unhelpful thoughts

It can address specific concerns such as:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Unhealthy Eating Patterns
  • Unhelpful habits
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosomatic Disorders 
  • Repressed memories
  • Traumas, PTSD
  • Confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, self belief
  • Loss and grief
  • Phobias
  • Performance (sports hypnosis; competitions, exams; work etc)
  • Health / Physiological Concerns (headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), backaches, Nausea, Childbirth and other conditions which may have a significant psychological component)
  • Concentration and focus

Other benefits of Hypno-Psychotherapy include:

  • Shortening the duration of treatment compared to traditional single modality therapy interventions
  • Helps access relevant and affective recollection of past events for connecting with present life experiences
  • Implements healthy mindsets, encourage positive thinking, improves confidence
  • The changing of unhealthy habits where other methods previously may have failed 
  • Boost visualisation, eliminate fear, unblock limiting progress, improve mental preparation for important life events.

What can Hypno-Psychotherapy help with?


Firstly, and to be clear! It is not stage hypnosis as performed for entertainment purposes and not at all how it is used in therapy. It is important to remember that you are in control when under hypnosis and do not have to follow the therapist’s suggestions if you don’t want to. I cannot make you do what you don’t want to do. You have to want the change to happen. 

A typical hypno-psychotherapy session will begin with an induction which involves relaxing you through gentle speaking whilst starting to make suggestions which help you focus your attention and begin the journey into a deep relaxation state. It helps create a state of focused attention and reduces critical thought. This allows a person to become immersed in images that help to change unhelpful ideas and associations. These ideas are often formed in early life, and are no longer helpful to everyday living as an adult.

Once you are in a deep enough hypnotic state, suggestions are made which will be things that help to address what you came to deal with and in turn work towards changing your outlook in ways that are helpful to you and also help you to understand the best way forward. Hypno-psychotherapy is a form of ‘top down regulation’. This means that the verbal suggestions used in hypnotherapy (the top) affect the way you think and feel (the bottom). Hypnotherapy can help you decide which things you should give your attention to, and which you shouldn't.

Are there any side effects?

There is, however, a wonderful feeling of calmness and relaxation. This pleasant state is very similar to the feeling you have when you lose yourself in a book or a daydream

It's perfectly normal to feel a little strange after hypnosis for some individuals, perhaps even a light hypnotic hangover, but generally it is nothing to worry about. Most people report feeling a little light headed after a session. This is not unexpected as hypnosis is a powerful tool that produces a range of both physical and emotional responses. 

For most people, these feelings pass rapidly and the individual should feel alert and clear-headed again within a few minutes or hours. It is not uncommon for some people to experience mild physical symptoms, such as a headache or dizziness, but the symptoms are typically short-lived, and will not have any lasting effects. 

The majority of people report feeling deeply relaxed, refreshed and as though they just had the best and most restful nap!

How can I help?

Hypno-Psychotherapy in itself does not solve the issues or magically make it change or go away. For the therapy to be at its most effective, it requires you to be committed and open to change, to desire it wholeheartedly, to be open to the suggestions and be prepared to commit and make the effort to make that change become reality. 

Being qualified in both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, it means that I am able to provide you with the help and support through the application of both these treatments and facilitate you to bring about the change you desire through this powerful intervention. However, whatever therapeutic approach is taken, at the heart of its success is the relationship between myself and you, my client. 

I will provide you with a safe and trusting environment which will in turn create the optimal setting for you to be able to explore comfortably and reassuringly any issues that burden you and help you move towards positive and permanent change.

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“Each person is a unique individual. Hence, psychotherapy should be formulated to meet the uniqueness of the individual’s needs, rather than tailoring the person to fit the Procrustean bed of a hypothetical theory of human behaviour.”

Milton H. Erickson, M.D

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