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The power of suggestion to encourage positive change

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses the power of suggestion to encourage positive change. As a hypnotherapist, I use relaxation techniques to help you reach a state where the conscious part of your mind is relaxed and your subconscious part is more open to suggestion.

How Does it work?

Hypnosis is a trance state of mind that we all naturally fall into from time to time. It’s a hypnotic state, such as when you drive on ‘autopilot’ – safely negotiating the route, but not remembering the journey.  Or like those moments when you’re staring into space, your mind wanders or you are fully focused on something. According to brain scans, people undergoing hypnosis show a shift in brainwave activity from a ‘Beta state’ to an ‘Alpha state’. This is similar to the way the brain behaves during meditation or deep relaxation. 

When our minds are in this state, our subconscious (also known as the unconscious) is more open to suggestion. Our subconscious is the part of the mind that we’re not aware of, but influences our thoughts and behaviours.

Hypnosis has the capacity to work for most people but some are more susceptible to suggestion than others. Being fully committed to the process and feeling that you can trust your hypnotherapist is key. It’s also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.

Suggestion therapy:

Uses suggestion techniques (where I ‘talk’ to your subconscious) to help encourage the change you’re looking for.

Hypnoanalysis/Analytical hypnotherapy:

Hypnoanalysis is a form of hypnotherapy that aims to discover and resolve the root cause of a concern. It draws on concepts from analytical psychotherapy and uses these with hypnotherapy techniques. The aim is that hypnoanalysis can resolve problems rather than manage symptoms, and therefore address long-standing issues.

Hypnosis for stress:

Hypnotherapy is especially helpful for habit breaking, stress-related issues and long-term conditions.

Hypnotherapy aims to break negative thought patterns and responses to stress and instead provide you with a more healthy reaction. This is done via the subconscious – the part of our mind that works automatically and without us realising.  

I will help you enter a state of deep relaxation (hypnosis). When you’re in this state, your subconscious is more open to suggestion.  The idea here is to ‘suggest’ different ways of responding to stress, to your subconscious.

Some people will see results after one session while others may require a number of sessions. This will depend on your individual circumstances and the depth of work needed.

Coaching to hypnosis has a significantly higher chance of success:

Standard hypnotherapy and recordings can be useful for removing symptoms of stress. Most clients, however, find one-to-one sessions with me can be more useful. This is because when I work with clients, I use a combination of coaching techniques to help you explore the core of the issue before making the changes. Quite often a client comes to me with an issue to resolve but actually it’s a deep-rooted cause that is creating the problem. I can make suggestions to change your response to stress but if we just change the surface issue (responses), it is possible that new habits can form to manage the underlying issues.  This process can also be done using Hypnoanalysis.

When you talk about a problem your brain will automatically start to find solutions for it. I can help you look at situations from a different, less stressful perspective.

As well as using suggestion therapy, while under hypnosis, I can work with you and your unconscious mind to create what is called an anchor. Anchors can be fired at the first signs of stress and these can induce a stress free, relaxed state.



The amount of sessions required depends on each individual. Hypnoanalysis can take longer than suggestion therapy as there is a lot more for our brain to process and it can sometimes bring up things to be resolved that have never been acknowledged.

If you live in the North East of England, these sessions can be carried out in my clinic.

Alternatively we can work together remotely for the immersion session and then proceed with the following options:

a) I can put together a personalised recording based on the outcome of the immersion session. This will be sent to you with guidelines on how to use this effectively,
b) Hypnosis can be carried out over the internet but you must make sure you have private and undisturbed space


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