Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, an altered state of consciousness.


This is a reliable and safe therapeutic technique which is centuries old and is recognised by many branches of orthodox medicine as a valuable alternative to drugs, to accelerate healing, and to help combat pain.

Whilst not a panacea for all ills, hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment method for a great many problems where psychological factors are involved.

Hypnosis is widely promoted as a treatment for various long-term conditions and for breaking certain habits, such as losing weight and quitting smoking, removing phobias and anxiety.

There are many fears and misunderstandings about the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, and the myths and mystery that surround it are totally undeserved. I hope to reassure you that what happens is very normal, certainly non-magical, and with generally predictable results.


Hypnosis is usually induced by the use of the therapist’s voice, though you are unlikely to actually feel hypnotised. There is no such thing as a ‘hypnotised feeling’, though many people find their senses to be far more alert than usual – you will certainly not ‘lose control’ at any time, nor can you be manipulated in any way.

There is no form of unconsciousness and nobody can be made to do anything that they do not want to do; a person in hypnosis is aware of everything happening around them, aware of themselves and their therapist, and will retain a full and accurate memory of everything afterwards.

Hypnosis is a totally natural phenomenon; it is simply a very comfortable and relaxed state during which it is quite easy to converse sensibly with the therapist. Almost anyone can enter the hypnotic state easily, with the exceptions of the truly mentally subnormal, very young children, and anybody under the influence of hard drugs or very large quantities of alcohol.

You are fully in control under hypnosis and don’t have to take on the therapists suggestions if you don’t want to, if necessary you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state at any time. Hypnosis will not work if you don’t want to be hypnotised.


Hypnotherapy can help treat a wide range of conditions including the following:

Bruxism (Teeth grinding)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Confidence Boosting
Dental Fears and Phobias
Digestive Disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Driving Test Nerves
Exam Nerves / Examination Preparation
Fears (e.g. fear of flying, heights, water, dental surgery)
Interview Nerves / Interview Preparation
Lack of Self-confidence
Low Self-Esteem
Nail Biting
Negative Thinking
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Overcoming Personal Obstacles
Pain Management
Panic Attacks
Presentation Skills
Public Performance
Public Speaking
Relaxation Techniques
Social Anxiety
Stopping Smoking
Weight Loss (now including Hypno Gastric Band Weight Control)

Anxiety, pregnancy and childbirth

Hypnotherapy is widely promoted as a treatment for anxiety. It has shown some promise in preventing anxiety in pregnancy and relieving pain in labour and childbirth.

A private hypnotherapy session can cost any where between £50 and £90, it is unlikely that you would obtain hypnotherapy on the NHS.


What to expect in a hypnotherapy session.

I start by explaining how hypnotherapy works and answer any questions that you may wish to ask about the treatment. We will then discuss the problem you are experiencing. I will then suggest the kind of treatment I would recommend. Depending on the problem, you may need just one session or several. Many conditions can be treated in just one or two sessions.

When you are ready you will be asked to make yourself comfortable in a lay back chair and to focus your attention on your breathing, taking nice long deep breaths as you relax. By listening to my voice you will be guided into a deep state of relaxation, you may find your thoughts wandering and this is perfectly natural.

During your treatment, you will feel very relaxed, both physically and mentally, and this makes your subconscious mind open to positive suggestions to help you to take back control and make changes to overcome problems that are affecting your life.

In hypnosis, it is possible to consider new perspectives and discover inner strengths to help achieve your goals, overcome fears and make positive changes in your habits or patterns of thought.

A session of hypnotherapy should leave you feeling calm, with a sense of well being and the ability to meet the challenges of daily life with confidence and inner strength.

You will be given a free CD, to listen to, during the next week for relaxation, prior to your next therapy session which is usually the following week.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Most people can go into a light trance state. However, the treatment is not suitable for those with serious mental health problems, sufferers of epilepsy, the very young or those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Please feel free to ring me on 07817693867 or 01553 679453 for more information.

Both numbers have answer machines if I am unavailable, so leave me a message and I will return your call.