What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is difficult to define but mostly it's a very useful and focused awareness, where a person is lost in a deep guided meditation. In this state the our consciousness of the outside world is often lost and voice in our head stops interfering. It's also the state where it's easier to encourage profound changes to emotional responses that a client sees as problematic. After a crash, a car journey can 'feel' threatening, yet it's very safe. We can act against mild to moderate feelings but it's unpleasant, and requires will-power. These types of feelings essentially controls everything we say and do, what we think about and what we value; so being able to make these changes is very useful. Most people are familiar with the everyday trance when they are driving on the usual route home, our mind wonders and five miles later we arrive home safely with little if any conscious awareness. This is just an example of how much our unconscious does for us and that hypnosis or the trance state is natural and something that everybody experiences (usually by accident). Hypnosis is using that pleasant relaxed state to access and change the unconscious mind's programming. Latest technology and research has allowed us to refine and improve how hypnosis is done to help it to be faster and more effective than ever before.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a fast, and effective way of dealing with emotional problems, habits and performance issues. It is the go-to treatment for anybody suffering from stress or trauma related issues, addictions, temper, phobias, health issues and a whole host of related conditions. Cognitive Hypnotherapy recognises that many mental functions are unconscious processes which can be difficult to address directly through logic and will-power.  These functions include habits, emotional responses, immune functions, strategies, focus and attention, memory access and attitude. Hypnosis has a long history of effectively managing these issues.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern style of hypnosis, developed by Trevor Silvester of the Quest Institute which takes the guess-work out of a lot of hypnosis work. All Cognitive Hypnotherapy treatments are entirely bespoke, built around the very specific needs of the client, taking into account the way the problem is manifested within them. The hallmark of this therapy tends to be much longer initial interviews spent gathering very specific information. The treatment is typically of a shorter duration often using very light trance work. Some clients who don't like the thought of 'losing control' to the therapists, prefer this style of working. Inductions are shorter allowing the therapist to conduct several interventions in a session, test the work, and move to the next stage of the process. Typically, for more persistent issues, a client will be given a relatively short hypnotic session (MP3) to take away with them which they can listen to in-between sessions, which typically gives an even better outcome. The improvement within each session should be both noticeable and measurable. Clients should never be left wondering if the session has been effective.



Rather than relying on an open-ended weekly session that might span many years (e.g. like some counselling and psycho-dynamic models) we would rather rely on a steady stream of new clients needing just a handful of sessions, who then go on recommend their friends. We think that's better business in the long run.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is particularly useful for addressing emotional issues involving trauma where the client is averse to 'opening-up' about and discussing the cause of their problem in graphic detail. We understand that this can be distressing and in many case, positively harmful. We can operate in an entirely 'content-free' style without needing to open-up painful secrets or relive traumatic events. We don't pry.

Treatments are delivered using very light trances. You won’t lose control. You won’t be asleep or ‘under’ – consider it more like relaxing daydream. Specific ‘hypnotic’ treatments don’t last long and will include information gathering before and after the main treatment, then a little more information gathering, etc. and then perhaps some exercises for you to take home. In many cases a bespoke recording is made for you to listen to in-between sessions to embed the work more powerfully. The next session will asses progress and treat remaining issues until a successful outcome is achieved – at which point we usually give you something extra to take away to start accelerating your health and growth in other areas, perhaps something to help you refocus and refresh your life.

How Many Hypnosis Treatments Will I Need?

Some people have one simple issue that needs addressing and this may be addressed in as little as a single session. Most single issues require less than a handful of sessions. For others there may be a difficulty or complexity which might lead to small batches of sessions over an agreed period. There should be improvement from each session and you should never be left wondering if something has changed.

Frequently asked questions about Hypnosis

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Hypnosis can help with so many issues. In addition to helping with the problematic conditions such as depression, anxiety conditions, addictions, guilt, shame and anger, etc. hypnosis also help with performance issues, getting clear on goals and motivation. Most people need a little therapy once in a while, even if it's just to get clear on issues that won't go away by themselves. Book a session today.