About Hypnotherapy

The brain emits electrical impulses that can be physically measured using sensitive equipment.  The frequency of these electrical impulses change according to your state of consciousness.  Beta is a state in which you are fully alert.  Alpha is a state of relaxation or light daydreaming.  Theta is a state of deep relaxation, deep daydreaming or sleep.  And Delta is a state of deep sleep.

In the Alpha and Theta states, the critical and analytical faculties of the conscious mind are lowered.  For this reason, when you relax deeply you enter into a kind of trance, much like when you day dream or when you become so engrossed in a good book that you shut out everything else.

By learning to relax deeply, you are learning to turn off your conscious mind.  By doing this you’ll be able to look at deeper aspects of yourself.  Your subconscious mind is simply everything that you do automatically without being aware of why you think, feel and act the way you do.  When you become aware of negative thoughts, beliefs and habits, they are no longer ‘unconscious’ because you have become conscious of them.

As you relax deeply and increase your awareness of your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, you’ll be able to accept new suggestions and develop new thought processes that change your emotional states and behaviours.

American Health Magazine reported the following success rates from a comparison study:

Psychoanalysis: 38% improvement after 600 sessions
Behavioural Therapy: 72% improvement after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% success after 6 sessions

Hypnotherapy is a process that has been around for centuries and has been approved by the British and American Medical Associations.  Much research has been done that shows hypnotherapy can be an effective therapeutic tool.

In 2001, a working party of expert psychologists commissioned by the British Psychological Society published a report entitled ‘The Nature of Hypnosis’ in which it is stated that “Hypnosis is a valid subject for scientific study and research and a proven therapeutic medium.”  To read the full report, click here.

Some of the other scientific research into hypnotherapy includes the following:

Hypnosis in the treatment of Stress & Anxiety – This research shows hypnosis to be an effective treatment for anxiety and anxiety related disorders, such as headaches, migraines and IBS. (View)

Hypnosis for Weight Management – This study after 2 years found that hypnosis clients showed significant weight reduction whilst those in a behavioural weight management programme without hypnosis showed little change (View)

Hypnotic Enhancement of Cognitive Behavioural Weight Loss Treatments – This meta-analysis of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive behavioural treatments for weight loss showed that the benefits of hypnosis increased over time. (View) (pdf)

Smoking Cessation – Hypnosis is the most effective treatment for quitting smoking according to this study published in New Scientist in 1992. (View)

Hypnosis for Psychosomatic Disorders – Studies have found evidence that hypnosis can directly affect autonomic functioning and that hypnosis can help to alleviate symptoms of skin disorders, headaches and asthma by altering how individuals perceive their disorders. (View)

Chronic Tension-type Headache with Hypnotherapy – The results of this study showed significant reductions in headache days, headache hours and headache intensity. (View)


The Unconscious Mind

The mind is not the brain, the brain is a physical organ whereas the mind refers to all of your conscious and unconscious mental faculties and processes.  Your unconscious mind is the aspect of your consciousness that operates below your conscious awareness.  This is also commonly known as ‘the subconscious’.

Your unconscious mind is responsible for everything that you automatically think, feel, believe and do.  In fact, neuroscientists estimate that we are operating from our unconscious programming 95% of the time.

“The unconscious mind is the primary source of human behaviour.”
– Sigmund Freud, world renowned neurologist and the founder of Psychoanalysis

Hypnotherapy & NLP helps to explore and alter your thought processes, which then produces different beliefs, emotional states and behavioural patterns.