Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnosis involves the induction of a trance-like state to facilitate relaxation and utilise increased suggestibility to treat psychological conditions and effect behavioural change. Because hypnosis is an internal event, your experience will be very individual depending on your previous experiences, expectations and motivation.

A hypnotic experience is a conscious experience – you are aware and in control throughout. It is usually a pleasant experience, involving relaxation, so there will be times in the experience when you feel less aware of your surroundings. However, hypnosis is not sleep but an amplification of your normal state of awareness to a highly focused state. In any day we may enter hypnotic-like states on our own without realising it, for example, when day dreaming. 

In the state of hypnosis, you become focused and receptive to positive suggestions and I can direct you to re-experience previous positive states and outcomes. Hypnosis can facilitate the regaining of control over certain behaviours, emotional issues or habitual or stress related physiological processes. It enables you to use your unconscious brain functions to stay calm and relaxed and helps promote increased self- confidence and positivity. 

Clinical hypnosis uses an individualised protocol specifically designed to engage and enhance your unique ability to relax and alter your state of awareness by using events and experiences stored in your non-critical unconscious mind. We will use this protocol to create positive change and help alleviate any problems you are facing.

Research has shown that hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement in helping people stop smoking, while maternity specific research has demonstrated a decrease in use of pain relief in labour and improved psychological and birth outcomes.

Clinical hypnosis may therefore help you to:

  • Relax and create a calm state of wellbeing.
  • Reduce anxiety, both general and related to any previous birth experience.
  • Prepare for your baby’s birth.
  • Cope with labour pain.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Reduce or relieve the fear of needles or birth.