Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.

In a typical hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health, and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.

Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bedwetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking.

It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.

Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.

Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis, a state of altered consciousness in which you can access deeper levels of awareness to allow beneficial changes to take place. The difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is that hypnosis is the naturally occurring state you enter a few times per day. It is a slightly altered state of consciousness or focused relaxation.

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  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Stop smoking
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias and Fears
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Public speaking
  • Allergy and asthma
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight control
  • Skin problems
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improving sport and academic performance

Hypnotherapy Briefly Explained

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that everybody experiences something like on an everyday basis. Just before we go to sleep at nights (when we are half awake
and half asleep) and just before waking up in the morning are hypnotic states.

If you have ever been so absorbed when you are reading a book that you don’t hear someone calling your name or lose track of time, or if you daydream then these are all similar states to hypnosis.

Most people’s experience of hypnosis is a state of focused relaxation that they tend to enjoy.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?

In theory, yes. However, you do need to be open to the process, as people cannot be hypnotised if they don’t want to be.

What Happens When I Come to See You for a Hypnotherapy Session

Prior to coming for your hypnotherapy session, you will have been asked to complete an intake form about you, and the reason why you are coming for hypnotherapy.

We start off the session by talking about the questionnaire and doing an interview so that I can understand your situation more, and what you are looking to achieve from hypnotherapy.

What Happens Next?

After the interview is complete then I will guide you into a state of focused relaxation, using relaxation suggestions and other hypnotic techniques.

During this hypnotic state of focused relaxation, I can speak more easily to your unconscious mind, which is more responsive to positive suggestions in a relaxed state.

What Sort of Suggestions Do You Make?

You and I agree together on the goal that you are working towards, and I use positive suggestions that help you to achieve your goal.

What Sort of Things Can I Use Hypnotherapy For?

There are all sorts of possibilities. Our unconscious mind is where we store our patterns and behaviours that we have learned, so we can use hypnotherapy to change old patterns and behaviours that are no longer need. Some examples are:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Eating patterns
  • Phobias and fears
  • Confidence & Self-esteem
  • Improving memory and concentration
  • Anxiety / stress
  • Insomnia & sleep problems
  • Weight management
  • Public speaking
  • Exams, tests and interviews
  • Sports performance improvement
  • Phobias
  • Fears
  • Relaxation
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress management
  • Habits such as nail biting
  • And many more.
How Long Does a Session Last?

A first session will usually last 1.5-2 hours as we conduct an initial consultation in the opening session and do hypnotherapy.

Subsequent sessions are about 1 hour unless you are working with me for regression (usually 2 hours).

Does Hypnotherapy Actually Work?

Yes, hypnotherapy is becoming increasingly recognised in the medical world and all walks of life where it assists people to make the changes they want to make in their lives. However, it is not a magic wand approach, and it still requires work and commitment on your part.

How many sessions will I need?

For stopping smoking one 2/2.5-hour session is usually all that is needed.

For other issues, we usually work over a series of sessions. More simple issues can be helped in 3 sessions, while more complex issues might take more sessions.

We can discuss this in the initial consultation that you have.

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Giancarlo Serra

Giancarlo is a fully qualified Spiritual Healer, Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist. He is a Consultant Expert Healer of the College of Psychic Studies in London.

He is a Master Teacher member of the UK Reiki Federation and registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council, Federation of Holistic Therapists, the Spiritual Regression Therapy Association and the General Hypnotherapy Register. Read more.

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