Hypnosis is "a state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion" but more simply, it is a pleasant state similar to that which we experience when first waking in the morning or whilst absorbed in a good book or film.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a pleasant, altered state of consciousness during which we reach a deep level of relaxation. This hypnotic state is one we experience every day in different ways: the state before we drift off to sleep, and that pleasant state before we are fully awake in the morning, or when we are absorbed in a good book or film.

During hypnosis, the client is in full control and is totally aware and yet is in a deeply relaxed state.

In itself hypnosis is not a therapy but it is used in hypnotherapy to access the unconscious mind in the treatment of emotional and psychological problems.

Hypnosis is a safe, gentle and very effective process when used to change behaviour, relieve anxiety, stress and fears.


                                                       Bristol Hypnotherapist Lorraine with client


Myths and Misconceptions
There are many myths about hypnosis but the only thing worth knowing is that there is no danger and you cannot be made to say or do anything against your will.

In our practice we use the two main types of hypnotherapy: Suggestion Therapy and Analytical Therapy. The choice of therapy depends on the nature of the complaint and the individual clients needs.

Suggestion Therapy
This therapy uses a combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy, also known as Clinical Hypnosis, and introduces carefully selected positive suggestions into the sub-conscious mind. This therapy is very effective for achieving short-term goals in less complex conditions such as overcoming fear of flying, exam anxiety, smoking and nail biting. In some cases the client may also be helped by counselling together with suggestion therapy.

Usually one to three sessions will be sufficient.

Analytical Hypnotherapy
This is an especially effective method of hypnotherapy used for releasing and resolving bottled up emotions and anxieties, which are the root cause of many problems and symptoms.

It is a non-invasive therapy, using free-association and involves no suggestion from the therapist. It is simply a way for you, the client, to allow your unconscious mind to work out the root cause of the problem and the solution in a safe, comfortable and non-judgemental environment. The result of this is that after 6-12 sessions you will feel calmer, more focused and in control of your life. This therapy is a totally safe, and for most it is a liberating and life-changing experience, conducted in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

The benefits of therapy are numerous and include a feeling of being more in control and confident. Anxieties are resolved and the stress becomes manageable. You will have a greater understanding of yourself and the underlying cause of your anxiety.

Conditions and Problems that Respond to Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is an effective method for resolving many conditions and problems. Other therapies focus on how you can cope with your condition and frequently involve medication that may mask the underlying emotional cause. The benefits from more traditional therapies such as counselling tend to be short term, as they do not address the root cause. Anxiety related conditions are almost always caused by an early childhood event or conflict. In order to resolve the current issues it is often necessary to resolve this early, bottled up experience using analytical hypnotherapy. The use of hypnosis speeds up the process so that after 6 to 12 sessions the root cause is uncovered and resolved completely.

Hypnoanalysis is very specific, non-directive and gentle. Hypnosis enables you to explore your experi
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ences in a safe and comfortable, supportive atmosphere until your blocked emotions and anxiety are released.

Anxiety, stress, phobias and conditions that have an emotional cause will be lifted and resolved. You will feel calmer; have greater confidence, self-esteem and resilience in your daily life. Hypnoanalysis is a positive and liberating therapy. Pain management, OCD and obsessive thoughts, stopping smoking, childbirth, dental anxieties, MRI anxieties as well as phobias, anger, compulsions, panic attacks, sexual problems such as premature ejeculation/premature ejaculation, anorgasmia, vaginissimus or lack of sex drive, self-harming, stuttering, stammering, diabetes, managing diabetic diet and eating disorders are all conditions that respond well to using hypnotherapy.

For a more extensive list click on Symptoms and Problems.

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