What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is defined by the NHS as a complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, an altered state of consciousness, to achieve therapeutic benefits.
It is thought that most ancient civilisations - Egyptian, Greek, Mayan, Druid etc. all used a version of hypnosis but the word hypnosis wasn't actually coined until the mid 1800's.  Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool that can help with a huge array of life issues - everything from IBS, pain relief, weight loss, stop smoking, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, self esteem / confidence, fears / phobias, exam preparation, enhancing performance, first night nerves, driving exams.......the list goes on and on.

It is important to separate hypnotherapy with stage hypnotism, the classic 'look into my eyes, not around my eyes' image that is portrayed on the television.

Hypnosis and the Stage

Hypnosis has long been associated with the stage - with the mysterious and the supernatural but there is nothing really mysterious or supernatural about it at all. The chances are that you have been in a hypnotic state thousands of times: when you are driving and suddenly realise you don't remember driving the last 5 miles; or when you are deeply engrossed in a book and don't hear someone speak to you. This is a natural, hypnotic state.

What happens in a session?

During a hypnotherapy session, the hypnotherapist will work with you to induce a natural, hypnotic state, giving access to your subconscious mind and then using suggestion to help you achieve your goals. At all times, you will be totally in control and fully aware of what is going on around you. You will not be asleep (although some people do 'nod off' because they are so relaxed). And, rest assured, you will never be turned into a chicken, nor will you ever leave one of our sessions still hypnotised. You are in control and can NEVER be made to do anything you don't want to do.

How many sessions do I need?

The number of therapy sessions the 'average' client has is 3-6 but there is no average client. Each is unique with a unique set of thought processes, histories, beliefs and coping strategies.

How much does it cost?

We will have a 20 minute session together, over the phone. This first session we have together will be free. During this session, we will discuss the areas you would like some help with and you can ask as many questions as you wish. I will take a case history from you and this will form the basis of the therapy we undertake together. It is very important that you feel completely comfortable with me - sometimes it can be hard to 'open up' to someone you don't know so it is important that you feel you can do so.

If you decide to go ahead and book a face to face session with me, we can look at convenient appointments for you.   Please see my prices page for the cost of the different treatment plans.

There are a number of different options, giving you absolute freedom to choose which suits you and your pocket best. The sessions are held at the Shen Holistics Clinic in Middlesbrough however, if you would prefer not to come to the clinic, a number of other options may be available.

What can it help with?

IBS and Pain Relief
Stress, Anxiety,  Fear and Phobias
Weight Management

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Hypnotherapy can also help with;
• Sleep Issues
• Urinary Incontinence
• Sports Performance
• Panic Attacks
• Childbirth
• Public Speaking
• Fertility
• Mild to Moderate Depression
• Confidence
• Self Esteem
• Tics and Twitches
• Loss
• Bereavement and Separation
• Nail biting
• Breaking habits
• Improving Memory
• Anger Management
• Exam Success
• Sales / Sports Performance

This link gives more information on what hypnosis can help with.

Click here to read about other therapies available.

Click here for Hypnotherapy Frequently Asked Questions.


For a full list of prices click here.

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