Can Hypnotherapy help me?

Hypnotherapy can help virtually everyone. The main requirement for success is a desire to change. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s true inner potential (and that no one is really performing to their actual potential) then hypnotherapy can help anyone.  

How can Hypnotherapy help me?


We all have the power within us to influence how we age whether it’s expecting to lose our looks, our memory, our mental faculties or our mobility.

You can hold onto these and grow older in years but still look, feel and act younger as hypnosis can help reduce the effects of aging.


When you relax very deeply, you can alter the blood flow to different areas of the body, relax muscles, decrease your blood pressure, boost your immune system and change deep-seated attitudes, all this without a needle in sight!


Whilst there are a wealth of treatments available (some of which may be very time consuming and expensive), there’s also exercise, vitamins, etc. that can all help to contribute to slowing down the signs of ageing, however there is an anti ageing product available to us that is free and that we already possess, it is your own mind!  Your mind has the ability to change the way you think and will slow down the signs of ageing and make you look and feel younger.


The following are a selection of some of the more common issues where hypnotherapy can help however the true list would be far too extensive to catalogue in full so please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any requirements even if not described below.

Stopping Smoking

There are no adverse effects when you use hypnosis to help you to quit smoking, there are only positive changes. You won't feel irritated or short tempered with friends or family and unlike other methods, you won't gain weight or exchange one bad habit for another.

Hypnotherapy is a safe and relaxing approach to stopping smoking which has worked successfully for so many people over the years and now it can work for you!

Smoking cessation is just a single hypnosis session and one of the easiest and most effective ways to quit smoking.

Anger Management

Feeling angry is a normal part of life. Usually anger is a result of feeling frustrated, insulted, deceived or even feeling under attack.


Failing to manage anger effectively can lead to mental and physical health problems. You may find your anger management issues are affecting your relationships, your work or even your self-esteem.


Anxiety can be experienced at different levels. It can be brought on by a fear of something that happened in the past (or what we think happened) and dread happening again.


Whilst most people will experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing a particularly stressful situation (such as an exam or presentation), anxiety disorders are very different. An anxiety disorder can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual.  


Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for reducing feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to seek the root cause of the problem and works to change the individual’s thoughts and feelings associated with it.



Panic Attacks

When a person suffers their first panic attack they can often think that they’re dying.  It’s not silly or unusual to think that this is the case as panic attacks can be truly terrifying with symptoms such as uncontrollable shaking, sweating, being unable to breathe and a heart rate so fast that it’s easy to believe you’re having a heart attack!


Then the panic attacks may keep on coming, the fear of when the next one will be is almost as bad as the attack itself and so it’s a hopeless situation. You wonder if your panic attacks will become worse, until you’ve gone completely mad.


A panic attack is actually a natural way your body prepares for intense exercise. Your mind has identified a threat and is preparing your body to make your getaway as quickly as possible. Now that’s fine if the threat was actually threatening (like if a car was heading straight towards you), you’d need adrenalin to run fast, you’d need your heart to be beating like crazy, you’d need sweat to keep you cool, BUT when you’re experiencing panic attacks from everyday situations, then your mind’s just got its signals crossed; it’s misreading your body’s natural “get-me-out-of-here” response.


Hypnosis is a natural and effective way to tell your subconscious mind that the situations causing panic are not actually dangerous, re-educating your brain when to fire off your panic instinct and when to behave normally. You’ll also learn, on a deep level, how to breathe when you’re feeling stressed and how to be less anxious in everyday life.

For some people dental phobia grows so powerful that they don’t visit for years.  Of course, dental visits are often unpleasant but everyone experiences worse things, and people with a fear of dentists usually freely admit that it is ‘irrational’.  The great thing is, that the cure is completely pleasant, and even enjoyable. Nothing at all like going to the dentist!


The use of hypnosis retrains your unconscious mind to respond to dentists with indifference, instead of anxiety and fear.

Dental Fears & Phobias



The aim of hypnosis for childbirth, or hypnobirthing as it is commonly known, is to help you give birth in a relaxing, calm environment free from stress, anxiety or fear. 


Being anxious, tense and stressed during labour (all very common feelings at this time) can prevent the birthing muscles of your body from working as they should.


Using hypnosis you can learn techniques to foster a sense of calm and tranquillity.  The more relaxed mum is, the easier baby can ‘breathe’ his/her way out.


Menopause is the time at which a woman ceases to have regular periods. Typically the menopause occurs any time between the early forties and the late fifties. Some women have an earlier menopause and it can happen in the thirties or even earlier whilst some women feel less 'feminine' after the menopause as they are no longer fertile. Others feel as if they are on the fast track to ageing and somehow becoming less attractive and feeling less sexy. They may suffer some loss of confidence and start feeling 'invisible' to the opposite sex.  To make matters worse there can be all kinds of physical symptoms for some women including hot flushes, extreme itching and night sweats.


The menopause is a transition into a new 'season' in your life. It's not an illness or disease. We want you to really feel confident and healthy around your menopause and to feel about it in a way that is comfortable and positive. The end of one thing is always the beginning of another.


Positive mental attitude coupled with deep relaxation can have profound effects on your health and sense of wellbeing.  Hypnosis is very effective in helping you feel more positive and healthy during your menopause.




Depression is a common psychological disorder - anyone can become depressed. It’s more than just feeling unhappy, bored or fed up. If feelings don’t go away quickly, or they start affecting your everyday life, it may be time to seek professional help. 


With the right support and treatment, such as counselling and hypnotherapy, people can overcome the common mental health condition.


Many people will suffer moments of stress and often feel overwhelmed when having to sit an exam. Many of us will also be able to recall how nerve-racking it can be to take a test. Weeks before the exam, we may experience the sensation of butterflies in our stomach, our palms get sweaty, our hearts race and we fear our memory will let us down.  


Hypnotherapy is a common method used for helping control exam nerves as it can help boost confidence and reduce feelings of anxiety. It can help you develop the ability to access the calm state of mind needed to sit an exam, or cope with a potentially overwhelming situation.

Exam Stress

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common, functional disorder of the digestive system and gut. IBS is a long-term condition and is thought to affect one in five people during their lifetime.  IBS causes the bowel to be very sensitive. The condition causes recurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen and often, the nerves and muscles do not work as they should.  


Many people living with irritable bowel syndrome find their symptoms to be an occasional nuisance, however for other people, the condition can seriously affect their quality of life. While IBS can develop at any time, it often occurs when a person is in their twenties.


While there is no known cure for irritable bowel syndrome, there are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage the symptoms. One IBS treatment recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is hypnotherapy.


Confidence is a state of mind. When we feel confident, we accept ourselves and believe in our abilities. When we don't feel confident, we can become stressed, anxious, unfulfilled and ultimately unhappy. 


Low self-confidence is something with which many of us suffer and can be a result of many factors like fear of the unknown, low self-esteem and fear of other people's perceptions. This lack of confidence can hold us back from developing both personally and professionally.

Low Self-Confidence


Low Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the phrase we use to describe the opinion we have of ourselves. It refers to how we think, the type of person we are, our abilities and what we expect for the future. When our self-esteem is healthy, we tend to feel good about ourselves and have a positive outlook on life in general.


A high self-esteem gives us the courage and strength to deal with the ups and downs in life - without them having a long-term impact on our health and well-being.  


When our self-esteem is low, our thoughts and feelings about ourselves are generally negative. We are more likely to focus on our weaknesses and be overly critical of the things we do and mistakes we've made.  Low self-esteem means our entire outlook on life is affected and become less able to cope with everyday challenges.

Pain Management

People with chronic pain conditions often fear that they are condemned to a lifetime of pain and suffering.  The use of hypnosis can help to significantly affect the levels of pain.  We all have a perception of pain, this can be significantly altered and so using a variety of approaches hypnosis can lessen the pain, improve independence and help cope with the emotional implications.


There are many causes of long-term pain, including arthritis and fibromyalgia and whilst conditions such as these can require medical intervention and a pain management treatment plan, complementary approaches such as hypnotherapy can form part of this plan.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder which typically develops after being involved in or witnessing traumatic events.


Once believed to only affect those involved in war, PTSD can affect anyone.  


Hypnotherapy is thought to be an effective way to process troublesome memories of trauma.

Having a fear of public speaking is common - and it's becoming even more common.  Modern lifestyles mean we are less likely to find ourselves in public situations.


Much of our free time is spent in the comfort of our own homes or online. At work, more people are utilising email, online hangouts and conference calls, so there is rarely a need to speak in front of an audience. 


All this means that when public speaking situations arise, we can understandably feel anxious.  For some people this anxiety can develop into a phobia.

Public Speaking



Relaxation refers to the state of body and mind that is free from tension, stress and anxiety. Relaxation is an important part of self-care, helping you look after your well-being whenever you’re feeling stressed or busy.


Everyone is different and will have their own preferred methods of relaxing in their day-to-day lives. Whilst there are typical activities associated with relaxation, such as taking a bath, listening to music, reading a book, or watching a film, these acts often only relax our bodies.


True relaxation will also help to ease your mind, switching off from the external noises in your life.  For some, relaxation can be achieved through performing specific exercises and techniques, for others, relaxation therapies and complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy prove to be more effective.

Research has shown that hypnosis for fertility doubles the success of IVF treatment.  


IVF fertility treatment tends to be a stressful time but stress can have a blocking effect on fertility success. This is why woman will often become pregnant at the very point they stop trying. The “trying” causes stress and prevents the very thing you are aiming to achieve.


Using hypnosis for fertility will do more than just diminish stress and get you relaxed; your unconscious mind can directly affect the workings of your body through hypnotic suggestion.



Sleep disorders

Sleep is an essential component in our continuing health and well-being. It is an important process. The restorative cycle of sleep means the body is able to rest, refresh, recover and continue functioning normally.

For many of us, sleeping is a natural part of our routine. We all know the health benefits and importance of sleep but few of us truly appreciate how much we need it or know what happens when we don’t get enough. On average, an adult will need seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

Hypnosis for sleep is effective because it gets your mind and body into the state that it would normally enter just before falling asleep naturally.

Everyone knows that being a successful athlete involves maintaining high levels of physical fitness. However, this is only part of the strategy required for success. According to research, sports performance has more to do with mental abilities than physical abilities.


To many people this may sound like a strange concept, but thousands of sports people have recognised the power of their mental state having a positive effect on their sports performance.


Hypnosis has been used for many years to help professional athletes enhance their natural ability and even golfer Tiger Woods regularly uses hypnosis.

Sports Performance



We all experience stress at one time or another. It can be caused by our professional or personal lives, and each individual will cope with it differently. What one person may regard as highly stressful, another person may regard as highly motivational.  Problems occur when individuals perceive themselves as unable to cope with the level of stress they face. This can then impact both their mental and physical health.


Most of us think we know what stress is, yet it seems to be a ‘catch-all’ term that’s used to describe feelings ranging from minor irritation to the cause of a mental and/or physical breakdown.


There isn’t a strict medical definition, so it can be difficult to find out what the causes are.  There are however many treatments and techniques that can be implemented for stress management, including hypnotherapy.

While diets and nutrition plans focus on what you eat and how often, hypnotherapy for weight reduction changes how you feel about what you eat. For example - on a diet you might eat a carrot and wish you were eating a carrot cake, but with hypnotherapy you can learn to enjoy the carrot and not give that cake a second thought. It might be hard to imagine a world where you'd happily turn down your favourite food for something healthier, but with certain weight reduction hypnotherapy techniques, it is possible to change your thinking patterns and gain control over cravings in a way that doesn't feel like a punishment or 'another diet'.


By targeting the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques, hypnotherapy will help you develop a positive relationship with food and exercise and help you feel confident about your body, change any negative thoughts about eating and help you reduce weight responsibly without impacting your emotional well-being.

Weight Reduction


Empowering Children

The use of hypnotic suggestion is a simple and effective technique to help your children reach their goals and achieve their full potential thus retaining all of their confidence and self esteem and more importantly, a way to reassure them that they are loved and lovable.

Broken Heart

The end of a significant relationship can leave a terrible sense of heartbreak behind it. The emotional pain can be so intense and overwhelming that people believe that they will never be able to move on.  Obsessive thoughts of the person they have lost can often rule their lives.

The use of hypnotherapy can provide an effective process to help people heal and recover themselves after the end of a relationship.


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