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How can hypnotherapy help you?

  • Increase your self esteem
  • Increase your confidence
  • Increase your motivation
  • Stop smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Relieve pain
  • Decrease stress and anxiety
  • Feel more empowered
  • Improve your relationships
  • Improve your success
  • Improve your fertility
  • Ease menopausal symptoms
  • Banish fears and phobias
  • Resolve issues from childhood
  • Anger management
  • Stop panic attacks

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a safe, natural and pleasurable treatment which allows you to change negative habits, beliefs and feelings for positive ones.

During hypnotherapy you are totally relaxed but in complete control. Hypnotherapy is a catalyst to making the positive changes you want to make. You will never do anything you do not want to.

The hypnotic state feels a bit like day dreaming; like feeling not quite asleep, yet not quite fully awake.

Many of my new clients are slightly nervous before their first appointment because they expect to be put into a comatose type of trance; they fear they will not be in control of their own behaviour; that their minds will be manipulated to their detriment; and they will cluck like chickens if anyone mentions the word egg!

By the end of their appointment most of my clients are surprised that they could hear my voice and were in complete control of them-selves throughout the treatment. They are also surprised by how relaxed and at ease they felt. Within a few days they are even more surprised when their lives start to change for the better.

What my clients have said:

Elaine: "I asked Helen to cure my fear of spiders. I was scared of having hypnotherapy and not being in control. I felt very relaxed and in control. I spent the whole weekend looking for spiders to test if I was still scared of them. I even took my shoes off in the living room. Subconsciously, I always leave them on in case a spider runs my way."

Tracey: "I wanted to stop smoking. I had bought 400 duty free cigarettes a week before my stop smoking session, so I probably wasn't 100% motivated. I instantly cut down from 15 a day to 3 a day and feel like it will only be a matter of time before I stop completely."

Tina: "I was feeling low and unmotivated. I had four sessions and now I feel so positive about everything that they think I'm going mad at work. They are full of moans and groans and I think to myself, I used to be like them."

Elayne: "I wanted to lose a stone in 6 months. I lost a stone in 4 months. "

Helen: "I grew up being told I wasn't good enough. Now I know I am plenty good enough. I feel so much happier and my life just gets better and better."

Why can't I change my habits, beliefs and feelings by just deciding to?

Our lives are lived through a mixture of conscious and subconscious actions.

Conscious actions are things we actively decide to do and have to think about as we do them – such as learning, cooking, planning, decision-making, working or shopping.

Subconscious actions are things we do automatically without thinking about how to – such as breathing, driving, walking, overeating or being down on ourselves.

Consciously we know that smoking isn't healthy; we know we needn't fear buttons; and we know that we are not stupid. But we still smoke, can't stand buttons and we still feel stupid. Why?

Throughout life our subconscious gathers information to keep us safe. If it feels that we are in danger the subconscious activates a fight or flight response to protect us.

When our body goes into fight or flight the adrenaline starts to pump and we feel on edge and anxious – we are ready to either fight or flea a situation. It's an age old biological reaction. In Stone Age times, if we were faced with a lion, we'd be ready to fight it or flea from it.

However, in our modern lives the fight or flight response still occurs but the events are not always life threatening. Just imagine the stress we feel during a relationship break up or the anxiety we feel before an important test or interview. These situations are not life threatening, yet our body's chemicals react as if they are.

We may have started smoking to cope with the stress or a relationship break up; the interviewer may have worn a cardigan with striking buttons at a time when we felt really anxious; and our parents may have repeatedly told us we were stupid as we grew up which left us feeling anxious through low self-esteem.

Now our subconscious believes it must smoke to cope with stress (although consciously we know it is unhealthy); the sight of buttons trigger fear and anxiety within the subconscious (although consciously we know they cannot hurt us); and if our closest, most trusted, role models think we are stupid, our subconscious will truly believe that is so (although consciously we know we are not).

The subconscious holds onto these experiences, lessons and beliefs, in a misguided attempt to keep us safe.

In these situations the subconscious is holding onto habits, beliefs and feelings that once served a purpose, but that we no longer need. Hypnotherapy helps to free us from these negative behaviours.

Of course, the subconscious also holds onto the experiences, lessons and beliefs that we do need such as not walking out in front of moving cars, feeling anxious when we climb too high etc.

Sometimes, consciously, we know that a situation is not a life threatening, but the subconscious only deals in life and death. It is completely black and white with no grey areas. So if the subconscious has ever felt any amount of fear over something we have experienced before, it will automatically believe we will die the next time a similar situation arises and therefore triggers the fight or flight response.

This is why we sometimes consciously know something will not harm us (such as with English spider fear) but subconsciously we are terrified.

There are many ways in which our subconscious will defy our conscious beliefs, but it only has one reason why it does it - to keep us safe.

For example, consciously we may want to lose weight. However, we may remain overweight, repeatedly fail at diets and feel unmotivated to exercise. This could be because subconsciously, if we are overweight, we may stay single and therefore will not suffer the anxiety of a break up; we may not fit into the seat on a fun fair ride because the last time we did we were terrified; our weight may disable us and cause others to show us sympathy and caring; if we are bigger we may be noticed because we spent our childhood being overlooked. I could go on, and there could be one hundred different reasons for one hundred different people. These are called secondary gains.

During hypnotherapy the aim is to invite the client into a very relaxed state of body and mind. When their brain waves slow down the barrier between the client's conscious and subconscious state relaxes and the therapist is able to talk directly to the subconscious part of the brain. The more relaxed the client is, the more susceptible they are to suggestion therapy. So, if someone consciously doesn't want to change, they will not. Also, if someone consciously wants to change but subconsciously doesn't want to, such as in the above scenarios, suggestive hypnotherapy is unlikely to resolve their problems permanently.

This is when analytical hypnotherapy comes into play. This process again involves enticing the client into a very relaxed state to slow the brain waves and allows the conscious/subconscious barrier to drop, but instead of giving the subconscious positive suggestions, the therapist encourages the client to speak about their lives and experiences which enables them to unlock subconscious thoughts, beliefs and memories which caused the client to act in a negative way. This is when the over eaters discover why they keep over eating even though they consciously want to eat less. Once this realisation or connection is made the issue is usually soon resolved. This can take between six and twelve sessions.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Within the mind there is a kind of soundproof barrier between our conscious and subconscious thoughts, so although someone can tell us until they are blue in the face that we are gorgeous, successful, slim and valued, our subconscious isn't hearing any of it. The subconscious continues to think we are unattractive, useless, fat and worthless.

If we think something we believe it; if we believe it we feel it; if we feel it we act on it.

During hypnotherapy the client becomes very relaxed and her brain waves slow down, this causes the soundproof barrier to drop down and the therapist can talk directly to the subconscious.

The therapist can retrain the subconscious to understand the reality of a situation, the view that the client's conscious mind sees.

Above all the client has to want to make positive changes and is responsible for ensuring those changes are made. Hypnotherapy is just the catalyst to making those changes.

There are two main hypnotherapy techniques:

Suggestion work: The client becomes deeply relaxed and the therapist talks directly to the client's subconscious to retrain habits, beliefs and feelings. The client often remains quiet during the session.

Analysis work: The client becomes deeply relaxed and the therapist encourages the client's subconscious to voice how it feels about life experiences. This is similar to a counselling session, but is not counselling as such. The client often chats throughout the session.

(Discounts for multiple treatments and Suffolk Family Carers)

Intense therapy:

Initial Consultation (inc short session) £25
Hypnotherapy (per session) £55
Quit Smoking in one session £125
Counselling (per session) £45