What is Hypnotherapy?



There are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind.  In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism ( judged to be meaningful to the individual) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change.  Analytical techniques may also be employed in an attempt to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past, or therapy may concentrate more on a client’s current life and presenting problems . It is considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change (rather than relying solely on the therapist's efforts) although a belief in the possibility of beneficial change may be a sufficient starting point.

The aim of such therapy is to assist people in finding meaningful alternatives to their present (deemed) unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving.  Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.


Regardless of the techniques employed, perhaps the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist. This is of particular importance in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence and rapport with the practitioner. 

Benefits of Hypnotherapy

Well known as being effective for giving up smoking and for weight management, hypnotherapy is also powerful in many areas of life in which people experience symptoms of pain, stress, anxiety and tension – some examples are listed below:

  1. Childbirth        hypno4birth see below

  2. Pain management

  3. Weight issues

  4. Stop smoking Fears and phobias

  5. Stress management

  6. Improved memory

  7. Gambling addiction

  8. Sporting performance

  9. Academic performance

  10. Exam nerves

  11. Sexual problems

  12. Performance anxiety

  13. Gaining self-confidence

  14. Improving motivation

  15. Overcoming grief

  16. Overcoming insomnia

  17. Pre-menstrual tension

  18. Nail biting

  19. Bed wetting

Gaining permanent, positive outcomes from hypnotherapy can take anywhere from one or two sessions to many weeks of therapy depending upon the complexity of the problem and the nature of the underlying subconscious beliefs that are causing or contributing to the problem.


Hypnotherapy is considered beneficial by mothers and midwives alike for reducing the fear and resulting stress around childbirth, and helping a more comfortable labour and birth. Hilary likes to offer 3 sessions to the mother, and a further session to both mother and partner. If there are 3 - 5 mothers to be in a similar term of pregnancy, then a group can be set up, again 3 sessions as a group, usually with an exclusive session per couple for the 4th session.