My name is Lynne Hancher and am an experienced hypnotherapist offering hypnotherapy treatment in Wolverhampton. I am a qualified member of theAssociation for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
IMPORTANT NOTEI am currently taking a sabbatical and am NOT taking on NEW clients. My existing clients are aware of this and can be assured of my continued service, but presently I simply do not have the time to take on new work. However, I will maintain this website as a source of free information on the various therapies and treatments I personally offer.
Below I have assembled some information on hypnotherapy and its uses which I hope you find useful:
Hypnotherapy (the practice of Hypnosis) is a natural state of heightened awareness, frequently associated with relaxation, where the hypnotist may enable you, if you wish, to open yourself to hypnotic suggestion and where you can make use of your imagination to help effect positive changes in your life. I practice Hynotherapy in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire, but there are many reputable therapists throughout the country.
Hypnotic or suggestive therapy is possibly the oldest of all healing techniques. Unfortunately, in the past, it's been cloaked in mystery and mysticism. It's easy to visualise the image of a showman swinging his watch in front of a helpless victim - look into my eyes. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe. The patient is neither asleep nor awake, but in a deep, pleasant state of relaxation. But there's no watches and definitely no victims.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for treatment and relief of a variety of problems. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will and, even when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate.
Hypnosis goes back to ancient Egypt with their "sleep temples", and has in some form has been part of many cultures, such as in Greece and Rome. In the 18th century, Franz Anton Mesmer would induce people into a trance-like state which often produced "miracle" cures. When James Braid re-examined Mesmerism in the 19th century, he discovered that simple suggestions were just as effective and he used the phrase "hypnosis" and gradually it gained scientific respectability.
In the early part of the 20th century, hypnosis was used by stage hypnotists and even today, many people associate the therapy with stage/tv performers, thinking they will "act like a chicken" etc, when under hypnosis. This is not the case and, as previously stated, people cannot be hypnotised against their will and can reject any of the suggestions given if they feel they are not appropriate.
The British Medical Association in 1955, endorsed the practice of hypnosis and today it has become acceptable as an addition to conventional medical treatment.
The role of the hypnotherapist is to help people to make positive changes in their lives through the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis originally came from the Greek "hypnos" to sleep but as stated above, the patient in hypnosis is awake, but in a relaxed state. In fact, in our everyday lives we enter into hypnosis without really knowing about it. For example : it is possible to be engrossed in really a good book so that you become so fully absorbed you are unaware of someone speaking to you. Another example of a natural trance state is when you are watching a film - we know that it is not "real" but we still experience emotions as if the situation was real, with tears or being frightened out of our wits! Many experience a trance-like state while driving a car - the journey is often made on "automatic pilot" mode, the mind being totally occupied by other matters. How many times do you "switch off" in the middle of a boring conversation or lecture, and daydream…
In hypnosis you are aware of all physical sensations around you, noticing sounds you wouldn't otherwise be aware of. After a traumatic incident such as a car accident or violent robbery, a subject under hypnosis may be able to recall with extreme accuracy car numbers, details etc that their subconscious mind has remembered but their conscious mind has overlooked.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy may be used for a wide variety of problems, both emotional and physical including :
There are no side effects, but results vary from one client to another.
At the initial consultation, the appropriate treatment will be explained to you. All you will be asked to do is to relax, listen to relaxing music and listen to my voice - it won't matter whether you hear what I say or not, but the unconscious mind will listen and taken any suggestions on board. At the end of the treatment, you should display the desired behaviour to a greater or lesser extent.
Consultations depend on the nature of the particular problem and vary in the length of session and the number of sessions required. There is an introductory consultation when we discuss your problem and gain a greater understanding of the procedures before embarking upon the therapy. Hypnosis will not be used or demonstrated during this initial consultation which usually takes about ½ hour.
However, costs can vary depending on time and location. Please contact me initially for a brief discussion and appropriate prices.
If you live within the area of Staffordshire and Wolverhampton UK and would a little free advice, I'm happy to help. For a free, no-obligation and above all confidential discussion regarding your issues by telephone or email, please contact me using the details below and I'll do my best to help.
Please remember, however, this is not a consultation but merely an informal discussion.
Unfortunately, because I get so many enquiries, I'm afraid I can't offer this service to those who live outside of the Staffordshire and Wolverhampton area. However, I'm sure there are many good therapists in your locality that would be more than happy to help.
Here is a list of some typical questions I'm frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn't, don't hesitate to contact me.
Can you really hypnotise me?
Lots of people worry that they can't be hypnotised or, worse, set out to positively resist hypnosis. Everyone who is willing to relax and enjoy the benefits of hypnosis can be hypnotised.
Will I be totally under your control? Can you make me do things against my will?
Absolutely not. Hypnosis works on the basis of positive suggestions. Whilst you may fall into a dreamlike state, your mind is still in control and will reject any suggestions that you would normally consider inappropriate. Stage performers may have people barking like dogs but this is because they are willing, fun-loving volunteers who actively try to take part in his shows. So don't worry, I won't have you barking or clucking.
Can hypnosis help me lose weight or give up smoking?
Yes. People can overcome all manner of addictions and phobias.
Do people get "stuck" in a trance?
No this is impossible, you are only in a state of very deep relaxation and you can leave that state whenever you want to.
Having seen hypnosis on the stage, will I be programmed to do things I don't want to?
You are not in anyone's power and you cannot be controlled in any way. The people you see on stage shows are all "willing volunteers" whose eagerness to entertain others is the basis of their apparent "programmed behaviour". As I say above, you cannot be made to do anything against your will.
My problem is quite personal and I don't want to give away too many secrets?
You will not disclose anything you do not want to. In fact, most of the hypnosis is done content free so that the therapist does not need to know what the problem is. In fact, you may not be aware of some of the problems yourself but your subconscious mind will.
Can I carry on taking medication whilst having hypnotherapy treatments?
Yes - medication should only be stopped with the GPs consent.