A Look At Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy Wolverhampton & Staffordshire with Hypnotherapist
what is hypnotherapy? how
does hypnotherapy work? history
of hypnotherapy uses
of hypnotherapy treatment side
affects costs comments faq
My name is Lynne Hancher and am an experienced hypnotherapist
offering hypnotherapy treatment in Wolverhampton. I
am a qualified member of the Association
for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
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
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.
Brief History of Hypnotherapy
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.
does Hypnotherapy work?
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.
is Hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnotherapy may be used for a wide variety of
problems, both emotional and physical including :
- Pain relief
- IBS and digestive problems
- Weight control
sports performance / improving concentration
and memory/helping with exam nerves etc
- Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem
- Stress management
- Anxiety attacks
- Feelings of guilt
there any side effects?
There are no side effects, but results vary from
one client to another.
a typical Hypnotherapy Session entails
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.
How much does it cost?
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
Advice by Phone or E-mail
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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
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.
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