I have been seeing clients make wonderful positive changes using hypnotherapy in London for close to a decade. My main office is just a few minutes from Harley Street in London. In this article I will explain what hypnotherapy is, its benefits, and its uses. Along the way, I will try to address some common misconceptions too.
Several years ago, when I started practicing hypnotherapy in London, I specialised in weight loss, smoking and phobias. Over the years, clients coming for hypnotherapy to my London practice, often simply wish to feel more calm and clarity about everyday situations. They might feel anxiety or stress or have found that an addictive pattern has begun. They opt for hypnotherapy to reduce habits and patterns and just feel good again. However, as you will discover, I in fact use a number of tools and not just hypnosis, to reduce stress and anxiety. When a client comes for a session, we together look at what is really going on, the root causes of the stress, anxiety, unwanted pattern or addiction.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy, put simply, is a way to guide you into a state of relaxation and calm. It is a guided trance-like state. When you think about it, hypnotherapy is actually not so different from when you get highly engrossed in a book or TV show. We all do that sometimes! The difference is simply that I guide you to that state. It is like a form of focused concentration and as such is perfectly safe. When I give clients sessions of hypnotherapy in London, at my practice close to Harley Street, I explain fully the process. Even though you are in a trance, during hypnosis, you are aware of your surroundings and what I say. This means that if an alarm sounded or during your hypnotherapy session I said something a little strange or weird, you would notice that. You might indeed open your eyes. Since this trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even in one’s own thoughts, it is also very pleasant and relaxing. In this hypnosis state, clients can turn their attention to what needs looking at, without the chatter of their more ‘conscious’ mind jumping in. Using hypnosis, someone can find and utilise their natural resources. These might be calm, patience, determination, wisdom, confidence or whatever is found deep within themselves. It’s great to see clients who come to see me for hypnotherapy in London’s West End, discover that they already had the inner resources to cope or change. Hypnotherapy can really help someone make positive changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.
What Are the Benefits of Hypnosis?
Through being guided into a hypnotic state, my many clients for hypnotherapy in London will tell you that their minds feel more calm and open to considering different possibilities and ways to view situations. Using hypnotherapy, you can gain success in overcoming or helping reduce the impact of many conditions, including:
Hypnosis is very effective for changing outlook and lessening unhelpful thought patterns. Working in central London, close to Harley Street, I find that hypnotherapy is also helpful for people whose symptoms are severe or who need crisis management.
When Is Hypnotherapy Used?
I use hypnotherapy in London as a treatment in its own right. Hypnosis can be used to accompany other treatment methods also. For example, using it together with psychotherapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. To help reduce overeating, a hypnotherapist may advise that a dietician be consulted as well.
Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, alcohol, cocaine or ecstasy or for sexual dysfunction, sex addiction, undesirable spontaneous behaviours and bad habits. It can be used to help improve as well interpersonal communication and relationship issues. Hypnotherapy can aid in pain management and help resolve medical conditions such as digestive disorders. It can help calm the experience of pregnancy and treatments including chemotherapy. Indeed using hypnosis to aid giving birth, or ‘hypnobirth’, has become popular in recent years. Hypnotherapy can also be used by dentists and hypnotherapists to help patients control their fears, reduce pain, or to treat teeth grinding.
What to Expect
Hypnosis can take place in different situations. We have all seen on television stage hypnotists. However, when it comes to helping people overcome challenges, clinical hypnotherapy is very different. I don’t make you ‘cluck like a chicken’! With clients for hypnotherapy in London, I ensure your hypnotherapy is carried out in a calm and therapeutic environment. After a conversation about your concerns and challenges, I will guide you into a relaxed, focused state. I may ask you to think about memories, experiences and situations in a different more empowered and positive way. The aim is to re-think things and thereby help you change the way you think and behave. Unlike some more dramatic or controlling portrayals of hypnosis in films, books, or on stage, you will not be unconscious or asleep, or in any way out of control of yourself. Rather than be unaware, you will in fact hear all of what is said. Like in any conversation, you can listen but t is totally up to you whether or not to act on the suggestions I may give you during hypnotherapy sessions.
How It Works
Hypnosis, as I use it in my Harley Street London practice, is not like many other therapies that a counsellor or psychotherapist might use. Rather it is a tool or procedure that helps facilitate a greater degree of contact with your subconscious. This really helps quieten the chatter of the more conscious mind. Since a hypnotherapist needs to know how to address and communicate with the more subconscious aspects of your mind, it is important that they are well trained. I received extensive training and I am a member of the main UK hypnotherapists’ professional body, The General Hypnotherapy Register. I, of course, have full insurance and regularly receive extra training, to improve my techniques.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Hypnosis allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories. Sometimes these memories have become filed away by the mind, hidden, ‘forgotten’ from the conscious mind. In addition, hypnosis, as used by a professional hypnotherapist, enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.
When clients come to have sessions of hypnotherapy in London, I explain that hypnosis can be used in two main ways. There are, in general, two ways of using hypnotherapy. Either as ‘suggestion therapy’ or used in a different way, as ‘patient analysis’.
Suggestion therapy: Just by closing you eyes and relaxing, you are already more able to listen more openly to ‘suggestions’. This means that once in a more deeply relaxed state, the person is better able to respond to ‘suggestions’. Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviours, such as stopping smoking or nail biting. This is achieved by a more direct conversational style in which I simply talk to you and you listen. It is a straightforward technique and I use it often in my London clinic. Using suggestions during hypnotherapy can also help people change perceptions and sensations and is particularly useful in treating pain and addictions.
Analysis: This approach to hypnotherapy uses the relaxed state to explore any possible psychological root causes of what is going on. I find that clients for hypnotherapy in London find this technique useful for something a little more complex in nature. This might be something related to a phobia or a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed. This technique is very safe but does require some sessions to ensure the problem is addressed in a very safe and constructive way and also the memory is ‘closed’ and put back into a safe location in the subconscious again.
What Are the Drawbacks of Hypnosis?
I hope that you will enjoy any hypnotherapy sessions you might have. However hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions. Also if you have, on that day, used any drugs or alcohol, hypnosis is not advised. Hypnotherapy should be used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment. Hypnotherapy is powerful and so if you have any concerns about your suitability, consult your doctor first. I always ask new clients about their medical history and any mental health concerns before sessions are booked.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is certainly not mind control or a form of brainwashing. As a therapist, I cannot make you do something embarrassing or indeed anything which, ordinarily, you would not wish to do. I often say to clients who come for hypnotherapy in London that the greatest risk is that it works! Since now you have to live with less anxiety, a reduced addictive pattern or worst of all, feeling more happiness!