Hypnotherapy myths and misconceptions


There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy, often fueled by portrayals in media or a lack of understanding. Here are some of the most common:

Myth 1: You lose control and do things against your will.

Fact: This is one of the biggest misconceptions. While in a hypnotic state, you are still aware and in control. You can’t be made to do anything you wouldn’t do normally, as the suggestions have to align with your values and beliefs. Think of it as a heightened state of suggestibility, not mind control.

Myth 2: You’re asleep during hypnosis.

Fact: You’re actually more focused than usual in a hypnotic trance. It’s similar to daydreaming or getting lost in a good book, where you’re aware of your surroundings but your attention is focused inwards. You can hear and respond throughout the session.

Myth 3: Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized.

Fact: This is completely false. Just like not everyone enjoys reading at the same pace, susceptibility to hypnosis varies. However, everyone can experience hypnosis with the right approach, an open mind and a willingness to take part. In fact, good focus and imagination can make you more receptive.

Myth 4: You can get stuck in hypnosis.

Fact: This is another Hollywood myth. Hypnosis is a natural state that we spontaneously enter all the time, for example when daydreaming or just losing track of time when engrossed in a good book or movie.

Myth 5: Hypnotherapy is dangerous.

Fact: When conducted by a qualified and ethical hypnotherapist like me, therapy is very safe. Research shows no documented cases of physical or psychological harm caused by hypnosis.

Myth 6: It’s all about mind tricks and manipulation.

Fact: Hypnotherapy is an excellent therapeutic tool based on scientific principles. It utilizes the subconscious mind’s potential for positive change to address various issues like anxiety, pain management, smoking cessation, and phobias. The focus is on collaboration and empowerment, not manipulation.

Remember, it’s always best to talk to a qualified hypnotherapist like me to dispel any doubts and address your specific concerns. I am always happy to explain the process in detail and help you determine if it’s a suitable approach for your needs.

I hope this clarifies some of the main myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnotherapy! Just give me a call on 07976 701223 if you would like to learn more.

Ditch the Ditching: Conquer Your New Year’s Resolutions with Hypnotherapy!


Every year, the same scene replays: well-intentioned people craft ambitious resolutions, bursting with hope and optimism. But as January wanes, so does resolve. By February, many are ditching the resolutions, left with disappointment, broken dreams and a nagging sense of “same old, same old.”

But what if there was a way to break this cycle? Enter hypnotherapy, a powerful tool which can rewire your subconscious mind and pave the way for lasting change.

Why do resolutions fizzle out?

Our deepest beliefs and patterns, often buried in the subconscious, can sabotage our best intentions. These hidden “programs” might whisper fears like “I’m not good enough” or “Change is too hard.” Hypnotherapy helps access these hidden layers and replace them with positive affirmations, empowering suggestions and new behaviours.

How can hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy doesn’t magically implant new habits – it empowers you to make the changes yourself. Here’s how:

  • Motivation Boost: Hypnotherapy can tap into your intrinsic desires, making your resolutions feel less like “shoulds” and more like exciting possibilities.
  • Craving Control: Hypnotherapy can address subconscious triggers for unhealthy habits, like stress-eating or procrastination. Imagine saying “no” to that extra doughnut with newfound ease!
  • Inner Critic Tamer: Those negative self-talk voices? Hypnotherapy can help quiet them down and replace them with supportive, encouraging messages.
  • Visualization Power: Hypnotherapy lets you vividly imagine yourself achieving your goals, building confidence and resilience in the face of challenges.

Resolutions Perfect for Hypnotherapy:

  • Breaking unwanted habits: Smoking, nail-biting, overspending – you name it!
  • Embracing healthy lifestyles: Exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness – get the support you need to make these sustainable.
  • Boosting personal development: Building confidence, overcoming fears, improving relationships – unlock your full potential.

Ready to ditch the ditching and truly achieve your resolutions?

Hypnotherapy isn’t a magic wand, but it can be an amazingly powerful tool in your transformation toolbox. Working with me we can customize a program that addresses your specific goals and challenges. Remember, change takes time and effort on your part, but with the right support, you can turn your New Year’s resolutions into lasting victories.

Bonus Tip: Start small and celebrate each step! Hypnotherapy can help you break down your goals into manageable milestones, making the journey towards success feel less overwhelming and more rewarding.

So, this year, ditch the disappointment and embrace the power of your subconscious mind. With hypnotherapy by your side, you can make this New Year the one where your resolutions not only stick but thrive!

Let’s make 2024 the year you become the best version of yourself!  Just call me on 07976 701223 to see how I can help turn your New Year dreams into reality.

Why is hypnotherapy so effective in helping people to stop smoking?


To smokers, vaping seems to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes (though many still vap and smoke!) but in my view, the truth is that E-cigarettes are just the latest in a long line of products that take advantage of the fact that most smokers are desperate to quit – in fact, a 2011 study from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed: 70% of smokers want to quit…….56% tried to quit……But only a paltry 6% managed to quit!

Why is that? I think it’s because the most used options available – going cold turkey, nicotine gum and patches as well as e-cigarettes – all share the same fundamental flaw, one that as a hypnotherapist I am very much aware of. The problem is none of them address where addiction really lies – the unconscious mind!

Influencing the unconscious mind effectively and rapidly is what hypnotherapy is all about. That’s why I know that instead of buying expensive and sometimes explosive Vapes in an attempt to quit, a smoker could visit me in person or online and quickly untangle the desire to smoke from their unconscious – freeing them to live a healthier, wealthier, longer life.

Want to stop being addicted to nicotine? My highly effective 2 session stop smoking hypnotherapy service now costs just £200.

Hypnotherapy – Rescuing you from emotional hijacking


Human beings, in common with all mammals, share the same five defensive states evolved over time to help us respond to danger and keep us alive. But what are these five defensive states? And how can they feel like such stressful burdens to us today?

You’re probably familiar with the first two—Fight and Flight—but there are three more that you may not be aware of:

  1. Fight: Becoming aggressive in the face of a perceived threat (perception is all!)
  2. Flight: The urge to flee a stressful—or seemingly stressful—situation
  3. Freeze: A reaction that doesn’t feel like a reaction at all; not being able to think or move
  4. Submit: Appeasing others when faced with a threatening situation
  5. Attach: Forming unhealthy bonds after perceived situations of stress

Typically, people react in a conditioned way and so one of the above states can become their predominant response.

When our brains react to real threats and perceived threats—they can override our regulated state. And being in hijacked emotional states like these can lead to much unhappiness, frustration, confusion, and exhaustion. Not to mention the effects it can have on our relationships.

With effective hypnotherapy, I can help you to uncover and learn how to rise above the hold each state can have on you, to see things more clearly, and to break free of unhelpful and unnecessary conditioned responses such as high anxiety.

If you are interested in finding out more about how hypnotherapy can help rescue you from emotional hijacking, just give me a call on 7976 701223 or request a call back.

Can I do what Derren Brown does?


I had a call today from someone who watched the recording of Derren Brown’s brilliant Showman set on Channel 4 last night. He is indeed superb at what he does and this triggered someone to call me to ask if I could do what he does!  TRhe answer is yes and no! Yes I can hypnotise people rapidly and it is a wonderfully powerful altered state….and no, I am not an entertainer or illusionist – I am a hypnotherapist!

As I explained to this enquirer, Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique used by trained hypnotherapists like me to help individuals overcome various mental and physical health issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, phobias and chronic pain. The goal of hypnotherapy is to help individuals access the subconscious mind and use it to achieve positive change in their lives.

On the other hand, stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment where a hypnotist (and Derren Brown is a master hypnotist) performs on stage to entertain an audience. Stage hypnosis is not a therapeutic intervention, as the focus is on entertainment rather than therapeutic outcomes. The hypnotist’s goal is to get volunteers from the audience to perform amazing comical or bizarre acts under hypnosis.

The main difference between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis is the purpose and intention behind each practice. Hypnotherapy is a serious therapeutic treatment that requires extensive training and experience, while stage hypnosis is primarily for entertainment purposes only although it does also demonstrate the power of hypnosis.

 

Myths and misconceptions about hypnosis


1. Hypnosis is mind control: This is one of the biggest myths about hypnosis. Hypnosis does not give the hypnotist any power over the person being hypnotized. In fact, the person being hypnotised is in complete control and can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.

2. Hypnosis is magical or supernatural: Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not some kind of magical or mystical power. It is a natural state that we all experience in our daily lives, such as when we daydream, get lost in thought, or lose track of time while watching a movie.

3. Only weak-minded people can be hypnotized: This is simply not true. Anyone can be hypnotised, regardless of their intelligence, personality, or mental strength. In fact, studies have shown that intelligent and analytical people often make the best hypnotic subjects.

4. Hypnosis is dangerous: Hypnosis is a safe and natural state that poses no danger to the person being hypnotized. It is important to note, however, that hypnosis should only be practised by trained and qualified professionals like me who follow ethical guidelines and safety protocols.

5. You can be forced to do things against your will: This is another common myth about hypnosis. In reality, a person in hypnosis cannot be forced to do anything that goes against their moral code or personal values. They are always in control and can choose to reject any suggestion that they consider inappropriate for whatever reason.

A lesson from the ancient Stoics that still applies today…


One of my favourite reads is the daily blog from the Daily Stoic which contains more timeless, practical wisdom than anything else I have come across on the internet. I also like to include suggestions drawn from Stoicism  s appropriate when helping people in hypnosis to make useful changes in their thinking, beliefs and lifestyle habits.

So is a recent Daily Stoic blog which I thought I should share as a useful “thought for the day”…..

It might seem like the Stoics didn’t have fun, didn’t experience pleasure. They did write, after all, quite a bit about the emptiness of chasing sex or money or fine wines. But just because they scorned excess luxury and comfort doesn’t mean their lives were empty and joyless.

Quite the contrary.

In his book The Expanding Circle, the philosopher Peter Singer explains that what they were actually doing was trying to avoid the paradox of hedonism. It’s interesting, he writes, that “those who seek their own pleasure do not find it, and those who do not seek it find it anyway. The pleasures of a self-centred life eventually pall and the drive for still higher levels of luxury and delight brings not lasting satisfaction. Real fulfilment is more likely to be found in working for some other end. Hence, these philosophers claim, if we want to lead a happy life, we should not seek happiness directly, but should find a larger purpose in life, outside ourselves.”

Perfectly said.

It’s not that the Stoics didn’t experience pleasure, it’s that they found pleasure by seeking purpose. Most of the Stoics had huge fortunes or came from powerful political dynasties. They could have coasted, soaked up all that was given to them. But instead of being lazy or entitled playboys, they were of service to others. They worked on their art. They made scientific breakthroughs. They dedicated themselves to their children. They did their duty.

And from all this hard work came pleasure and pride and satisfaction. Was it the same pleasure that would have come from Rome’s famous bacchanals? No…it was better. Because they earned it. Because it was sustainable. Because it wasn’t something that slipped from their grasp or disappeared every time they got close to it. Because they weren’t pursuing the pleasure, they were pleasantly surprised when it ensued.

​As we talked about recently, the best things in life are byproducts of doing the right things. So it goes for pleasure and happiness and joy. You don’t get them by seeking things for yourself, but by the very opposite, by searching for purpose outside yourself.

New Years Resolutions- why so many fail and what you can do to succeed


Different studies show that the vast majority of  people that set New Year’s goals fail to meet them – around 20-25% don’t last a week and only around 10% stick to it for a whole year.  In the USA, one study found that most people give up on the 19th January (and dubbed it “Quitters Day”!).  So why is that people, with all those good intentions to improve themselves and their lives in some important way just don’t succeed?  Did the desired change not matter enough? Were they not serious about achieving their goals?

I believe the answer lies in that they are “forcing” themselves to do it, whatever it is or was, and this “forced” energy is what people often call willpower. And studies show that willpower alone will only work in the short term – which is EXACTLY why resolutions only last a few weeks for most people.

And so the solution lies in making the desired change to be an involuntary, instinctive way of being,  just something that happens naturally without the inner battle and thus quickly becomes an engrained, automatic habit. And hypnosis is of course a very effective and quick way of changing habits for good.

So well done if you made a New Year’s Resolution and are still sticking to it… but if you have given up, yet still would like to make that goal a reality, maybe its time to make a resolution to see a hypnotherapist instead.

 

Higher Consciousness is achievable by anyone


It is rare for me to share a post on my website but this one I think should be read by interested in discovering their highest self.  I also have a selfish interste in sharing it of course since hypnosis is a very rapid and powerful way to remove what this article describes as the “reducing valve” – the limiting beliefs and conditioned responses that stop people from discovering greater joy and fulfilment.

60 Seconds to Higher Consciousness

By Deepak Chopra, MD

No matter what spiritual path you choose, it seems to be an axiom that higher consciousness takes dedicated practice over a long time, perhaps a lifetime. There is also the lingering belief that only the select few, the spiritual elite, are going to succeed. Higher consciousness can’t escape seeming exceptional in its demand for intense inner work.

The overall effect of these beliefs is to discourage the average person from even considering that higher consciousness is within reach. For all practical purposes, society sets those apart who have become enlightened, saintly, or spiritually advanced, choose whatever term you want. In an age of faith such figures were revered; today they are more likely to be viewed as beyond normal life, to be admired, shrugged off, or forgotten.

Much of this is a holdover from the merger of religion, spirituality, and consciousness. For centuries there was no separating the three. Most traditional societies developed a priestly class to guard the sanctity—and privileged status—of reaching near to God. But these trappings are now outdated and even work against the truth, which is that higher consciousness is as natural and effortless as consciousness itself. If you are aware, you can become more aware. There is nothing more to higher consciousness than this logical conclusion.

No matter who you are or what level of consciousness you think you are in, two things always apply. The first is that you use your awareness every day in all kinds of ways. You think, feel, wish, perceive, etc. The second thing is that you have constricted your awareness, through a process that the English writer Aldous Huxley called the reducing valve. Instead of finding yourself in a state of expanded awareness, you edit, censor, ignore, and deny many aspects of reality. The reducing valve squeezes “whole mind,” another term favored by Huxley, to a small flow of permissible thoughts, perceptions, and feelings.

The reducing valve takes years to form, and much of what happens consists of social conditioning, which shapes us almost unconsciously. There is the huge influence of negative experiences that give rise to fear, the memory of pain, and the desire to be less open and more closed off for the sake of defending yourself. But positive experiences also can constrict your awareness, because likes and dislikes operate together. “Yes to this” and “No to that” is like a pendulum whose swing we ride for a lifetime. So powerful are our reasons for reducing reality that we grow to fear, dislike, and deny the possibility of whole mind.

Yet by definition whole mind cannot be destroyed, only distorted. A simple example is contained in the word “Hello.” Whenever someone says hello, they open a channel of experience that has little to do with the dictionary definition of the word.

If you aren’t using the reducing valve, this is what “hello” can communicate:

  • Tone of voice
  • Mood
  • State of two people’s relationship
  • Memories of past encounters
  • Foretelling of what might happen next
  • Signals of acceptance or rejection
  • Alerts to possible threat or, on the other hand, possible welcome.

Can so much be contained in a single word? Absolutely. The study of linguistics packs all these layered experiences inside everyday language. The next time someone says hello, open yourself to the wider experience you are having. Is the other person feeling friendly or indifferent? Are you reminded of old thoughts of this person? Does your mood suddenly change? What’s the vibe being created between you?

If a traffic cop stops you and walks up to your car, his hello and yours in reply have the same dictionary definition as when someone you are deeply infatuated with says hello. But the two encounters carry vastly different meanings, which our antennae always pick up. They pick up everything unless we use the reducing valve. But 99% of the time we do use it. We don’t want the traffic cop to see that we are angry, scared, annoyed, or guilty. We don’t want the loved one we are infatuated with to see anything but what we think will seem desirable.

In a word, we feel safer and more in control by editing reality, and yet even if such feelings are attained, we pay a high cost. The reducing valve makes every situation a reflection or repetition of an older experience. It enforces routine. It puts other people, and ourselves, into a box. Very little of our everyday experience is appreciated as new and fresh, even though as viewed by whole mind, every moment is unique and unpredictable, open to infinite possibilities. Great painters have looked at the same trees, grass, clouds, and flowers that you pass by without notice and turned them into beautiful visions. Nothing is so mundane that is cannot be a source of wonder, creativity, love, and the deep satisfaction of being alive, here and now.

That last sentence is the key—it opens the door to higher consciousness not just in a minute but instantly. You are naturally nothing less than whole mind; the reducing valve minimizes your potential by an unmeasurable extent. How do you measure the next opportunity to feel wonder after the opportunity has vanished? What value is lost when “hello” is a ritualized word with hardly any meaning once all the possible meanings have been squeezed out of it?

It is in those questions that the motivation lies for expanding your awareness. You can do it here and now, without effort. Just realize, once and for all, that higher consciousness is the most natural, effortless, and fulfilling way to live. From there, infinity follows.

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation

Getting good quality sleep


The Importance Of Quality Sleep

Quality sleep is one of the most important ways to improve your brain function, longevity, and overall performance. If you can sleep better, you’ll see huge gains in almost every area of your life.

Poor sleep, on the other hand, is one of the fastest ways to sabotage your biology. One night of low-quality sleep impairs your brain function as if you had a few drinks –– and if you go a full night without sleep, your mental performance drops as if you had a blood alcohol content which is well over the legal limit for driving. Poor sleep comes with major costs.

Stress is one of the most common causes of low-quality sleep. It can create a frustrating feedback loop where the more stressed you are, the worse you sleep –– which then adds to your stress, continuing the cycle.

How Stress Affects Your Sleep

When you’re sleeping, you enter a deep recovery state. Your brain and body largely shut off so that they can repair and replenish themselves for the coming day.

Sleep is also when you’re least aware of your environment and most vulnerable to threats. In order to relax into deep sleep, your sympathetic nervous system – the “fight or flight” part of your brain that influences cortisol – has to turn off.

The problem is that when you’re chronically stressed, your sympathetic nervous system goes into overdrive. It’s on almost all the time, pumping out cortisol to keep you alert and ready to deal with potential threats.

Not surprisingly, chronic stress is one of the best predictors of insomnia and other sleep issues, as well as overall poor sleep quality.

The good news is that you can break that cycle, get rid of stress, and improve your sleep with hypnotherapy.