Hypnotherapy & Hypno-psychotherapy

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypno-psychotherapy can be described as “that branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis” (UKCP, 1997). It is the combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy that can prove useful for treating a range of habits, dependencies and simple phobias as well as more complex, perhaps deep rooted, emotional, psychological and physical problems.

The hypno-psychotherapist is qualified to use hypnotherapy as a tool, when required and when agreed with by the client, within a psychotherapeutic setting. He/she is also able to discuss, at a waking state level, the client’s problems and to help them to understand what they mean and how they can be changed.


Psychotherapy gives the client the opportunity to explore problems and devise possible solutions with the help of the therapist. It can be a means to achieving full and true potential by unblocking the creative resources within. Psychotherapy can be helpful in overcoming difficulties from the past or present such as bereavement, loss, redundancy, relationships, abuse etc. and provide the skills to manage life more successfully and positively.

Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that utilises hypnosis in a therapeutic form. Hypnosis can be described as a natural state of altered consciousness in which there is usually a heightened awareness accompanied by deep relaxation. Hypnotherapy makes use of this state of awareness to explore problems and unlock inner resources for change. As the client is usually less resistant and will more readily accept suggestions under hypnosis it is possible to effect change more quickly than in the waking state.

At no time is the client out of control and they are always aware of what is being said to them. If for any reason they feel uncomfortable they can bring themselves back to normal wakefulness at any time. It is not necessary for deep levels of hypnosis to be attained for the beneficial effects to be achieved, and in any case the experience is most likely to resemble those times when we have found ourselves ‘daydreaming’ or in ‘another world’ whilst occupied with a routine activity. Even deep levels of hypnosis have nothing to do with being asleep or unconscious in any way.

A consultation session, in which a full medical, emotional and social history is taken, precedes any treatment to ensure the safety of the client. This also allows the client and therapist to work together to decide upon a treatment strategy that will enhance emotional, mental and physical well being.

Hypno-psychotherapy is a safe and beneficial therapy that can be used to treat and help with a wide range of problems such as:

  • Habit disorders e.g. smoking, overeating, nail biting
  • Stress related disorders e.g. anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, insomnia, IBS
  • Mood disorders and emotional problems e.g. depression, anger, guilt
  • Pain management and symptom control e.g. arthritis, asthma, migraine
  • Social difficulties e.g. confidence, assertiveness, exam nerves, self-esteem
  • Personal difficulties e.g. relationships, bereavement, illness, loss
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Performance enhancement and increased creativity/concentration

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