Hypnotherapy is a psychological therapy, a technique of counselling using deep relaxation to enable the client to reach a trance state. In this trance state, a client's conscious mind is so relaxed that the therapist can communicate directly with their subconscious mind. The subconscious mind governs beliefs, habits, impulses and irrational thoughts. The conscious, thinking part of our mind, the part which rationalises our thoughts and behaviours, is powerfully influenced by the content of the subconscious mind.
Indeed, it is estimated that 95% of our thoughts and feelings are governed by our subconscious mind. What we really think is largely hidden from us. In other words, most of what we know we don’t know we know. What we think and feel today, is largely the same as what we thought yesterday (and the day before). Much of our belief system was laid down in childhood.
The great Greek philosopher Aristotle once said - “Give me a child at 7 and I will show you the man”
Suitable suggestions made to the subconscious can result in changes that will enable the client to achieve their goals. Trance is a very natural state, one you go into before sleeping, and often during the day - for example when you are driving somewhere on a route you know well and you reach your destination almost on auto-pilot. You may have been thinking of something else, while your subconscious was driving the car. Watching TV can have the same effect as we become absorbed in what we are watching and become less aware of our surroundings.
Many of the techniques used in hypnotherapy have a grounding in neuro-linguistic programming (often referred to as NLP). NLP is defined as ‘the study of the structure of our subjective experience’. When used in hypnotherapy, its purpose is to positively restructure or replace a person’s unwanted behaviours, feelings or beliefs.
I offer a free half-hour consultation and subsequent sessions are £65 per hour.
Habits and addictions
Anxiety Panic Attacks
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“I came to see Alison as I was suffering from anxiety, in particular in the workplace, where I had to participate in team meetings. I was starting to suffer from panic attacks at the thought of having to speak in front of everyone.
Alison worked on building my confidence using NLP and then did a regression hypnosis session with me. To my amazement, this revealed a relatively minor incident in my childhood which had clearly had long-lasting and unforeseen consequences throughout my life.
As a result of the session, I felt that something had shifted in me. Alison also gave me some breathing techniques to use if I ever feel panicked. These really work!
I found the session very beneficial, and I would highly recommend her.”
“I visited Alison for help with weight loss. I have tried every diet under the sun, losing a lot of weight but regaining it back. Alison showed real empathy and I felt that she really understood how I was feeling.
She took me through a session of Thought Field Therapy, which helps to clear negative blockages in the energy fields using tapping sequences in the meridians. I found this fascinating and I felt my body buzzing afterwards! She then did a session of hypnosis with me, which was very relaxing. I don’t know what she did exactly, but I felt strangely chilled out afterwards!
It is early days, but I am much more conscious of what I am eating now. Rather than dieting, I am looking after myself. I have also started meditating and making time for me.
I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
“I had a session with Alison to help me cope with a certain work situation after experiencing a traumatic event.
During the session I felt very calm and safe and Alison allowed me to examine the situation and try to remove my bad feelings and anxiety symptoms about the experience.
After my session I used Alison's advice a lot to cope with my anxiety to the extent that I have greatly reduced the fear I feel in the same situation.
I am grateful for the hypnotherapy session as well as the advice and training Alison gave me.”
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