Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

Here you can find information about Hypnosis and hypnotherapy and what hypnotherapy can do

To find out about hypnotherapy with Amanda, and the conditions she treats visit the Hypnotherapy with Amanda page.

Hypnosis is:
• Something we can all do – a skill that improves with practice.
• Something we all experience, often several times a day
• Natural and safe
• Often very refreshing
• An active process, and definitely not sleep

Hypnosis is often referred to as “focused attention”. This might sound intense but think of a time when you have been really enjoying a film at the cinema or on TV. All you were aware of being aware of at the time was the action on screen. Part of you was still aware of your surroundings, but your attention was directed towards the film and away from everything else that your senses were registering. Hypnosis is just like this, though often the focus of our attention is something we have chosen to imagine – just like when you daydream. As soon as it is no longer convenient to continue this focus of attention – maybe someone wants to get past you in the cinema, or maybe the appetising smell of dinner cooking seeps through from the kitchen, you automatically become responsive to your surroundings again, and return to what people often refer to as “normal waking awareness”.

Hypnotherapy is:
• A way to use hypnosis to help you achieve the changes that you want to make
• Often relaxing, but so much more than just relaxation
• Usually fun (with a serious purpose of course)
• A collaboration between therapist and client
• Most effective if you are motivated and willing to play an active part

Hypnosis alone can be very relaxing, which can be beneficial in itself. Hypnotherapy combines this relaxation with psychotherapeutic techniques to encourage the development of beneficial changes.

The main techniques I use are Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and some techniques from the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

We will focus on how you want things to be, and the steps that you need to take to reach that goal. Rather than working out how you got where you are, we acknowledge your current experience and identify the resources that you need to be able to move forward, and the often small changes needed to achieve your goal.

I’m sure that all hypnotherapists will agree that the people who benefit most are those who are excited by the prospect of change and want to make changes for themselves (rather than to please someone else), and who actively do any “homework” that is agreed during therapy sessions.

As with any other therapy, drug or treatment, no one can give a categorical guarantee that hypnotherapy will provide a “cure” , or be sure just how quickly changes will be noticed (it does take some time for our brains to incorporate new information).

Similarly, hypnotherapy will not be right for everyone. For example, if you have a diagnosis of a psychosis or schizophrenia it will not be suitable for you.

Hypnotherapy Can
The words in this word cloud relate to most of the things that have been reported to respond well to hypnotherapy. You may think that this sounds too good to be true, until you notice that each one has a connection to anxiety.
As a general rule of thumb, if you have a condition that becomes worse at times when your life in general is more demanding, or you are aware of higher levels of stress in your life, hypnotherapy is likely to be able to help.

Amanda’s passion is to help people who experience anxiety and issues related to anxiety, such as phobias, panic attacks, low mood / mild depression, and sleep disturbances.

Please remember that hypnotherapy is not a panacea for all ills, though the list of its applications can almost make it seem that way. If you are experiencing a condition that could stem from a physical/ biological cause it is essential that you consult your GP for advice and appropriate treatment. Hypnotherapy is complementary to conventional western healthcare, not an alternative to it.


Everyone experiences some anxiety from time to time. It is a normal reaction to stress and fear .  In small amounts it can be an excellent motivator, however when we accumulate too much anxiety it often has the opposite effect.

Anxiety often builds up so gradually that we hardly notice it at first. It can begin with a feeling of unease – maybe directed towards a specific activity or event (e.g. driving or exams).  It can also build into a debilitating dread of  – well, just about anything.

Anxiety can take away your ability to relax properly and your ability to enjoy your life.  You may find that you feel irritable, tearful and overwhelmed by a life that seems out of control.  It can lead to headaches, upset tummies, tense muscles and high blood pressure, disrupt sleep and in time leave you feeling miserable or even mildly depressed.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy combines Solution Focused Brief Therapy with hypnosis.  We focus on how you want to be. Learning how to think about and focus on how you want things to be, and to visualise the future that you want helps to remove the need for the negative self-talk that you probably don’t even notice at the moment, but which sustains that unnecessary anxiety.

Follow these links for more information about hypnotherapy and anxiety, insomnia and low mood

Personal Development:
Sometimes it feels as though we hold ourselves back, it is as though we hit a brick wall if we even try to ______________ (fill in the blank from your own experience!), and our nerves get the better of us. Maybe you think that you just can’t stand up and make that speech, or perhaps you think that you don’t deserve to be happy/valued/loved etc.
Solution focused hypnotherapy, combines well with some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to enhance Self Esteem, Self Confidence, goal achievement and performance issues (public speaking, exam or driving test nerves, walking down the aisle, to list just a few).
More in- depth information about hypnotherapy and personal development can be found here.

We have to learn our habits – both the good ones and the bad ones.
Habits are formed through repetition.
Just because you put your keys in a particular place this evening doesn’t mean that you are now in the habit of putting them there. That only happens when you have put them there so often that you no longer think about doing it, but put them there anyway.
Hypnotherapy and (CBT) techniques can be combined to aid the process of learning new good habits, and un-learning, or changing bad ones.
More in- depth information about hypnotherapy and habits can be found here.

Lots of people find that they have “essential”, or “primary” hypertension. This is high blood pressure that does not seem to have an obvious physical or physiological cause, and is not caused by drugs or medication.
Most of the lifestyle factors that are believed to contribute to high blood pressure can be addressed with hypnotherapy. As a certified Hypnotension™ practitioner I am trained to work with these factors to help you to reduce your blood pressure.
More in- depth information about hypnotherapy and habits can be found here and at hypnotension.com

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