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Clinical Hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy in Wolverhampton, West Midlands 

Clinical hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis (a relaxed state of focussed awareness) in a medical, psycho-educational, or therapeutic setting.  Hypnotherapy is safe, non-addictive and above all an effective form of treatment for many psychological issues and physical conditions. It uses hypnosis to bypass the critical factory of the mind and gain direct access to the unconscious mind. The British Medical Association (BMA) and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognise and approve Clinical Hypnotherapy as a safe effective treatment for many psychological and medical conditions.


How does clinical hypnotherapy work?

A clinical hypnotherapist will use exercises that bring about a state of deep relaxation and focussed awareness. Formal hypnosis methods usually include instructions for relaxation and concentration. The hypnotherapist frequently enlists the power of the client's own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from guided visualisation, story-telling, metaphor, symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) and direct suggestion.  

A person in a deeply focused state is usually responsive to an idea or image this does not mean however, that a hypnotherapist can control a person's mind and free will. Hypnotherapy actually teaches people how to master their own states of awareness and by doing so can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.

Clinical Hypnotherapy at Lewis Psychology, Wolverhampton

Hypnotherapy and neuroscience

Neuroscientists have recently made astonishing discoveries about the brain, these discoveries offer the best insights yet into how hypnotherapy affects our neurology. The research shows that hypnotherapy can successfully reconfigure our neural pathways, it hardwires new, desirable associations into our brains, while helping unwire those we no longer want.

This deeper understanding of hypnotherapy comes on the heels of a widespread revolution in neurobiology, this is because brain-imaging technology has revealed that many 20th-century beliefs about the brain were just wrong. It used to be thought that a human's cerebral morphology became permanent at an early age, this would have meant that your personality and intelligence were quickly set for life, we now know that the adult brain is in fact extremely 'plastic', and that a healthy brain can undergo deep structural changes at any age. Hypnotherapy is an enormously powerful tool that produces real change on a cellular level.


Issues people bring to clinical hypnotherapy

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Confidence and self image
  • Fear of flying
  • Health anxiety
  • Weight Loss
  • Work stress
  • Self assertion
  • Career issues
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Fear of dentists                                          
  • Sports performance
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Exam nerves
  • Unwanted habits
  • Addictions
  • Lack of confidence
  • Low self esteem
  • Unwanted habits
  • Exam nerves
  • Creative block
  • Fear of driving
  • Impotence
  • Loss and bereavement

The above list is not exhaustive. Our team of professional clinical hypnotherapists deal with many issues that are not listed.


What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis is essentially relaxation of the conscious mind.  It is a naturally occurring state that we all experience many times a day every day of our life - we just don't realise it. We may be absorbed in a good book or film, watching TV, listening to music or simply daydreaming; these are all examples of a natural trance state. So, drifting into a hypnotic trance is a perfectly normal state of mind to be in.

Hypnosis tends to be reported differently by different people. There is no 'special' sensation or feeling that can be identified, but there are general feelings that are reported by the majority of people that have experienced it. Some people report that during the hypnotic trance state, they felt very heavy and others report feeling as if they were floating and weightless. The majority of people experience time-distortion, they are usually surprised to find that what seemed like five minutes of restfulness was in fact a period of 40 or 50 minutes.

During hypnosis you will remain relaxed and aware of what's going on inside and outside of the room, but feel that it's not important. Some people do not realise that they have been hypnotised until they are coming out of the trance state at the end of the session.

Some clients will have perfect recall of everything said during hypnosis, whilst others will remember certain parts only - a bit like recalling a dream, but regardless of whether every word is remembered or not, the benefits to you will be the same.

Clients sometimes worry about whether they'll be able to 'wake up' after hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is not a sleep-like state, so at no point will you actually be asleep. Hypnosis creates a calm, pleasant feeling similar to daydreaming, in which the conscious part of your mind is relaxed, and awareness of the unconscious mind heightened. Some people feel lethargic, others quite light, but however hypnosis is experienced people retain absolute control at all times.


How can hypnotherapy help me?

Hypnotherapy will help you think, feel, and respond more effectively.  Hypnotherapy can help in a number of ways:

  • Retrain the conscious and unconscious mind to improve health, wellbeing and performance
  • Boost one’s immune system response for overcoming disease
  • Eliminate phobias
  • Remove cravings
  • Learn powerful self hypnosis tools to promote learning and change
  • Bring about powerful psychobiological changes in your body (i.e. change the balance of chemical neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine)
  • Facilitate the development of new neurological pathways in the brain that promote change
  • Alter your emotional states with regard to how you feel about yourself, others and the world around you
  • Recover from debilitating emotional states
  • Strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Achieve goals and develop solutions for resolving problems

The above list is not exhaustive, people report many more additional advantageous changes as a result of hypnotherapy.


Methods used

Our clinical hypnotherapists use a combination of advanced hypnotherapy skills and evidence based psychological approaches, which are informed by the latest neuroscientific research. The approaches used include a combination of hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. The models are recognised as active, solution focussed and future orientated approaches that promote change and focus on ones inner strengths, potential and resources.

We base our approach on the latest neuroscientific research, which documents how brain systems of memory and learning are better oriented to exploring future life possibilities rather than maintaining records of the past. This future orientation of the brain is an important focus for facilitating current problem solving in clinical hypnotherapy.


Make an appointment for clinical hypnotherapy

If you would like to arrange an appointment or require further information regarding our clinical hypnotherapy service please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on: 01902 827808.  Alternatively fill out our online contact form and we will contact you back.  We are now open seven days a week. 

For further details of our pricing structure please visit our fees page. 


Initial telephone discussion

Before we book your appointment you will have a telephone discussion, which enables us to assess if clinical hypnotherapy is right for you and answer any questions.  At this time you decide whether to proceed with hypnotherapy or to choose another service, the choice is entirely yours and is without obligation on your part.