Barry D Cooper BSc DipCHP HPD AdvDPLT MNCH(Acc) MBPsS

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.

Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy website includes a list of nearly 50 issues that hypnotherapy can help, including:

  • Smoking
  • Weight control
  • Habits
  • Stress
  • Exam nerves
  • Confidence
  • Sleep problems
  • Phobias
  • Pain
  • Concentration
  • Memory
  • Work performance
  • Interviews
  • Past Life Regression