How does it work?

Hypnotherapy treatments are thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert.  The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken.  Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s behaviour and physical state to alter.


For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding.  Progress can only be made be reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished./span>

Is Hypnosis Safe and Natural?

Hypnosis is a non-invasive process that is natural and safe. It is a helpful tool to improve your life. You are in control at all times and cannot be hypnotised against your will. You choose to close your eyes and to relax into a comfortable state. The more deeply relaxed you become, the more comfortable you feel. The more comfortable you feel, the easier it is to create what you want. This can be deepened at any time you choose and improves more quickly, the more times you practise calming the mind.


When in a hypnotic state you are relaxed and can talk or move your body. Your senses are active and heightened so that you can think more clearly you can feel, hear, taste and smell.
The induction process of hypnosis is never dangerous to the client. Personal disappointments, however, may arise because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived misinformation.

Some people think that you are unconscious when in hypnosis. This is not so – remember, you are aware of what is going on and all the senses are active. You may not remember everything when you return to full conscious awareness, however you remember parts of the hypnotherapy session.

The power of suggestion is the most functional and practical way to train life-long attitudes and to enjoy a life where the conscious mind can activate change. The effects are cumulative – the more you practise, the more your acceptance of post-hypnotic suggestions support more permanent results. Hypnotherapy has been recognised by the British Medical Association since 1955.

Can You Be Hypnotised?

Hypnosis is a consent situation between you and the hypnotherapist. Ten per cent of effort is from the hypnotherapist and 90% is your responsibility. People of average intelligence without some form of organic brain damage can be hypnotised in most cases – if you are willing and do not resist. Anyone who has a good command of language, who can think and reason, can be hypnotised. Only things like fear and resistance prevent hypnosis.
The depth of hypnosis varies from a light, medium to deep state depending on your ability to respond. If you are not a naturally responsive subject, you can improve your receptivity to hypnosis with practice. You do not need to be in a deep state to respond favourable. Self-improvement suggestions are effective in all the states.


The more you use positive images in your mind, the easier it becomes for these images to become a reality. When our subconscious mind accepts images of health, success, the lifestyle changes, then there is a tendency for these images to be realised and actualised. If you visualise yourself doing whatever it is you desire you begin to feel, think and act in ways to bring it about.

Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely and others need reinforcement.

Will I be forced to act silly like those on Stage Hypnosis?

Stage hypnosis is not the same as clinical hypnosis, but unfortunately it is the only form most people are familiar with. People who attend stage hypnosis are there for the purposes of enjoyment and entertainment.


When the hypnotist asks for volunteers, people who raise their hand are already agreeing to follow the hypnotist’s suggestions. If it against your will you will not do it. Some people do not stop smoking with hypnosis because they do not really want to whereas others who want to do.

Can I speak while in Hypnosis?

Yes – and when in Hypnoanalysis you will be encouraged to do so.

Who may benefit from Hypnotherapy?

The answer to this question is ‘virtually everyone’. Given that Hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However it is not just ‘potential’ which Hypnotherapy is well-placed to address, as it also enables the client’s inner resources to effect any beneficial changes they may desire in their life.

Do you offer any guarantees?

Therapy is a process, not a quick fix – it wouldn’t be ethical to offer a guaranteed solution to all of your problems. However, you can feel confident in me and my service, because I am very thorough in my work, and I always place your best interests first.

What to expect

During this consultation your problem will be discussed and the process of hypnotherapy will be explained. You will also be given plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have and no question is viewed as ‘silly’. Sarah will then explain how your problem will be resolved. Actual sessions of hypnotherapy each run for one hour – to 1.5 aprox.