Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of mind. You slip in and out of trance-like states throughout the day, for example, when you daydream, read a book or when you are at your most relaxed and comfortable. Have you ever driven the same journey many times and when you arrive at your destination, you can’t remember the actual journey you have taken? This is because your conscious mind has taken a backseat for a while and the subconscious/inner mind is in control. This is a completely normal and natural occurrence.
You can also induce hypnosis either by yourself through listening to guided scripts/downloads or through a hypnotherapist, in which both the conscious and unconscious mind may become more suggestible and therefore more open to influence and subsequent change.
During hypnosis, even though you feel relaxed and in a daydream state, your inner mind concentrates more and is acutely aware of the suggestions/ideas being given to it.
Hypnotherapy is the use of various techniques during hypnosis to reach the core of an issue and to find solutions to that issue which the conscious mind has been unable to deal with and of which are affecting a person’s life in some way. This is where each session is tailor made to that individual as the techniques used for one person may be very different to another depending on the issue and the person.
One of the huge advantages of hypnotherapy is that you can usually get to the root of a problem and sort it out very quickly in order for the person to live a happier, positive and more fulfilled life. Having said this, most people do not choose hypnotherapy as their first line of treatment due to possible misconceptions. I believe for most there is a fear behind the possibility of losing control during hypnosis or opening up secrets within which have long since been buried. These are common thoughts and worries to have. However, if you look at my Quelling the Myths page all these questions are answered.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help everyone, men, women and children with any personal, emotional or habitual issue.
Here are just some of the thoughts of my clients who have kindly given their feedback
I’m doing really well, I have only had one thought since our last session and I was able to get it out of my head in a few minutes. Again I did it without realising and since then haven’t had another thought which I wasn’t able to control.
"Thank you so much for all the help you have given our daughter. We really didn’t know where to go with the fear but we all feel a lot more confident now to be able to help her through this. She doesn't seem to have the look of panic on her face anymore, nor does she turn back to join us when she sees a dog. She has the tools now to help her. I’m hoping that she will be able to manage on her own now but we will certainly come back if we think she needs a little boost."
"I really did find the session beneficial. I have never done anything like that before so I wasn't sure what to expect but actually surprised myself with how just after the one session I felt different, so thank you."
My husband and I both cannot believe the change in our daughter. We’ve barely heard the noise and can also see that she is using the breathing techniques and holding her fingers/thumbs together when she needs to. We’ve been so impressed.
Thank you very much for the session and also the download. Both have been incredibly helpful, I am absolutely amazed how in two sessions you have got to right to the core of some massive “stuff” for me! I have been feeling a massive shift in realisation of a few things.
We enjoyed the course and found that it provided us with tools that will undoubtedly be helpful on the day. We appreciated your professionalism and your approach to the course and will be happy to recommend you to others.
I felt at ease, relaxed, confident and trusting in what Anne was saying and teaching. I liked the different media techniques, handouts mixed with projector and visual aids.
I thoroughly enjoyed that Anne had her own midwifery background to add to the course which I think helped to gain such confidence immediately. The setting for the course was fantastic too.
I was able to have the relaxed and natural birth I had planned - in the water and with only gas and air towards the very end. The hypnobirthing course and the various relaxation techniques you shared proved invaluable both in the lead up and on the day, not sure how I would have coped without it.
Once I had passed a certain stage I knew I could do it without pain relief. I did ask for pain relief options but then thought, 'No, I have prepared for this and I'm ready'. I was determined, positive and trusted my body to birth Lara. I used the feather visualisation mostly, trying to blow it across the room. Thank you for helping me realise that my body is capable of such wonderful things.
We really enjoyed the course, and even though it will be my second time giving birth, I am really glad we were able to do the Hypnobirthing course. It made me feel a lot more calm and confident!
I'm really chuffed that I've done your course. You're a fab teacher and I will spread the Hypnobirthing word whenever possible!
Our sessions with you definitely proved helpful in controlling Alex's breathing and, in particular, putting the brakes on at the crowning stage. Alex was amazing and we are all super chuffed with our new arrival!
Although it didn't go according to plan, the Hypnobirthing techniques were still really helpful and I'm so glad I did the course. I was able to cope with just gas and air, so I'm really pleased I didn't need a lot of drugs.
I wanted to tell you that you have been instrumental in helping me have a positive pregnancy and a good birthing experience.
It was an incredibly empowering and beautiful experience and we are both really grateful to you for your help in achieving this.
We were both so happy and proud with our birthing experience and feel strongly that it was down to the hypnobirthing techniques you taught us. We have been and will definitely continue to recommend hypnobirthing to any other expectant parents. Thank you so much!!"
I found the session with you amazing and it has done more good than the counsellor.
We felt empowered, in control and ready. My husband still says now the time with you was invaluable and I couldn't agree more. So, all I can say is thank you. I cannot praise hypnosis and you enough.