Guest Post: Hypnotherapy

Monday, April 9, 2012

The only exposure I have had to hypnotherapy is the X-rated hypnotherapist who visited campus for a laugh in college. Here, I hope Claire Benson can shed some light on what it is really about.

Hypnotherapy makes the unconscious, conscious. Because of this it’s particularly useful in helping people take control of habitual behavioural problems like overeating, smoking or nail biting.

Its benefits don’t stop there though, it’s also extremely effective at changing outdated beliefs, for example fears and phobias that started in childhood or lack of self-confidence that inhibits living life to the full.

A typical hypnotherapy session will normally start with you and your therapist discussing the issue that you are seeking help with. Your hypnotherapist will ask you lots of questions designed to help you start to see things differently in a conscious way.

When the time is right and with your permission your therapist will guide you into a state of deep relaxation, this is called hypnosis or trance. Being in trance feels different for everyone, you might feel hot or you might feel cold, you may have the sensation that you are floating or you could feel heavy, you may even get the sense that the only thing you can hear is your therapist’s voice. Most people love being in the trance and many describe it as being as blissfully relaxed as you are during a massage. Whatever sensations you may feel you, the client, will always be fully in control.

While in the trance state your therapist will use a variety of techniques to communicate with your unconscious mind to help you achieve your desired outcomes. These may include simple positive suggestions, guided visualisations to release unconscious blocks or regression to revisit, learn from and heal past experiences. As each person and their issues are unique so is each and every hypnotherapy session.

It’s really important that you feel totally relaxed with your hypnotherapist before you start working together. I recommend that you have at least a phone consultation before you commit to anything.

For more information about hypnotherapy please visit www.unstuck-thinking.co.uk. If you would like to download a free session there are some on my site.


Claire Benson is an empathetic hypnotherapist who specialises in weight reduction and confidence building. Claire's passion is the mind/body connection; she believes that when they work together it's possible to create powerful change - as a result Claire created the Hypnogogo series of downloads to use when you're running. You can reach her by phone (07961 317 251), email (claire@unstuck-thinking.co.uk) or one of her websites (www.unstuck-thinking.co.uk and www.hypnogogo.co.uk).

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