More About Clinical Hypnotherapy

“..Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.

The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy...hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

Hypnosis is 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 Dr Hilary Jonesmay try everything they can to consciously 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 by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered....”

Dr Hilary Jones (1998) Doctor, What’s the Alternative?
Hodder and Stoughton: London

Whats the Alternative? Book, Dr Hilary Jones

Q..”Hypnosis is more effective and works more quickly than traditional talk-therapy or psychoanalysis. In a hypnotic state, you are more receptive to new ideas and you can more effectively process the emotions linked to the experiences, which created pain, fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, humiliation, and low self-esteem...”

A Comparison Study of psychotherapy literature by psychologist Alfred A. Barios, Ph.D revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behaviour Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions

Health Magazine of Men’s Health, Womens Health, Fitness...Monday, February 12, 2007

“Hypnosis has ‘real’ brain effect”  Nov 16, 2009, (

“This is your brain under hypnosis – New York Times  (

Brain activity changes during hypnosis, study finds  (13 November 2009)

IBS: Hypnosis an effective treatment – Boots WebMD

bbc news hypnotherapy can help IBS :
March 18 2010

Hypnotherapy: Cancer Research UK

BBC – hypnotherapy and the NHS – 6 June 2011