Hypnotherapy - What is it and why is it still one of the best ways to help us overcome our modern day struggles?


Amanda KPHypnotherapy  - What is it and why is it still one of the best ways to help us overcome our modern day struggles?

Most of us at certain points in our lives would rather like to improve ourselves in one way or another.  Perhaps we are struggling with anxiety, a phobia, want to lose weight, stop smoking or pass that driving test. 

Perhaps you hold a negative belief about yourself that you are not ‘good enough’, ‘nothing ever works for you’, or maybe you hold a secret conviction that ‘no one really likes you’. These beliefs can be very debilitating.

Whether it’s building self-esteem and confidence, tackling relationship difficulties or just trying to untangle and find the ‘real you’ from the chaos that takes away our dreams, our sense of achievement and our fun, hypnotherapy is certainly a great way to make positive changes.

Of course, nowadays there is a vast array of different therapies, but given a choice, the one that offers the fastest, easiest way to accomplish the work, the one that offers the lasting changes you are looking for, is most likely is the one to choose.

Hypnotherapy is known as being exceptionally quick at tackling problems, the changes can come fast and they tend to be permanent.  Rather than just deal with the symptoms, it goes straight to the root of the problem and makes changes there. 

Dr. Alfred A. Barrios, a clinical psychologist (B.S. Caltech, Ph.D. UCLA), founder and current Executive director of the Self-Programmed Control Centre in Los Angeles found that:

93% of clients recover after 6 sessions of hypnotherapy

72% of clients recover after 22 sessions of behavioural therapy

38% of clients recover after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis

Many of our clients, however, often find only need a couple of sessions.

What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?

Hypnosis is the use of the natural trance state we all drift in and out of each day. (Deep in thought when driving, daydreaming, reading, etc.).  When in a trance state, the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions.  So, whilst the critical conscious mind switches off for a while, more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality are encouraged via hypnosis. 

A highly experienced, accredited hypnotherapist (emphasis on ‘therapist’ here, someone who already has many years of in-depth therapy experience plus a lengthy training programme in hypnotherapy) will be able to make a good assessment of how you would benefit from this therapy and help you achieve the results you are looking for.

Here are just a few of the areas that are regularly addressed with hypnotherapy.

  • Mental and emotional health
  • Resolving long-standing problems
  • Addressing negative limiting beliefs
  • Change your inner negative self-talk
  • Develop your emotional intelligence
  • Increasing your confidence and self-esteem
  • Overcoming addictions & obsessions
  • Tackling depression and anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Professional development
  • Conquering fears and phobias
  • Build resources and resilience
  • Improving sports performance
  • Physical well-being
  • Letting go of mental clutter
  • Eliminating old bad habits and developing new, healthier ones


  1. Can anyone be hypnotised?
  2. Theoretically everyone can be hypnotised. If you can daydream, visualise or ‘think about’ certain situations (such as a garden/meadow/etc.), you should have no problem at all. However, you do need to want to work this way.  If you feel unhappy or resistant, this would not be the therapy for you.  A good practitioner though, would be able to offer other types of therapy, that you may find you prefer.  This is why your hypnotherapist must have a good grounding in many other ways of working.
  1. Can I be made to say or do anything against my will whilst I’m in hypnosis?
  2. No, not at all. You subconscious will be free to accept or reject any suggestions.  A professional hypnotherapist has your wellbeing at the heart of all the work you do together and will only offer your subconscious suggestions that will benefit you.
  1. When I am in hypnosis am I unconscious?
  2. No, you are in a state half-way between asleep and awake, similar to daydreaming. You can, at any time, just open your eyes and become fully alert again if you so wish.
  1. Will I be aware of what is happening or being said whilst I am in the hypnotic state?
  2. Yes, absolutely. You will feel deeply relaxed but will never lose contact with the hypnotherapist’s voice.  Often clients say they experienced a ‘heightened’ state of awareness, occasionally you may find you drift off into a light sleep, but you are never, ever, unconscious. 
  1. What happens if I don’t come out of trance or something happens to the hypnotherapist before I am brought out?
  2. You can never be held in a trance state. You would simply come out of the trance naturally as the rapport would be lost with the hypnotherapist.  No-one has ever remained in trance indefinitely.
  1. Will I be able to drive afterwards?
  2. Yes. You will most likely be very relaxed after a session, so it’s always advisable to go for a short walk for a few minutes if you feel you need to.

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Amanda KP

Your Therapist: Amanda Kirtland-Page

I have worked as a hypnotherapist and integrative counsellor for over 30 years in private practice in Devon and Sussex. I am also passionate about mental heath in the workplace and travel around the UK presenting workshops and seminars on confidence, self esteem, overcoming stress and anxiety and improving wellbeing within companies.

Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma from NCH Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training
Iron Mill Advanced Integrative Counselling Diploma
NLP John Seymour Associates Ltd Practitioner (Dip 1, 2 & 3)
Cruise Bereavement Cert
Member BACP
Accredited MNCH
Member CNHC (accredited register)
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The BACP register is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who meet required quality standards. These standards cover training, supervision, continuing professional development and a contractual commitment to their Ethical Framework. The BACP Register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.