Stage hypnotists have given hypnotherapy a bad name, or at least created a perception amongst the general public that hypnotism is some form of trick worthy of only the theatre.

The distinction between standard hypnotism and hypnotherapy is tied up with one of the properties of hypnotism, namely hyper-suggestibility. This property, which is perhaps the main thing hypnosis produces, can be used constructively in the hands of a trained therapist, rather than making you walk about like a Chicken!

Much has been written and argued over what hypnosis actually does, but the common belief is that it opens a door into the unconscious or better said the sub-conscious mind. By leading the patient through this door, therapists are able to uncover past traumas, events and programming from childhood and adolescence which have formed the way we act and behave today.

The skill of the therapist is to then use this insight and hypnotically induced hyper-suggestibility to elicit change in the belief systems of the patient. This altered belief system, if done properly, will create an altered response to a situation when encountered in the conscious world and create a different outcome from that previously experienced.

Our View - Good and Not so Good


Excellent in the hands of a good therapist

Recognised by the NHS Trust Association in the Directory of Complementary Medicine

Not so Good

Anyone can set up as a hypnotherapist quite legally without qualifications or experience - as a minimum, therapists should have a diploma in hypnotherapy, so beware non qualified practitioners

Some stage hypnotists are calling themselves hypnotherapists in order to make a quick buck and have no therapist ability

Useful Hypnotherapy Links

Further information on hypnotherapy

British Hypnotherapy Association -

Further reading

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hypnosis
by Roberta Temes, Ph.D.,

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