Josie Gibson had hypnotherapy on The Jump

Josie Gibson needed to see a therapist while she was on ‘The Jump’ because she was battling with psychological issues

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The 32-year-old television personality became the first celebrity to be given the boot from the winter sports show after she refused to take part in the jump off two weeks ago but she has admitted, although people questioned her technique, she was battling psychological problems that meant she didn’t feel capable in her own ability.

Speaking on ‘Loose Women’ on Thursday (16.02.17), she said: “I had to have hypnotherapy. I didn’t realise that when I went, I thought ‘I’ll smash this’ but I went down first of all and the butterflies just went through me. I fell backwards and that knocked my confidence, so I phoned this therapist and said ‘Look I’ve got to get off this jump I’ve signed up for a TV programme and I can’t do it.’ ”

Josie later realised that a trauma she experienced as a child was actually wreaking havoc with her mental state and she couldn’t erase if from her memory on the slopes.

She explained on the chat show: “I jumped from one container onto a stable roof and it all fell through. I had fibre glass in my skin for a week and it was red ants and stinging nettles and that’s why I was afraid to jump.”

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Hypnosis During Awake Surgery for Glioma Has Positive Impact

Pam Harrison | January 08, 2016

For patients undergoing surgery for low-grade glioma, who must be “awake” to facilitate mapping, hypnosis allows surgeons to safely remove the tumor up to functional boundaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study. low_grade_glioma_labels

Hypnosis also had a positive psychologic impact on most of the patients treated in the small series.

“The asleep–awake–asleep procedure is usually the best procedure for this surgery, but when patients are old, they need more time to wake up from the first step, so the intraoperative neuropsychologic assessment is difficult to do during the first 10 to 30 minutes,” said lead researcher Ilyess Zemmoura, MD, PhD, from the CHRU de Tours, Bretonneau Hospital, in France.

“It can be difficult for the surgeon to know if a patient is making errors because of anesthesia or because of the tumor resection,” he told Medscape Medical News. “Hypnosis could be a valuable alternative for older patients who are not candidates for asleep–awake–asleep anesthesia.”

The study was published in the January issue of Neurosurgery.

All participants were candidates for an awake craniotomy for low-grade glioma resection from May 2011 to April 2015, and were offered hypnosedation. Two patients with a high-grade glioma were also offered hypnosedation.

Patients with high-grade gliomas often have an existing neurologic deficit that contraindicates awake surgery, but if they have an intact neurologic exam prior to surgery, they too would be candidates for awake surgery and possibly hypnosis, Dr Zemmoura explained.

One month before surgery, patients underwent a complete neuropsychologic assessment, among other procedures. They also underwent a short hypnosis session so they could learn how to envision an imaginary place where they could feel safe.

The team assessed the patients’ experience of the surgery using the Cohen Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), an overall measure of stress, and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist Scale (PCLS). To evaluate the hypnosis experience, they used the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire (PDEQ).

Thirty-seven patients underwent 43 successful hypnosedation procedures (six patients underwent reoperation after regrowth of the tumor during the study). The hypnosedation procedure failed in six patients, who were immediately converted to asleep–awake–asleep anesthesia.

Twenty-five of the 37 patients completed 28 questionnaires (three of the patients had undergone reoperation), which revealed that there was little or no negative psychologic impact of the procedure on the patients and that most of the patients achieved a hypnotic trance state.

Pathologic scores of stress on the PSS scale were seen in eight patients. Evidence of dissociation on the PDEQ scale was seen in 17 patients, suggesting that these patients achieved a hypnotic state, whereas the remainder did not.

However, the PDEQ scale was developed to assess post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, as such, is not a good questionnaire to assess the induction of hypnosis during surgery, Dr Zemmoura explained.

 PTSD on the PCLS scale was detected in one patient, but like many of the patients who did not show dissociation on the PDEQ questionnaire, this patient had a particularly good experience with hypnosis, the researchers report.

Hypnosis also appeared to reduce the effect of unpleasant events during surgery, including the burr hole procedure and bone flap removal — the two procedures patients most frequently cited as being unpleasant. These procedures, which involve a head clamp, are obviously felt by the patient, even if they are not painful, the researchers note.

Interestingly, local anesthesia of the scalp, by far the most painful preincision step, was reported by patients as unpleasant least often.

Surgical Course

For the most part, the surgical course was uneventful in this series of patients. During the hypnosedation procedure, five patients had focal seizures that ceased after irrigation of the brain with cold saline, seven patients experienced nausea, and five patients vomited during or after the resection.

One patient died in the immediate postoperative period from unexplained ischemia of both middle cerebral arteries, and another patient developed a new neurologic deficit. The postoperative period was uneventful for the other 41 procedures.

Only two patients stated that they would not choose hypnosedation if they had to undergo a second awake surgery.

The researchers report that they now systematically use ropivacaine to reduce any pain that patients might feel during skin closure and, when possible, they intubate patients or use a laryngeal mask for the end of surgery.

The aims of the hypnosedation procedure were to improve the comfort of patients during surgery and to enhance their postoperative quality of life “by avoiding the traumatism created by awake surgery,” Dr Zemmoura and colleagues state.

“By showing a very low rate of failure of hypnosis, our results confirm the effectiveness of hypnosis in a new surgical application, brain tumor resection,” they note. In addition, the results suggest that individual hypnotizability depends mostly on the patient’s subjective experience.

Dr Zemmoura’s team is now trying to better identify which patients are suggestible to hypnosis and which are not so they can exclude patients who are not likely to respond to hypnosis and proceed directly to asleep–awake–asleep anesthesia.

The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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Chef too scared to leave the house after being called ‘ugly’ and ‘retarded’ due to rare neurological condition is finally cured of agoraphobia by hypnotherapy


  • Richard Savage has Moebius Syndrome, which causes facial paralysis 
  • Has been bullied and suffered prejudice his entire life due to his looks
  • He stopped leaving the house for two entire years due to fear of abuse
  • After a course of hypnotherapy he was able to go outside for the first time 

For years, Richard Savage suffered horrendous abuse about his looks.

He suffers from Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder which paralyses the facial muscles, affecting a person’s looks and speech.

Throughout his life he has endured cruel taunts, being bullied at school, called ‘retarded by a doctor’ and even turned down for a job after the interviewer said he was ‘too ugly.’

The insults eroded his self-esteem to such an extent that he began to retreat into himself, developing agoraphobia.

He became terrified of leaving the house, suffering panic attacks at the thought of going outside, and spent two entire years indoors, unable to work or socialise.

But after an intensive course of hypnotherapy, the 43-year-old has stepped out of his home for the first time since the summer of 2013.

Mr Savage, a trained chef who lives in Birmingham, said: ‘Can you imagine living a life where you are frightened to go out the door?

‘I never left my house. It was terrible. I had to get a doctor’s note and wasn’t able to work.

‘I have a genetic condition which means I can’t move the muscles in my face. It affects my speech.

‘I was never able to fit in with society and at school I was badly bullied. People said I was retarded and ugly. I felt worthless.

‘I became very dejected and withdrew. In my mind, leaving the house was too risky because almost every time I went outside I suffered prejudice.’

Moebius syndrome is a rare disorder present from birth, affecting the nerves that lead to the brain.

Those with the condition are unable to move their faces, meaning they can’t smile, frown, suck, grimace or blink their eyes.

It can also cause respiratory problems, difficulty swallowing, sleep disorders, weak upper body strength, and, as in Mr Savage’s case, problems with speech.

While he suffered abuse his entire life, he says the most shocking example was when he was verbally abused by a doctor he went to see while studying at university.

He added: ‘I was 22 when I went to see the doctor for a routine appointment.


Moebius syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that is present at birth.

It primarily affects the 6th and 7th cranial nerves – the nerves that lead to the brain – and leaves those with the condition struggling to move their faces.

They cannot smile, frown, suck, grimace or blink their eyes – and also move their eyes from side to side.

They may also suffer damage to other nerves, and the skeleton, causing hand and feet anomalies and possibly club foot.

Respiratory problems, speech and swallowing disorders, visual impairments, sensory problems – such as understanding the world around them, sleep disorders, and weak upper body strength may also be present.

Approximately 30 per cent of children with Moebius syndrome are on the autistic spectrum.

Source: Moebius Syndrome Foundation


‘The first thing he said, the first comment he made, was that I was “retarded”.

‘He left the room, I sat there and waited and I knew instantly what was going on. It was prejudice.’

When the doctor came back into the room, he began pressing and moving Mr Savage’s face, without asking.

Another time, he was turned down for a job as the interviewee said he was ‘too ugly’.

He continued: ‘I turned up in the room and sat in front of the panel.

‘After all the questions, they came out in the end and said “We are so sorry, we can’t accept you because, from our point of view, you are far too ugly”.

‘After that, I felt so small, I felt so intimidated and worthless. I was locked away for two years because I was so frightened to go out into society.’

He began to suffer panic attacks whenever he thought he had to leave the house, and so staying inside became a habit.

Mr Savage finally turned his life around after having home visits from a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist.

He said: ‘A friend suggested I try and get help with my agoraphobia so I had one two-hour session.

‘I was very sceptical but I drifted off naturally, like a good night’s sleep.

‘It was like I had gone through a fog and there were no more worries, no more anxiety and no panicking.

‘It is almost like you peel away years of anxiety and that is a big, dramatic change.’

He says leaving his house for the first time was ‘amazing’. 

‘I just walked out the front door and down the street. It was a small thing to do but a huge step for me,’ he said.

‘I am now more confident and I am more alert and aware. I was a nervous wreck before. I achieve more now.’

Mr Savage is now planning to write his childhood memoirs in a book to inspire others.
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I had to undergo hypnotherapy to see my baby born

Terrified dad suffered extreme fear of childbirth

Health: Parents Using Hypnosis To Keep Kids Focused

cbs-philly February 2, 2017 6:04 PM By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hypnosis has taken on a new focus as more and more parents are now putting their kids under a hypnotic trance, but some say the practice may be going too far.

Eric Ferrer-Alfaro, 10, has HDHD. His mother doesn’t want to medicate him, and nothing else has worked. She’s turned to hypnotism.

“We’ve tried meditation, relaxation, things like that,” Silvana Ferrer said.

She said he has trouble focusing in school, and she’s optimistic this will help.

“I’m hoping for the teachers not to call me anymore, or at least call me less,” Ferrer said.

Hypnotherapist Lisa Machenberg said she’s hypnotized close to 1,000 children, including her own.

“I started hypnotizing the children at 7 months to sleep quickly, calmly, soundly, and deeply all through the night,” she said.

She later hypnotized them to improve their performance in sports and at school.


She said she is essentially teaching Eric to hypnotize himself, which will help when facing a challenging task.

“Whenever you want to focus you breathe in on the on the word powerful,” he said.

As Machenberg explained, the hypnosis allows him to complete homework assignments.

“When he wants to sit and do his homework, when he needs to listen to the teacher, when he needs to curb his impulses — all he needs to do is breathe in that power word and it resets the neutrons,” she said.

Afterwards, a short homework session went well, and Eric hopes that continues.

“I hope it will help me because tomorrow I have a lot of division and a lot of tests on math,” he said.

Machneberg said there’s power to be harnessed.

“Let’s learn how to use hypno-parenting to consciously influence our children to be more peaceful in the house, to have focused concentration,” she said.

Psychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez said putting kids in a trance is going too far and shouldn’t take the place of good parenting skills.

“The idea is not to gain control of your child’s mind, but it’s to teach them what’s right, what’s appropriate, what’s desirable, so they can have control over their own mind,” she said.

Mental health experts say hypnosis is more appropriate to treat conditions such as extreme pain or bed wetting, or serious trauma such as the loss of a parent.

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Recognizing the mind-skin connection

logo-harvard_health-full2xSome skin conditions have a psychological dimension that may need to be addressed, too.

If you’ve ever blushed from embarrassment, you know that your skin can reflect what you’re feeling inside. It makes sense, then, that emotional trouble might show up as skin trouble. Although cause and effect can be difficult to pin down, considerable data suggest that at least in some people, stress and other psychological factors can activate or worsen certain skin conditions. The bond between skin and mind has deep roots, going back at least as far as skin-to-skin contact between newborn and mother, and is beyond the scope of this article. But communication through the skin is thought by many to be central to the development of feelings about the self and the world. Little wonder that our emotions might affect our skin — and that the relationship is likely to be complex.

Interest in this relationship has led to the development of a field called psychodermatology, or psychocutaneous medicine. According to clinical psychologist and psychodermatology expert Dr. Ted A. Grossbart, at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, people who visit clinicians for a skin condition often have a related psychological problem that can affect the way they respond to medical treatment.

Many skin problems clear up or improve with standard therapies, including antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and topical medications. The aim of psychodermatology is not to substitute psychotherapy for medicine, but rather to recognize that emotional issues may also be involved, especially when a skin condition resists conventional treatment. It’s important to evaluate and treat a skin problem medically before looking into its psychological aspects. But sometimes, a drug or other medical approach that doesn’t work on its own becomes more effective when combined with psychological strategies.

Psychodermatology is not an established medical specialty in the United States, and this country has few dermatology-psychiatry “liaison” clinics — although the number has grown since the first was established at Stanford University in 1972. But a number of dermatologists are seeking to improve their mental health skills, and some mental health professionals, like Dr. Grossbart, specialize in helping people explore and manage the emotional aspects of their skin problems. Perhaps not surprisingly, mind-body techniques such as self-hypnosis and relaxation are often part of the psychodermatological approach.


The skin we’re in

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It’s a protective wrapper that defends the body against injury and infection and modulates environmental influences such as ultraviolet light, heat and cold, and air pollution. It’s also involved in a range of complex biological processes. The skin contains sweat glands and blood vessels (which help regulate body temperature), cells that use the sun to manufacture vitamin D, nerve endings that are in constant contact with the brain, and an array of immune system cells that help ward off invaders such as bacteria and viruses.

The brain and nervous system influence the skin’s immune cells through various receptors and chemical messengers — neuropeptides, for example. Scientists are investigating these and other substances in the skin that may respond to psychological stress. They have already found that certain types of stress can interfere with the immune system, affecting the skin’s capacity to heal. One study found that surgical patients who felt less stress in the month before surgery had higher levels of IL-1 (an immune system chemical that promotes healing), less postoperative pain, and a shorter recovery. Research also suggests that chronic negative stress can disrupt the function of the skin’s permeability barrier, which normally keeps out harmful substances and prevents the loss of fluid from skin cell layers. This kind of disruption is thought to be a major factor in many skin diseases.

Types of mind-skin connections

Psychodermatologic disorders usually fall into three broad and sometimes overlapping categories:

  • Psychophysiological. These are skin problems that have a physiological basis but can be exacerbated by stress and other emotional factors. They include, among others, acne, alopecia areata (hair loss), various types of eczema or dermatitis (skin inflammation), herpes (oral and genital), hyperhidrosis (profuse sweating), pruritis (itching), psoriasis (skin scaling and redness), rosacea (skin flushing and eruption), urticaria (hives), and warts. Some, such as profuse sweating and itching, can be symptoms of other medical conditions or reactions to medications — which is why a workup by a medical clinician and standard dermatological treatment are crucial before considering psychological factors. “Rosacea responds quickly to topical medications and will not respond to psychotherapy or one’s attempts to manage stress,” explains dermatologist Dr. Suzanne M. Olbricht.
  • Secondary psychiatric. A cosmetically disfiguring or potentially socially stigmatizing skin disorder such as severe acne, psoriasis, vitiligo (the loss of pigmentation in the skin), or genital herpes can produce feelings of shame or humiliation, erode self-esteem, cause depression and anxiety, and in general lower quality of life. There is much evidence of a correlation between skin disorders and depressive symptoms. One study, for instance, found that patients with severe psoriasis and acne were twice as likely to be suicidal as general medical patients. However, in such cases, it can be hard to distinguish cause from effect.
  • Primary psychiatric. Some skin difficulties are symptoms of a psychiatric disorder, such as chronic hair-pulling (trichotillomania), the belief that the body is infested with organisms (delusional parasitosis), preoccupation with and distress about an imagined or minor defect (body dysmorphic disorder), and self-inflicted damage to the skin (dermatitis artefacta). Such illnesses require psychotherapy and sometimes psychiatric medications. But a dermatologist, who may be the first health professional the individual sees, can treat damage to the skin or scalp.

Helping the mind help the skin

Not everyone responds emotionally through the skin, nor do all people react the same way to having a skin problem. But evidence suggests that in some people, psychological issues often intersect with skin physiology, and treating both may offer the best chance for improvement.

When feelings of anxiety or depression intrude, medications such as antidepressants may be recommended. Many nonpharmacologic interventions, including mind-body techniques, have shown promise, though most studies are small and uncontrolled. Some approaches have effects that are not disease-specific but general — reducing stress and anxiety, improving the patient’s sense of control, and enhancing immune function. Clinicians may use one or more of the following:

  • Hypnosis. The hypnotic state, involving focused concentration or awareness, can affect many physiological functions, including blood flow, pain sensation, and immune response. A trained hypnotist is not necessarily required; many people can successfully practice self-hypnosis through relaxation, meditation, or focused breathing techniques (see below). In this state, the mind has a heightened capacity to affect autonomic functions (those we have little conscious control over, such as heart rate). A therapist using the technique called guided imagery may ask the patient to imagine having healthy skin or picture immune cells on the march. In small studies, hypnosis has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety; reduce pain and inflammation; control sweating and itching; speed healing; and limit behaviors such as scratching, picking, or hair pullingBelgian researchers reported in the August 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology that 67% of patients with significant hair loss (alopecia) who underwent hypnosis (including self-hypnosis) had total or partial hair regrowth during treatment, although some of them lost the hair again during the four-year follow-up period. In some studies, hypnotherapy, especially combined with behavioral and relaxation techniques, has helped reduce itching and scratching in people with atopic dermatitisHypnosis has been studied extensively for treating warts. In one controlled trial, which compared hypnosis to no treatment at all, 53% of the hypnotized patients — but none of the unhypnotized patients — lost at least some of their warts. Another trial compared hypnotic suggestion (of the warts healing and shrinking) to salicylic acid (the standard treatment for warts), placebo salicylic acid, and no treatment. The hypnotized participants lost significantly more warts than subjects in the other three groups.
  • Relaxation and meditation. The relaxation response (a technique pioneered in Western medicine by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard Medical School), progressive muscle relaxation, focused breathing, and mindfulness meditation are well-established antidotes to the harmful effects of the body’s response to stress. The mechanisms by which these practices (and hypnosis) fight disease or promote healing aren’t fully understood, but they’re one focus of a discipline called psychoneuroimmunology, which studies interactions among the brain, the immune system, and behavior.Relaxation techniques have been used along with conventional medical care in treating acne, eczema, hives, hyperhidrosis, and psoriasis. One small study of psoriasis patients found that those who listened to mindfulness meditation tapes while undergoing standard phototherapy (psoralen plus ultraviolet A, or PUVA) healed faster than those who had the light treatment alone.
  • Psychotherapy. Many psychotherapeutic approaches can help in treating difficult skin disorders. For example, in cognitive behavioral therapy, the individual and her therapist can work to change behavior that damages the skin, as well as thought patterns that cause distress or hamper medical treatment. Supportive counseling can offer reassurance and help an individual better understand her skin ailment. Talk therapy may be particularly helpful with skin problems that for one reason or another have resisted every conceivable medical fix; an underlying psychological difficulty may be “speaking through the skin,” and exploring that possibility may be good for both skin and mind.
Selected Resources

Skin Deep: A Mind/Body program for healthy skin, by Ted A. Grossbart and Carl Sherman, Health Press,

Stress Management: Techniques for preventing and easing stress, Herbert Benson, Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publications,

Bottom line

At least for some people with difficult skin conditions, psychological approaches — including mind-body techniques — appear to be helpful. But more research is clearly needed to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and to find out who is most likely to benefit. Moreover, unless the cause is obviously psychiatric (as with chronic hair-pulling), skin and scalp problems should always be evaluated and treated medically before turning to psychological factors or treatments.

Originally published: November 2006


Integrating Hypnosis into the Mind-Body Connection

By Mike Bryant, Peter Mabbutt

Health Integrating Hypnosis into the Mind-Body Connection

If your mind can affect the way your body functions, and hypnotherapy can affect the way your mind functions, then it stands to reason that hypnotherapy can ultimately affect your body’s responses. Using hypnotherapy to change the way you think about and respond to situations and events that affect your life can ultimately change the way your body reacts. This effect can be a by-product of therapy or an actively sought response. For example, if you are coming for therapy to help reduce your levels of stress, a by-product could be better health. Or perhaps you are coming for therapy to help manage and reduce the pain you are experiencing. In this case, you are actively seeking to alter your body’s response to whatever is causing the pain. Red on top

Hypnotherapy does not cure disease and should never be advertised as doing so. Hypnotherapy does help to make changes to the way you think and feel, and the way your body responds in certain situations. De-stressing may, in itself, reduce or eliminate any stress related ailments you may experience such as headaches, ulcers, and rashes. But any effects on a disease state are lucky by-products that may or may not be attributable to your therapy, and can never be guaranteed.

Even though you often don’t know how to handle stress, anxiety, or fear, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do about it. In fact, you can take a lesson from your primitive ancestors. After any burst of activity that resulted from a fight-or-flight response, your caveman ancestor would probably seek out a quiet and safe place and take time to rest, to sleep, to perhaps enter into a trance-like state. By doing so, his mind would calm down. As his mind calmed down, it would communicate with his body, which would release all the muscle tensions and turn down the biochemical responses that resulted from the fight-or-flight response. In effect, he would relax.

The key to combating that excess of anxiety, stress, or fear is to relax. How your body responds when you relax is much the same as when you enter hypnosis. The most common body responses are:

Your heart rate slows down.

  • Your breathing rate slows down and becomes deeper.
  • The muscles throughout your body become less tense.
  • Blood is evenly distributed throughout the body.
  • Your digestion system works efficiently.
  • Your thoughts become less concrete and more abstract — more image and feeling based.

Of course, you will always have periods of anxiety. It’s how you handle that anxiety that is important.

If you can get into a regular pattern of relaxation and exercise, you can minimize the nasty effects of long-term anxiety. It’s also worth mentioning that if you stop smoking, eat healthily, and cut down on the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink, then you will be on tiptop form to beat that anxiety firmly into the ground.

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Creative? Individual? Be a Hypnotherapist

By Dr John Butler

ph2.pngAs a hypnotherapist and hypnotherapy trainer, a common myth I hear is that hypnotherapy is merely mechanical-type programming, as though the marvelously complex, individual human brain is a simple machine.  So, often people who have experienced individual psychotherapy or counselling, either as clients or therapists, think of the detailed individual listening and fine-tuning that occurs in that setting, and believe that hypnotherapy would be a much-reduced experience.

Hypnotherapy, in reality, actually increases fine-tuning and individual listening.  By training in hypnotherapy, you increase, rather than reduce, your capacity for rapport and building the “therapeutic relationship”, the most vital ingredient in psychotherapy and all psychological therapies.  In a comprehensive hypnotherapy training, you learn to:

  1. Recognize and understand at a deep level where clients are starting from
  2. Listen intensively to what they say about where they want to move to
  3. Give them specific feedback from your knowledge and experience about steps you can help them with, that will start them in the direction they want to go, taking into account where they’re starting from
  4. Listen to and observe carefully their response and input to your ideas
  5. Agree a draft plan of therapeutic actions, to be reviewed and revised regularly in the light of feedback on the results they achieve
  6. Carry out this plan effectively, closely monitoring their responses not only on a conscious but also on a subconscious level
  7. Use the powerful techniques of hypnotherapy to highly mobilise your clients’ mental and emotional resources at both conscious and subconscious levels
  8. Support and communicate effectively throughout the therapeutic process, using the range of techniques of hypnotherapy to do this at a highly-tuned, individual level.


Another common misconception is that the role of the hypnotherapist is crudely authoritarian.   The fact is, that a person is completely free, truly themselves, when deep in a hypnotic trance.  It is a mentally, emotionally and spiritually liberating experience where the person is in touch with their creative inner power and therefore more strong and more aware.  The fact that it can be achieved much more easily than similar meditative states, for instance, through using the amazing human faculty for partnership and communication that is achieved in clinical hypnosis, is a bonus.  This faculty can also be extended to a group, and a properly trained hypnotherapist can conduct a group self-hypnosis training session, for instance, and find both a strong group atmosphere, and completely individual responses in all the participants.

Due to these popular misunderstandings of hypnotherapy, numerous hypnotherapy ‘trainings’ are offered on a very superficial level.  So I find many of my students come to my courses to add to, or in some cases to correct, the very limited methods that they have been taught, and I like to spread the message as to the true range of hypnotherapy, wherever I can.

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Former model reveals how her hypnotherapy sessions are helping heartbroken clients move on with their lives

imagesAMY Rewcastle hung up her high heels and retrained to become a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach after her own experience of hypnotherapy transformed her attitude to life.

By Julie Hannah 00:01, 17 APR 201 Updated07:31, 17 APR 2013

WHAT becomes of the broken hearted? Rather than hibernating under the duvet, playing love songs on repeat and gorging on chocolate, celebrities like Cheryl Cole and Camilla Dallerup head straight to their hypnotherapist.

Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla Dallerup has told how she overcame feelings of turmoil after her break-up with Brendan Cole with the help of hypnosis sessions.

But it’s not just celebs who are turning to hypnotherapy to deal with their emotional problems.

More people are recognising the power of hypnosis as a way of moving on from a bad relationship.

Former model Amy Rewcastle hung up her high heels and retrained to become a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach after her own experience of hypnotherapy transformed her attitude to life.hypnotherapist-amy-rewcastle

She said: “I was working as a model in Dubai about six years ago when I decided I had to do something about my smoking habit.

“I’d tried to quit before but I’d never managed to stay off them for very long.

“Friends suggested I see a Russian hypnotherapist who had a great reputation. I went along and, after just one session, I was cured. I’ve never even thought about having a cigarette since.

“At that time I couldn’t drive and not long after my session I started thinking that I should really be able to drive. Within just four weeks I’d taken an intense driving course and passed my driving test.

“I put that down to the new focus and confidence I had due to my hypnotherapy session. I suddenly felt so in control of my life.

“It was like a lightbulb going on in my head. I knew at that point that I wanted to go back to university and train in hypnotherapy.”

Today at her clinic in Glasgow, Amy, 31, now  uses a unique blend of hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and life coaching techniques to help clients with problems such as smoking, weightloss, anxiety and even heartbreak.

She explained: “To me it was a really natural progression to use the techniques I had learned for other problems to tackle broken hearts and help people to rebuild their lives after a traumatic break-up.

“The unconscious mind is amazingly powerful and working with it can change your whole approach to life.

“I have one client who recently split with her husband after 15 years of marriage when he cheated on her.

“They’ve got four children together so she has to remain in contact with him, and she was finding it impossible to move on.

“Basically, it was almost like a craving for chocolate or cigarettes – every time she had to see him, she’d get this craving for the life they used to have together.

“When you’re dealing with a chocolate addiction you’ll imagine a piece of chocolate mixed in with a food that the client can’t stand, so that it then makes that chocolate taste horrible in your mind’s eye.

“We did the same thing with good memories that she had of them together, envisioning him acting and looking differently. This helped her to tarnish and neutralise those memories and help her to stop pining for him.

“Another technique that’s very useful in heartbreak situations is assertiveness training. Helping people to regain confidence as a single person is a key part of recovery.

“I can also use hypnosis to help place positive suggestions in the unconscious mind.

“Under hypnosis I’ll help clients to visualise a time in the future when they’re really happy – a time, a place, who they’re with, what they look like, maybe with a new partner.

“The unconscious mind takes that image in and starts to act accordingly, so, after as little as one session, clients walk out feeling so much better about their situation. The unconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between vivid imaginations and reality.”

Amy says her techniques can not only cure the grief associated with heartbreak, they can actually help to identify problematic patterns of behaviour that sometimes lead to the same relationship issues. She said: “In my 20s I was definitely one of those girls that you’d say kept going for the wrong type of guys.

“It took hypnotherapy to stop me falling into the same trap again. I have clients that can’t see the bad habits they keep repeating in relationships.

“Hypnosis has helped them to identify the patterns that influence their own behaviour.

“Some people have unrealistic – positive and negative – expectations and assumptions, based on their parents’ relationship, perhaps, or a fairytale idea of marriage, which puts pressure on their relationships.

“Others allow themselves to be controlled and become overly dependent on their partners.

“For these types of situations, I use a therapy called parts therapy to talk to the part of that person’s mind that is making them behave in a detrimental way. I help them convince that part of themselves that there’s an easier way around the situation.

“It’s about getting people to see a mirror image of themselves and be really honest about their behaviours.

“People find it more comfortable to talk to someone not directly connected to their life. It’s easier to be honest and open with a therapist, and a lot of people just don’t want to burden their friends with their deepest insecurities.”

Amy says she’s used to dealing with sceptics who doubt the power of hypnotherapy.

“There are people who think it’s a load of mumbo-jumbo but you only have to look at how my life has transformed to see that it really works.

“I’ve changed my career, learned to drive in four weeks, stopped smoking and have even cured my chocolate addiction.

“As it stands, there aren’t many scientific ways of measuring the effects of hypnotherapy, but the evidence speaks for itself.”


Photo: Phil Dye/Media Scotland


Hypnotherapy Skills for Life Change #HSLC

hypnosis-for-therapeutic-transformation1.jpg6 days training providing 50 hours of intensive classroom tuition

Certificate of Attendance given to students attending the course. Learn dynamic hypnosis to effect personal change in yourself and clients. The course introduces the student to the exciting world of hypnosis and the phenomena of hypnosis and suggestion. You learn to use the power and potential of hypnosis to create change in emotions, thoughts and behaviour. Successful completion of this module enables you to practise hypnotherapy effectively to address common problems with many individuals, including smoking cessation, weight loss, unwanted behaviours, stress management, performance enhancement, teaching self-hypnosis, etc.

Major topics in Course HSLC include:

  • Understanding the subconscious mind, its power and influence
  • Programming the subconscious mind and the role of hypnosis
  • Hypnotic inductions, including rapid and instantaneous forms as pioneered in Transforming Therapy
  • Deepening and testing the hypnotic trance
  • Using hypnosis for therapeutic change, health and well-being, performance enhancement and personal development
  • Effective self-hypnosis

Outline of the course:   change-1

The course provides a comprehensive overview of hypnotherapy giving a thorough grounding in classical hypnotism and incorporating foundation training in Transforming Therapy. The course teaches the induction of demonstrable hypnotic states, deepening procedures and trance terminations.  You learn rapid and instantaneous inductions and how to use them most effectively in therapy. The use of hypnotic and suggestibility tests and their applications in clinical practice are learned. You acquire the ability to effectively produce and utilise various hypnotic phenomena in hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Cautions or contraindications for various hypnotic procedures in specific circumstances are taught.  You learn relevant neurophysiological principles of hypnosis and acquire scientific understanding of hypnotic phenomena. You learn principles of communication and persuasion and the development of vocal skills for hypnotherapy.  The phenomena of suggestion and mental programming are studied and experienced.  Concepts of semantics and other important aspects of language use in hypnotherapy are taught on the course.  You learn observation, listening and consultation skills essential for successful hypnotherapy.  Comprehensive and competent assessment of clients and their problems are learned. You learn how to develop rapport in and out of trance and the essential principles of creating the therapeutic relationship and “therapeutic environment” necessary for effective therapy.
You learn about the subconscious mind and how to access this level of mental functioning through hypnosis as part of your personal development and to introduce you to clinical applications of hypnotherapy. You learn principles of effective suggestions and programming for the subconscious mind.  Students acquire essential principles of how psychological problems are formed in the subconscious mind and how they are overcome through hypnotherapy.  You learn fundamental principles and methods of Transforming TherapyTM, a highly advanced and rapid method of analytical hypnotherapy. This stage of training provides an essential preparation for the advanced therapeutic skills that the student will be taught in-depth in the subsequent courses.

You acquire hypnotherapy skills at a fundamental level to address a variety of problems safely and effectively, for example, certain psychological and behavioural problems, stress management and various performance enhancement applications.  You learn dynamic self-hypnosis and autosuggestion for personal development and individual goals.  You learn the personal qualities of a successful hypnotist and how to develop them at this fundamental of your practice.
Your supervised practice includes coaching in successful delivery of hypnotic techniques, use of the voice and speech patterns, physical gestures and movements, observation and listening skills.

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