About Hypnotherapy

Even though hypnotherapy has become relatively mainstream, compared to even just ten years ago, the profession is still very misunderstood and there are many misconceptions about both hypnosis and it’s application in therapy. 

Here we answer the most commonly asked questions and seek to help you understand what’s involved and what it can help with, so that you can decide whether it’s right for you.


The word Hypnosis is derived from the word Hypnos which is Greek for sleep, however Hypnosis is not sleep. Hypnosis is a natural altered state of mental and physical awareness, which occurs when brainwave frequency slows down. It is a state that we all experience frequently, when we daydream or just before and after we sleep.

Hypnosis is a safe and non-invasive way of accessing the subconscious mind, which is the source of all our behaviour.

Although a hypnotic state is usually induced by a hypnotherapist, you must willingly accept and follow their suggestions in order to enter an altered state of awareness.

In essence all hypnosis is really self hypnosis. However, in a therapeutic setting, you are guided into a state where both the body and mind become calm and relaxed and the mind becomes very focused and extremely open to positive suggestion.  Even without any suggestion, the experience of extreme relaxation can have a profound effect in itself.


Solution Focused Hypnotherapy differs from other forms of talk therapy because we do not focus on the past or delve deeply into the issues.  Our focus is on the future – how you want to be feeling and what you want to be doing – and helping you achieve positive outcomes. Our aim is to empower you to recognise the skills and resources you already have and to discover the small steps which you can take to help you move forward and cope with the day to day challenges life throws at us.


Hypnotherapy is the term used to describe the use of hypnosis as a treatment method for various conditions and issues. Hypnotherapy works by directly accessing the subconscious mind and, in a therapeutic setting, creating a state of relaxation where the conscious mind becomes less active. When this occurs the subconscious mind becomes open and receptive to positive suggestion and reinforcement and positive suggestions are integrated much more effectively than is possible while the conscious mind is alert.

It is through this process that subconscious belief systems, which govern our conscious decisions and behaviour, can be changed and negative beliefs, values, principles, and patterns can be altered. This process enables more positive principles to be created and reinforced, including establishing new ways of thinking and behaving and, subsequently, creating the basis of a much more positive, healthy and happy life.


Your first session will be a free initial consultation which will last up to an hour.  This will allow us to

  • gain an understanding of what’s going on for you now and how you would like it to be different
  • explain how our brain works and why this is impacting on how you feel
  • explain how we can use hypnotherapy to create positive change in your life
  • And most importantly to make sure that you feel happy working with me to achieve the results you want!

You also get to take away a free relaxing audio CD which you can use to help you to release stress and to build confidence in the future.  There is no hypnosis in this first session.

If you choose to book for hypnotherapy sessions after this initial consultation each session lasts around an hour and our clients tell me they always find it a very positive, uplifting experience that leaves them feeling both motivated and relaxed!


Only weak minded or unintelligent people can be hypnotised
The induction of Hypnosis requires concentration and focus, so intelligence is actually an advantage.

The Hypnotherapist takes control of your mind
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Without your co-operation, you will not be hypnotised. You retain full control at all times, including the ability to accept or reject a suggestion.

Hypnosis is just like being asleep
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness which involves heightened concentration and focus. It is nothing like sleep.

You can get stuck in Hypnosis
Although many people are reluctant to return to conscious awareness due to the pleasant state of hypnosis, it is not possible to get stuck in the hypnotic state. If the hypnotherapist failed to bring you out of hypnosis for any reason, you would simply either fall into a deep and relaxing sleep waking feeling refreshed, or you would simply regain conscious awareness naturally and feel refreshed and revitalized.

I am not hypnotised if I can hear the Hypnotherapists voice
Being able to hear the Hypnotherapists voice is imperative in order to be able to follow their suggestions. Often the client remains aware of the therapist’s voice for the entire experience – this is perfectly normal. It is the internal experience that is important. Sometimes people do enter deep states of hypnosis where they become unaware of the voice of the therapist. At this deep level, it is less important for you to be able to hear the suggestions as the connection with the subconscious mind is stronger and the effect of the therapy therefore likely to be incredibly profound.

I won’t remember anything
You will remember everything you wish to remember and forget everything you wish to forget. It is your mind. You are in control.

Hypnotherapy is like stage Hypnotism
The people we see on TV shows doing silly things, do so because they want to, not because they are being made to. You cannot be made to do something you don’t want to do.

All our hypnotherapists offer a FREE initial consultation.

Get in touch to book yours today!

Why use Inspired To Change?

Inspired to Change Hypnotherapy is the leading provider of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Services in the UK.  We use modern, clinically proven techniques to help our clients achieve positive outcomes.  

Inspired to Change Hypnotherapists are all recognised by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the UK’s leading not-for-profit hypnotherapy professional association and are based across the UK in Cambridgeshire, Devon, Kent, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.  

To find out how hypnotherapy could help you contact your nearest therapist and book your FREE initial consultation.

We also provide gold standard training in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Level 5 Supervision for qualified hypnotherapists.

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Becca in Maidstone

“I understand my brain and thought patterns so much better now, I am in control of how depression and anxiety affects me daily, and not only do I feel able to cope with it, I am enjoying my life again”

Emma in Devon

“The whole experience was life changing!  Peace and positivity has been restored in my head,  and without doubt I’m more confident – I actually have some self esteem!!  If you’re thinking of using hypnotherapy go for it!”

Callum in Market Harborough

“I have gradually become more relaxed as my anxiety has been released and small changes to each day have increased my general happiness and well-being.  Book an initial consultation today – you really have nothing to lose.”

Gina in Kettering

“It was nice to speak to someone who had an answer for the way I was feeling. To realise I wasn’t going mad was wonderful!  I am now so much calmer and able to think clearly about any situation. Life is much better.”

Julie in Maidstone

“I suffered with anxiety attacks for over 25 years and had taken medication consistently for 20 years. I felt that the medication was no longer a positive support for me and I wanted to find a non-medical option.  Hypnotherapy worked for me.”

John in Peterborough

“23 years ago I shattered my thighbone. I tried to make a comeback 2 years later but I had developed a fear of physical contact. I went to see Gary who seemed to understand the problem being a sports person himself and after just 3 sessions I have lost my fear and am almost back to normal”

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