Hypnotherapy, What is it all About?


Women UK talk to Donna Kenny, renowned hypnotherapist with clinics in both London and Canford Cliffs to get the real low down and answer some basic questions if you are new to hypnotherapy or thinking about it.

Donna KennyWhat issues can hypnotherapy be used for? 

The good news is that hypnotherapy can be used for any issue but the more common issues include;

Weight loss, phobias (fear of flying, the dentist, public speaking) insomnia and sleep issues, stress, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, emotional and relationship problems, pregnancy and labour, pain control, asthma and eczema, smoking, PTSD, Tinnitus, IBS, OCD, problems with drugs/alcohol, fitness motivation, sports performance enhancement, pulling out hair, nail biting, the list is extensive.

Some of the more unusual cases I’ve treated include, sleep walking, continual teeth grinding, and a fear of certain vegetables on the plate.

What should you expect to experience during a hypnotherapy session?  I tell my clients that hypnosis is just like a pleasant day dream, where their conscious mind takes a back seat, allowing them to feel a greater degree of calm throughout the mind and body.

They should definitely expect to experience a wonderful level of relaxation which deepens with practice.

They should definitely not expect any swinging watches!

Many therapists record their session with the client, allowing them to listen to the recording back at home and continue the benefits, and relax even more deeply, as continued practice often facilitates a deeper level of relaxation.

Listening repeated to their recording for at least 21 days is the key to success. Many people may expect hypnotherapy to deliver results in one session. This can certainly be experienced, but depending on the issue, I recommend that they listen every day to their recording, until their follow up session in 2/3 weeks. This is their homework and I feel it is important to act in partnership with my clients, to ensure the best outcome for them.

The personalised recordings I give my clients, act as a bridge directly back to their therapy session (as though they are back with me) and many find this comforting as an extension of their hypnotherapy session as they begin to see results.

How does hypnotherapy work? Hypnotherapy works with our imagination in a positive way, for a successful outcome, resolving the levels of increased anxiety we all experience at stressful times in our lives.  Think of hypnosis as a gentle mind massage.

A typical session includes a detailed conversation about the client’s issue/history and a relaxation process, followed by positive suggestions that when heard repetitively act in a similar way to loading a new software programme on a computer.

If you’ve had a virus on your computer consider the ‘issue’ as a virus that is removed and a new programme is then loaded for a positive outcome.

Will the therapist have control over me? In short, no, no, & no!!

TV and stage shows do not demonstrate ‘clinical hypnosis’ and the people on the shows usually are happy to act the fool, usually to receive a prize!

Clients have complete control at all times during a hypnotherapy session.

Where is the evidence that hypnotherapy works? There are many scientific studies that show the effectiveness of hypnosis. The NHS now endorses hypnosis for the effective treatment of IBS. Most of us can live with the occasional abdominal indiscretion. But for many with IBS it’s much more than just a bad bowel day, and increased anxiety just adds to the symptoms. Several studies, including one from Australia, point to hypnotherapy as a way to bring significant and lasting relief from symptoms.

Donna Kenny

Hypnotherapist and Weight Loss Coach. To find out more please click here to go to Donna Kenny Therapy




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