Hypnosis is a condition of profound relaxation which you allow yourself to enter, during which time there is an altered state of conscious awareness.

For over two hundred years the technique of hypnosis has been used in medicine to treat a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional disorders. It has also long been recognised that hypnosis may successfully be combined with other approaches and techniques in counselling and psychotherapy. In 1977, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) formally endorsed the new term hypno-psychotherapy, as �the branch of psychotherapy which uses hypnosis�.

Hypno-psychotherapy recognises that there are many ways of looking at how the mind works. Some people, for instance, take the view that our thoughts and actions are mainly affected by the way we look at the world and how it treats us. Others believe that we are mostly driven by our �subconscious� mind, which is taken to be the store of all our experiences and emotions.

Whichever theory of the mind is applied, hypnosis can be integrated with appropriate psychotherapeutic approaches to help bring positive changes.

Hypnosis customarily creates a deeply relaxed state in which mental stress and bodily tension are reduced. In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change. As such, client and therapist can safely work together, using an agreed approach, to enhance mental, physical and emotional well-being.