Sam is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, her background is in further education. She started researching into complementary therapies due to family circumstances, this lead to her passion for hypnotherapy. Everthing she discovered made sense and she now has over six years’ experience in practice. She works in a facilitative way; clients are guided to make the changes in the way that they need using their subconscious mind. All the answers are there; Sam can help you find them.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is therapy using an altered state of consciousness (hypnosis). Hypnosis is widely promoted as a treatment for various long-term conditions and for breaking certain habits. For evidence of its success click here. Hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind. The feeling is often like day dreaming (although we can even be under hypnosis whilst watching TV). You could get up if you wanted, but you are enjoying feeling very relaxed, just like that wonderful feeling when you are tired lying in your bed and you are so overcome with comfort that you wish the moment could last forever. Experts consider at least 90% of our mind to be subconscious; we are often on “auto pilot”. When we are in the altered state of hypnosis, we can access our subconscious mind and thus with the help of a trained hypnotherapist, visualise ourselves reaching your goals whatever they may be; a healthier, happier, more confident non-smoking you perhaps? Our subconscious mind is very creative and can find ways of overcoming the barriers we have set up for ourselves too. Sometimes successful outcomes may require wandering back in time and revisiting events in the past which triggered your present concerns. However, this is always done in consultation with the client.
Sam specialises in weight loss, stress, anxiety and stopping smoking but hypnotherapy can also be successfully used for (this is not an exhaustive list):
Hypnotherapy to help weight loss has been proven to be more effective than dieting in the long term. At 8 month and 2 year follow-ups, the hypnosis clients showed significant additional weight loss when compared to those on a behavioural weight-management program alone. **
80% or more of IBS patients respond well with hypnotherapy. ***
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be twice as effective than nicotine gum and more effective than many other cessation methods ****
** Bolocofsky, D. N., Spinler, D., & Coulthard‐Morris, L. (1985). Effectiveness of hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41(1), 35-41.
*** Whorwell, P. J., Prior, A. L. I. S. O. N., & Colgan, S. M. (1987). Hypnotherapy in severe irritable bowel syndrome: further experience. Gut,28(4), 423-425.
**** Viswesvaran, C., & Schmidt, F. L. (1992). A meta-analytic comparison of the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods. Journal of Applied Psychology, 77(4), 554.