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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. The hypnotherapist delivers therapeutic techniques whilst the client is in a state of relaxed and focused attention (hypnosis) where the mind is more open to suggestion and receptive to therapeutic change work. Hypnosis itself is not something done to you, but an active process you engage in – a learnable, trainable mindset, which includes factors such as focused attention, expectancy, belief, imagination and suggestion.

In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the problem area and the desired changes the client is looking to make. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for that individual.

What can it help to treat?

Hypnotherapy is an established complementary therapy used to help with a range of medical and psychological problems. Our hypnotherapist’s preferred style of hypnotherapy is cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) which benefits from a strong evidence base to support its use in the treatment of certain conditions, such as stress or anxiety, overcoming sleep disorders, support with pain management and treating certain psychosomatic or stress-related illnesses, such as IBS.

Hypnosis is also used with success, for a number of other issues such as: enhancing personal performance; fears or phobias, overcoming unwanted habits; enhancing confidence and self esteem; smoking cessation.

Our hypnotherapist is passionate about treating people in the following key areas:
Women’s health and support with menopause symptoms
Alleviating stress and anxiety
Overcoming insomnia to restore healthy sleep habits
Enhancing performance whether related to sport, career or achieving other positive changes.

What will Hypnotherapy involve?

A hypnotherapist will work with a client to assess the problem, understand what changes they wish to make and then develop an appropriate treatment plan. Our Hypnotherapists offer an initial 20 minute phone consultation which provides an opportunity to discuss the issue and the changes you would like to make, as well as any questions you may have. Following this, treatment programmes start with an initial consultation, which enables the therapist to understand how the problem is affecting the individual’s life and whether hypnotherapy would be a suitable treatment approach to help make the desired changes. A detailed assessment will be taken, along with information about the individual’s health and lifestyle, all of which helps to inform the therapist and ensure they have as much relevant information as possible in order to make the best decisions about the treatment plan.

The initial consultation is also where the hypnotherapist will explain what hypnotherapy and hypnosis is and your role throughout, so that you have a clear idea of what to expect and a solid understanding of the reasons for it. You will have an experience of hypnosis and come away with a good understanding of how you can develop practice and develop your hypnotic skills to further benefit your experience of hypnotherapy.

After the initial consultation, you will be emailed a treatment plan for your review and feedback, from which further therapy sessions will be based. Each subsequent treatment session will review progress, discuss any feedback and homework exercises and check progress against the therapy goals and the treatment plan, adapting it where necessary. The clinical hypnotherapist will use hypnosis to deliver therapeutic interventions that leave you feeling more empowered, positive and in control of your life. At the end of each session there will be an opportunity to discuss your experience and ask any questions. We always value your honest feedback and welcome any comments that could make your experience of hypnotherapy as enjoyable and beneficial as possible

How many sessions will I need?

Hypnotherapy usually requires more than one session in order to be successful. Your treatment plan is tailored to you, so it’s hard to pin down an exact number of sessions. However, it is probably one of the briefest forms of psychological therapy, and in clinical studies the average number of sessions is around 4-6, however this will depend on the presenting issue. The first session, the assessment session, lasts approximately 90 minutes with subsequent sessions lasting approximately one hour.

Hypnotherapy is not a one-hit wonder treatment and requires commitment from you, the client, in order to maximise the chances of achieving the kind of change you are looking to make. As such, we recommend a minimum of 4 therapy sessions as this has been shown to offer more lasting change and positive results. These can be purchased up front, with a discount, or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Why choose us?

Our Hypnotherapists are qualified to a minimum of degree level and are hand picked for their in depth knowledge in their field along with their ability to create detailed bespoke treatment plans for every patient. They are available for daytime and evening appointments so they can always be available when you need them. Couple this with free parking just outside and a beautiful brand new clinic, you will feel looked after as soon as you arrive.


Penny Finnegan


Penny is the hypnotherapist at The Thornbury Clinic. Penny is a hypnotherapist, coach and certified NLP Master Practitioner and holds a Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD), a gold-standard qualification verified by the National Council for Hypnotherapists (NCH) and the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE).

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