What is Hypnotherapy?

More than 12,000 articles demonstrating the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been published in medical and psychological journals. There is now widespread academic and clinical agreement that hypnotherapy and hypnosis can be highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of psychological, emotional and physical conditions.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state – everybody goes into trance every day. For example, have you ever driven for several miles and not been consciously aware of part of your journey? Until something happened to catch your attention, your mind ‘drifted off’ – you entered a natural trance. Daydreaming and being completely absorbed by a fascinating film or book are also examples of natural hypnotic states. What all of these states have in common is that the mind has become very focused on to something and is paying less attention to other things going on around. Just like when you’re focused on the television, you might not notice that someone is talking to you.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help you achieve positive change. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to help you make positive changes in your thoughts, feelings, behaviours or physical body. The hypnosis you experience during hypnotherapy is characterized by a profound sense of relaxation. I use my voice and a set of easy-to-follow instructions to gently guide you into the hypnotic state. You remain aware of what is going on around you and you will find you can communicate easily in this state. People find the experience to be restorative and healing.

What is hypno-psychotherapy?

Hypno-psychotherapy is the combined use of hypnotherapy with techniques from psychotherapy. A hypnotherapist that has also undertaken training in psychotherapy theory and practice will typically be able to help you with deeper and more complex problems and will usually have a greater range of tools with which to assist you. Some hypno-psychotherapists specialise in particular fields of psychotherapy. For example, analytical hypnotherapy combines hypnosis with psychodynamic therapy, with the aim of identifying and resolving the historical root cause of a problem or difficulty. Cognitive hypnotherapy combines hypnosis with cognitive therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), with the aim of identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.

I am an Integrative hypno-psychotherapist. Integrative therapists take the view that, as each person is unique, there is no single approach that can treat all clients in all situations. With over twenty years as a therapist, my experience covers a wide range of approaches: cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, humanistic, body-centered and mindfulness-based therapies. My aim is to be able to respond effectively to your needs at whatever level is required, be it conscious or subconscious, feeling, cognitive, behavioural, physiological or spiritual. I believe that therapy is most effect in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, so you can rest assured that, no matter what your difficulty, I will provide you with a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment in which you can make the positive changes you need.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book an initial consultation, please get in touch and we can discuss how  I can help you.

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Mark Witter

Mark Witter MA DHP PhD

A highly qualified and experienced hypno-psychotherapist, creating a safe, compassionate and professional environment to confidentially support your healing and personal development.

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