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VICTORIA STEER

Clinical Hypnotherapist

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy combines psychotherapy and hypnosis. Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced through the use of hypnosis, enabling the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.

What to expect:

Many people believe that hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic.  Solution focused hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.

The initial consultation is free of charge and is designed to assess your goals, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need.  A detailed history is taken

Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than hypnosis. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made and I’ll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

I’ll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.

What is Hypnosis like?

We all experience hypnotic trance in our everyday lives.  Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been aware of where time has gone? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being hypnotised.  During hypnosis you will be guided into a similar state so that your mind is more responsive to suggestion. These suggestions are designed to be beneficial to help you change unhelpful thought patterns.

What Hypnosis isn’t:

Contrary to common belief, hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind and it is not possible for someone to hypnotise you against your will.  So don’t worry I won’t be making you cluck like a chicken!  If anyone were to try and make you do anything you didnt want to do then your subconscious mind would simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.