What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy

At my clinics in Marlow, Caversham and Reading I practice Cognitive Hypnotherapy. It works to dehypnotise you - yes that’s right dehypnotise you, from those moments when you are hijacked into unwanted behaviour.


All behaviour has a positive intention and over 90% of what we do is subconsciously driven. Our subconscious mind's primary purpose is to  protect us from harm, but sometimes it gets it wrong and the behaviour it produces is unhelpful. 


This is because the information it has is old and needs to be updated.  By updating the thoughts and beliefs in the subconscious mind, the messages it sends will be accurate, up to date and helpful to you. 


This means that you will be in control of your behaviour.  You will no longer be railroaded into the behaviour you are seeking to change.  This approach means change is permanent and lasting.  


What is Hypnosis

Hypnosis, or trance as it is otherwise known, is a state experienced when a person becomes highly focused on a thought or activity.  This can include day dreaming, reading a book, watching TV, driving or focusing on any task or thought.  Trance is experienced by everyone on a daily basis and a person will drift in and out of trance throughout their day spending approximately 90% of their day in a trance. It is a normal part of the fluctuating nature of our mental life. 


An example of being in a trance is when you are having a conversation and you drift off and start thinking about something completely unrelated.  Suddenly you realise you have drifted off and return to the conversation, probably missing the last part of what was said.  You have been in a trance and your attention has narrowed and fixated on your thoughts as you drifted off.  During this time, you were carrying out an autonomous action of being engaged in conversation.

What do the media say?


The Guardian newspaper published an interview about Cognitive Hypnotherapy: 

The Guardian newspaper

Radio 2 - snake phobia 

Radio 2 sports presenter Vassos experienced hypnotherapy to tackle his snake phobia with great success!

Click this link to listen to the show.


Even though we don't experience snakes on a daily basis, to someone with a snake phobia the mere mention of the word or a picture can invoke an irrational fear.  The reaction of panic, high alert and terror can stay with a person for the whole day.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy and PSYCH-K are gentle, respectful, fast and effective ways to remove such a phobia.