Hypnotherapy – Hype or helpful?

Hypnotherapy – What is is?

If you ask an expert, they’ll tell you that it’s an alternative curative healing method that is used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings. It’s undertaken with a subject in hypnosis. So not people being coerced into clucking like chickens then!

Does it really work?

We hear of celebrities turning to it and think, well if they believe in it then it must work. Orlando Bloom visited a hypnotherapist as a child to cure his chocolate craving, Adele was cured of stage fright, and the list of those using weight-loss hypnotherapy is endless; Lily Allen, Sarah Ferguson, Sophie Dahl and Geri Halliwell to name a few.

Let’s ask an expert

We caught up with Linsey Cooke from Linsey Cooke Hypnotherapy based in Stockton-onTees who was only too pleased to give us her expert opinion on the subject and even shared some of her personal experiences with us.

Over to Linsey

Hi I’m Linsey, I’m a trained clinical hypnotherapist. During my training I was amazed at just how many things hypnotherapy can help with.

Some people get it, and others don’t but what most people don’t know is that it is about empowering you as an individual to take control.  It’s not about finding someone to solve your issue for you; it’s about the ability to selfheal that we all have, that is maybe lying dormant in you.  Many people use hypnotherapy as a last option once they have tried everything else.

Think about all the times you have told yourself you aren’t good enough, or how stupid you are. If you tell yourself it often enough, you really do start believing it.   What would happen if we spoke to ourselves in a nice way building ourselves up from the inside, reminding ourselves every single day that we are awesome and we are worth it.  What effect could this have on our children?  I do daily positive affirmations with my 6 year old son because if you think it, say it out loud, eventually your mind believes it.  Hypnotherapy can help by upgrading those thoughts we hold deep within our subconscious mind.  Hypnotherapy can’t change the past but it can help to upgrade that outdated system of beliefs that we are holding onto.

Before experiencing hypnotherapy, I thought I was great at relaxing, you know sitting on the sofa TV on, gin and tonic in hand.  Now self-hypnosis is all the relaxation I need, give me half an hour in a comfortable chair where I can retreat into my own mind and I feel revigorated after.

A clinical hypnotherapist can guide you down into this heightened state of relaxation and while you are enjoying the relaxing situation you can still hear, you might move around, talk and communicate and feel things, generally you are not asleep. The hypnotherapist will make positive suggestions to your subconscious mind about changes you want to make in your life, things you want to remember or things you want to stop doing.

This summer I spent my first flight in 10 years not gripping the chair arms so tightly that my knuckles turned white during take-off and landing, with my eyes screwed tightly shut not talking to anyone.  This was of great benefit to my son sitting next to me, I could look out of the window with him and talk about what we could see and things getting smaller and bigger etc. and that was from one session.

linsey-cooke-logoI am currently running information sessions to talk about weight reduction (HypnoSlimmer) with potential clients. This includes a presentation from me.  Anyone that knows me, knows this is/was my greatest fear.  I’m talking about whole face bright red, stuttering and unable to look at anyone.  I have turned down amazing job opportunities because I would have had to give a presentation.   Now I stand there confidently, delivering the information, and answering questions that arise.

These are just a couple of things that Hypnotherapy has helped me with and changed me in so many ways. It can help with a range of issues from chronic pain management, stress, anxiety, weight reduction, smoking cessation, fears and phobias, the list is endless.  I am seeing great results with my weight reduction clients at the moment. I have one client that has reduced by 26cm after two sessions with me and she reports feeling less hungry, an urge to exercise and a reduction in cravings.

So in short I would say Hypnotherapy is very helpful and can be incorporated into everyday life, and what’s more, most issues can be dealt with in two or three sessions. No long drawn out programmes, you will see results very quickly.

To find out more you can contact Linsey on 07894734569 or by emailing her info@linseycookehypnotherapy.co.uk

For more information visit Linsey’s website or Facebook page.

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