What is Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnosis?

Woman relaxing whilst experiencing hypnosis

You might be surprised to learn that we all experience trance states many times in the course of our lives. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Book an appointment to experience hypnosis and hypnotherapy in High Wycombe and online…

Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness that you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes, beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind.

In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.

It is a fact that no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestion if they wish. Therapeutic hypnosis is a state of purposeful (confidential) cooperation. More about the definitions of hypnosis…

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Woman relaxing whilst experiencing hypnotherapy

Today, Clinical Hypnotherapy means using advanced methods of hypnosis and other techniques to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85%++ of people will readily respond to clinical hypnotherapy (the remaining % can still be treated using other techniques that Changing States provide as a matter of routine). It may even succeed where other, more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. Click here for case histories… (PDF)

Modern Clinical Hypnotherapy is an ‘integrative‘ field of study. This means that the best elements of many other forms of therapy have been integrated into Clinical Hypnotherapy. This includes behavioural psychology, cognitive psychology, EMDRNLP as well as the most effective elements from the classical theories proposed by Freud, Jung and Adler, as well as the latest physiological research in terms of how the mind functions. Hypnosis approaches such as Ego States Therapy are used as and when appropriate.

Analytical and quantum hypnotherapeutic techniques are utilised as required or on request. It is even possible for sessions to be context / content free – whereby you do not need to state the exact nature of the problem at all.

Analytical techniques including regression and parts therapy are appropriate where an issue has its roots in the past. But not all issues are rooted in the past and it is not always necessary (or beneficial) to go back to the past to resolve an issue in the present.

Man relaxing whilst in a hypnotic trance

Quantum / humanistic approaches (NLP or hypnotherapy based) are suitable for those with belief systems that do not preclude e.g. the interconnectedness of everything and the concept of universal energy. Other more esoteric approaches include Past Life Regression, Future Life Progression and collective unconscious work.

For some, a less esoteric, more direct, logical approach may be more appropriate. At Changing States we will never force our belief systems onto you – we simply provide you with choices and options.

There are two broad styles of hypnotherapy delivery; traditional and modern. Modern styles are more conversational and tend to use special effects in downloads to generate trance states. The approach adopted by Changing States is somewhere in between these two extremes e.g. special effects applied to a traditional countdown. When appropriate we also techniques that only use modern advanced approaches.


  • You remain in control at all times
  • Nothing can be suggested that you don’t want
  • You can hear what is said at all times
  • You may remember everything that is said
  • You can move around whenever you wish
  • Hypnosis is not the same as sleep
  • You have been in natural trance states many times

Quiz: See how much you know about hypnotherapy…

Online hypnotherapy

Online hypnotherapy is simply an online alternative to face-to-face treatment sessions. I tend to use either Zoom or Skype if Zoom is not possible. In practical terms, the sessions are structured as per face-to-face sessions and the same hypnotherapy techniques are employed…. Learn more about online hypnosis and hypnotherapy….

What can hypnotherapy treat?

The range of issues that respond well to hypnotherapy is extensive. Here are some of the many issues that are treated using clinical hypnosis…

  • Accelerated learning
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol Cessation / Control
  • Allergies
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Asthma
  • Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
  • Bereavement / Loss
  • Blushing (Erythrophobia)
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Confidence
  • Creativity enhancement
  • Decision making
  • Depression
  • Emotional issues
  • Glaucoma / some eyesight issues
  • Habits
  • Headaches
  • Healthy eating
  • IBS
  • Immune system boosting
  • Indecision
  • Interview preparation
  • Lack of concentration
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Memory loss
  • Migraine
  • Motivation
  • Nail biting
  • Negative thoughts
  • Nightmares
  • Obsessive compulsions (OCDs)
  • Pain control (advanced)
  • Panic
  • Performance anxiety
  • Phobias / fears
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD
  • Problem-solving
  • Psychogenic allergies
  • Psychogenic dystonia (Tics)
  • Psychogenic infertility
  • Psychosexual issues (eg erectile dysfunction)
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Skin problems (Dermatology/Eczema)
  • Sleep Disturbance (Insomnia)
  • Smoking / vaping cessation
  • Snoring
  • Speech impediments
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress / Relaxation
  • Stuttering
  • Tinnitus
  • Tooth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Trauma (Via EMDR)
  • Unblocking creativity
  • Unwanted behaviours / thoughts
  • Weight control
  • Click here for more issues that hypnotherapy can treat…

How do Hypnotherapy downloads work?

Relaxed woman lying down listening to hypnotherapy downloads

To enable you to experience a taste of hypnotherapy at home a range of audio downloads are available from this site.

The downloads reinforce the hypnotherapy room experience and can be customised to your individual needs if required.

Hypnotherapy downloads differ from face-to-face or online hypnotherapy because they will generally not be tailored to the individual unless specially recorded.

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