Hypnotherapy for relaxation
Heard of hypnosis? And I don't mean the kind that makes you do wacky things, like you see on the telly? Hypnotherapy can help with anxiety, stress, and plenty more. Muddy went to de-stress.
Don’t roll your eyes or click away just yet – hypnotherapy might be more helpful than you think. It’s recognised as a therapy by the British Psychological Society and is considered a really useful treatment to overcome stress, anxiety and even addiction. Many celebs have used it – everyone from Adele to Charlize Theron, Ellen DeGeneres to Drew Barrymore have used hypnotherapy, and apparently the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate Middleton, relied on hypnobirthing techniques to help with labour pain.
Lisa Jones is a therapist offering clinical hypnosis, talking therapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). She offers a multi-therapy approach, overlapping talking therapy with clinical hypnosis and NLP. And through this multi-faceted approach she helps support clients through a variety of issues including stress and anxiety, insomnia, weight loss bereavement and loss. She can also help clients improve self esteem and assertiveness, deal with the end of a relationship, trauma, fear of public speaking and problem solving.
Lisa is a registered practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register. She trained at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and finished with a Distinction.
Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, a relaxed state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist who will talk to the unconscious side of the brain where our learned behaviour and pattern-making systems reside. It is said that when we’re in this relaxed ‘hypnotic’ state, we’re more open to suggestions.
Lisa’s therapy sessions take place wherever her clients most feel comfortable – in their own home, in Lisa’s home in Banstead or even online via Facetime or Zoom. I had my session at Lisa’s house, which she conducts in her living room.
She has two super-comfy oversized sofas – brilliant for sinking into – and a water feature which gives the very comforting sound of tinkling water. It’s a welcoming space.
I booked a hypnotherapy session to help with relaxation. I haven’t been sleeping well, my stress levels are up and I’ve been feeling anxious about various things in my life.
Each treatment session is entirely individual – what works for me, may not work for you. Lisa spent the first few minutes of our session running through some general questions about my health and wellbeing and the general set up of my life.
Lisa is one of those people who puts you at ease immediately, and who’s just really easy to talk to – perhaps too easy – I found myself sharing a lot more about myself than I would usually.
Then the hypnotherapy comes into play. Lisa asked me to close my eyes, uncross my legs, sit back, relax and take a few deep breaths. She then simply carried on talking to me, in a slow, calm and soothing voice. She used guided imagery to take me to a place where I felt completely safe and able to relax – a bubble created especially for me.
Throughout the session, as Lisa spoke of the lovely things in my safe place – waterfalls, birds singing, a warming sun, Lisa reminded me to keep breathing in and out. I’m not sure how long the session took – I think maybe 20 or 30 minutes – and when I opened my eyes I felt a little dazed and bewildered for a moment, and then a lovely calmness washed over me.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Adults and children. Lisa treats kids who need help with everything from exam nerves to social anxiety as well as more serious emotional and mental health problems. She can treat people for weight loss issues, smoking, grief, stress and anxiety.
Not for: Anyone who is negative about hypnotherapy – hypnosis is a willing state. It’s also not for anyone diagnosed as schizophrenic or with psychosis.
The cost? Lisa offers a free telephone consultation to help you establish if hypnotherapy is for you. Sessions are £65 plus travel costs if Lisa is coming to your home. She also offers reduce rate sessions for low-income families at her discretion.