What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic setting to help a person make effective positive changes.

  • It is a safe and entirely natural process
  • It can get to the root cause of a problem
  • Difficulties can be resolved at a deep level
  • There are no negative side-effects in the right hands
  • Positive change is real, genuine and lasting
  • Can bring positive change rapidly

Modern hypnotherapy combines clinically proven techniques and a scientific understanding of how the brain works with the state of trance (Hypnosis) to help people make significant positive changes within relatively short periods of time.

Hypnotherapy Chester can be used to help clients maximising their potential in physical and mental health, life, work, sport, hobbies, personal growth and achieve their success.

Because of my clinical expertise, I specialise in providing professional hypnotherapy services for anxiety and medical issues Click here for my specialist areas of expertise.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, similar to meditation, but much more active, where your conscious mind becomes very relaxed, almost out of the way, in order to enable your subconscious mind to become very open and receptive to positive changes and suggestions which are designed to help you.

If you are interested in the History of Hypnosis you may like to read an excellent article here.

Natural States of Hypnosis

We all experience natural trance states every day. If you’ve ever day-dreamed, missed your turning driving, or become so absorbed in a hobby, book or film that you lose track of time, you have experienced this natural state of mind.

Within the world around us, we are constantly being negatively hypnotised by advertising, media, social conditioning, ourselves (with our repeated negative self-talk). It’s tremendously powerful, as are words and language (hence the incredible wages for Advertising Professionals and Marketers). Like any tool, its neither ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘moral’ or ‘immoral’ in itself, it depends whos hands its in and their intentions. It can be more accurate to think of clinical hypnotherapy as 'de-hypnotising' you from the negative influences that have got into your mind, body and being from the influences and stresses of the environment that surrounds you.

As children, we are all in a state of almost constant hypnosis until around the age of 6 years, so our mind is like a sponge soaking in the messages that surround us, good and bad. This continues to a lesser extent as adults. Hypnotherapy aims to undo the negitive conditioning and restore you to how you were born to be, your nature 'default'state of calm confidence, as much as we are able.

Hypnosis as an Active and Alert State

Clinical hypnosis, unlike the myth, is not like sleep. It’s a very active brain state in which you remain in full control at all times, and the subconscious mind only takes on board suggestions or changes that it knows to be beneficial to you.

Researchers in the field of neuroscience have been able to identify changes in brain activity using brain imaging technology, demonstrating that the conscious areas of our brain (the neo-cortical areas, especially the pre-frontal cortex) are very active in hypnosis. The increased activity in these areas correlate well with the experience of increased inner focus, concentration and self-awareness that people who have experienced hypnotherapy will be familiar with.

Hypnosis as Technique to Access of Your Natural Healing Reources

Problem-solving, creativity and lateral thinking are heightened in hypnosis, as the brain makes more available valuable inner resources that may normally be held out of conscious awareness. New solutions can come up, either in or between sessions, which guide your progress forward.

I like to think of this as your ‘inner wisdom’, the part of you that is wiser about you than you are about yourself, guiding you forward, rather than trying to think out how to move forward with your conscious mind; this tends to get in our own way.

As a Hypnotherapist, my philosophy and experience is that as human beings we are often able to make positive change more easily ‘underneath the surface’ than we ever could do by using our conscious thinking mind alone.

It’s important to remember our conscious, logical, thinking mind is only good for some skills (logic, analysis, organising, forward planning), but it’s fallible (hence, worry and anxiety about things that will never happen) and it’s not good at dealing with emotions, intuition, our body processes or our healing.

The unconscious mind, however, is the part of you intimately connected to the physical body, emotions, most importantly, your intuition; its the part of you that takes care every day of the billions of miraculous automatic processes that go on within each cell of your body every day, the vast majority of which will be running beautifully most of the time.

It makes sense to use the unconscious mind as a tool to make emotional and physical positive change. In my Chester Hypnotherapy practice, this is exactly what we are doing together, in a professional, safe and natural way.


Call me on 01244 470181 or email me in confidence on emma@chesterhypnotherapy.co.uk. All calls and emails are handled in confidence.

Dr Emma Rae Rhead Hypnotherapy
Safe, Effective Hypnotherapy with a Qualified Medical Doctor.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine)

Hypnotherapy Chester, Chester Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapy Liverpool, Hypnotherapy Harley Street London, hypnotherapy Wrexham, hypnotherapy Wirral


Helping clients throughout Chester Hypnotherapy Cheshire, Wirral, North Wales, Tarporley, Northwich, Whitchurch, Malpas, Hypnotherapy Warrington, Runcorn, Knutsford, Nantwich, Oswestry, Shropshire, Hypnotherapy Liverpool, Manchester, Derbyshire, Buxton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Hypnotherapy London Harley Street UK