What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapy setting to help a person make effective positive changes safely to a range of health issues or medical problems.

My unique experienced approach to hypnotherapy combines:-

  • clinically proven techniques
  • the latest scientific understanding of how the brain works
  • a new paradigm in psychology that brings fresh understanding of how the mind really works for all individuals
  • my background as a NHS hospital doctor

         to help people make significant positive changes within relatively short periods of time.

As a Medical Doctor Hypnotherapist, I specialise in providing holistic, confidential services to individuals with insomnia, anxiety, health anxiety, IBS, psoriasis and stress related health issues. You can see the issues I can help you resolve here.


What is the difference between a Medical Hypnotherapist and a Clinical Hypnotherapist? Find out here


Some of the benefits of hypnotherapy include:

  • it is a safe and entirely natural process
  • together we address the root cause of a problem rather than just manipulating the symptom
  • no negative side-effects in the right hands
  • positive change can be real, genuine and lasting, not just a 'quick fix'
  • positive change can occur rapidly compared with other approaches to therapy
  • benefits are often more far reaching than anticipated, as positive transformation in one area of life tends to have a 'knock on' effect to others.


Hypnotherapy can be used to help clients maximising their potential in a wide range of areas of life including physical and mental health, career, sports, hobbies, learning, personal growth, performance and success.

I specialise in providing professional hypnotherapy, hypnosis and coaching services for individuals with anxiety, health anxiety, insomnia and IBS. You can read about my particular specialist interests here.


What is Hypnosis?

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

Natural States of Hypnosis

We all experience natural trance 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 phenomenon of mind.

Within our day to day lives, often we are being repeatedly negatively ‘hypnotised’ by our negative self-talk, our social conditioning, culture, media and advertising around us.

One way to think of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is 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, both now and in the past.

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. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy aims to undo the negative conditioning and restore you to how you were born to be, your nature 'default’ state of calm, confidence, health and inner peace.

Hypnosis as an Active and Alert State

Hypnosis, unlike the myth, is not like sleep. It’s a very active brain process 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 hypnosis will be familiar with.

Hypnosis as Technique to Access of Your Natural Healing Resources

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 and coach, 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; it’s 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 fullness of the resources you have available to you to make emotional and physical positive change possible where logic or willpower alone have probably failed you. In my practice, this is exactly what we are doing together, in a professional, safe and natural way.

To discuss your particular needs and discover how I can best help you, contact me today to start your journey towards better health, happiness and peace of mind.

To learn more about the Coaching Programmes I offer, click here.

Dr Emma Rae Rhead

Safe, Effective Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with a Qualified Medical Doctor
Insomnia Cheshire, Anxiety Specialist, Medical Hypnosis Expert
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine





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