Medical Hypnotherapy

What is Medical Hypnotherapy?

Medical Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. For more information on the type of medical conditions that I specialise in helping clients overcome with Medical Hypnotherapy, click here.

What is the difference between a Medical Hypnotherapist and a Clinical Hypnotherapist?

The term ‘Medical Hypnotherapist’, as opposed to Clinical Hypnotherapist, ideally indicates a therapist is also a medical doctor such as myself and, therefore, someone who is trained to clinically assess symptoms and signs of disease, diagnose the underlying causes and treat an individual safely and effectively.

A Medical Hypnotherapist is able to :

  • Assess your problems broadly, both from a conventional medical perspective and from the position of a psychological therapist.
  • Understand and explain your symptoms, condition and drug treatment in a way that a therapist without medical training can not do.
  • Spot worrying symptoms and signs and refer you for further opinion and investigations, if required.
  • Tailor your therapeutic treatment alongside any existing conventional medical treatment.
  • Tailor hypnosis treatment specifically to address the underlying pathological process causing your symptoms.
  • Give you advice and information on all possible support services that you can access that may be of help to you.

How will a Medical Hypnotherapists view of your medical condition be different from a conventional Doctors?

Generally, a conventional medical doctor will focus predominantly on body or biologically-based factors as the cause of disturbance in the body, with only limited consideration of the impact of psychological, emotional or social factors on a person’s health. Conventional medical treatments consist of standardised treatment protocols using drug treatment or physical interventions such as surgery. Such treatment is not personalised to you the individual.

As a Medical Hypnotherapist I will have a much broader and holistic focus and treatment is highly personalised;

  • I consider psychological factors, social factors, emotional and spiritual factors as often playing as great a part in dis-ease within the body as the physical factors.
  • I will consider an individual as a whole greater than the sum of their parts, in which the mind and the body are so inextricably linked, such that disturbance in the mind or emotions can have a dramatic effect on the physical body health and vice versa.
  • I will consider an individual as unique filled with their own innate healing resources and body wisdom that can be tapped into using hypnotherapy.
  • I treat the whole person rather than the symptoms or the medical 'labels'.

Using this holistic perspective, hypnotherapy can be used to address effectively but naturally, disturbance or imbalance in any of the factors – physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual - that are contributing to or maintaining a person’s current ill health. 

In many cases, using Medical Hypnotherapy, real and lasting resolution of the underlying causes of dis-ease can be achieved, other clients find significant improvement in quality of life. Clients motivated to do so leave the therapeutic process empowered with valuable skills that allow them to manage their health, condition (in the case of chronic conditions that cannot be resolved) and their life with greater mastery, such that the quality of their life for the future is greatly improved.

Is Medical Hypnotherapy an alternative or complementary to conventional treatment?

It can be either, depending on the particular condition and the circumstances.

For example, I work with many individuals who have exhausted the medical treatment options, seen numerous hospital specialists and tried many medications without success, and for them medical hypnotherapy has been able to provide them with an effective approach to healing that has been life-changing, where conventional medicine has failed.

For others, hypnotherapy can be a very credible complementary treatment, allowing them to manage conditions, keep drug side effects to a minimum and gain self-mastery alongside conventional medical treatments.


Is Medical Hypnosis considered a valid treatment by conventional medicine?

Absolutely, the British Medical Association validated Hypnosis as an approved treatment as far back as 1950s. Since then it has been endorsed by the British Psychological Society, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, American Medical Association, the National Institutes of Health.

In 2001, the British Psychological Society issued a report, entitled 'The Nature of Hypnosis' which stated:

    "Enough studies have now accumulated to suggest that the inclusion of hypnotic procedures may be beneficial in the management and treatment of a wide range of conditions and problems encountered in the practice of medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy."

The working party then provided an overview of some of the most important contemporary research on the efficacy of clinical hypnotherapy, which is summarized as follows:

    "There is convincing evidence that hypnotic procedures are effective in the management and relief of both acute and chronic pain and in assisting in the alleviation of pain, discomfort and distress due to medical and dental procedures and childbirth."  

    "Hypnosis and the practice of self-hypnosis may significantly reduce general anxiety, tension and stress..."   

    "There is encouraging evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of hypnotherapeutic procedures in alleviating the symptoms of a range of complaints that fall under the heading 'psychosomatic illness." These include tension headaches and migraine; asthma; gastro-intestinal complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome; warts; and possibly other skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and urticaria [hives].


Who should you consult for the treatment of medical conditions with hypnosis?

When seeking hypnotherapy for the treatment of a medical condition, it is vital to seek a therapist who has specialised training to treat you and your problem safely and effectively. As an experienced GMC-Registered Medical Doctor, as well as a Senior Hypnotherapist specialising in Medical Hypnosis, I am well placed to help you. I offer one-to-one specialised sessions and treatment programmes for individuals with insomnia, anxiety and health anxiety.


Wondering if a specialist medical hypnotherapist can help you?

Call Dr Emma on 01244 470181 or email to discuss your particular needs. All calls and emails are handled in the strictest confidence.


Dr Emma Rae Rhead Hypnotherapy
Safe, Effective Specialist Medical Hypnotherapy with a Qualified Medical Doctor
Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Insomnia Specialist, Sleep Therapist, Anxiety Expert Hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapy Chester, Hypnotherapy Liverpool, Insomnia Cheshire


Dr Emma Rae Rhead. Medical Hypnotherapy Chester and Medical Hypnosis Cheshire.Helping clients throughout Chester, Insomnia Cheshire, Hypnotherapy Wirral, North Wales, Tarporley, Northwich, Whitchurch, Malpas, Warrington, Runcorn, Knutsford, Nantwich, Shropshire, Crewe, Hypnotherapy Liverpool, Manchester, Derbyshire, Buxton, Stoke-on-Trent, London. Committed to caring since 1994.