What is it?

Deep relaxation that is used to help people become more aware of their inner thoughts. This can help them overcome mental blocks that have previously stopped them from dealing with anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, pain, insomnia and unwanted habits such as smoking.

Why use it?

Hypnotherapy can improve mental wellbeing and quality of life.

What to expect?

Your therapist will take a case history and then lead you into a deeply relaxed state, known as an altered state of consciousness. Being in a relaxed state allows your subconscious to focus on your treatment goals, which then become more achievable for your conscious mind.

What is the evidence?

Hypnotherapy has been clinically tested with good results for helping people cope with pain, anxiety and nausea related to cancer treatment.

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