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Mid Wales Hypnotherapy

Paul Thomas MWFH; MBAThH; MSHA... Therapy rooms in Aberystwyth; Machynlleth; Llanidloes; & Borth

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What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

     Very simply, the hypnotised state is a natural trance state which allows for a easier access to unconscious processes. Fundamental to accelerated learning, this process has a powerful therapeutic application, because the mind is capable of enabling rapid change. Our problems or limitations are often driven by negative trance states.We can become accustomed to allowing our conscious suspicions, doubts or fearful analysis to interrupt and subvert the process of change. In the hypnotised state, we are more easily able to develop new options and solutions.

The intrinsic agenda of the 'subconscious' mind seems to include an inclination to

achieve a balance between pleasure, health and survival needs.


     Hypnotherapy aims to help you understand how to let go of unwanted behaviours and limiting beliefs, and achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis to change negative trance states.

What do you mean by 'a trance state'?

     Most people are usually in some kind of trance state. They are necessary to allow us to filter the information overload that might ensue when we are required to make decisions. People automatically go into a trance state any time they become highly focused on a given activity - when driving, reading or watching TV for example. Other familiar trance states might include 'day-dreaming' - perhaps lying in a bath, or on the beach. These activities might allow the conscious mind to rest, or go into a neutral trance state.

     Depressive and obsessive thinking; addictions and habits; anxieties and phobias; and many other issues that clients seek help for, involve negative trance states.


What does it feel like?

     There is no universal ‘hypnotised feeling’, because everyone’s experience of hypnosis is different. The general feeling is of a deeply relaxed, or highly focused state, while being completely aware of your surroundings at all times. You may feel light (or weightless), or you may feel very heavy (as if sinking into the chair).

      Most people find the experience very calming and relaxing, giving them a sense of peace, comfort and well-being. And people usually emerge from hypnosis feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Isn't hypnosis dangerous at all?

       I understand that some people have concerns about hypnosis, but in real terms, hypnosis itself cannot do any harm. However, in the same way that you wouldn’t want to go to a dentist or any other professional that didn’t know what they were doing, it’s best to avoid ineffective or inappropriate use of hypnosis.

       I have a reputation in this area as a warm and caring therapist and I've had a very thorough training in hypnotherapy on an advanced diploma course. My teacher was an expert with years of experience, and the course is accredited by the hypnotherapy society, which is one of the UK’s leading organisations in this field.

Is hypnosis addictive or habit-forming?

      Hypnosis used as a therapeutic tool cannot in and of itself foster dependencies of any kind. A trained hypnotherapist sees the goal of all treatment to be that of quickly helping a client establish self-reliance and independence.

      Used properly, hypnosis actually helps a person in need turn inwards in order to make use of the resources which they themselves have acquired through their own life’s experience. As such, the process is actually very empowering.

Is the ability to take a client into hypnosis connected in any way to mystical powers?

      The ability to take a client into hypnosis is in no way connected to mystical or magical powers.

      A good hypnotherapist has acquired a degree of technical skill in particular language patterns, which make the acceptance of therapeutic suggestions more likely.

But isn't the therapist exercising some control over their clients?

      No. The therapist has no control over the client other than the control that the client permits the therapist to have. The conscious mind will only relax for as long as it is very comfortable. And t
he subconscious will only accept suggestions that it believes to be beneficial.

What happens if someone is left hypnotised?

      If an individual is taken into hypnosis and then left, and all suggestion has ceased, then, after a few moments, they would simply come back to full awareness, quite naturally, by themselves.
      Or, in the event that the individual was tired anyway, they may fall asleep for a time; again, quite naturally. After a while, they would wake up in the normal way, although perhaps feeling more refreshed.

Is there anyone you can't work with?


     I can't work with people who have epilepsy, or people who have been diagnosed with any kind of mental illness.


      I also do not work with children.



Who can be hypnotised?

     Anyone of average or higher intelligence can be hypnotised. Some people find it easier than others, but a well-trained hypnotherapist has many different strategies to suit different people.

      I teach clients a form of self-hypnosis to suit them. It becomes progressively easier to be hypnotised each time one experiences it.

      Incidently, any person who actively does not want to be hypnotised cannot
knowingly be hypnotised. I can treat many of the problems listed on the home-page
without using hypnosis if necessary.

Please contact me to discuss your needs