Maggie Irwin

clinical and therapeutic hynotherapist

Telephone: 07749 727512

What is hypnotherapy?

What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness; Clinical Hypnotherapy is the use of this altered state of mind (or trance state) to help carry out therapy. This means that individuals are therapeutically treated IN hypnosis rather than WITH hypnosis.

A hypnotic state is a very pleasant state of relaxation which individuals allow themselves to enter so that the therapeutic process can be carried out with the subconscious mind.

In this hypnotic state the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed making the subconscious part receptive to therapy.

During the trance state in therapy sessions there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of (say) maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours.

Clinical Hypnosis as practiced by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe.

How does Clinical Hypnosis work?

The subconscious mind is where our memories, emotions, beliefs, and behaviours are stored as information. Hypnosis is an effective technique for reaching the subconscious mind and thereby effecting the changes we desire by finding solutions to our problems and concerns.

Any therapeutic intervention implies change, so entering a trance state alone does not bring about the desired therapeutic change. Once the individual has achieved a trance state the clinical hypnotherapist uses a range of therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to psychoanalysis.

Some uses such as calming a person require minimal change on the part of the individual, but more complex behaviour patterns such as overeating or treatment of panic disorders or reactive (non-clinical) depression require a more complex therapeutic approach together with psychological and behavioural homework.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

My first task is to get to know my client by talking about their concerns and general matters; we can then discuss and agree goals for the therapy sessions.

To put the client at ease I'll provide a full explanation about hypnosis and answer any questions or concerns.

Once the client is comfortable and confident with the situation and what we're going to do, we'll approach the hypnotic trance.

There are many different ways of achieving trance state. Usually, the client sits or lies back in a reclining chair and I'll speak in a slow and soothing voice, guiding the client into a deep state of relaxation. Although the client will feel very relaxed, they will still be aware of their surroundings.

What is NLP?

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is a therapy that acts mainly on the conscious mind. It uses techniques that connect feelings to behaviours and actions.

Our body has a natural protection and reward system. It automatically wants to reward actions or stimuli that guard it or give it pleasure, and equally wants to avoid unhelpful stimuli that results in risk or pain. When negative connotations are extreme, the body can generate intense reactions leading to the development of what we know as "phobias".

NLP takes advantage of the body's reward system by setting up positive stimuli to supersede or modify negative behaviour patterns. It can also teach the body new behaviours and responses by employing the same natural reward system.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? (CBT)

CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach in which the client and therapist work together to identify and explore how our beliefs about ourselves, the world and others affect our thoughts, physical feelings, behaviours and emotions in the here and now. This is a brief, solution-focused therapy which aims to help clients re-evaluate their coping resources and their perception of their problems in order to bring about positive change.

The integration of CBT & NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful combination to deal with most psychological and mental issues as well as medical problems deemed to be influenced or related to mind states.

Why do Clinical Hypnotherapy CBT & NLP work well together?

The individual therapies focus on the conscious mind and the subconscious mind by merging them all together this offers us a more extensive and supportive way of working with the mind.

Although each method is excellent in its own right, they all offer a more robust treatment than utilising the therapies in isolation. NLP tends to afford the conscious motivation and hypnotherapy
the subconscious stimuli to help productive modification of behaviour.

What situations or life-style changes can be helped by hypnotherapy?

Some of the situations or life-style changes that may be helped by these therapies include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive/unwanted thinking and compulsive behaviours
  • Psychosexual disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Substances abuse
  • Poor concentration and lack of motivation and self esteem
  • Shyness and lack of assertiveness
  • Hypertension Interpersonal and relational issues

Hypnotherapy and Weight Issues

The most common causes of being overweight relate to attitudes to food - it's not just a matter of choice but also a matter of conditioning from childhood and throughout life. Hypnotherapy can help address these attitudes and give a you the strength and motivation to change your relationship with food.

Form fresh perspectives on how, what, when and where a you eat and other issues related to eating disorders such as: emotional issues; body image; nutrition; lack of motivation to exercise; snacking; eating too quickly; eating too late; skipping meals and binging - amongst others.

Hypnosis will help you think of food only when you're hungry, and ultimately remove the desire to overeat.

The "HypnoBand4u"

Certain clients who are clinically obese may benefit from the use of HypnoBand4u as this can be included as part of the weight control programme.

It's highly successful for producing rapid weight control but unlike having a gastric band physically fitted, it's safer, there is no operation and is less expensive.

The procedure is incredibly effective for clients who would really like to believe that their stomach is much smaller. It relies on the mind believing that the stomach is shrinking or has shrunk. This will then allow person to have greater control over their eating.



Hypnotherapy is a fast, effective and powerful tool for the permanent eradication of unwanted habits and smoking is probably the easiest!

The physical addiction to cigarettes is less than 10% - the rest is all in the mind, which can be re-educated!

I will explain how your subconscious has created such a dangerous habit and remind you of the dangers to mind and body of smoking and how hypnosis will help you stop forever.

If you have a genuine desire to quit, you will leave here as a non-smoker for good - and with no cravings!

...I am eating healthier foods and smaller amounts and feel wonderful. I just can’t believe how well I feel - I have to say hypnotherapy has really, really worked for me.
I was and I am still amazed at the difference that the sessions with Maggie; it’s unbelievable the difference hypnotherapy has made to my well-being.