Valerie Holland HypnotherapyNewcastle & Tyne and Wear

Hypnosis - an altered state of consciousness

Knowing others is intelligence
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
~Lao Tzu

The fears, myths and mystery surrounding hypnosis are totally undeserved. In itself hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that is regularly experienced by everyone. It is the dreamy state which precedes falling asleep or becoming fully awake. We experience this state when we are absorbed in reading a book, watching a film, listening to music, dancing, or simply daydreaming. A person experiencing hypnosis is neither fully awake nor asleep, but somewhere in between these two states, and is by no means under someone's power or control. Clients experience a state of deep relaxation of body and mind but are aware of what is being said to them at all times.


Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. In itself the hypnotic state is a very pleasant, relaxed state but nothing more than that. In this state the mind can become more receptive and responsive to positive suggestions and imagery, which can be used to help treat a number of psychological, psychosomatic and physical problems. It is enhanced by a client's positive expectations and high motivation to achieve her goals.

The Healing effect of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be used to retrieve unconscious material, explore repressed emotions, access lost memories or identify the root causes of a problem. This is achieved through age regression. Regression therapy involves taking a person back, under hypnosis, to past events or memories in a person's life and involves addressing the unconscious causes of a problem. Regression is a powerful tool for releasing negative emotions and experiencing profound healing. However regression is not always necessary, there are other therapeutic techniques that can help to heal without having to regress.

You are always in control

Hypnotherapy can help you with many things that you wish to achieve for yourself but you should always remember that no-one can wave a magic wand over you. You are always in control. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful healing tool but it has to be what you want. Before the hypnosis session I tell you what I propose to say. What I say to you under hypnosis is based on what you have told me in the previous counselling discussion and is with the intention of turning any negative feelings and emotions into positive ones to help you deal with your problem. I only proceed with your permission. The therapist is only a guide helping you achieve what you want to achieve for yourself.

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