About Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind. Although it’s often mistaken for a form of sleep, it is actually altered awareness, where the subconscious mind becomes very alert.

Picture your mind as an iceberg. Only a small part of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water and this is similar to the conscious mind; the part which is responsible for everyday thoughts, analysing information and making decisions.

Below the surface is the subconscious mind, the much larger part which deals with memories, emotions and the autonomic nervous system. It is this part that stores all the individual behaviours and responses which make us who we are.

We all experience hypnosis several times a day. Think about day dreaming, driving to work then not remembering the journey, or being deeply absorbed in a good book or film.

In fact, all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. All it requires is the ability to focus your mind and learn to enter into deep relaxation.

There’s little magic or mystery. You are guided into a wonderful calm place by the therapist, using words, breathing exercises and imagery. It will feel similar to when you are just about to fall asleep.

At this level your conscious mind is no longer engaged. The sub-conscious mind, where all your habits are stored and unconsciously followed, works with you and the therapist, absorbing the suggestions given to it, to make the desired changes.

Although your eyes may be closed during hypnosis it’s not the same as sleep. Some say it feels like they are floating, while others may experience a feeling of heaviness as their muscles let go.

There are no set feelings associated with being in hypnosis though because everyone experiences it differently.

 

Jill-PickeringHelp through Hypnotherapy is run by Jill Pickering, a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Jill trained at Innervisions School of Clinical Hypnosis, learning techniques pioneered by many of the great therapists such as Milton Erikson and other key figures in the field.

She is also an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner. Often known as “Tapping” EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy points as acupuncture.

Simple tapping with the fingertips and voicing positive affirmations clears the emotional blockages and restores the mind and body balance.

Jill often incorporates this into the treatment as it can enhance the benefits of hypnotherapy.

Jill is fully qualified in Mental Health First Aid with MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England.

Her previous career was in customer services where she found her greatest satisfaction came from helping people to get to the bottom of a problem or resolve their complaints.

Her own journey into change began when she found herself drawn to an advert for hypnotherapy training.

She says: “I have a keen interest in the human mind and the way we all learn certain unhelpful behaviours along the way. Having used hypnotherapy in the past to work out my own stressful situations, I had a strong feeling that I wanted to share the changes I’d experienced and enable others to feel the same.”

“I always knew I wanted to help people somehow, whether that meant resolving their complaints or, to skip to the present, to realise their potential and change unwanted habits. My passion is for creating the best outcome to give people the results they want and allowing them to be happy”.

“Hypnotherapy really gave me the focus to do that. I saw and felt how it helped me to release my own personal anxieties and stress and knew that this was the path I wanted to take.

“Training in hypnotherapy has not only given me the career I wanted but has also allowed me to discover things about myself. I have learned how to be more mindful, how to be present in the here and now and how to bring certain things into my life following the law of attraction”.

What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?

Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind in which you are aware of everything you experience. Although it’s often mistaken for a form of sleep, it is actually altered awareness, where the subconscious mind becomes very alert.

Picture your mind as an iceberg. Only a small part of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the water and this is similar to the conscious mind; the part which is responsible for everyday thoughts, analysing information and making decisions.

Below the surface is the subconscious mind, the much larger part which deals with memories, emotions and the autonomic nervous system. It is this part that stores all the individual behaviours and responses which make us who we are.

During hypnosis, the subconscious mind is receptive to suggestion and hypnotherapy uses this process to introduce alternative thought or behaviour patterns and responses.

In fact, all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis. All it requires is the ability to focus your mind and learn to enter into deep relaxation.

There’s little magic or mystery. You are guided into a wonderful calm place by the therapist, using words, breathing exercises and imagery. It will feel similar to when you are just about to fall asleep.

At this level your conscious mind is no longer engaged. The sub-conscious mind, where all your habits are stored and unconsciously followed, works with you and the therapist, absorbing the suggestions given to it, to make the desired changes.

We all experience hypnosis several times a day. Think about day dreaming, driving to work then not remembering the journey, or being deeply absorbed in a good book or film.

Although your eyes may be closed during hypnosis it’s not the same as sleep. Some say it feels like they are floating, while others may experience a feeling of heaviness as their muscles let go.

There are no set feelings associated with being in hypnosis though because everyone experiences it differently.

 

About Jill Pickering

Help with Hypnotherapy is run by Jill Pickering, a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Jill trained at Innervisions School of Clinical Hypnosis, learning techniques pioneered by many of the great therapists such as Milton Erikson and other key figures in the field.

She is also an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner. Often known as “Tapping” EFT is a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy points as acupuncture.

Simple tapping with the fingertips and voicing positive affirmations clears the emotional blockages and restores the mind and body balance. Jill often incorporates this into the treatment as it can enhance the benefits of hypnotherapy.

Jill is fully qualified in Mental Health First Aid with MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England.

Jill’s journey

Her previous career was in customer services where she found her greatest satisfaction came from helping people to get to the bottom of a problem or resolve their complaints.

Her own journey into change began when she found herself drawn to an advert for hypnotherapy training.

She says: “I have a keen interest in the human mind and the way we all learn certain unhelpful behaviours along the way. Having used hypnotherapy in the past to work out my own stressful situations, I had a strong feeling that I wanted to share the changes I’d experienced and enable others to feel the same.”

“I always knew I wanted to help people somehow, whether that meant resolving their complaints or, to skip to the present, to realise their potential and change unwanted habits. My passion is for creating the best outcome to give people the results they want and allowing them to be happy”.

“Hypnotherapy really gave me the focus to do that. I saw and felt how it helped me to release my own personal anxieties and stress and knew that this was the path I wanted to take.

“Training in hypnotherapy has not only given me the career I wanted but has also allowed me to discover things about myself. I have learned how to be more mindful, how to be present in the here and now and how to bring certain things into my life following the law of attraction”.

 

Areas covered

Help through Hypnotherapy serves an area including: Leeds, Holbeck, Headingley, Kirkstall, Horsforth, Pudsey, Calverley, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon, Ilkley, Otley and the surrounding area.

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