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What is Clinical Hypnotherapy and is it the same as Stage Hypnosis?


What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy tends to be the term used by those of us who are professionally trained and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapists and some who are also medically trained. Albeit I should emphasise now that you don’t have to be a qualified Medical Practitioner to use it and work with clients but more about that later. Hypnosis is a safe and reliable therapeutic technique which is centuries old.

When hypnosis is used on its own, it does nothing more than provide temporary relief from stress. It is the actual ‘therapy’ that is carried out whilst the client is in the hypnotised state – known as ‘Clinical Hypnotherapy’ that is the important part. Clinical Hypnotherapy is totally different from any other therapy because it works directly with the subconscious mind. This is the part of the mind that thinks, feels and reacts automatically without us even having to think about what we are doing, let alone how we are doing it e.g. breathing and swallowing.

How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Work?

Over the years, there has been much speculation and theory as to how hypnosis actually works. All that can really be said, is that this truly amazing phenomenon allows us to bypass the ‘conscious critical faculty’ providing us with a ‘gateway’ to the subconscious mind. Clinical Hypnotherapy allows us to identify and overcome barriers to personal and business growth and success, so that our clients can work smarter not harder and achieve their goals as quickly and efficiently as possible. It really is the fast track to maximising your performance wellbeing and success! Get your programming right and you can achieve anything you set your mind to with ease and be the best you can be. Provided your goal is practical, plausible and possible.

What Does It Feel Like to be Hypnotised?

Contrary to popular belief there isn’t actually a ‘hypnotised feeling’ and most people usually feel quite normal during their session. The best way to describe it is how you feel when you are:

  1. Watching the television and get so engrossed that you don’t realise that someone is talking to you right away.
  2. Reading a good book and get so caught up in the story that you don’t hear your phone ringing until it is too late to pick it up.
  3. Driving along on a route you know well and suddenly realise that you are nearly at your destination but you can’t remember the last few miles of your journey even though you have been driving safely.

These are all typical times that we go in and out of hypnosis on a daily basis, as well as just before we go to sleep and wake up. It is that pleasant drifting off and coming round state. Hypnosis can also be likened to daydreaming but make no mistake you are always fully conscious, alert and aware at all times. So despite the myths, you are always 100% in total control and nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to do.

How Clinical Hypnotherapy Could Help You

Many people wonder… what is Clinical Hypnotherapy and how could it help me? Well to be clear from the off, all the answers are in fact in your mind and my role as a Clinical Hypnotherapist/Expert of the Mind is simply to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. So it is fair to say that Clinical Hypnotherapy is extremely empowering as it helps to unleash the power within you. Clinical Hypnotherapy can help anyone who is committed and motivated to achieving their goals. However, the more determined and focused you are the better which is why High Achievers love it and really reap the benefits time and time again when they use it.

Clinical Hypnotherapy can help people overcome problems and difficulties that they have often struggled with for many, many years when nothing else has even gotten close. Why? Because we work directly with your subconscious mind, enabling faster resolution of the presenting problem. If I had a pound for every time a client said to me, “I wish I’d done it years ago!” I’d be a rich woman! High Achievers dispel the myths and use it to maximise their performance, wellbeing and success.

The Benefits of Clinical Hypnotherapy

In addition to helping you achieve your unique goals, Clinical Hypnotherapy could help you:

  • Feel calmer, more relaxed, positive and confident.
  • Be more focused and motivated.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Have an overall feeling of well-being that lasts for a good while afterwards.

Nowadays, Hypnotherapy is recognised by many branches of orthodox medicine as an extremely valuable alternative to drugs. It can be used for chemical anaesthesia for dental work and more major operations, as well as to accelerate healing and help combat pain. In fact, the British Medical Association (BMA) has long recognised Hypnotherapy as an extremely valuable method of treatment. Since December 2010, NHS patients have been referred to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) to find a suitably trained and qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist in their local area. The mind and body are so closely connected that it is of the utmost importance to keep your mind healthy, strong and positive during any physical illness including Cancer. Clinical Hypnotherapy can help to manage the pain, stress and anxiety that so often accompanies physical illness as well as prevent depression. So you see the list of benefits just goes on and on.

Is Stage Hypnosis the same as Clinical Hypnotherapy?

No absolutely not! Stage Hypnosis is completely different to Clinical Hypnotherapy. Stage Hypnosis is used purely for entertainment purposes, whereas Clinical Hypnotherapy is therapeutic and is used to help people achieve their goals so they can make positive, long term changes in their lives. The only similarity is that the hypnosis used is exactly the same, although most people find this fact hard to accept.

Can Stage Hypnotists Really Control People?

I am often asked, “Can people be made to do things that they don’t want to do?” This question is usually prompted by the fact that someone has seen a Stage Hypnosis Show, and it is understandable because Stage Hypnotists do lead us to believe that this is possible. However, in our opinion (and that of most ethical, reputable Clinical Hypnotherapists) nobody can be made to do anything that they do not want to do. Yes, people do often do things that they would not normally do but this doesn’t mean they didn’t want to do them in the first place. Maybe they just didn’t want to admit it or have the confidence! It is a fact that hypnosis lowers a person’s inhibition. As for Stage Hypnosis, let’s remember that the person did choose to be a volunteer – so they did have an idea that they may end up prancing around the stage, clucking like a chicken or doing some other type of harmless stunt to entertain the audience. The truth is they know exactly what they are doing, they may just lead you to believe otherwise to save them self the embarrassment afterwards! Of course if you have never participated in a Stage Hypnosis Show yourself you have nothing to disprove this so it can appear credible.

The Low Down on the Selection Process for Stage Hypnosis Shows

But what you don’t necessarily realise and see is that the Stage Hypnotist is carefully selecting the volunteers who he/she believes will make perfect subjects for the Stage Hypnosis Show to ensure it is as funny, entertaining and believable as possible. The Stage Hypnotist is looking for all the people who love to be the centre of attention and know just how to get there. They want to avoid all the ‘Doubting Thomases’ who aren’t game for a laugh, up for anything or even remotely outgoing. Of course these people will usually be very sceptical and cynical and even try to hide away when the Stage Hypnotist goes round during the selection process, so it becomes pretty clear who the Stage Hypnotist needs to avoid encouraging to join the show. The volunteers the Stage Hypnotist chooses are usually all the same personality type… the people we all know and love in life who entertain everyone by telling the jokes, stories etc. They are the showmen who love being in the limelight, and are very uplifting people to be around because they make us all smile and laugh when we spend time with them. They really light up a room with their charm and charisma so they are perfect subjects for the Stage Hypnosis Show which is exactly why the Stage Hypnotist is keen to seek them out and get them involved.

The Truth About Hypnosis

So to clear up any fears and misunderstandings that you may have about the use of hypnosis, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Stage Hypnosis, here’s a brief recap of the facts:

  • There is no such thing as a ‘hypnotised feeling’.
  • You are fully conscious, alert and aware at all times.
  • You always retain complete control and can only be hypnotised if you want to be.
  • Hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind that we all go in and out of every day of our lives.
  • It is completely safe!
  • The hypnosis used by Stage Hypnotists is the same hypnosis used by Clinical Hypnotherapists.
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy is therapeutic and helps people achieve their goals.
  • Stage Hypnosis is for purely for entertainment purposes.

The Richer Life Programme

Our ‘Richer Life Programme’ is designed for High Achievers who want to play and stay at the top of their game. This High Performance Programme uses a combination of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Life Coaching to help you achieve serious success. For further information please visit our website: and find out how we could help you find the way to a richer life.

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Claire Rich, High Performance Mindset Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist is the founder of ‘The Richer Life Programme’. The High Performance Programme for ambitious, driven Business Owners and High Achievers who want to master their mindset, so they can maximise their performance, wellbeing and success and find the way to a richer life. To find out more visit Join her free Newsletter List and receive your free copy of ‘The High Achievers Guide to Success’ along with lots more regular, free, valuable information.


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