How Hypnotherapy Works

Before we start talking about hypnotherapy, you need to have a clear understanding of what hypnosis is.


If you haven’t yet done so, you may want to read about it here


What Hypnotherapy Is

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in order to promote the client’s psychological and physical wellbeing.

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Hypnotherapy is the fastest and the most efficient way to make desired changes, this has been scientifically proven.

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Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. "Toward Understanding the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy: A Combined Clinical, Theoretical, and Experimental Approach”

Client's Perspective

You can watch this little fragment of an interview with one of my clients who has had some previous experience with other types of therapy and sharing her opinion first hand

Types of Hypnotherapy

There are many methods of hypnotherapy, however fundamentally they fall into two main categories: the ones trying to manage the symptoms and the ones they aim to address the root cause of the issue.

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Working with symptoms:

Only gives temporary relief

There is always a concern about longevity of the effect

The root cause remains intact

Any stress increases the probability of the condition returning.

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Working with the root cause:

Allows to find the negative and limiting misperceptions that cause the issues to appear in the first place

Allows to replace them with truthful, positive and helpful beliefs

Can help with the most stubborn issues that have been bothering you all your life

Can help even when other methods have failed

As the root cause disappears the issue and the symptoms go away

Quality And Ethics

I’ve learned all the main methods and approaches in the modern hypnotherapy — behavioural, cognitive, metaphoric, analytical, Ericksonian, regressive, etc. I’ve chosen what I think works best for my clients.


My approach is based on 5-PATH® hypnotherapy, which stands for 5-Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis. 

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5-PATH® Hypnotherapy has a long history: it started off with works of legendary Dave Elman, then the method was further developed by Gerald ‘Jerry’ Kein, and then the final method was created by Calvin Banyan decades ago. I was lucky to have been trained by Cal himself 

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Allows to find and remove the root cause of any issue that you might have, which is usually deeply buried in your Subconscious mind

Individual Hypnotherapy

Repair all the damage that the issue has created over the time of its existence

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Create new beliefs that will replace the old ones and will help you  change the problematic behaviour and symptoms to the new and beneficial ones

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As a result of our work:

You can resolve your issue just in a few sessions, even if all other methods have failed

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Free up the energy that you used to spend on fighting the issue and managing its symptoms and direct it to other areas of your life

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Start living a fuller and happier life.

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Do I Need Therapy?

Hypnotherapy isn't for everyone. It is a personal journey.

You may want to try hypnotherapy if:


You can’t control your emotions or symptoms, despite conscious efforts

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You’ve read books and watched videos on the topic, however applying that knowledge doesn’t fully work

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The issue has been around for so long that you’re not sure if it can be dealt with, however you know people who don’t have it

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You notice that others started complaining about something you do or how you behave

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You feel apathy and lack of excitement about life in general or a specific area of your life

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You feel emotional and can over-react with tears or anger

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You’ve noticed you changed your eating or drinking habits and find it difficult to cut back on unhealthy stuff

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You seem to be constantly stressed and can’t do anything about it

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Your sleep is disturbed

If you’d like to discuss how you feel and see how I can help you to solve your issue, you can book an initial consultation here

Frequently asked questions

What if I learn something about myself that I don’t like?

In the course of your treatment we will find the false negative beliefs that have been creating the issue. I’m pretty sure you won’t like them, but we’ll remove them right when we find them, so they will stop impacting you straight away. After that unnecessary negativity has been removed, you will be able to see things a lot more clearly and you are likely to realise that you are a great person, worthy loving and and deserving to be loved. You will see that there is nothing wrong with you and there never was. That is the knowledge that you will take away with you. So far all my clients liked that new knowledge they discovered.

When will I feel the changes?

Everyone’s pace of change is different. Some people feel changes after the first session, and others need more time. In any case, we will discuss all the changes you would like to make, and will track the progress at every session. Small temporary changes usually appear straight away, and when we have found and removed the reason for your condition, the changes will become permanent.

How will I know that I’ve got the result I wanted?

We’ll agree on the desired outcome in advance, and we’ll break it down into individual elements, so it’s easier for you to track the progress. The result is not the final ‘surprise’ at the end of a show. It’s what we’ll be working on, together, and course correct if needed. Imagine you’re having a tailor-made coat: we’ll choose the model in advance, then find the right fabric, buttons and then we’ll have a few fittings, so in the end you get exactly what you wanted.

What if there is no result at the end of our work?

It’s unlikely. We’ll find and remove the root cause for your condition. In particularly complex cases we might need one or two extra sessions on top of the usual approach, but we will sort the root cause out. And when the root cause goes, the symptoms disappear as if by magic. Besides, at every session we will be tracking your progress and course correct if needed. So you will not only see and feel your changes but will have a chance to manage them, too

Do you provide a guarantee?

No therapist will ever give you a guarantee. If someone does, then it’s either a fraud, or there is a small font somewhere that denies the guarantee. Either way I would recommend avoiding such “therapists”. No helping professional will ever give you a guarantee, because there is a human factor in every field. A doctor will never guarantee that you will feel better, a teacher will never guarantee that you will learn, and the solicitor will never guarantee a positive court case resolution. But what I can guarantee is the best possible services, in line with the latest development of the methods, and the usage of the best techniques that your condition calls for.

Will I get my money back if I’m not satisfied with the result?

I never return the money for the services rendered. Why? Well, let me ask you. Does a surgeon return you the fee for the operation if it din’t work as planned? Does a tutor return you the fee if your child doesn’t get the desired exam ratings? Any helping profession has to deal with a human factor, and that human factor is a client. I can do everything possible, but I can’t MAKE you change. Only you can. In any helping profession you pay for the specialist time, and work together with them to get the result you want. So if you know that the money won’t be returned, it will increase your motivation to get the result, and you will put in lots of work, rather than just ‘visiting’ the specialist.

What does success of the therapy depend on?

My qualification remains the same client to client. What changes is the client’s motivation and desire to change. The best you can do for the success of the therapy is to come with an unshakable desire to change. Who do you think will get better results: the person who comes thinking “let’s see what comes out of it” or “hell, this is my last chance, I’m getting 110% bang for my buck”?

My friend has tried hypnotherapy but it didn’t work on him. Why?

It’s very hard to say, not knowing your friend or their issue or the details of the therapy. It might have been just symptom management, rather than working with the root cause. When it’s just symptom manipulation, the condition doesn’t go away entirely and may return, especially under stress. I wrote about it on this page, see above. I highly recommend your friend seeks out a specialist who can work with the root cause of the issue.

Does that mean that hypnotherapy is a placebo?

Placebo is the term used to describe a fake pill, with no active ingredients in it. It works purely based on positive expectations of the patient. Hypnotherapy is a powerful therapeutic experience. We will be working with your emotions and underlying beliefs, looking for old useless negative false ones and replacing them with the new and positive ones. It’s a powerful transformational work, although it’s done with words, rather than by using chemical substances.

Can hypnotherapy cause any harm?

Can a scalpel make any harm? In skilful hands in makes wonders and saves lives, but when used in a wrong way it can really hurt. Same with hypnotherapy. It’s a powerful tool that requires intense training and high qualification. When used correctly, it only does good. Hence it’s so important to choose a hypnotherapist with vast experience, respectable professional education and strong ethics — such specialist will know how to get the results that the client wants in the safest and most efficient way.

Can hypnotherapy help with mental illness, such as bi-polar, schizophrenia and so on?

Hypnotherapy is contra-indicated for people with mental illnesses. The state of hypnosis alters the brain waves and bio-chemistry of the brain, and the patients with mental illnesses that might provoke a relapse. However, the scientific research in that field is constantly progressing, and maybe one day there will be a way to use hypnotherapy to help with mental illnesses, too.