Category Archives: Hypnotherapy

Is Stage Hypnosis different from Hypnosis (in general) or Hypnotherapy?

Answer by Barry Cooper:

You'll probably get as many different answers to this as there are hypnotists and hypnotherapists to give them but my personal take is that the stage hypnosis "state" is quite different to that used by most hypnotherapists, with the probable exception of those also trained in stage hypnosis. I'm not, and I only generally work with clients in a deeply relaxed state.
It's well-established (by researchers such as Hilgard) that relaxation is not necessary for hypnotic trance. My feeling is that "trance" covers a number of "states" which are quite different from each other.

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What’s a good hypnotheraputic strategy?

Answer by Barry Cooper:

I use a wide range of techniques, but perhaps the most versatile is “parts” work. There are several versions of this, but they all involve calling up parts of the unconscious mind and getting them to negotiate with each other. The unconscious mind, if it “really” exists at all, doesn’t “really” have parts – but it behaves as though it does. So, for example, a smoker may have a part of his UCM that wants to quit, and another part that wants to continue. Getting those parts to talk to each other can be very effective.

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Doing It In Public

According to The Sun, which I don’t read, the singer Adele has been having hypnotherapy to “cure her stage fright”. While I would never use the word ‘cure’ in connection with hypnotherapy, as it’s not a medical treatment, it can certainly be very effective in dealing with stage fright and any similar ‘performance anxiety’.

In fact, a lack of confidence in, or even a fear of, public speaking is one of the most common problems that clients bring to me. Although I have dealt with stage fright it’s usually related to speaking in front of a class at college or colleagues at work. This is something that I can generally help with easily, effectively and quickly – often one session is enough. My focus is on teaching clients self-help techniques; obviously it depends on the individual circumstances – there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach for any client – but it’s usually a combination of self-hypnosis, NLP and one of the meridian therapies. You can read more about these on my website and in other blogs.

As it happens, I have a particular interest in all kinds of performance anxiety, as I’m an experienced speaker and performer myself. As well as giving talks on hypnotherapy and related subjects I’ve acted, given after-dinner speeches and performed as an amateur magician (unsurprisingly, I specialised in magic of the mind). So I’m well placed to give clients tips on performing in public as well as helping them develop confidence and deal with their fears.

Please get in touch if you feel I can help You!

Enjoy your Summer!

Welcome to the British summer. The sun is shining (well, it is as I’m writing this, anyway), days are long and all’s right with the world – except, perhaps, for a few minor niggles.

How do you feel about wasps, spiders, other insects or creepy-crawlies? Do they make you run screaming from the room or garden?

Are you going on holiday? Are you anxious about flying or travelling in general?

Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT and other techniques can help you deal with all these fears.

Are you due to sit an exam retake in the autumn? Revision and study can be boosted enormously by the help of memory techniques and concentration focusing methods. Also, knowledge of these is in itself a great help towards exam nerves, but rapid relaxation techniques will help too.

Have a look around my website for more details on the ways in which you can be helped to enjoy your summer!