Clinical hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is defined as an altered state of consciousness, awareness, or perception. Hypnosis involves being in a deep physical and mental relaxed state (trance-like) in which your conscious and subconscious mind is focused and receptive to positive and favourable suggestions. Almost everyone has experienced a hypnotic-like state of consciousness at some time in his or her life, similar to day dreaming.

Before a hypnosis session, we will discuss your psychological and emotional needs to ensure an individualised plan for you. We use your individualised plan to generate positive change and help ease any difficulties you are experiencing. During a hypnosis session you are totally in control throughout. At times you may feel less aware of your surroundings and many clients report that the experience of being in a trance- like state is extremely pleasant, leaving them feeling very relaxed and refreshed.

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Clinical hypnosis uses individualised hypnotherapeutic techniques to help women to cope with some of the psychological concerns that occur during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Research has demonstrated that one session of hypnotherapy and is over three times more effective that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in helping people to stop smoking.  Research also suggests that women practising hypnosis during pregnancy can result in a shorter labour, decreased use of pain relief and better birth outcomes.

Other reasons to use clinical hypnosis:

To ease pregnancy sickness

Reduce generalised anxiety and stress related to pregnancy or birth

Improve quality of sleep

Relaxation and create a peaceful state of overall wellbeing

Birth preparation and to cope with childbirth and labour pain

Post-traumatic stress disorders

Stop smoking

Phobias such as needle phobia, hospital phobia or tocophobia (fear of childbirth)

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One of the most common issues associated with fertility issues is stress. Stress alone, without any other underlying problems can affect your fertility. Research suggests that unhealthy levels of stress can impair your natural body functions, including having an adverse effect on the female and male reproductive system causing problems with conception.

When stress levels are reduced, health and well-being is restored which creates balance, enabling your body to function normally. This is particularly true in relation to fertility.

If you or your partner experience stressful thoughts about parenthood, feel overwhelmed by pressure from others to get pregnant, or have traumatic memories of past experiences, then the body reacts to these internal messages by suppressing the prospects of successful conception.

Whether these stressors are conscious or unconscious, they are relatively easy to alleviate with hypnosis.

However, in some cases the cause of infertility can lie beyond the reach of the conscious mind and be buried more deeply within the subconscious. For example, holding on to powerful negative emotions can easily disrupt the ability to conceive naturally. Hypnosis is used to help release deeply held beliefs and negative emotions.  Frequently, once the subconscious blocks are freed there is nothing standing in the way of conception which often occurs within the next few cycles.


For some couples, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility may lead you to undertake an assisted conception pathway such as IVF which can create stressful related factors such as:

Fear of needles

Being in unfamiliar clinical environments

Fear of the procedure not working

Anxiety about becoming pregnant and childbirth

All of these stressful emotions can have a detrimental effect on conception.  Clinical research suggests that high levels of stress during embryo implantation can cause small contractions of the uterus which can inhibit successful implantation of the fertilised egg.

Hypnosis and being committed to practicing some simple self-hypnosis exercises, can release your emotional fears and encourage a more relaxed, focused mind, giving you the best chances of success.

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through assisted conception, clinical hypnosis has huge, potential benefits for couples struggling with infertilityy.

However, hypnosis is not necessarily a quick, one session fix. Commitment is needed and a willingness to practice in-between sessions is required to offer potentially enormous rewards.

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