What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.

What is solution focused hypnotherapy?

Solution focused hypnotherapy looks at what the client would like to achieve, rather than the reason why they booked the appointment. It focuses on the present and the future instead of the past, which is why it can provide a positive effect in such a short space of time. The hypnotherapist may ask how the client’s life would improve when the problem has been fixed, and specifically what would have changed. This provides a specific goal for the client to aim for while making the solution clear.

Hypnotherapy can help with a great many conditions, particularly those made worse by stress. Some of the more common areas are shown below. However, this is by no means a complete list. Please ask if there is something else which we may be able to help you with.

  • Alcohol Difficulties
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence Building
  • Depression
  • Drug Problems
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Goal Achievement
  • Insomnia
  • Improve Sports Performance
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Motivation
  • Nail biting
  • Obsessions (OCD)
  • Pain Control (Childbirth)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stop Smoking
  • Stress
  • Weight Management

Hypnotherapy has also been used to help people manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.


Peter - The Peterson Practice

Peter is an experienced Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist who specialises in helping adults and young people (15+).  He helps with problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety, poor sleep, self-harm, anger and performance issues. Peter has a wide experience of working with people with ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Autism and other forms of neurological diversity.  Every treatment is personalised to each client and the therapy is tailored to each individuals personality, preferences and individual needs.

01454 300191

Dr Rachel Gillibrand

I am an experienced psychologist and hypnotherapist and I work with both children (6yrs - 18yrs) and adults. I am happy to work on a range of concerns such as anger management, anxiety (general anxiety or anxiety worsened by school or work), poor sleeping patterns, low mood and depression, and also to help resolve personal trauma.

01934 623062