Does Hypnosis Work?

I’m unsure because I want to know does hypnosis work?

Despite bundles of research, there are still many who ask the question, does hypnosis work?

There’s a short answer to that, and the answer is yes, but I will expand a bit more.

As I say to the clients who come to see at my hypnotherapy practice in London, I do this because I know it works. Week after week, I see the results my clients get, the changes they feel, and the things they tell me have changed. I wouldn’t sit there and do what I do, if I didn’t believe that it worked.

Many years ago, I visited a London Hypnotherapist because I wanted to stop smoking. Of course, I had tried to give up by myself, and did quite frequently, for a while, but when my guard was down, such as on a Friday night out with friends who smoked, I would find myself lighting up, without even realising that I had done it.

So does hypnosis work? I’ve never smoked since, nor had the slightest desire to smoke. I believe that the thing that made the difference back then, was the rapport I had with the hypnotherapist and the hypnosis intervention.

Ever since, I’ve had a fascination, with hypnotherapy. Fast forward, and after years of rigorous training, I find myself nowadays working directly with clients on a whole bunch of issues including my Guaranteed Stop Smoking package.

Why does Hypnosis work?

We often talk about right and left brain, which do exist, but we actually have three different brains, that have evolved at different times and fulfil different functions.

The reptilian brain is the old brain, the one that developed first. It makes basic decisions. Yes, no, or don’t know. And makes decisions such as, can I eat it, do I want to fight it, or do I want to mate it?

The middle brain developed next and sits on top of the reptilian brain, it’s where all our feelings and emotions are processed. This brain deals with issues such as, does it make me angry, does it make be scared, does it make me excited?

The new brain, is the one that evolved most recently, it’s involved in planning, analysis, rational thinking, and it shares it’s information with the other two brains. This part of the brain deals with planning, and copes with issues such as, what shall I do next week, what shall I do in my retirement? It’s the largest and heaviest part of the brain.

So the boss brain, is the reptilian brain. For change to take place, it’s important that the boss is on board, along with the support of the middle brain. Now the boss, has a big responsibility for managing all our internal systems, such as heart rate, temperature and hormones. It’s not that easy, to consciously change our temperature, reduce our heart rate, or switch on and off the regulation of our hormones such as adrenaline. The boss does all this for us, to keep us alive.

All of the three brains have clearly defined channels of communication with each other, and much of what goes on, is outside our daily conscious awareness. Within our brain there are filters in place, and it’s thought that we can only consciously think about between 5 and 9 things at one time. That means so much other stuff is going on, that we don’t even realise is happening.

As your reading this now, and I asked you to become aware of your big left toe, that suddenly, becomes one of those things, that you become consciously aware of. If there was something in your enviroment that was dangerous, your unconscious would do what it could to bring it to your attention. Such as a falling object from above, your unconscious will do it’s best to move you, before you have even noticed it.

So why does hypnosis work then? Relaxation, which can be a normal part of any hypnosis induction, promotes the change of an individual to an altered trance state. Once this state is achieved, it opens up full channels of communication between all three different brains. Then you get the opportunity to change things around, by providing more choices to the individual which enables them to think and feel differently.

If change happens in the reptilian and the middle brian, then the new brain will follow, without necessarily fully understanding what change has taken place. From a hypnotherapy perspective, I don’t believe it’s important to know exactly what has changed, in fact, sometimes, that can get in the way of recovery. The convincer is the associated change in the behaviour and the difference in feelings.

How often does Hypnosis work?

If the right conditions are met, then pretty much all the time. It would take another post for me to go into detail about what the right conditions are.

If hypnosis doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean that it won’t work, it more than likely means that the therapist and the client has further work to do. It’s not a precise science, and at the end of the day it’s the client who makes the change, the therapist facilitates the process, by getting in touch with the person’s unconscious.

I should probably add here a bit about expectations. When I work with clients who have phobias, I know they are phobic because they have extreme reactions. I had a client recently who couldn’t stay in their house because of their mouse phobia. That is an extreme reaction. Once our work was done, the client was able to settle back in their home, although they reported that they still didn’t like mice. As I explained, as far as I was concerned, my work was done. The client orginally came to see me, to get rid of the extreme feelings they had, the request was not to get them to that point, that they would be keeping them as pets.

That would require further work, and extra unnecessary investment in my opinion.

From a psychological point of view, we are driven towards things that give us pleasure, and move away from things that give us pain. Without a shadow of a doubt, most people come to therapy, to work on moving away from some form of pain. Wanting to stop smoking, insomnia, losing weight, improve confidence and low self esteem, infertility are all issues that give us pain and we want to move away from them.

If people could solve their own problems they wouldn’t come to therapy, if they could easily give up their addictions, make themselves feel more confident, or get over any phobias they might have such as public speaking ( glossophobia) they would just get on and do it. Some people do manage to overcome their issues, but many don’t, and suffer unnecessarily for years. Not doing things that they don’t want to do, such as visiting family or friends overseas, because they have a flying phobia.

So if you have any comments please add them below, there is just a brief explanation into the subject of does hypnosis work, over time I will add further information.


Hypno Band for Weight Loss

Hypno Band is the same as the Gastric Band Hypnosis that is helping people lose weight. 

Some people want to try out Hypno Band because they want to look better.  They dream of fitting into those skinny jeans, that bathing suit, or maybe slimming down for a wedding.

More and more people are coming to see me for my Gastric Band Hypnosis  package for reasons such as

“I’ve got diabetes and need to lose weight.”

“I’m trying for a baby, and I’ve been told that being slimmer will improve my chances of conceiving naturally.”

“I’m considering going for Gastric Band Surgery, so this is my last chance to try to avoid something I don’t really want to do.”

“My weight is affecting my ability to walk, as my knees hurt .”

“I want to change my relationship with food, it’s unhealthy and I know I’m eating myself to death.”

“I would pay thousands of pounds to switch off that greedy person inside of me.”

Helping clients improve their health, is the most rewarding work I do as a Hypnotherapist

Hypno Band works on changing the thinking in the mind, if we think differently, we act differently.

If you thought like a slim person, you would behave like a slim person.

Diets aren’t the way forward, food isn’t the enemy. Hypnosis helps you develops a healthy relationship with food.


Tips for Sleeping

Tips for Sleeping

  • Take some regular exercise every day, not too late, mornings or late afternoons are best.

  • If you need an afternoon nap, limit yourself to no longer than 45 minutes.

  • Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so keep your bedroom as dark as possible,block out any light through the windows, and don’t sleep with any lights on. Sleeping with lights on may interfere with melatonin which helps promote deeper sleep, better mood as well as boosting and repairing our immune system.

  • Make sure you bed is comfortable, if not buy a new one as a top priority.

  • Stop smoking, nicotine is a stimulant and smokers can take more time to fall asleep.

  • Alcohol inhibits sleep as well, making it more likely for your sleep to be disturbed. Give it up or cut it down.

  • Cut down on caffeine, definitely not in the evening, say no to those after dinner espressos or decaf them.

  • Practice some meditation or simple breathing exercises just before bed time.

  • Make sure you have a proper wind down routine in preparation for bed, no texting, emailing in bed or watching TV. Remember bed is for sleeping, cuddling & making love, nothing else.

  • Buy one of my hypnosis downloads <coming soon>

  • Practice the above tips for sleeping.

Do you have a Mouse phobia or Rat Phobia

A mouse phobia is less commonly known as musophobia which comes from the Latin ‘mus’ meaning mouse. Murophobia and suriphobia are other Latin names give to mice and rat phobias.

Do you have a mouse or rat phobia? 

It’s incredibly common to have a fear of mice, and rats and other things that scuttle round on the floors of our living spaces. In fact these fears are hard wired into us; we are born with a natural disposition to be afraid of these things because this information has been passed down in our DNA. 

You could see that 20,000 years ago it was quite helpful to our survival to be afraid of small creatures that scuttled round on the floor of our then living spaces which consisted of dark caves.

In fact it was less than a 1000 years ago that the Black Plague, which was carried by rats, wiped out around half of Europe’s population. How terrifying it must be to live through such a time and see half the population wiped out?

Who is to say that these types of serious trauma don’t somehow get encoded into our DNA in some way, we don’t yet fully understand? Remaining inactive and dormant until something in our environment triggers the switch to be turned on. 

These environmental triggers can be switched on for many reasons, such as an uncomfortable encounter in childhood or through watching a horror movie. It’s true that a parent’s phobia can be passed down to a child, who has perhaps witnessed their parent having a full scale panic attack, at the sighting of a mouse in their home.

In my experience as a Hypnotherapist, there may be other reasons completely unrelated to a mouse sighting or interaction that cause the phobia to develop. These reasons may be out of conscious awareness and only be understood by our unconscious mind.

When someone has a mouse phobia, the symptoms vary by person to person depending on their level of fear. These symptoms are because of the ‘fight or flight response’ that is being activated in the limbic or mamallian brain. Once activated this drops adrenaline into our body and mind and prepares us to ‘fight, or flight’. Hard to fight a mouse that you can’t catch or see, easier to take flight and wait until the threat has passed.

In some extreme cases, people can’t stay in their own homes; they are constantly in a state of hyper vigilance because of their mouse or rat phobia. This affects sleep and medication is sometimes prescribed whilst further help is sought.

Interestingly more recently I discovered how you could do an online course that would help you cure you mouse phobia. I struggle to understand how effective this would actually be.

In working with clients with mouse phobias, I use advanced New Code NLP alongside hypnosis to free my clients of their phobias.  One of the most popular issues that I deal with is a fear of public speaking or glossophobia. This deactivates the flight or fight response which reduces the level of anxiety. It’s effective and usually very quick to work, as this works at the level of the unconscious mind, the one that controls the limbic brain. Why suffer unnecessarily?

Contact me Sarah Jons Hypnotherapist today to find out more information.

Milgram experiment. Would you deliver a 440v electrical shot?

Are you familiar with the Milgram Experiment?

2011 saw some serious rioting across London.  Naturally, I’m on the side of the victims of these crimes.

I fully understand the necessity of consequences for the perpetrators but I find myself being reminded of the Milgram experiment. If someone of authority ordered you to riot, you wouldn’t think you would follow their orders, would you?

So if someone of authority ordered you to deliver a 400-volt electrical shock to another person, would you follow orders? Most people would say no. But Stanley Milgram in the 1960′s at Yale University carried out some interesting social psychological experiments that proved otherwise.

What this experiment showed, was that people could be easily coerced by authority figures, into doing things that were against their own social conscience and moral code.

Paid male volunteers were recruited to the role of teacher by an ad in a newspaper and actors were hired for the role of students. 

Milgram developed a shock generator which started at 30 volts all the way up to 450 volts ( more than enough to kill an elephant, let alone a human being). Each of the settings of the shock generator was labelled with terms from “slight shock” up to “ominous shock”.

The teachers (volunteers) were told to administer shocks to their students (actors) every time a wrong answer was given to a series of questions.  The teachers genuinely believed that they were administering shocks for wrong answers (although the students as actors were actually only pretending). The teachers and students were in separate rooms and could only be heard.

As the experiment progressed the teachers heard their students pleading with them to stop, or even complain about their heart condition, as they worked their way up through the different voltage settings on the generator.

Most of the teachers sort the guidance of the experimenter, asking them whether they should continue or not, as it didn’t seem right.  In response to this question they would be commanded to continue by the experimenter until the maximum voltage setting was triggered.

In Milgram’s first set of experiments, a whopping 65% of participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450- volt shock ( which theoretically could have killed their students) even though many were uncomfortable doing so and questioned the authority figure.

As a society we are taught to be obedient from an early age, obedience is part of the essential infrastructure of society. If you aren’t obedient, and don’t follow rules, then there will be concequences for you. So it’s possible to imagine that an authority person, can actually be anyone, who at the moment at time, chooses to put themselves in a position of authority.  So a persuasive friend, a neighbour, a gang leader, a slightly older person can all be seen as people in authority.

So it’s then maybe possible to understand how people might be coerced into doing things that are actually against their moral code, especially if they are put under pressure to do so. So being invited to riot by social media ( an accepted invisible higher authority)  might also be possible.

As a  hypnotherapist, I am familiar with how easy it us for us to make the wrong decisions and do things to ourselves that cause us harm. The reason why we start smoking is usually in response to something that happens during adolescence, such as the desire to fit in socially with our peers.

I am fully aware of how teenagers brains do not fully develop until the early to middle twenties. This is because of the frontal lobes which do not fully connect during teenage years. The frontal lobes are the part of the brain that once fully developed, enable us to rationalise whether something is a good idea or not, or the consequences.

I don’t have the answers, I just have an understanding of how people’s behaviours can change in response to their environment, and how some people can make the wrong decisions depending on circumstances.