Hypnosis for Confidence and Self-Acceptance

Check out a guided hypnosis session I have created which helps to strengthen Confidence and Self-Acceptance. (Audio link also appearing on my Hypnotherapy site)The hypnosis session is also available in Greek, Ύπνωση για Αυτοπεποίθηση και Αποδοχή του Εαυτού. Δες επίσης την κεντρική μου σελίδα ‘Υπνοθεραπεία‘ στα Ελληνικά.


Hypnosis and the Immune System

This study tested the effects of hypnosis on the immune system,

High and low hypnotizable subjects were exposed to hypnosis, relaxation or control conditions. Blood samples obtained before treatment and twice thereafter were subjected to flow cytometry analysis.

The results of this study appear to show significant immunomodulation for subjects exposed to hypnosis as measured by B-cells and helper T-cells.

The results of the study demonstrate that hypnosis was specifically associated with an immune system alteration while a treatment known to produce significant relaxation effects (REST) with potential for immuno-enhancement was not associated with similar positive immunomodulation.

The finding that hypnosis can modify the production and / or activity of components of the immune system has far reaching implications for researchers and clinicians.

Ruzyla-Smith, P., et al (1995). Effects of Hypnosis on the Immune Response: B-Cells, T-Cells, Helper and Suppressor Cells. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 38:2, 71-79. DOI: 10.1080/00029157.1995.10403185


Meanings of Situations

We are not determined by our experiences, but are self-determined by the meaning we give to them; and when we take particular experiences as the basis for our future life, we are almost certain to be misguided to some degree. Meanings are not determined by situations. We determine ourselves by the meanings we ascribe to situations.

Alfred Adler (Austrian psychotherapist and founder of the school of Individual Psychology)


Five Basic Releasing Questions

There are five basic releasing questions that serve as the foundation of the Sedona Method. First of all, focus on an issue that you would like to feel better about, and then allow yourself to feel whatever you are feeling in this moment. Ask yourself,

1. What is your NOW feeling?

2. Could you welcome or allow that feeling?

3. Could you let it go?

4. Would you let it go?

5. When?

From the Book, The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin, Sedona Press, 2008.


Hypnotherapy Helping with IBS

How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (by Dr Claire Jack, April 2020),

Usually, when we think about our brain, we are thinking about the Central Nervous System (CNS), which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. However, it’s also useful to consider the role of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). … the CNS and the ENS are very closely connected by the vagus nerve which runs from the base of the brain, through the neck, and into the stomach, reaching all the way to the gut. Research into the brain-gut axis has shown that stress can inhibit the signals sent through the vagus nerve and cause gastrointestinal problems, such as IBS.

Using imagery and positive suggestion, research has shown that hypnotherapy can reduce hypersensitivity in the gut and positively affect motor function. More recent research has also shown that hypnotherapy can help people to identify and modify the negative emotional responses which are causing or exacerbating their IBS. By experiencing, under hypnosis, the effects of this helpful emotional response, and by following up the work done during sessions with self-hypnosis and relaxation, people have experienced improvement in their IBS symptoms.


Reflect the Self

The role of the therapist is to reflect the being/accepting self that was never allowed to be in the borderline.

Michael Adzema (American Psychotherapist who specialized in Primal therapy and Breathwork)


Be Thankful

I include below a poem on gratitude that could easily be part of a hypnosis script. Should we use poetry more often in our hypnosis scripts? Also, shouldn’t a great script read like a beautiful poem?

Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations

Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge

Because it will build your strength and character.Be thankful for your mistakes They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

Because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

— Author Unknown


Hypnosis Effects on Sleep

A systematic literature review published in 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine evaluated the available evidence for hypnosis for sleep improvement …

The team found that, overall, more than a half (58.3%) of the included studies reported hypnosis benefit on sleep outcomes, just over 12% reported mixed results, and less than a third (29.2%) reported no hypnosis benefit. The authors concluded that hypnosis for sleep problems is a promising treatment.

They also highlighted that the available evidence suggests low incidence of adverse events.

Chamine, I., Atchley, R., Oken, B. S. (2018). Hypnosis Intervention Effects on Sleep Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM : Official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 14(2), 271–283. DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.6952


Polyvagal Theory and Behaviours

The polyvagal theory provides us with an understanding of three neural circuits that support different types of behaviour 1. social engagement behaviours in safe environments 2. fight or flight mobilisation behaviours 3. a shutting down, a second level of defence.

Dr. Stephen Porges


Seeing Others As They Are

Every person’s map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way … So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be.

Milton Erickson