What is Hypnotherapy and what conditions can it help treat?

Why try Hypno-psychotherapy ?

It is an integrative approach, using many different therapies
in a person centered way, focusing on you as a person.
Using CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as a core model to gently guide and assist people to understand why we feel the way we feel, and do the things we do when difficulties arise, and incorporates tools and strategies to overcome addictive behaviour, negativity and hopelessness.

It encourages the restructuring of thoughts and feelings,
restoring will and the ability to take back control of your life, whilst gently challenging to make positive and beneficial choices that lead to managing life in an empowered, calm and happy way. By incorporating, counselling, hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt, and hypno-analysis, clients are empowered to become integrated whole, physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually.

Hypno-Psychotherapy sessions, assist clients, individually or in group sessions, with a wide range of mind / body issues such as:

  • Smoking, gambling
  • teeth grinding, hair pulling,
  • Chronic anxiety, depression, PTSD, Panic attacks,
  • Fears and phobias (needles, dentists, flying, snakes, heights, social, etc.)
  • Exercise motivation, sports performance,
  • muscle dysmorphia, body dysmorphia and body image issues
  • public speaking and performance anxiety
  • Study motivation and exam stress control
  • Sexual issues and libido enhancement
  • high blood pressure and birth preparation
  • Chronic pain, irritable bowel and cancer,
  • lack of motivation, insomnia, low self-esteem
  • Fear of money & business /career success

Leigh has a special interest in sexuality, weight loss, longevity and research into how long term unresolved issues such as stress, limiting beliefs, negative thoughts and emotions unresolved trauma and sexual issues manifest as food and eating problems, addictions, aches, pains, illness, cancer, disease, lifestyle problems, and premature ageing of the physical body. After many years of working with client’s suffering from long standing unresolved problems, she has developed specialised programs targeted  at addressing these long term unresolved issues using a combination of hypno-psychotherapy, somatic sexology, scar tissue remediation, mind body medicine, and eastern and western bodywork techniques aimed at permanent resolution of the issue.


As a clinical hypno-psychotherapist, Leigh’s role is to work within the requirements of the MAHS program (Mental Health Plan 2710) which is an implementation of: Psycho-education; CBT; Relaxation Strategies; Mindfulness meditation practice and enhancements to CBT. Leigh provides treatments for those within her area of expertise, and collaborates with medical professionals by reciprocal referral to the appropriate medical or allied health therapist where necessary.


First session: 2 hours

follow up sessions: 1.5 hours

between 1- 6 sessions required.

As a Hypno-psychotherapist, I use various psychotherapy techniques to help clients quit old destructive behaviours, and ways of thinking about life, and to overcome the effect of stress, trauma,depression and chronic pain. I teach the client new healthier workable strategies leading to an enhancement of their overall health and wellbeing

How can Hypno-psychotherapy help you?

  • • It will bring into effect benevolent thinking and behavioural suggestions based on your wishes
    • • Analyse and interpret difficult periods in your personal history
    • • Create a “safe” environment in which you can review highly emotional situations “from a distance” and draw conclusions without being overcome by emotion
    • • Safely rehearse thinking and behavioural strategies designed to overcome previous difficulties, feel your success and be in a position to implement strategies in your everyday life
    • • Reinforce successful application of choices and strategies adopted in therapy
    • • Provide support if you are in distress or in need of guidance


Trance work is appropriate to a vast range of difficulties encountered in everyday life ranging from phobias, stress management, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, issues related to self-worth and confidence, medical applications such as pain management, preparation for surgery, mood disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma management. Hypnotherapy is also particularly powerful in transpersonal-spiritual application. There is a vast body of research that shows that hypnosis used in conjunction with leading psychotherapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy has an effectiveness between 2 and 3 times that of other psychotherapies. Most importantly studies show that the benefits of hypnotherapy increase over time. Hypnotherapy has the remarkable property that it can help clients to experience themselves and their interactions with their environment in a profoundly positive way, thus enabling them to make significant empowering choices which have a marked impact on their lives and their world view.

There is no reason you should ever need to suffer something “within yourself, but out of your control”

What is Hypnosis ?

Hypnosis is a induced state of relaxation and concentration. It is a heightened consciousness accompanied by a feeling of remoteness.
Hypnosis is a completely normal, non-magical phenomenon with predictable results. There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated or even induced into a deep trance state against one’s wishes. A person in hypnosis is not asleep, they are often more aware of what is taking place around them than usual and their senses function more efficiently than normal. They are simply not bothered by what is going on around them & can’t be bothered to get involved. Nobody can possibly be made to do things against his/her will and anybody with normal intelligence and the ability to concentrate can enter the hypnotic state. The latter means that the seriously mentally impaired, very young children and the intoxicated, in practice cannot be counted amongst them. People who say or think “Nobody can get me under” or, “I wouldn’t want anyone controlling my mind” or, “I might blurt out my secrets” show an ignorance of what hypnosis is.
Hypnosis, a totally natural phenomenon, is most pleasant and particularly relaxing and a person can converse quite easily.

With Hypno-psychotherapy the practitioner can draw the Client’s attention to new possibilities, to alternative patterns of thought, emotions and behavior and to an understanding of their conditioned response as a basis for exercising new choices. The tactics and strategies employed are designed to use the resources which reside in all of us and do not require the individual to fit into a standardized protocol. The use of a person-centred approach ensures that the therapy is not directed by the therapist but by the Client’s own wishes and expressed needs.

The American Medical Association published a study recently that indicated that Stress was a prime factor in more than 75% of medical conditions. As we learn more and more about the way certain conditions are acquired and perpetuated, the resolution of maladapted behaviour patterns by therapies including Hypnotherapy become more relevant. Medical Hypnotherapy is not however confined to maladapted behaviour, it can be used with considerable benefit in many somatic and psycho-somatic conditions. Common examples include preparation for surgery, dental disorders, pain management, dermatalogic disorders, cancer treatment side-effects, sleep disorders, burns and emergencies, neurological conditions, intestinal disorders, involuntary muscle disorders, tinnitus, hypochondriasis, depression and anxiety, trauma, asthma, urinary retention etc.

One of the primary aims of ICHP where I did my hypno-psychotherapy training is to promote the practice of hypnotherapy within orthodox medicine. To this end the training involves specific medically-oriented training such as hypno-analytical therapy for serious depression and anxiety disorders and trauma therapy for sufferers of post-traumatic shock and for victims of long term reinforced trauma. It also involves training in working with the terminally ill and providing support in emergencies, parts therapy, stress management, substance abuse, eating disorders, weight control, transpersonal spiritual development and training in pshycho education and mindfulness meditation practices.

Analytical Hypno-Psychotherapy

Hypnoanalysis—is used to uncover the causes of emotional problems that may be expressed as low self-esteem, phobias, migraine, angst, anorexia, abnormal obesity, sexual dysfunction, drug and alcohol addiction, obsessive compulsive disorders and many other problems related to the mind. Hypnoanalysis is also successfully used to lay the foundation for self-realization. It can be described as the law of cause and effect. Each symptom (effect) must have a cause. By hypnoanalysis the actual root of the problem is revealed and thereby destroyed, and this naturally means that the symptoms will disappear. Emotional disturbances are, therefore, suitable for treatment by hypnosis. By using hypnosis in analysis the period of analysis is drastically shortened.