Hypnotherapy

I work with talented creatives and entrepreneurs at a subconscious and energetic level to cultivate a deep sense of inner safety and self trust, so that they can create their most meaningful work

Hypnotherapy & Coaching

“Our conscious mind makes up 10% of our brain.  Our subconscious: a whopping 90%.  Working purely at a conscious level is like filling in the cracks in a subsiding house and ignoring the sinking ground.  I work at the subconscious level to build solid, sturdy foundations so you know you can withstand the strongest of storms.” 
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner

Why Hypnotherapy?

From CEO’s and Company Directors to prime-time TV actors, screenwriters and BAFTA award-winning producers, the women I work with all have one thing in common: their subconscious beliefs about success, worthiness and safety means they’re overwhelmed, full of self-doubt, and not taking up the space they deserve in masculine-dominated industries.  Because of this, they:

  • Find themselves procrastinating and getting caught up in perfectionism
  • Experience writer’s block and find it difficult to create from a place of vulnerability and truth
  • Say yes to jobs for the credentials, rather than because it feels exciting and fun (and then totally regret it!)
  • Feel like if they stop working all hours then they’ll become irrelevant or miss the boat
  • Compare themselves to others, feel bitter about their success, then feel guilty for feeling bitter
  • Spend hours over-preparing for meetings/pitches/auditions
  • Avoid making the pitch/sending the script in the first place!
  • Secretly wish time away with their family because they ‘should be’ being productive.  Then more feeling guilty.  Obvs.
  • Question EVERYTHING and lose faith in themselves and/or the project every time someone says no
  • Feel like a fraud because they are ‘successful’ on paper, but don’t feel like they’ve put out their best work, or reached their most meaningful goals.  And it’s been a BALL ACHE to get here and they’re tired of working so bloody hard

 

And, take it from me – none of this means you’re actually not good enough.  Or because you have nothing to say, or value to add.  In fact, clients of mine will tell you – winning that award, or turning over 8 figures (yup, EIGHT FIGURES), or writing and starring in your own show for multiple seasons – it doesn’t actually change anything.  Nothing outside of yourself will give you what you’re looking for.  It has to come from within.  That self-worth, that creative flow, that feeling of joy and fulfilment – it all flows THROUGH you.

The difficulty lies in allowing this to happen.  Your subconscious is there to keep you safe, and at some point it’s created beliefs about what safety means for you.  For some, it may be that being visible in your business or in the public eye isn’t safe because it rubs family up the wrong way, or it’s learnt through childhood experiences that your ‘real self’ is unlikeable in some way (too loud, too clumsy, too messy, too ‘up yourself’, too geeky, too vain, you get the picture…).

So it learns to shrink – to hold back your true thoughts, opinions and feelings; to not allow your most vulnerable self to come through.  It will come up with lots of reasons why this is the case, or perhaps even convince you that you ARE being your most vulnerable, creative self.  But it’s learnt to find the evidence that supports the beliefs it holds, and to ignore any other evidence to the contrary.  It’s clever like that.

Now, the problem is that your subconscious makes up about 90% of your mind, whereas your conscious mind is only around 10%.  That means that even though you know something logically and rationally in your conscious mind, if it’s at odds with your subconscious beliefs, then you can bet your subconscious will win.  We’ll always experience that inner conflict, and have to push and force ourselves to do things that we KNOW we actually want, and keep feeling stuck (and getting annoyed with ourselves in the process).

Hypnotherapy is one of the tools we use to access the core root of these beliefs at a subconscious level, and to get the conscious and subconscious back on the same page so they’re no longer in conflict.  We essentially get the brain waves down to a relaxed state, then we can release and reframe any old beliefs that are holding you back from being your most authentic, joyful, creative self.  This can look like working with different parts, healing the inner child, or experiencing regression, as well as using metaphor and suggestion to work with neural pathways.  Working at a subconscious level also allows your deepest truths to be brought into your consciousness so you can create art or business offers that feel aligned and authentic to you on every level – making it much easier to take action towards them (almost as if they flow through you rather than something you actively ‘do’).

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Anxiety Hypnotherapy

The reason why anxiety causes so much distress is because it makes us feel out of control.  We logically, consciously know that we are not in any real danger, but it doesn’t change the way we unconsciously feel.  This battle between the conscious and unconscious makes us feel embarrassment, shame, frustration and utterly helpless.

In a hypnotherapy session, I will help you enter a state of deep relaxation known as trance.  In trance, your unconscious mind is more open to suggestion and we can use this to help you regain control, reduce your symptoms, and change the way you respond to anxiety.  If there is an underlying cause for the anxiety (which is usually the case), I can help you dig deep to discover why you react in the way that you do and we can release any underlying causes.  During the sessions, I will also use a mix of coaching and hypnotherapy to teach you coping strategies and relaxation techniques that you can use yourself, thus helping to realign the conscious and unconscious mind so you no longer feel inner conflict.

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Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner
Suzanne Hughes Hypnotherapist, Coach & Reiki Practitioner

Stress Hypnotherapy

Stress.  We’ve all experienced it.  Whether it’s due to environmental factors – such as work deadlines – or psychological – such as an ongoing relationship troubles – the impact of stress can be extremely damaging to our health.

But why do we get stressed?  Well, it’s all down to our biology.  Way back in the day (I’m talking primitive, caveman times), our stress responses evolved in order to help us survive.  Our ancestors would have experienced stresses in the form of short, sharp shocks: a rock falling, for example, or needing to escape a predator.  Our primitive stress response would be to pump out hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which would result in a whole host of physiological changes:

  • An increase of blood supply to our arms and legs – very handy for both fighting and running away from predators
  • Increased breathing in order to take in more oxygen and send it to the brain so we’re feeling sharp and alert to tackle the stressful situation
  • An increase in the digestion of sugars, so that your body is utilising every source of energy possible to either ‘fight’ or ‘flee’.
  • A decrease in sensitivity to pain – this makes it much easier to focus on escaping
  • A decrease in your immune system – does your body need to worry about catching a cold when there is an imminent threat to life?
  • A decrease in the blood supply to the language parts of the brain – this is a ‘modern’ part of the brain so not necessary for those primitive ancestors of ours.

These stress responses were pretty sufficient for those times, and for the short timeframes in which our ancestors experienced stress.

But times have changed.

We no longer have to stress about escaping predators (unless we’re talking playground cliques and scary bosses).

Oh no.  Instead, we experience the daily stress of navigating motherhood with a career, or the ongoing financial stress of not having enough money to start a pension.  We experience the stress of social media, of comparison, of feeling inadequate.  We experience the stress of taking on more and more responsibilities because we can’t bear to say ‘no’, or the stress that inevitably arises within relationships.

And despite EVERYTHING (not least the origins of stress) that has evolved over tens of thousands of years, the stress responses our brains produce have not.

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Hypnotherapy & Coaching FAQs

Answers to all your frequently asked questions.

Imagine your mind to be like an iceberg, with about 10% showing above the water and 90% below the water. The 10% of the iceberg that is visible represents your conscious mind – the part of your mind that deals in logical, rational thoughts and behaviours. The 90% of the iceberg below the surface – that’s your unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is responsible for your emotions, memories, dreams, automatic functions (i.e. breathing), and automatic behaviours (i.e. habits).

 

Hypnotherapy is a type of psychological therapy that takes you into a deeply relaxed state so that we can address the unconscious mind. Through communicating with the unconscious mind, we can uncover the reasons why you have the problems that you do, whether that be anxiety, self-doubt, low self-esteem or unhealthy habits. Once we have done this, we can use a variety of techniques to reframe or let go of unhelpful thoughts or beliefs. You will then find it much easier to make the changes you want. You will no longer be battling against yourself, but acting in accordance with your true, authentic wants and desires.

Good question! On a physical level, there seems to be little to no difference between hypnosis and meditation (according to changes in brainwave activity). However, they are used differently. Meditation is typically used to empty the mind to create a deep sense of inner peace whereas hypnosis is usually goal-orientated.

Hypnosis feels different to everyone and there’s no ‘right way’ to experience hypnosis. Some people become hyper-aware of their surroundings; some people become hyper-aware of themselves; some people find their mind wanders and they worry that they haven’t been ‘paying attention’. Some people come out of trance feeling elated and like they’ve had life-affirming revelations, and others come out feeling nothing. It doesn’t matter. The unconscious mind is always paying attention and things will become clear when the time is right, whether that be minutes, hours or days later.

Erm, no! This is an old stereotype that goes back to the early days of theatrical stage performers. Eye-fixation is certainly one way to induce someone into a state of hypnosis, but this can be done by staring at any object – it just so happens that the hypnotists of the 19th century were well-to-do gentlemen who carried swinging pocket watches.

Again, no. These stage hypnotists have a lot to answer for! Let’s go back to the iceberg analogy – that 20% of visible iceberg is your conscious mind and the 80% below the water is your unconscious. Now let’s add a filter on the water line – yes, that bit between the conscious and the unconscious. The filter is known as the critical faculty, and its job is to accept or reject information that is consistent with our data banks in the unconscious. For example, if you find Karen in Accounts overbearing and you hear she’s been bullying a colleague, you are more likely to believe that to be true rather than if you heard it was Sue in HR who always goes out of her way to help you. It doesn’t mean it is true, of course, but your conscious mind has checked with the data banks, and the critical faculty will either accept or reject the information based on what your unconscious already knows to be true.

 

Now, when we are in hypnosis, one effect is to bypass the critical faculty. That’s how we can start making real changes. So as an example, let’s take our fictitious client Amy. Amy has a very successful career – she holds a senior position; she is well-respected; she is known as someone who gets results. Despite being recognised by the company and clients; despite being promoted; despite bonuses and regularly exceeding targets – Amy feels like a fraud. Her conscious mind receives all this information about her positive performance, but her critical faculty checks with the data banks in her unconscious mind, and it says ‘no’. For whatever reason, her unconscious mind KNOWS she is not worthy; in fact, she’s a fraud. It will tell the critical faculty to REJECT any praise or any information alluding to Amy’s success, and it will tell her she’s just ‘lucky’. However, through hypnotherapy, we can bypass this pesky critical faculty and begin to work with the unconscious mind to challenge her beliefs, and ultimately to change them. Once Amy has done this work, she can now enjoy hearing positive information about herself, and her critical faculty will ACCEPT it as truth.

 

Now, back to the mind-control. Even in hypnosis, a small part of the critical faculty will remain. This prevents people from accepting harmful suggestions, or those that are against their moral beliefs. Remember, we are using hypnosis to get back to the root of the real you – the you before society got its mitts on you! So, don’t worry – hypnosis is not mind control and I can’t MAKE you do anything that you don’t really want to do.

YES! But only if you want it to. If you are considering hypnotherapy to prove someone else wrong, or because someone else wants you to change (hypnotherapists see this ALL THE TIME with clients whose partners want them to stop smoking), then I can guarantee you that it WON’T work. As we mentioned above, your critical faculty will stop you from doing anything that you don’t actually want to do. So, if this is you – save your money!

Absolutely. Hypnosis conducted by a trained professional is perfectly safe. However, if you suffer from certain conditions, such as psychosis, then hypnotherapy is unlikely to be the best route for you. If you are suffering from any mental health condition, I would always recommend that you see your GP first.

Online sessions are a really convenient way to experience hypnotherapy. They take place in the comfort of your own home via a secure Zoom connection, and we can still see and hear each other just as we would if we were face-to-face.

I am a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, with a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy (DIP. CHH), a Certificate in N.L.P Skills (CERT NLPS) and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology (MSC. PSYCH). I also hold Reiki Level 1 and Reiki Practitioner Level 2 qualifications.  I am also a qualified and experienced Teacher of English (PGCE) and have a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language with Linguistics, which is where my love of the power of language originates.