Hypnotherapy is used to help many emotional & psychosomatic problems (emotional states which produce physical symptoms). Treatments can help with any problem you are finding hard to handle on your own. These can include overwhelming or sustained emotional suffering or thoughts as well as actions you would like to banish or acquire. Some physical problems can also be treated with hypnosis.

This is not an exhaustive list but is designed to give an idea of the range of conditions that can be helped with hypnotherapy.

List of symptoms that can be helped

Some symptoms and abbreviations explained:
Bruxism = teeth grinding especially at night
Emetophobia = the fear of being sick; fear of vomiting; vomit
OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Obsessional neurosis
 = Irritable Bowel Syndrome
PTSD = Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This list does not consitute a diagnosis of your problem or symptom, nor should it discourage you from seeking advice from your doctor or G.P. in the first instance if you are worried about a serious condition or problem.


Some may say there is nothing that is clinically addictive in alcohol, but to an individual with an addictive personality it can still be fatal. Alcohol creates an association with the addictive personality and destroys the mind and body, and frequently accompanies other problems such as rage and self-confidence issues. Hypnosis can be successful in helping the sufferer come to terms with the illness and tackling it. Accompanying hypnotherapy with one of the many support groups available can mean a long term sufferer will never be tempted to drink again.

Anger Management

When someone is totally unable to control a basic human impulse such as anger it can be dangerous, and often the sufferer is unaware that the problem lies within him or her and believes it is whomever the anger is directed at that is the cause of the problem. Once you can come to terms with the problem, and analyse it using hypnosis, unresolved issues that usually stem from the formative years can be resolved.

Anxiety / Panic Attacks

It is a basic human instinct to feel anxious at some stage in our lives and millions of years ago our ancestors relied on this function to get through life safely. Even now we are all likely to feel tense when put under some sort of pressure. But it is when there is no conscious reason that we can see for feeling this way that it can become a problem.

Sufferers of panic attacks can for no reason at all suddenly break out into a sweat and feel their heart begin to pound furiously giving them an unexplained feeling of complete despair. This creates even more tension, which makes the heart beat even faster which leads to even more tension, aggravating the situation further and further until at long last it eventually calms down which can be in a matter of a few moments or maybe hours. The mind has for one reason or another been conditioned to feel this way when a certain set of circumstances occur. Using hypnotherapy techniques we can uncover the underlying reason for this and resolve it.


Blushing comes about when there is an increase in heart rate. In much the same way as running a race makes your face red. As the heart beats faster to pump oxygen to the muscles it also pumps blood cells, if all of this were to rush to the brain it would result in a stroke. So the body disperses the blood into the blood vessels of the face.

This raises the temperature in the face and can make it feel redder than it actually is.
The reason that we blush when certain circumstances occur is simply the body reacting to a stimulus. Using hypnotherapy we can learn how to react differently, both physiologically and emotionally.


Hypnosis is a fantastic tool to aid concentration in people of any age. Slight breaks in concentration are normal in children, but if become recurring need putting right. Hypnotherapy can root out any background noise in the conscious and subconscious mind and replace it with positive and useful affirmations to great success.


Any unresolved issues in the subconscious are easily cleaned up using hypnotherapy, and can result in a quivering wreck becoming an accomplished public speaker.
Confidence with the opposite sex is easy to resolve, as are any nerves concerning taking exams or a driving test. Our subconscious is great at keeping us safe but when it is wrong about what is safe and what is not it can result in blind panic at the thought of the simplest of tasks. This is where hypnotherapy can excel.


Hypnosis is applied in 1 of 2 ways in dentistry. Many people have a fear or even a phobia of visiting the dentist or of the needles used to administer anaesthetic, so much so that their teeth can suffer. Using hypnosis we can uncover why the problem is there and banish it forever and can replace the negative associations with positive ones. Secondly, it is not uncommon for someone to be allergic to anaesthetic drugs, and in these cases major dental work is often ignored.

But using hypnosis we can anaesthetise any area of the body, making it completely numb.
You will know that work is going on and will feel it happening but will feel absolutely no pain whatsoever. This is proving so successful that many Dentists are learning hypnotic techniques themselves to help their patients.


Depression can mean different things to different people, and many who feel depressed may not necessarily be suffering with clinical depression. Instead may be suffering with a bad reaction to life events.

It is usually necessary to work with GP’s in order to confirm the best course of treatment. And using hypnosis we can uncover any unresolved issues that have been plaguing the subconscious and forcing the mind and body to react in the way it has. As well as teaching the client coping strategies to get through life. Many people find they can get through perfectly well on their own, but there are those that cannot, hypnosis can find out why they think they cannot and show them how they can.

Drug Addiction

There is a major difference between a drug user and a drug addict, in the same way you are not an alcoholic simply because you enjoy a drink. But if an individual with an addictive personality discovers a taste for drugs it can lead to a very real and life threatening problem. But using hypnosis we can tackle the self-confidence issues that almost always reside and help ward off withdrawal symptoms. It is important to confirm whether or not an assessment from the NHS assessment team is needed, and if any replacement medication needs to be prescribed. We can then begin to instil feelings of pride, self esteem and more importantly self purpose.


New grief is the domain of the grief counsellor, but unresolved grief can be treated successfully with hypnotherapy. There are different stages of grieving beginning with shock before resolving itself with acceptance and fondness. Sometimes grief sufferers can be stuck at one of the stages. Any unresolved issues associated with the lost loved one can be resolved easily. It can be a very emotional experience but worthwhile and rewarding, and can lead to a sense of empowerment over your own life.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome is mainly due to in inability to relax, both mentally and physically, and is more often than not accompanied by other conditions such as stress and eczema.
Using self hypnosis we can learn to relax and learn how to control both our eating habits and our bowel movement activities. Using hypnotherapy techniques to clear up any unresolved issues about self often accompanies treatment.


To combat insomnia I teach my clients self hypnosis techniques, this enables any worries that we haven’t already resolved using hypnotherapy, to fade into the background and wait for a more practical time of the day. Using self hypnosis you can easily fall into a relaxed state of mind and body that soon turns into deep and refreshing sleep.


The exact cause of migraine headaches is still a matter of medical discussion, but it is known that when certain stimuli are in place, for example stress levels rise combined with infrequent meals, certain blood vessels in the head can contract causing a restriction in blood flow to certain parts of the brain. As the blood vessels contract you get a slight tingling sensation or visual disturbance that many people recognise as the beginnings of the migraine.

Using self hypnosis you are able to override the subconscious instructions to contract the blood vessels and allow blood to flow as it should. It is important to recognise that hypnosis is so successful at controlling pain that your GP MUST be kept informed of treatment, in order to confirm that there are no serious problems that may be masked with hypnosis.

Nail Biting

When not stress related nail biting can stem from the very early years of childhood, whereupon there was some anxiety about the supply of food from the parent, and can be related to thumb sucking. It is not uncommon for babies to feel this way and is why dummies are so good at quieting a crying baby.

But once a child gets into the habit of needing some sort of oral pacifier it can carry on into adult life without realising it. Hypnosis is very good at rooting out erroneous beliefs in the subconscious and replacing them with positive attitudes.

Pain Relief

It is normal for the subconscious to send signals to the brain warning of a problem and demanding a reaction. But if we can make the subconscious aware that we already know about the problem then we can cut off the demand it has for a reaction.
In other words we can switch pain off like a switch.

Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious and controls the instructions it would normally send to the pain receptors. Making something as complicated as surgery painless. On top of that the lack of anaesthetic in the bloodstream speeds up recovery no end. As mentioned previously it is important to recognise that hypnosis is so successful at controlling pain that your GP MUST be kept informed of treatment, in order to confirm that there are no serious problems that may be masked with hypnosis.

During the formative years any erroneous information about a certain situation that is learnt can be carried with us for the rest of our lives. Hypnosis is wonderful at finding out where that erroneous information first came from, and analysing it from an adults perspective. It is common for a client to tell me out of hypnosis where they think it occurred, but they are always wrong.

You may remember a time when you were attacked by a dog and since that day have had a phobia of dogs. The fact that you remember it tells me it isn’t what we are looking for. That occurrence only reinforced what your subconscious already knew from an earlier experience that may or may not even have had anything to do with dogs, but our subconscious thinks in emotions and will strive to stop you from putting yourself into a situation where you would feel that emotion again. I use hypnotic regression to root out the cause of the problem and hypnotic suggestion to replace any negative association with positive emotions.

Sports Performance
Athletes have a phrase “If you can see it, you can be it”. Hypnosis can help you focus on your performance and help you achieve your goals. As long as it is viable you will find that using self hypnosis will help you to perform better, it can give you extra stamina and extra confidence.

It is true to say that before you can win in your profession you need to win in your mind first, and hypnosis is just the right tool for this. I use hypnotic suggestion to prepare you for your game and teach self hypnosis for you to use before every game. Doing this will improve your performance inestimably.

Stuttering and Stammering 
Stuttering and stammering are 2 slightly different problems, although originate from the same place. A sufferer of a stammer will find it difficult to speak whole words or part of words, whereas a stutter is a repetition of whole words or part of words.
They have self-confidence roots and can be treated in similar ways. Sufferers will rarely have a problem when talking alone, and don’t usually struggle at all when under hypnosis.

The problem arises when there is conflict between the conscious and the subconscious mind, the conscious mind wants to speak but the subconscious wants you to be quiet, until the 2 can agree some sort of speech impediment will appear.
Once any root causes can be identified using hypnosis and boosted with ego strengthening work then success is swift.

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Aston Colley    D HYP, HPD
Professional Hypnotherapist & Yoga Teacher