The Science Behind Hypnosis

The Science Behind Hypnosis

Scientific Studies on Hypnosis

  • Insomnia – patients slept significantly longer when using hypnosis, significantly more patients had a good night’s sleep and it reduced the time taken to go to sleep.

  • Fear of Childbirth – participants expressed at least 10% less fear of childbirth than a group who were taught self-relaxation techniques and a group who had standard care, on the W-DEQ fear of childbirth scale.

  • Weight Loss – the average client receiving cognitive-behavioral hypnotherapy showed greater improvement than at least 70% of clients receiving non-hypnotic treatment

  • Weight Loss – three further studies show significantly greater weight loss with hypnosis than with other forms of treatment.

  • Quitting Smoking – 90.7% of participants remained smoke-free for at least 6 months following a hypnotic intervention.

  • Insomnia – hypnotic suggestions to “sleep deeper” resulted in an increase of Slow Wave Sleep of 81%, and time spent awake was reduced by 67%.


Hypnosis can help with such a variety of issues, that it would almost be more worthwhile to list what it can’t help with. The following is a list of some of the common issues that clients seek help with:

– Sleep issues (both getting to, and staying, asleep),
– Stopping smoking,
– Weight loss,
– Adherence to diet and fitness plans,
– Stress,
– Fear of flying,
– Fear of death,
– Specific phobias relating to objects, other people or events,
– Lack of confidence in social situations,
– Difficulties with public speaking,
– Improving performance in a particular aspect of their life (such as at work or in a sport),
– Sexual issues,
– Addiction to drugs or alcohol (or other addictive substances),
– Removal of bad habits (like nail biting, for instance),
– Pain control (note that this is not something I specialise in and I would recommend seeking help from someone who does).

It differs, depending on the issue you’re seeing me for and which session of the program it is but, generally speaking, they’re between 60 and 90 minutes.

Just one.
My programs are generally between 2 and 8 sessions, but results will be noticed after the first session. The whole program should be treated as pieces of a puzzle as the techniques used will be quite different in each session.
By the time your program has finished and you’ve seen me a number of times, you’ll have experienced a real and lasting change.
Some clients come to see me with multiple issues (smoking and weight loss, or insomnia and weight loss, for instance) and that means the program will be a bit longer. However, the results will still be just as good.
Yes, it really does.
Hypnosis has a long history and has been used for thousands of years in different forms. It actually has an incredibly high rate of success, far greater than more ‘traditional’ types of therapy. A 2001 study by the University of Washington School of Medicine found that hypnosis for quitting smoking has a 90.6% success rate.
Another study, by the University of Conneticut, involved researchers analysing 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.
Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended. There are so many more studies which find similar results. It’s a fact – hypnosis is scientifically proven to get fantastic results.
To put it simply, hypnosis is all about following instructions. If you can allow yourself to follow instructions, you can be hypnotised. End of story. You might have heard or seen the phrase “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”.
This is very true, and it explains how being hypnotised is all down to you allowing yourself to go into trance.
Hypnosis feels somewhat similar to meditation, and is just a very deep form of relaxation. It feels a bit like that moment in the morning when you’re not quite awake, but not quite asleep either.
You may feel a little drowsy, you might feel some tingling sensations in your muscles or limbs and, personally, I often feel a really nice warmth flow through me.
You’ll be fully aware of what I’m saying, and you’ll remember it afterwards. You’ll always be in control and you can bring yourself out of trance at any time.

You won’t generally “feel” like you’ve been hypnotised; hypnosis just feels like a very deep state of relaxation. At no point will you go from being relaxed to suddenly being in trance, it’s a very gradual process and you’ll just become more and more relaxed.

Absolutely not. The great thing about hypnosis is that you will only accept suggestions that you want to and that are agreeable to you. If a hypnotherapist tried to tell you to hurt someone, for instance, you would not accept the suggestion as the idea of doing that would be unacceptable to you.
However, if the hypnotherapist suggests that you feel more relaxed, that is a perfectly acceptable suggestion that your unconscious mind would (presumably) be willing to allow.
Hypnosis is essentially a relaxation technique whereby the practitioner makes certain suggestions to the client in order to have them gradually relax. Once the practitioner is comfortable that the relaxation is deep enough, they will then make positive suggestions to the client’s subconscious mind, so that those suggestions will then be accepted.
Hypnosis is a gradual process and anyone who can follow instructions can be hypnotised.
I hear this from time to time and you would probably think that this is a real red flag for a hypnotist. However, that’s just not the case for me.
The fact is, your perceived experience of a previous hypnotic trance will have no bearing on your success with me. Without wishing to sound arrogant, there are good and bad hypnotists out there. A good hypnotist is never going to be scared off by a person who believes their past hypnosis didn’t work. It’s likely that there was something holding you back when you were last hypnotised (which the hypnotist wasn’t able to recognise).
I utilise multiple different techniques and it can be a case of working out what works best for a particular client. Once you find that technique, the results will come. Whether you’ve seen a hypnotist in the past or not should have no bearing whatsoever on your success with me.
By chance, really.
I was always a skeptic of anything to do with mindfulness/meditation/hypnotherapy until I was at University and had incredibly bad sleep issues. I started meditation at the recommendation of a doctor, and that started my interest in that side of things.
Although the sleep issues didn’t get much better (and over time got even worse), I kept meditating every day while I was working in the financial services. I worked for quite some time within that industry and my sleep was still terrible. I tried all sorts of different things to fix the issues and nothing really worked until I went to see a hypnotherapist on a whim.
I thought “what have I got to lose” and so I went along and had incredible results. I was so excited by this and started to develop a real interest and, eventually, a passion for hypnotherapy that’s led to me becoming qualified as a hypnotherapist.

The Clinic

Brisbane Hypnotherapy Clinic

The office is located in Stones Corner/Greenslopes, within the bustling Stones Corner Village.

Suburbs close to Stones Corner include Coorparoo, Woollongabba, East Brisbane, Kangaroo Point, Norman Park, Annerley, Fairfield, Holland Park, South Bank, South Brisbane, West End, Morningside, Bulimba, Hawthorne, Carina and Cannon Hill.

Zoom consultations are also available.

You’re not asleep while being hypnotised, but it doesn’t feel like being fully awake either.

By utilising this natural state, we can make positive suggestions to help make a permanent change, by “bypassing” that voice in your head that questions everything.

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