Many people who come into my offices are so surprised to find that after all their worries and concerns about coming to see me (usually always as a last resort!) that their experience of hypnosis is very pleasant. People who come to see me, or use my hypnotherapy recordings are often referred by their medical doctor, or hospital consultant, many by word of mouth or who have read about my work somewhere.
They are often surprised that it is not as they expected no swinging watches, but instead modern bright offices. My practice is based in a National Health Service (NHS) medical practice, where I work alongside general medical practitioners’ with their patients.
It is interesting to note that there are those who feel that the medical profession and complementary therapies are at odds with each other. Some may be, but my point of view, and the view of many in the profession is that we can work successfully together, and over many years I have proven that to be the case.
A number of the audio programs on this site are used in hospitals, and by support groups. Medical professionals refer their patients to them, some as far away as New York in the USA! Other programmes are recognised by support groups and thankful patients.
Current and earlier medical research has shown that the human brain undergoes physical changes during hypnosis. This has been shown in research for pain reduction and also for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients who used hypnotherapy to alleviate their symptoms. Studies using positron emission tomography (PET) scans and computerised axial tomography (CAT) scans show differences in brain images pre-hypnosis from those during or after hypnotherapy. These observable physical differences confirm that hypnosis and hypnotherapy produce a genuine human state of altered consciousness.