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Hypnotherapy in Lymington and the New Forest area





To find out more about hypnotherapy in Lymington and the New Forest area, or to arrange an appointment, please call Toby Wilks on 01590 676964. Alternatively, you can send me an email at tobywilks2000@yahoo.co.uk.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a safe, natural state, where people often/ generally feel completely relaxed and at ease…

The state of hypnosis is essentially a focus of attention.

People generally experience a heightened state of awareness and more focused concentration, which helps them to analyse any problems that they may have, and to gain a much clearer perspective on them.

In the state of hypnosis, the subconscious mind is much more open to receiving positive suggestions, so when these are given to you, by the therapist, in hypnosis, your mind is much more likely to accept them and start acting upon them.

It is very much a two-way process - how deep into hypnosis you go depends on how much you allow yourself to let go and relax, and go along with the therapist’s instructions.

Exploding the Myths

It is impossible for someone to be hypnotised against their will.

It is impossible for someone to make you do anything against your will in hypnosis.

You cannot get ‘stuck’ – you can come out of hypnosis whenever you want to, but most of the time, people feel so relaxed, that they just don’t want to, until the end of the session.

You are in complete control the whole time.

You are not asleep, or unconscious, during hypnosis; you will be fully aware of what is going on at every stage.

In fact, there is no such thing as a ‘hypnotised’ feeling – people generally feel a deep sense of relaxation.

There’s nothing mystical about hypnosis – we all go in and out of trances all day – except most of the time we aren’t that conscious of it – driving, reading, and even watching a good film are good examples of this. Daydreaming is another example.

Driving on the motorway, and suddenly realising that you have gone past the last 3 exits without even noticing, or being so intensely absorbed in a good film that you don’t even hear what someone has just said to you. These are both examples of how we experience the ‘trance-like’ state of hypnosis on an everyday basis.

To find out more about hypnotherapy in Lymington and the New Forest area, or to arrange an appointment, please call Toby Wilks on 01590 676964. Alternatively, you can send me an email at tobywilks2000@yahoo.co.uk.

What is Hypnotherapy?


This is essentially where the practitioner does the therapy part of the treatment while the client is in a state of hypnosis.

If you imagine the unconscious mind being like a computer program, then what we are doing with hypnotherapy is essentially re-writing or altering that program together, in a way that you feel is positive, so that you will become the person that you really want to be.

I say ‘together’, because hypnotherapy is a two-way process – your participation and co-operation is needed every step of the way for the treatment to be fully effective.

Your subconscious mind will only ever accept suggestions and allow changes that it sees as beneficial.

It is impossible for someone to make you change in any way that is contrary to what you want for yourself.

Hypnotherapy is nothing like how it is portrayed in glossy Hollywood movies. There is no way that I or anyone else can put you into a 'trance' and when you 'awaken' all your problems will be solved, or you’ll be a completely changed person, with no memory of your ‘former life’. It doesn’t work like that.

What we are doing with hypnotherapy is replacing any negative or destructive patterns of thought, habits, or suggestions, which may be stored in the subconscious mind, with ones that you feel are more positive, helping you to feel the way that you really want to feel, on a more permanent basis.

Think of the mind as being divided into two parts – the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind is the part that we use on an everyday basis – it is where we think and rationalise.

But the huge majority of our mental processes take place in the subconscious mind. If you compare the mind to an iceberg – just the tip of the iceberg (the part on the surface) would represent the conscious mind, whereas the rest (the vast majority), hidden under the surface, would represent the subconscious mind.

Certain routine actions we perform, such as reading, happen automatically, without us having to think about them. Eating is another example – we don’t actually have to think about cutting the food up, putting it in our mouths, chewing and swallowing.

These processes are learnt over a period of time – at first we have to think about them, but then they come automatically. That is when the subconscious mind is controlling them.

Certain negative thought patterns can happen in this way too… We don’t plan to feel nervous when we give a speech, or to be scared when we fly… We might even be telling ourselves (in our conscious minds) that it is not going to happen… But often enough, these things still happen…

This is because the pattern has been ‘learnt’ by the subconscious mind, and now the behaviour happens almost as if on ‘autopilot’, and may feel beyond your control.

What we are doing with hypnotherapy is using both parts of the mind to work for you, so that you are in control of how you think and act.


To find out more about hypnotherapy in Lymington and the New Forest area, or to arrange an appointment, please call Toby Wilks on 01590 676964. Alternatively, you can send me an email at tobywilks2000@yahoo.co.uk.


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