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What is Hypno-analysis?

Many people experience anxiety, phobias, fears, stress, panic attacks and other similar problems, often on a daily basis. Some people have these and/or other problems… perhaps a problem controlling food intake leading to weight problems, drinking more than they’re happy with, using drugs, have psycho-sexual problems or other issues. I have successfully helped many people with all sorts of symptoms, issues and problems, using hypnotherapy, specifically Hypno-analysis, here at my practice at Hypnotherapy Portsmouth.

I am often informed by clients that I am ‘the last resort’ for them, most of them having tried other therapies or other forms of help for their problems before trying hypnotherapy. Well, that’s fine by me as I can often help where other approaches may have not.

They may have had some counselling, traditional psychotherapy, ‘ordinary’ hypnotherapy (suggestion therapy a.k.a clinical hypnosis); or they may have consulted their GP about it, yet they still haven’t experienced any significant changes or improvements.

They may have tried NLP, CBT, EFT (tapping), meditation, shiatsu, acupuncture, relaxation or whatever and this may have helped them to perhaps cope with or understand their problems a bit better, or they may have got some temporary relief from them, although they do still have them.

Many clients have thought a fair bit over the years about their problem or talked things through with their friends or family. Some of them may be taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, all with the goal of helping with their problems but they have still got problems.

So, if problems have not been resolved by using any of these approaches and methods then what can they do about them? And where do these problems come from?

All human beings have the ability to (and the tendency to sometimes) suppress uncomfortable and ‘unacceptable’ emotions. Children do this especially, though not exclusively, if they feel that they don’t have anyone they can turn to who will understand and/or help them with their feelings. People who have experienced ‘challenges’ (of whatever type) in their childhood will naturally tend to have more suppressed emotions and therefore have more psychological/emotional conflicts than the average. A lot of people can then often continue to suppress uncomfortable emotions to varying degrees throughout their lives. Whilst this behaviour in adulthood isn’t very helpful, it is the emotions that are suppressed when we are young, which are most often the key to many later problems.

When we are growing up, we have thousands of experiences, most of which we take for granted once we become adults, but they were once completely new. Sometimes these (new) experiences create quite powerful emotions and, if a child doesn’t like these feelings, or they can’t understand them, or they don’t have the ability to process them effectively, it is normal for them to suppress the feelings, so these feelings basically remain ‘unprocessed’ – this may be good for foodstuffs but it isn’t good at all for emotions! 🙂

Sometimes we do this so well that we then can have no conscious memory or awareness of the experiences which caused the emotions at all, even though as adults we can have problems which are connected to them.

These unprocessed emotions cause a (psychological) ‘conflict’ and this conflict can and does produce all manner of problems – anxiety, fears, phobias, panic attacks, physical symptoms (e.g. asthma, eczema, migraines), sexual problems, problems controlling food intake leading to weight problems, or drink problems and much more.

Until the 1950s, this normal process we have of suppressing and/or not properly processing emotions when we are young, (and the resulting conflicts, problems and symptoms caused by this), was well known and widely accepted. However, since that time, there has been a gradual move away from this well-researched and widely accepted ‘theory’ (most psychology experts would argue ‘fact’) by the general medical profession, most of the psychiatric doctors and even some of the psychotherapy professions, so much so that the medical profession tend to now pursue answers to these problems by looking for all manner of genetic, chemical and physical causes (and provides solutions in the form of medications or operations) rather than looking at unresolved emotions. This ‘move’ away from a previously well-known and widely accepted mental and emotional process does not mean that this natural process no longer exists – it does still exist, and some doctors are starting to look at this again but, sadly, it seems to be a slow change.

All this aside, what can someone do about resolving their unprocessed emotions….?

How do they access these emotions and resolve them if they can’t always remember which experiences caused them?

This is where Hypno-analysis is really useful…….

Hypno-analysis can help people to completely resolve problems such as anxiety, phobias, fears, weight control, lack of confidence, psycho-sexual problems and many other psychological and emotional problems and those problems with a psychological or emotional element to them. Hypno-analysis, using a form of ‘free association’, works with a person’s own unique, natural therapeutic process to help them to properly process any emotions which remain un-resolved for whatever reason.

Hypno-analysis is unlike suggestion hypnotherapy and even some other forms of analytical therapy, as there is no attempt made to change or correct problems either by the input of any suggestions, or by guiding people to a particular time or events in their life which either the person or the therapist “thinks” might be the answer. Hypno-analysis allows a person’s own mind to resolve their own problems in its own unique way, quickly and effectively.

Hypno-analysis is broadly psychotherapy used with very light relaxation – there is no magic, mind control or anything like that taking place: it is simply easier to have eyes closed through the process to avoid any unwanted outside distractions.

So, Hypno-analysis can help to recover the ‘root causes’ of problems or symptoms such as anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, weight control problems, psycho-sexual problems, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, nerve rashes, migraines – in fact any problem that has a psychological or emotional component to it. Once the original unresolved emotions are properly processed, a person’s problems generally ease significantly. The use of relaxation/light hypnosis and the absence of intellectual input helps to ‘speed up’ the natural therapeutic process which can sometimes take months or even years using traditional psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

The number of sessions needed for this type of therapy varies but, for the average client, between 6 and 16 weekly sessions is usually sufficient. Over the sessions I work together with my clients to enable them to achieve the end result they desire: I will create a safe, trusting, non-judgmental and completely confidential environment within which they will be helped to gradually and naturally resolve any problematic suppressed emotions.

On occasion, a client might need a few sessions of Cognitive Therapy once they have successfully completed hypnoanalysis to help them further with their problems, but I won’t know if you will need this until later; most people generally do benefit greatly from this though to ’round off’ everything.

It is also possible that you would benefit more from another therapeutic approach to help with your problem/symptom. This will be discussed and usually decided upon during the initial meeting.

Treatment with Nigel at Portsmouth Hypnotherapy can help to resolve your problems.

To contact Nigel for a confidential discussion, or to book your free 30 minute Initial Consultation please contact Nigel on mobile 07702 042220


There will be a nominal charge of £20.00 if the initial consultation lasts more than 30 minutes. Skype consultations also available.

Hypnotherapy Portsmouth - providing professional therapy services to the people of Portsmouth, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Fareham and Gosport.

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