Clinical Hypnotherapy

Are you looking for support to: 

  • Resolve a habit or addictive behaviour?
  • Prepare for a new life event?
  • Reduce stress / enable relaxation?
  • Overcome a fear?
  • Relieve pain?

By using hypnotherapy to ‘re-programme’ old beliefs or behavioural patterns Helen Skinner assists clients to: 

  • Stop smoking, drinking, overeating, nail biting and other habits
  • Get over fear of flying, dentists, making presentations or any specific phobias
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Get exam ready
  • Reduce or eliminate chronic pain or bruxism
  • Improve their sleep, reduce stress and improve their levels of relaxation and confidence.
  • Coaching

What is hypnosis? 

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) describes hypnosis as being “neither asleep nor awake”. It’s a “little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all.” This state is referred to as being “in trance” and it may be a surprise you to learn that most of us experience trance daily during the course of our lives – think driving the car on autopilot or daydreaming of your favourite holiday whilst on crowded public transport. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is deliberately taking someone into a state of hypnosis to treat various medical or psychological problems.  During trance the hypnotherapists words “by-pass” the rational part of the client’s mind (the conscious). The conscious would ordinarily assesses every new idea presented to it against the stored behaviours and ‘programming’ in the client’s sub-conscious, choosing to accept or reject those new idea based upon previous experience and beliefs. By offering suggestions to the client’s sub-conscious mind (via trance) the client’s brain is more likely to accept new ideas without the usual dismissal of ‘Yeh I tried that before and it didn’t work…’. It’s like supercharging an individual’s willpower. As the brain doesn’t know the difference between something that’s vividly imagined or something that’s actually happened, if a client imagines him/herself enjoying a new experience or sees themselves confidently interacting differently in a situation that may have caused them discomfort or fear in the past then they are much more likely to give the new behaviour or reaction (such as quitting overeating or smoking) their best shot and stick with it long term. 

It’s important that clients know that no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any suggestions provided by the therapist – that’s why one of the first things the therapist will ask is about your motivation to change. Hypnotherapy is therefore a state of purposeful co-operation where the therapist assists the client to achieve a trance state and offers them suggestions aimed at helping them to achieve their therapeutic goal. BSCH reports that an estimated 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist, the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects. 

Birth Preparation

Helen works with expectant mothers to address any fears they have about birthing and to prepare them for an empowering experience. Helen uses visualisation and deep relaxation, drawing on her Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, her UK qualification for birth preparation and her own personal experience and work with expectant parents to date. She passionately believes that all women should take some time to prepare mentally for birth, as an empowering experience provides a fabulous start to motherhood and leaves you best placed to tackle the steep learning curve of caring for baby when the birth is over!  


Helen works with clients on a one-to-one basis to support them in setting stretching goals and then taking action to achieve them. She also helps clients to overcome long-standing emotional blocks that they feel no longer serve them and are holding them back from living there best intentional life.