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What is Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy or the trance state of Hypnosis has been well researched and can be helpful, safe and *effective in many cases treating a wide range of conditions. 

Hypnotherapy, also referred to as Hypnosis can be seen as ‘a waking state of awareness, (or consciousness), in which a person’s attention is detached from his or her immediate environment and is absorbed by inner experiences such as feelings, cognition and imagery’. It is when a client goes into a hypnotic trance. 

Hypnosis is usually a relaxing experience, which can be very useful with a patient who is tense or anxious. However, the main usefulness of the hypnotic state is the increased effectiveness of suggestion and access to mind/body links or unconscious processing. 

Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries, early documents even prior to the introduction of Hospitals and it has a robust scientific framework. Clinical research has shown that it can help relieve pain and anxiety and aid smoking cessationweight loss, and sleep. It can help children and adolescents better regulate their feelings and behaviors. Some people can even use “self-hypnosis” to manage stress, cope with life’s challenges, and improve their physical and emotional health.

Hypnosis could also be seen as a meditative state, that is more goal focused which one can learn to access consciously and deliberately, for a therapeutic purpose. Suggestions are then given either verbally or using imagery, directed at the desired outcome. 

What is a Hypnotic Trance

It’s a similar feeling to if you have ever driven a car or bike to a familiar place and you zone out and suddenly find you’ve arrived but couldn’t remember the journey as you’ve gone on auto-pilot.

Going into trance states, is a common and everyday human experience, it is a similar feeling to zoning out, daydreaming, getting lost in a good book, driving down a familiar stretch of road with no conscious recollection, when in prayer or meditation, or when undertaking a monotonous or a creative activity.  One does not necessarily lose all outer awareness but we become more inwardly focused.

What happens during a session?

I provide a confidential, safe and non-judgmental space for you to discuss what it is you are wanting to change. I assess how you uniquely process information in your mind, making notes in your language of the positive goals you are wanting to achieve. (Find out more)

A screening process is then completed to see if you can be hypnotized using a validated suggestibility scale. (Many encounter different levels of hypnosis trance states, not everyone is equally susceptible to hypnosis, but research has found that about two-thirds of adults are.) 

We discuss what sensory experience you find relaxing that makes you feel safe, for example walking along the beach, sunbathing, e.t.c. 

You are then taken on an immersive relaxing guided inner journey (called an induction),

Hypnotic induction involves focusing of attention and imaginative involvement to the point where what is being imagined feels real. By the use and acceptance of suggestions which you have chosen, I then weave your positive goals into guided imagery and you construct a hypnotic reality.

Hypnosis can take place within minutes and your positive goals you want to achieve are suggested. The whole process can take around 20 mins to 2 hours.

It is a similar state to meditation accept hypnotherapy is goal and outcome focused.

What can hypnotherapy be used for?

Anything that you want to create positive change in your life and create new habits, behaviours and feel better. For example:-

weight loss

The Virtual Gastric band program provided is a minimum of 6 sessions, which are weekly sessions and is tailored to YOUR goals and individual needs. These can all be done on-line successfully or face-face from the Kapiti Office. The programs are designing supporting you for either 3 months, 6 or 12 months. Your choice of program depends upon how much support you require, and how much weight you want to lose.

Past LIfe Regression

Past Life Regression hypnosis is an exciting way to discover your previous lives and discover hidden strengths, talents and even to clear Karma. For some they feel they carry an emotional block a trauma, fear, habit, pattern that stops you from moving forward to be the best version of yourself and you can’t consciously understand why? For example an irrational fear of water, fire e.t.c even though nothing may have happened in this life to cause it. Or maybe you are just curious about previous lives you have lived. The subconscious mind will bring to the surface exactly what you need to heal and for you to become more self-aware and empowered in this life. Bring the positive learning to the NOW.

Book a 2 Hour Session to discover more about yourself.


Make me Confident

This Six session program gives you tools and techniques to feel more positive, confident in all those social and work situations that currently cause you anxiety or stress.

It is ideal for anyone suffering from:-

Low Self-Esteem/Lack of Self-Love
Social Anxiety
Lack of Confidence
Fear of Public Speaking

Change can happen, quickly and easily you have learnt to feel this way so let me reassure you that it can be unlearnt.

Be and create the life you truly want.

Trauma, Grief/Loss & PTSD

Good News – You can release your Trauma much quicker than you think with hypnosis and NLP. Usually a Trauma/Phobia is a learnt behavioural response as a result of a traumatic experience where you felt out of control and fear was experienced. Because this is a learnt response it can also be unlearnt. With the latest techniques in neuroscience using Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy, Timeline Therapy and EMDR. This can be achieved safely, effectively and much quicker than many other therapies. You do not have to revisit the old trauma/phobia and you will be able to retain the positive learnings that help you to become wiser and let go of old trauma from the past. Be aware there is no requirement to have to revisit old events. This type of therapy helps you to move forward with the positive skills you need to feel more happier, confident and ease and release those old triggers.

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Lynda Johnson, IANLP

Lynda is an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist with over 10 years Hypnotherapy, coaching and holistic therapy experience. Lynda was trained in the UK with international author/speaker and leading Master Hypnotherapist/NLP Coach Phil Parker, Rob Kelly , Sheila Granger and more recently with Alpha Hypnosis NZ Roger Saxelby.  Lynda educates and facilitates a range of holistic health courses and is a Weight Loss Specialist and Hypnobirthing facilitator.