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Hypnosis - Helping to Bring About Change

About the services offered by Stephen Bayliss for Hypnotherapy in Kent and South East England, UK.

What is hypnosis?
Sometimes used interchangeably with the word Hypnotherapy in a therapeutic setting, the term hypnosis is often regarded as an altered state of consciousness. It is usually accompanied by a deeply relaxed state and a narrowing of the focus of attention, with a reduced awareness of the environment. The relaxed state enables the ideas and suggestions that the psychologist, hypnotherapist etc or you provide, to take effect. People often report how enjoyable the experience is. The hypnotic state is either produced by the individual him/herself or in response to guidance by the psychologist, hypnotherapist etc. During the sessions I teach you how to hypnotise yourself (self-hypnosis), as like most things, practising increases the benefit.

What can it be used for?
Hypnosis is an invaluable tool when used as part of counselling/ therapy and other support that I am able to provide. It can help people with a wide range of issues including stress, self-confidence, anxiety, social and emotional skills, anger management, grief, loss and bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder, exam anxiety, coping with difficult situations, concentration and relaxation, as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Hypnosis can help a person to make sense of past incidents and so to move forward in their life. It can also be used to rehearse potentially difficult impending events in order to cope with them better.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?
We can all think of times when we have become very engrossed in a situation, scene etc and so hypnosis builds on a natural state that we all experience. Although people vary in how hypnotisable they are, most people can be hypnotised and train themselves in self-hypnosis if they have the will to do so and support from a trained professional.

Who can receive hypnosis?
I use hypnosis with a wide range of ages of people in the UK, including children. (I only use hypnosis with children under the age of 16 years with the agreement of the child and in the presence of a responsible adult.)

What experience do you have of hypnosis?
I have more than twenty five years experience of hypnosis and am a member of The British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH) (incorporating the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis (BSECH)). In addition, I practise self-hypnosis myself - need I say more?

Who should use hypnosis?
BSCAH believes that only professionals therapists such as psychologists and health professionals who have been trained in hypnosis should use it as part of their work.

How long does it take for hypnosis to have an effect?
Hypnosis usually needs at least several sessions for maximum effect, particularly as one aim is to teach the client hypnosis techniques to use yourself in your own time to increase the effectiveness.

I have heard about the value of hypnosis / hypnotherapy and think it might help me, but I am worried that I might be made to do things that I don’t want to do, or won’t remember afterwards.
It is a very natural and safe method and yet has been used in various forms by many cultures for hundreds of years. You cannot be made to do anything against your will. You will be fully in control and aware of what is going on at all times and can come out of hypnosis whenever you wish, although coming out slowly is usually better for you to maintained a relaxed state. Adults can choose to have another person present if you wish, and I request that a responsible adult be present for any child/ young person under the age of sixteen.

Where are you based?
I currently practise at a centre in Hythe, Kent in the South East of England, but please contact me if you are further afield, as travel may be possible.

Stephen Bayliss - Chartered Psychologist:

Foreman and Jones
Integrated Health Practice
112d High Street
CT21 5LE

Folkestone Complementary Health Centre
4 West Cliff Gardens
Kent CT20 1SP

For Both Hythe and Folkestone, Telephone: (01303) 253 304
Mobile: 07749 233 262


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