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
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
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
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
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
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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