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Hypnotherapy is when hypnosis is used as a treatment for a variety of issues including helping people who want to quit smoking, lose weight, get over phobias or to alleviate pain during child birth.

Sligo based Hypnotherapist Yvonne Henry has been working as a hypnotherapist for over 17 years She holds a Diploma in Hypno analysis and a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling. Yvonne says "I abide to a high code of ethics as a member of the ICHP."

Yvonne says:

  • 'Hypnosis is...a natural state, like driving a car or reading a good book. Hypnosis is not... a magical state or a controlled state. Most stage hypnotists will tell the person to forget -in therapy you will remember unless you choose not to. As a therapist we use conscious hypnosis.
  • There are many levels of hypnosis from a light state, medium, deep, comatose and somnambulistic. 'I guide the client into a deep state of relaxation in a quiet, private, safe and confidential space. It's like a mental massage using the senses and the client is in control at all times. You will never say or do anything that is not of your ethics or values.
  • 'Habits are either the best of servants or the worst of masters. Master your habits and take control of your life.'

She adds, 'Every behaviour has a positive intention. Often just like a computer programme we need to upgrade/update information, data filed away in our sub-conscious which is no longer relevant or out of date. Hypnosis is a bridge to the sub-conscious. When we are dreaming we are in a state similar to hypnosis. We can access information and easily update information and install new information / suggestions which allows us to live our lives to our full intentions. 'One piece of information I stress to clients especially people who wish to stop smoking .....is .the sub-conscious can only think in positive terms. Focus on what you want in your life not what you do not. This is the power of positive suggestions. When we sit down to watch TV or listen to music, we go straight for what we want... not what we don't want. Smokers know what they don't want but often have not thought about what they want. Nature hates a void and here Hypnotherapy is very powerful. We explore what the person wants in their lives . How will their lives change in positive ways. An example is a healthy environment for the family, a longer life to share with family, more money to have a better quality of life, being able to play football professionally or just kicking a ball in the garden and breathing with ease with your children, are just examples of what smokers want.'

As part of our 'Doctors on Call' Challenge, Yvonne worked with Roddy and James, two members of the 'Sligo Men's Shed' in a bid to help them give up their lifelong smoking habit. She gave each of the men individual Hypnotherapy sessions and also taught them 'Self Hypnosis'.


Yvonne Henry D.C.H.. D.H.P.


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