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The Power of Hypnotherapy

February 1, 2013


Despite the relatively limited size of our brains, their complex structures do have seemingly unlimited capabilities. However, structural damage, such as the death of cells and neurons, and inflammation in certain parts in the brain may affect our ability to remember some information we’ve entered to our mind. It’s not that they have totally disappeared. We just forget where we’ve hidden them. If you are having problems recalling things, names and places, you might want to consider hypnosis as part of your treatment plan.

Hypnosis and Memory

One of the most favoured tools by practitioners when it comes to helping patients deal with memory problems is hypnosis. But how does this therapy help you recall or strengthen memories?

First off, we want to understand how our memory works. Memory formation, recall and retrieval are major cognitive processes that are highly complex in nature – complex in a sense that many areas of the brain are involved. While many studies have been conducted on memory, it is still not fully understood until today.

Most of us know that memories are generally categorised into two – short-term and long-term memories. Short-term memories include names of people we are not closely affiliated with, phone numbers and other ‘not so significant’ details in our everyday life. Long-term memories on the other hand, are usually the product of different experiences, especially those that have significantly impacted our life. According to studies, long-term memories work in a two-way process. First, you store the information somewhere in your mind, and second, you recall it. In some instances however, problems occur in either the storage or the retrieval. Sometimes, the problem takes place in both.

This is where hypnotherapy comes in. The process involves increasing concentration and focusing on a limited area in the brain, to effectively trace back the path towards the ‘lost’ memory or memories. When administered by a professional practitioner, hypnosis can slow down your thinking, heighten your imagination and eliminate distractions that preventing you from retrieving such information.

If you have experienced hypnosis before, you will probably agree that this therapy is a powerful mind tool. Through hypnosis, you allow your mind to focus on the experience or memory and recall the details involved until in most cases you finally retrieve the information. Because of this, hypnotic techniques are often used in helping witnesses of crimes recall memories, especially when they are under trauma. But because of the possibility that the therapist may insert false information, the use of hypnosis in legal matters was banned. This, nevertheless, does not alter the fact that hypnosis can help retrieve memories that were trapped somewhere in our minds.

What else can hypnosis achieve?

Decades of research suggest that hypnosis is a safe and effective treatment. Other than helping us recall memories, hypnosis was also found to help manage pain during childbirth, headache, and other forms of physical pain. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis doesn’t just reduce anxiety before an operation or pain throughout and after a surgical operation, but also cuts the time involved and lowers the risk of complications. At present, hypnosis is gaining popularity for its role in weight management, treating phobias and in helping smokers stop.

Based on these facts, we can say that hypnosis is indeed a powerful therapy that gives us a range of health benefits. Nevertheless, it is important that you seek treatment only from a qualified therapist. Seek out a licensed, certified hypnotherapist to ensure the success and safety of the treatment.

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist at Grey Matterz

Part of the Core Health Centre


Hypnosis for nail biters?

June 29, 2011

Hypnosis For People Who Bite Their Nails

My name’s Richard and I’m a clinical hypnotherapist. I help people every day who need to alter their way of thinking because they have picked up bad habits or cannot seem to break a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours. So, I thought I’d share with you all, some information about a very common problem I help some clients with. And that is ‘nail biting’.
First of all, nail biting is a nervous habit. So the first part of my hypnotic therapy is to teach the biter how to be more relaxed at all times. To that end, I have found that traditional hypnosis techniques are very effective, and that’s because the very essence of hypnosis is relaxation. The individual can learn to apply several different methods to increase both the relaxed state, as well as his/her overall feeling of well-being.

The second step teaches the nail biter awareness of this unconscious habit. Post-hypnotic suggestions are then given to the subconscious mind to make you more consciously aware that you are bringing your hand towards your mouth for the purpose of biting your nails. Then you get to consciously decide whether or not you are actually going to bite them.

I help my clients to set up an “Anchor” or trigger so that he/she can momentarily mentally step outside of him/herself. This is an excellent technique that will effectively relieve the urge to bite.

The last part of the hypnotherapy for nail biting is to eliminate the compulsion to bite. Sometimes I offer suggestions that the client has a compulsion to not bite his/her nails, in other words a ‘repulsion’.

With nail biting behaviour, being realistic is very important. First off, you, the sufferer,  have rehearsed the unwanted habit thousands of times. You must accept that the urge to bite your nails will not be overcome in a few days.

Second, you are fighting the fact that it feels good to do, and it offers a lot of short-term satisfaction and either stimulation or soothing feelings.

It takes time and effort to master, but I believe you’ll find that it is well worth the effort.


Here’s some more general information about Nail biting for you to consider…

Skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting are all related behaviours. Skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting are labelled as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. People who bite their nails often keep their hands hidden in their pockets. People who bite their nails often feel social embarrassment and shame and experience out-of-control feelings at times. They often wonder why they cannot stop biting their nails and they also question whether or not they are sane.

Nail biting usually happens when people are in one of two modes. Some biters do it in an automatic way, as if they are in some kind of a trance and not really thinking about what they are doing. It’s often when they are engrossed in some other activity at the same time such as talking on the phone or watching TV, etc. For others, the deliberate picking or biting is their main activity at the time, and they will usually interrupt other activities to engage in it.

There is also a strong commonality in the purposes behind these three problems (skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting). At a very basic level, these symptoms satisfy an urge. Many report an almost uncontrollable urge to do them. Biting, picking or pulling also seems to deliver a pleasurable or relaxed sensation.

When sufferers feel stressed, doing these things has a kind of soothing effect on them and reduces levels of stimulation. On the other hand, when they are bored or inactive, they seem to provide a needed level of stimulation to the nervous system. This probably accounts for why so many people who have these habits find it so hard to break these habits. It simply “feels good” at the time no matter what.

Even if you suffer from more than one of these habits, do not despair. These symptoms can be overcome if you have a sufficient amount of motivation. More important is learning to “de-stigmatise” yourself. You are not crazy, helpless and morally weak or totally out of control, even though you may feel like you are at times. Once you become aware of the fact that you are just a person who simply happens to have a problem, you can make some serious progress.

Skin picking and nail biting are chronic problems, so there is not currently a medical “cure” but you can find relief if you are willing to work at it and hypnotherapy in my experience has been very successful at helping my clients do just that.


That’s all for now,

kind regards

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

N-Dubz use hypnosis

November 25, 2010

N-DUBZ star TULISA CONTOSTAVLOS underwent a course of hypnotherapy to stop her squeezing spots on her face.

The singer suffered severe breakouts as a teenager and became obsessed with picking her pimples.

She eventually decided a drastic course of therapy was needed to change her behaviour – and she’s pleased her bad habit didn’t leave her with acne scars.

Contostavlos tells Britain’s X Magazine, “I stopped doing it about six months ago. From the age of about 14, I used to spend hours in front of the mirror squeezing literally anything I could find. I could have the tiniest little blackhead and I’d attack it until it was bright red and my skin was all broken and damaged. I’m so lucky I don’t have loads of scars.

“I had hypnotherapy. I was really sceptical about it working but it totally did. Now I’ll only squeeze a spot if I really need to and then I’ll put Savlon on afterwards to heal it. It’s made such a dramatic difference to me. It’s amazing.”

Source Daily Star
Nov 14 2010

How hypnotherapy can enhance any kind of weight loss regime.

November 25, 2010

Hypnosis for weight loss is not any sort of black magic neither can it be the magic bullet that will actually eliminate all problems to suit your needs. In the event you desire to shed fat, getting a beautifully shaped and sexier appearance that everyone turn heads on there’s solely one route to gain this.

To burn significantly more calories than you take in!

Yet the most efficient technique to do this is to improve the manner in which you feed on and exercise on a regular basis.

Now, this may sound simple and basic; however it takes a bunch of will power, durability along with commitment in order to stay in command of our food consumption routines and to keep motivated to workout constantly. Anybody who’s previously tried out a diet program or fat loss routine is aware of that undoubtably. So before you are able to simply shed bodyweight and keep it off lastingly, you really need to get rid of this cravings along with your appetite to overeat!

That is exactly where hypnosis for weight loss is very useful.

Medical investigation testifies hypnotherapy for the purpose of shedding unwanted weight will assist anyone lose two to sixteen times more weight than not using it in anyway!

Hypnotherapy for weight reduction may possibly appear weary|strange|goofy initially; however, if performed correctly, you’ll understand that out of the blue it is possible to stick to virtually any diet program or workout routine which you’ve chosen. And even far better, you are able to do so without the need of having to force yourself all through this.

You will begin to enjoy the diet routine simply because of the altered attitude when it comes to consuming. Not any longer will you have tempting hunger pangs or over-eating compulsions. Not any longer will you miss out your exercise program simply because you are sick of. Hypnotherapy re-programs your thinking and patterns so that sticking with your personal weight loss plan and training will grow to be second nature to you.

Several researchers have demonstrated that emotions are normally stronger then logic. That’s precisely why sometimes you understand that you shouldn´t eat specific products but then you “can’t resist” and eat it anyway. Which is due to the fact our complete habitual and habits managing is located in the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is furthermore the location where your feelings and emotions are recorded.

Weight loss hypnosis enhances your diet plan or training program through altering the self-sabotaging thinkings hidden inside your subconscious mind. This kind of re-programming of feelings and habits is actually a lot more important than merely losing some bodyweight. This is the spot where it decides whether it´s merely temporally slimming or if  it´s for the rest of your life.

Read more about weight management here at

Richard Scott
Clinical Hypnotherapist

So who likes the snow?

November 25, 2010

Awaking early morning, looking out of the window, seeing flurries of little tiny white snowflakes drifting down and settling on a crisp white carpet.

Sounds like a scene from Raymond Briggs’  ‘The Snowman’ doesn’t it? And even though such a scene may be most welcome to some, making school children dash for their sledges, it can cement feelings of dread in other people.

The winter months start to tighten their grip on the people suffering from SAD. That’s Seasonal Affective Disorder to the layman.

It is becoming better know nowadays through exposure in the media. It is a condition that effects many people, and as the days grow shorter and darker a feeling of bleakness and dread sets in.

Sometimes described as being sad or having the winter blues, this disorder detaches the sufferer from the joys and festive spirit usually associated with this time of the year. Unable to enjoy celebrating with family and friends the sufferers begin to feel an onset of hopelessness.

I know all of this sounds like doom and gloom – but there is a solution.


Through hypnosis one can learn to successfully manage stress and negative thought patterns while introducing a little positivity, motivation and general confidence. New outlook and hope will allow the sufferer to reframe their own views of this time of the year and start to be more optimistic, who knows they may even start to enjoy the seasonal changes.

If you’d like to know more about S.A.D. or any other symptom which hypnosis may be able to help you with – please visit my website or give me a call.

Wishing you all the seasonal best wishes

Richard Scott

BBC News article on hypnosis

November 16, 2009

Following on from my last posting – here’s the current BBC News article supporting the Universities findings.

Hypnosis on campus…

October 30, 2009

That’s right – the first of my hypnosis demonstrations has hit the University of Hull campus.

The gathering seemed to enjoy hearing about how hypnosis works, the fact that they’ve all been hypnotised without even knowing about it during their everyday lives… and the short demonstration I gave of a clinical hypnotic induction.

Everyone went away feeling great, having learned new techniques to keep them relaxed in the face of STRESS.

The next demonstration is booked for February in Scarborough.