Stuart Knox Hypnotherapy

About me

My interest in hypnosis began in the late 1970s after seeing a stage hypnosis performance. I was hooked and wanted to learn more about the subject. In these days hypnotism was viewed by many as a taboo subject and it was difficult to find any information. I eventually sourced a couple of books to start with, but it wasn’t until the turn of the millennium that the opportunity arose for a new career. In 2002, having been unable to continue in the career I’d been in for the last 18 years, due to an injury, I decided to enrol on a hypnotherapy practitioner course. My journey had begun.

In 2003 I completed a diploma course in Hypnotherapy and became a member of the Association of Ethical & Professional Hypnotherapists.  I then completed a diploma course in Curative Hypnotherapy. I followed this by diplomas in Stress Management and Advanced Stress Management and became a Fellow of Stress Management Association.

At the end of 2004 I began studying stage hypnosis and gained a diploma in Advanced Stage Hypnosis and membership to Professional Organisation of Stage Hypnotists. I spent 7 months in Gran Canaria performing shows around the Puerto Rico area. In 2008 I was offered a full-time position as a coach, working with the unemployed, so I no longer advertised the hypnotherapy business. Over the next few years my clients were previous clients with new issues or friends of previous clients.

In 2019, I made the decision to return to hypnotherapy on a full-time basis and completed an accredited  Hypnotherapy course to refresh.

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural everyday state of mind. Think about a time when you were engrossed in a book or a TV programme and someone was talking to you. They were getting no response from you until they raised their voiced and sharply said your name. Or think back to when you were in a car or bus journey going from A to C but during the journey your mind wandered (even if you were driving) and before you know it, you've arrived at C. However, there is main junction with traffic lights or a roundabout at B and you have absolutely no recollection of negotiating that point. On both of those occasions you were in a pleasant hypnotic state.​
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Conscious - subconscious

The iceberg analogy
Using the analogy of an iceberg, your conscious mind is the big lump of ice sticking out of the water. It's clearly visible. The subconscious mind is the much larger part hidden out of view, submerged under the water. Our conscious mind is responsible for the actions we think about, If we decide to change the channel on our TV that is a conscious decision and the action of pressing the button is a conscious action. We are aware of our thoughts and actions. Usually our breathing is done subconsciously. We rarely have to think about it, it just happens (although we can choose to do so consciously on occasion). The subconscious is by far the more powerful of the two. A smoker can consciously want to quit as often as he/she wants, but if the subconscious isn't ready then smoking will continue. Every single event in our life, everything our eyes have viewed is stored in our subconscious, right back to the womb.
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Hypnotherapy

Utilising the hypnotic state
The trained hypnotherapist utilises the power of the subconscious mind. By relaxing the conscious mind, the hypnotherapist bypasses the critical faculty (imagine a sentry on guard at the entrance of the subconscious) to introduce positive suggestions into the subconscious to encourage welcome change. You might be thinking 'in other words control my mind' but not so. Even though the conscious mind is relaxed, the critical faculty would soon alert it to unwanted suggestions, blocking those suggestions immediately. So long as the hypnotist is trained properly then the process is perfectly safe. Indeed, the relaxation experience is second to none! A typical hypnosis session, just for the relaxation alone, is highly beneficial.
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Treatments

Arguably one of the main reasons people seek hypnotherapy and not without just cause. Hypnosis has shown to be one of the most powerful tools in the battle to quit smoking. Under hypnosis your subconscious mind will be able to see what it really feels like as a smoker and will then be taken on a journey as a healthy non-smoker. A 20 per day smoker at almost £10 for a 20-pack, will spend around £65 – £70 per week, £3,400 – £3,600 per annum on cigarettes. Hypnotherapy can help you save for a nice holiday or a decent deposit on a new car. 

In my opinion diets don’t work. With good intentions we give 100% and lose 3 or 4 pounds in week one. Week two we lose another pound and in week three we might lose another or,  indeed, gain a pound. We get disillusioned and gradually the old habits return. With the weight loss hypnotherapy program the focus is on motivation to eat correctly. 

“A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.”  source www.nhs.uk.    There are endless phobias out there – fear of flying, spiders, heights, etc and less commonly fear of clowns, cotton wool and other unusual items. Whether it’s flying or cotton wool, the fear can and often does, affect the life of the individual. Hypnotherapy can help to rationalise the fear, gently easing the individual through what would normally be a  terrifying situation.  Phobias can often be a symptom of anxiety.

Anxiety can range from mild to severe. You can probably recall a time when you felt concerned about a job interview or an exam and remember the butterflies in your tummy and maybe some perspiration. Sometimes the anxiety can be more severe and rather than be attached to a single event, the anxiety can just be general and either relating to a number of events or not actually relating to anything in particular. PTSD, panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety all cause Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Panic attacks can be extremely worrying for the sufferer. They start to experience a range of symptoms – irritability, feelings of dread, sweating, tightness in the muscles, heartbeat increasing, dizziness and nausea are common. It’s not unusual for the victim to believe they are dying! Hypnotherapy can help to allow the individual recognise the symptoms and to be able to counter them. Gaining the upper hand on the symptoms gives the person back control and the attacks start to lose their power. Although the symptoms are physical, the anxiety itself is not.  Various phobias can arise, arguably the most common being agoraphobia. The fear of open spaces? No it isn’t. It’s much more than that. People with agoraphobia have a fear of being left alone, being trapped, closed in, leaving home and being in embarrassing situations.

There are a number of situations in life that mean so much to us the pressure inhibits our ability to present our true self. I know the content of the subject but what if I fail the exam?  I know how to drive, I’ve taken numerous lessons, a driving licence is so important to me I just cannot fail. I’ve never done a presentation before and there’s going to be so many people there and the CEO will also be there! Recognise any of those events? These situations and many other similar events can occur in our lives at any time. Even though we have the knowledge and the ability to perform successfully, the fear of failure can lead to defeat. Hypnotherapy can help silence that negative voice and help you perform at the top end of your abilities in any event or situation that would normally be stressful.

We all lack confidence in our abilities to perform certain tasks, when we are taken out of our comfort zone, but there are individuals who lack belief or confidence in themselves in general. This often has a major effect on the persons everyday life but hypnosis can help change the negative beliefs by seeking the root of the issue and working to open doors to a happier, more fulfilling future.

In addition to the treatments mentioned on the site, hypnotherapy can help with a range of other issues including pain management, sexual issues such as impotency, nail-biting, teeth grinding, blushing, alcohol issues, child bed-wetting and more. For further information or if you don’t see your issue here please get in touch using the contact form or call me.

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