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Pathways Hypnotherapy in Benfleet Essex

Therapies Offered


Hypnosis on its own is a deep state of relaxation coupled with imagination and focus. It’s a very natural state and we all go in and out of it at least 3 times a day. So it's not dangerous, you are already well practiced in it, and you cannot get stuck in it.


When you are hypnotised you are totally relaxed, yet still utterly aware of your surroundings and what I am saying to you. When you relax like this it is the perfect opportunity for me to speak directly to your subconscious using the language it understands (imagination) and when coupled with positive, therapeutic techniques this could help bring about positive adjustments in your mind (and in turn your body) that you are motivated to make.

Put simply, for this explanation, your mind is split into two parts; the conscious and the subconscious.

Your conscious mind is your logical mind- it deals with analysing situations, maths, language, reading, writing and ego. It uses rational thought, learns, understands and organises things, thinks and makes choices.

The subconscious mind is the more illogical mind (it is not always rational or appropriate!). It deals with emotions, memories, imagery, imagination, dreams, creativity and symbols. The subconscious will carry on doing things in a set pattern even when it may not be the best way or that another way may be more advantageous to you.

If you think about how the subconscious works, you may begin to recognise where a lot of unusual behaviour comes from; you develop habits and get stuck in negative routines, because your subconscious doesn't know how to change. This is where hypnotherapy could help you to change your subconscious processes to follow more beneficial/up to date patterns instead.

Hypnotherapy can only be really successful if you genuinely want to make a positive change to your life and if you are as dedicated as I am, to assisting you to make this happen.

Suggestion Therapy

This type of hypnotherapy is most commonly applied to habit forming problems, such as quitting smoking or vaping, stopping nail biting, etc. These sorts of issues could generally be dealt with in a few sessions. However, suggestion work is not effective for every type of problem; for example, an emotional problem may show itself physically as a nail biting problem, but this could be driven by a more deep rooted issue. In this case suggestion therapy could stop the nail biting for a little while, or maybe even altogether, but a new habit or other problem might manifest in its place; this is where analytical hypnotherapy could be used (also called hypno-analysis) to find the root cause that drives that behaviour. Suggestion therapy uses positively phrased suggestions that take root in the subconscious mind, which you are then able to act on automatically.

Hypnoanalysis or Analytical Therapy

When you want to deal with more deep seated issues then analytical hypnotherapy is more likely to be beneficial to you. In hypno-analysis I will impartially guide you and help you to explore your subconscious mind; the aim of this being to locate the root cause of your issues or symptoms utilising hypnosis techniques combined with psychotherapy. Past events will be explored and discussed to release any harmful, negative feelings and emotions that have not been dealt with. Freeing yourself from emotions caused by intrusive or repressed memories, could help make it possible for you to live your life in a far more positive way. It aims to help you change long standing negative behaviour patterns and create new, more pleasing and personally rewarding behaviours.

BWRT BrainWorking Recursive Therapy

BWRT is a short-term therapy designed to quickly and permanently change the way your brain reacts to certain stressors. It aims is to reduce or end to the habit, phobia or anxiety the stressor usually led to. It’s a totally confidential method that does not require you to reveal your private information or personal secrets, and is carried out in a completely conscious state.

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also known as Tapping is a kind of “emotional acupressure” and is rooted in the ancient Chinese meridian energy system; it is carried out by simply tapping on the major meridian points on the face and upper body. When we think about an upsetting event, it creates very physical feelings in our bodies which can be triggered over and over until they are dealt with. After discussing what it is you want to achieve, we will tap on the major meridian points, whilst focussing and reciting out loud phrases related to your issue; this is intended to help you release any emotional blocks. So it’s a bit like acupuncture without needles.

I will not touch you during this therapy, I simply instruct you where to tap. This fast and effective therapy, could help you with a whole range of issues such as; PTSD, phobias and fears, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, cravings, and emotionally-based physical illness. It is a technique I often use with my clients to provide a well rounded and balanced therapy.


Counselling aims to work on current issues and may be a short term intervention working on specific problems. The aim is to encourage and build confidence in problem solving, whilst being supported and guided in a safe and non judgemental environment.


Pscyhotherapy is aimed at working at more long term issues, patterns of thought, behaviours and personal growth. Utilising theory driven treatments, I may use this method in its purist form or in conjunction with hypnoanalysis, depending on the circumstances of the individual. Together we will explore past experiences and feelings, which could be connected to, and driving certain unwanted behaviours, feelings and actions. Ultimately, the process aims to help you to understand more about yourself and therefore, help you to make more conscious positive decisions to counteract negative or destructive ones.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP is a therapy that focuses on how language, thoughts, and behaviour are organised. It aims to help individuals identify and change negative patterns of thought and behaviour by using techniques such as reframing, anchoring and refocusing, to rewrite the inhibiting neural pathways in the brain. It works well for a number of mental health issues including but not limited to: stress or anxiety, depression and phobias.

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