What is Hypnotherapy?


 New Blog added 13th Feb 2018

 So what exactly is hypnotherapy and what's it all about?


When I meet people at meetings or give a card to people when I’m out and about, the reaction is as one would expect quite varied. Most people are highly curious and ask if it can help them.. Some laugh and ask If I might make them do something daft ... I usually reply ..."only if you want to. What would you like to do?"  :-)


Typically people worry if they will lose control or if they might be made to run around clucking like a chicken. You can.......Though only if you want to but why? 



Hypnotherapy can be used to help with the following and more


Most people just want to know what hypnotherapy is and what it can do and that is a very relevant question because it is a phenomenon that occurs naturally and one that can be induced to enable a conversation with the unconscious mind where change can be negotiated to help a person break through a challenge, problem or issues.




The unconscious mind is understood to be the repository of all of our human experiences and is considered to be that part of us that keeps us safe......The fight flight, freeze centre. This part of the mind is tasked with keeping us safe and from harm. (In scientific terms it is the reptilian complex which all living beings have. It comprises of the Amygdala, hypothalamus and hippocampus and is a part of the limbic system.The limbic system comprises of :- The Amygdala. ...The Hippocampus. ...The Thalamus and Hypothalamus. ...The Cingulate Gyrus. ...The Basal Ganglia. All the components of the limbic system work together to regulate some of the brain's most important processes.) 




The Triune brain idea was formulated in the 1960's by American physician and neuroscientist Dr Paul.D. MacLean. It has proven to be a reliable  model which has stood the test of time and explains how our brain evolved and how parts of it work. The Reptilian brain highlighted above in RED is the oldest part of our brain which scientists believe evolved 650 million years ago. This part of brain is thought to be responsible for fight, flight and freeze and is the survival engine one could say likely to be associated with instincts, dominance, aggression and ritual display. The paleomammalian complex ( The Limbic system ) thought to be 23 million years old  is involved in motivation, emotion, parental and reproductive behaviour learning, and memory. It is the seat of anxiety when instincts /required drives are not able to met .The neomammalian complex is approximately 2.5 million years old is considered to be the conscious reasoning part of the mind. Logical thinking, Critical thinking, Will power, Abstraction, Language, learning, Planning and Perception originate in this area 






The unconscious mind is also understood to be very malleable and open to suggestion which is why stage hypnotists are able to engage with a willing subject and that statement is KEY so please take note. For a change of state to happen the subject needs to be willing.



As a species most human beings are very suggestible and suggestions that are open and suggestions that are concealed are being made to us every minute of every waking day and we are acting on them, sometimes with awareness and sometimes not. Science and psychology has proven that we are very open to suggestion which bodes very well for hypnosis and hypnotherapy

In our human experience sometimes our subconscious in its best efforts to keep us safe receives mixed messages and gets things wrong and which it applies to future events and this is how fears, phobias, neurosis and anxiety are formed.

These promote negative unpleasant reactions in our psyche and give rise to things like limiting beliefs or adverse reactions to certain things like a fear of something or a phobic response.

The brain and the subconscious mind is essentially just a template matching device, so if a bad experience happened to us once and we had a strong reaction of for example fear, pain or anxiety to that event, if a similar situation arises that looks like a possible match to the processing centre of the brain, then, as far as the brain is concerned a match is found and the brain then finds the appropriate emotional response which happened before, so we might experience frequent pain, anxiety, fears, phobic responses and so on.

So here is an example:-
Suppose a person is very shy and has to give a speech to a room full of people and they freeze and make a mess of it. At least that’s how it seemed to them even though the audience may not have cared about the odd freeze or nervousness. 
Now in the future, that person unless they find a way of dealing with that issue may always feel low in confidence perhaps, anxious, nervous and may do anything they can to avoid public speaking which could be a problem if their job depended on it for example.

Hypnotherapy can help overcome this as it has done for of my clients who consulted me on this very issue and found that what was once a problem is suddenly gone!

Now onto the question of what exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is made up of two parts, Hypnosis and Therapy. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring stateone that we enter into involuntarily many times each day and one that can be induced quite easily. 
Hypnotherapy is the process of the use of solution based therapy using the naturally occurring state of hypnosis, where a skilled hypnotherapist immerses a client into a state of hypnotic trance where the therapist can work with the client in a safe ethical and supportive way to help the client get better or achieve their goals.


Getting a person into hypnosis is a relatively easy skill to learn but it is what takes place whilst a person is in trance that really matters.


There are various types of therapy routes which can be used to help a client to resolve their issues, such as regression work, hypnoanalysis, suggestion work, Solution and timeline therapy but an explanation of these different approaches is not relevant in this article. This article seeks to give a brief overview. There are many presenting issues which can be worked with in hypnotherapy but it must always be for the highest ethical good and must never be used as a means of punishment or revenge. In fact, any ethical hypnotherapist would point blank refuse to work in that area but many many good life enhancing things are possible.

There are various ways a person enters the trance state. We do it naturally every day and we can enter hypnosis through skilled guidance and also self induced hypnosis.The art of getting someone into hypnosis can be learned quite quickly, one only has to look at you tube to see the thousands of videos showing how easy it is to hypnotise someone. However in the wrong hands it is fraught with risk and serious consequences.The therapeutic work that takes place in hypnosis is life changing and highly skilled and should be left to professional therapists properly trained in hypnotherapy who have had effective proper long term training and undertake regular supervision and assessments. 
After all, if you own a Bentley or Ferrari you would not entrust its maintenance to a person without the appropriate training and skill level. In inexperienced hands with little understanding or experience a lack of skill and knowledge can cause things to go horribly wrong.


As regards the hypnotic trance state and a person entering into it, what is not generally understood however is that when we experience a traumatic event or something shocking, the fight flight freeze response is automatically engaged and we go into trance spontaneously.


From the above it is possible to see that a person can be shocked into hypnosis. However, although this is fast way to drop a person into hypnotic trance it is very often not a pleasant experience and not at all the ideal way to get a client into hypnosis because of the methods used which can cause extreme abreaction and distress in a client.
All competent skilled ethical therapists should work in the clients best interests building rapport and trust and in my view, avoid the use of shock inductions because of those risks above which can have unexpected effects that are counterproductive to the whole therapeutic process. Once trust and confidence is broached all is lost as far as the client is concerned.


When I work with a client I use Ericksonian hypnosis approaches, which guides the client gently, comfortably and safely down into a deep relaxing slowing brain wave activity state. 
From this first stage I use a deepening process before going into the therapy parts. Why?


Because Milton Erickson the world’s most respected therapist demonstrated time and again that for effective therapy work the ‘Critical Conscious Faculty’ (CCF) needed to be bypassed otherwise the conscious mind with all of its judgments, doubts, self criticism and limiting beliefs which stem from the unconscious mind would get in the way of the therapist being able to work with the unconscious.
(We need a clean route to the unconscious mind. It is effectively like running an antivirus on a pc with lots of windows open and other tasks running, it slows things down quite a lot)

Once a client is in a comfortable hypnotic trance, command triggers can be safely installed to facilitate a safe rapid hypnotic trance state on return visits dropping the client quickly into hypnosis. A rapid induction can work perfectly well for successful hypnotherapy once a client has been primed in the initial stage.
When working with rapid hypnotic induction, it is important that we as therapists ensure that the rapid induction can work as intended, to place the client in an effective useful hypnotic trance state.

We will look for clear observable signs. We look for things like rapid eye movement through closed eyelids for example. There are other things such as the temporary arm lock or hand lock to check that the suggestion for rapid induction is working.
(Things that might slow rapid trance induction down can be stress, if a client has had a bad journey getting to the appointment for example or something along those lines. 
Trance ratification is very important here Trance ratification should always be tested and all competent therapists will do so)

Hypnotherapy is a natural and efficient way of creating positive long term changes in thinking, feeling and behavioural patterns in a person that can be used in a constructive supportive way to help create the type of life you want to live. In short it is a way of breaking through limiting beliefs and barriers in the mind. It is a natural way to open the mind to access the inner resources which each person has inside of them, often those inner resources lay untapped, unrealised and underutilised, just out of reach, but they are not out of reach, they are there waiting for you to use them.
Hypnosis helps to tap into them to create lasting positive change.

Trevor Wales Dip Hyp. LP. GQHP. BWRT Level 1 & 2 GHR. CRSST. CNHC. MIBWRT
February 2018



How BWRT helped a client of mine to overcome a twenty year fear of flying

New blog added 02 nd Oct 2017

A testimonial received on 18th Sept after my client returned from their holiday in the states. This  is from my facebook page

A lovely testimonial from a client just in today! 

This is from a client I worked with using BWRT® to help conquer a fear of flying. Thats three succesful treatments just for fear of flying this year! 

I am delighted that BWRT® was able to help my client succeed but not all all surprised as many of my clients I have worked with using BWRT ® find a permanent and succesful resolution to their issues.



Please note that the following testimonial has been used with permission and slightly altered to preserve confidentiality.


Hi Trevor,
Thank you for your text this morning. I have been meaning to contact you to let you know how it all went.

Prior to the flight I was feeling a bit anxious - but not as much as I have done in the past. I used your relaxation recordings in the days prior to travelling and I had a good night’s sleep the night before. Our flight from Gatwick to Los Angeles was really good and I felt calm when I got to the airport and calm for the duration of the flight – including take-off! I was able to chat and feel calm and at no point felt any sense of ‘panic’ as I previously have experienced. I felt completely able to do it, and my husband of 20 years said he has never seen me so relaxed on a plane before.

As you know it was a long flight ( over 10 hours) and I have never done that before largely because of my ‘fear’. I am happy to say that I got off that plane in Los Angeles and said I am no longer afraid of flying! This is truly a life-changing experience for me.

The flight home was also a positive experience. It was a night flight, so I used your sleep ending relaxation recording to try to get off to sleep. Unfortunately there was too much going on for me to get any sleep, but that wasn’t particularly a problem. There were periods of turbulence which I felt only mild nervousness about ( previously I would have been terrified).

As I said this has been life-changing and I now feel that the world has opened up to me. We don’t have any more plans to travel as yet but I feel capable to flying anywhere now. My mind-set has entirely changed

Thank you so much for your help. I am happy to recommend you to others for support around flying and to write a review that you can use in promotional materials.

With kind regards

If you would like to overcome a fear of flying or anything else for that matter then please contact me to have an informal chat. You can contact me on 01726 69703 or 07740 190261 


Heres to your Success!  


A treatment with Brain Working Recursive Therapy for Misophonia

New Blog added 02/10/17

A testimonial from a client suffering with a condition of acute Misophonia.

What is Misophonia? [Taken from Wikipedia]

Misophonia is literally "hatred of sound" and was proposed in 2000 as a condition in which negative emotions, thoughts, and physical reactions are triggered by specific sounds. It is also called "select sound sensitivity syndrome" and "sound-rage".[1][2] Misophonia has no classification as an auditory, neurological, or psychiatric condition, there are no standard diagnostic criteria, it is not recognized in the DSM-IV or the ICD-10, and there is little research on how common it is or the treatment. Proponents suggest Misophonia can adversely affect ability to achieve life goals and to enjoy social situations. Treatment consists of developing coping strategies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and exposure therapy.

Very recently I successfully worked with a client using Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT®) who has suffered many years with this often troublesome and frustrating condition that caused anger and anxiety and was a constant intrusion into their life. In one session of BWRT® my client experienced release and resolution and after a week later when I called them everything was still absolutely fine.  

BWRT ®is a truly remarkable therapy that has enabled me to help a wide cross section of clients suffering from various conditions often in just a few sessions and the changes when monitored sometimes six months to a year later seem to be permanent.  

In fact, in Cape Town, South Africa, where BWRT® has since its introduction in 2014 become very widely used with both the public and medical profession, one of the development partners of BWRT® Rafiq Lockhat, Clinical Psychologist, in a recent follow up with his data base of clients has established that the therapy of BWRT® in a very high number of cases, statistics show the treatment to have an extremely high incidence of permanence.   

Here is a testimonial from my client after a week later since the client had their BWRT session with me at my therapy clinic in Duke St, St Austell:-

After suffering with Misophonia for longer than I can remember I can honestly say that BWRT has worked for me. It has really helped me with the condition. I've actually thought a few times to myself whilst sitting with people and hearing them eat just how much it's helped.

I've had no problems and if I were you, I would advertise it. It's quite a problem that people don't want to disclose.

I always used to dread sitting down at meal times with loved ones due to this condition. The sound of lips smacking and people eating with mouths open would churn my stomach and make me angry. The noise would resonate through me at very high volumes.

Since BWRT I've easily managed to sit down with family and enjoy meals. To be honest I actually don't give it any thought.

BWRT can help with a very wide range of conditions There is no other therapy in the world that is the same as BWRT®. Certified BWRT® Practitioners receive thorough training in this modern methodology and are completely conversant with the techniques needed to work effectively with a great number of human problems and difficulties, including:

• Weight management

• Habits and Addictions

• Relationship problems

• Stress and Anxiety

• Personal Confidence

• Social Phobia

• Fears

• Generalised Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D.)

• PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

• Depression

And much more

For further information please visit where you will find me listed as a practitioner for Cornwall, Devon and the West Country. 

Alternatively please call me on 07740 190261 or 01726 69703



BWRT in the UK National News



New blog added 23rd August 2017


New way to wipe out lifelong phobias - in just one session: How brain therapy that targets flight or fight response helped conquer Alisa's fear of birds.



  What is a fear of birds called ? Ornophobia is a fear of birds





Is there anything that can help to resolve this phobia,quickly and easily?


Yes there is. Its a therapy that has been gaining popularity with therapists and clients alike since 2014. Its a very private therapy working with memories and the client simply knowing how they want to feel. Its content free, often very quick and permanent. 



See how a lifelong sufferer of phobia of birds overcame the issue that had blighted her life with just one session of BWRT. This amazing therapy was featured in an editorial in yesterdays Daily Mail.

Alisa Youngman, 26, from Beverley, Yorkshire, suffered from a phobia of birds. It was so intense that she would be on the look-out when leaving the house, yet recently she has even fed the pigeons in St Mark’s Square in Venice — having undergone a new treatment called brain working recursive therapy (BWRT)


Click on either image to go to the Full  Daily Mail article



Trevor Wales has been a fully registered BWRT practitioner since its inception in 2014 and is now an advanced practitioner covering level 1 & 2 therapy

For further information please visit  

Trevor is listed under practitioners covering Cornwall, Devon and the West Country.




Choose with confidence 








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