Philip Purser Hypnotherapist

Philip Purser BSc., HPD, DSFH, AfSFH, CNHC Reg.
Clinical Hypnotherapist in Bristol

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym

T: 07920 520 688

Conditions that can be helped with hypnotherapy

I have made a list of the broad areas that I can deal with using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other areas where hypnosis can be employed to make a positive change. I do stress that this is not a magical formula and the client has to work with me to achieve these results. If you don't see your specific condition listed here, please do contact me and I will discuss with you how I can help.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and stress

Anxiety and stress

In the modern world general anxiety is common. This condition can be experienced in many ways; fear of social events, panic attacks, fear of public speaking, problems at work, fear of exams, nerves and stammering, driving test nerves and so on. It is often the root of emotional responses which are irrational and unnecessary, and which affect your life negatively, thereby limiting your potential and curbing your happiness. Hypnotherapy can be highly effective for managing anxiety and stress through changing our reactions to situations or events.

Hypnotherapy for Confidence


Confidence emanates from within yourself and if you have it, it is a great personal strength. If you don’t then you may hesitate to do even basic things like answering the telephone or going to the shop. This can be debilitating and seriously limit your life.

You may run a successful business or have a high powered or demanding job but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are confident within yourself. You may be struggling under the surface. Even very successful people seek help with confidence issues. Lacking confidence can affect your friendships and relationships with others, and it can prevent you from reaching your fullest potential. If you lack confidence, you may feel the need to apologise more than is necessary or seek reassurance from others. You may only focus on what you think is criticism and ignore praise. These behaviours can be debilitating and affect your enjoyment of life.

Hypnotherapy can help raise your confidence and self esteem, highlighting your achievements and formulating goals and working with your subconscious mind to replace negative thought patterns and beliefs with positive ones.

Hypnotherapy for Motivation


You may have desire or a goal but lack the real motivation to carry it through. For example you may want to run a marathon, be a good swimmer or lose weight, but feel a kind of paralysis when it comes to turning your desire into reality. You may have the desire but without the required motivation you will not achieve these goals, and you will find yourself frustrated and unfulfilled. Positive, unhampered motivation is what lets you reach your goals. Whether in your personal or professional life, hypnotherapy can help you access your subconscious mind, which holds the key to realising your untapped potential and achieving your goals.

Hypnotherapy for Insomnia


Insomnia is very common, and many people suffer from some form of insomnia at some point in their lives. This can involve waking up during the night, often several times, difficulty in falling asleep, waking up early in the morning, or just not getting enough sleep. The effects of prolonged sleeplessness can range from general tiredness, bad temper, reduced concentration, inability to cope with stress, reduced immunity and weight gain.

It is important to get a good night’s sleep. Not only is this a time when the body repairs itself and restores energy levels, but REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the part of sleep when dreaming occurs, is important for dealing with stress or stress-related problems. REM also replenishes feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which make us function as happy people.

Using a variety of relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy can help you to relax mentally and physically and to re-train the mind to expect a restful and good night’s sleep.

Hypnotherapy for Physical problems

Physical problems

Hypnotherapy has been shown to be successful beyond the more obvious conditions it can help such as anxiety, stress and unwanted bad habits; it has been shown to successfully help with physical conditions as well. Some of the conditions that have responded well to hypnotherapy include:

  • Irritable bowel Syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Weight management
  • Migraines
  • Pain management

Physical conditions are often made worse by underlying stress or anxiety which can in turn be exacerbated by the condition itself. If you suffer from any of these conditions you may have noticed that they are often related to periods of stress in your life. Hypnotherapy has been shown to help relieve these conditions.

Hypnotherapy for Low Mood

Low mood

Sometimes negative things that happen in our lives can get on top of us and this can increase our risk of developing 'low mood'. It could be a series of smaller events or something really big in our lives. We lose interest in our life, our friends, family and the hobbies which normally inspire us. As we withdraw into ourselves our energy levels go down and we often develop bad sleeping habits such as finding difficulty in getting to sleep at night and then difficulty in getting up in the morning. We often turn to comfort habits like eating too much or drinking too much. These comfort habits often make the low mood worse. Hypnotherapy establishes new positive patterns which replace the negative thoughts and habits produced by low mood. This relieves the low mood and often eliminates it.

Hypnotherapy for Phobias and fears

Phobias and fears

A phobia is an irrational aversion to or fear of something. For example, fear of snakes, spiders, heights, air travel, wasps, vomiting, the natural environment and even buttons! There are over 2,000 phobias listed. They cause little problem if you are not going to come up against them in your everyday life, but they can present a real difficulty if you have to confront them. Phobias and fears limit the things you want to do, or create a lot of unnecessary discomfort.

For example, I used to avoid all countries where there might be snakes! A very obvious example is, if you fear spiders and live in a basement where they collect at the end of summer, you will constantly be on edge. Another example might be that you fear air travel and have so far limited your holidays to driving or going by train; but then your family wants you to go on a trip to a place further afield which will involve flying. You don’t want to disappoint everybody and you may want to go yourself but you find your fear restricting you.

Phobias can often be created by a traumatic experience in your early life which you may not even remember. Alternatively, new phobias can arise as our general stress level goes up. Hypnotherapy is used to create new positive patterns of thought to replace these fears. It can be very effective and is a comfortable way of handling and eliminating fears and phobias.

Hypnotherapy for Anger


Feeling angry is quite normal when experienced in an appropriate way. For many, anger is a natural reaction that can pass quickly. In some cases it can become a difficult emotion to control and becomes the automatic reaction to a situation when a more measured approach is appropriate. Underlying anger issues can be destructive to a situation and build up other psychological and physical conditions.

I will look at the causes of the anger and help you to react in a more positive way. This will change your reaction to anger triggers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you will feel calmer and more relaxed. Feeling calmer in stressful situations helps you to think more clearly so you can react in a more appropriate way.

Hypnotherapy for Bad habits

Bad habits

Bad habits, like biting your nails or comfort eating, can build up over a period of time. These may not be life threatening but can be a waste of time, embarrassing or antisocial.

Usually, you turn to your bad habit when you are feeling anxious, restless, tired, hungry, bored, nervous, fed up or when you are trying to concentrate. You use bad habits to distract yourself, to take a moment out. It is often difficult to remember exactly when your bad habit was formed. It is likely that when it started, you got something out of it. Initially it did make you feel better.

Comfort eating is a good example of this. You’ve had a bad day and you want something to cheer you up, a reward. You’re not even hungry, but you head for the snacks cupboard and devour things which you know are unhealthy.

The first time you bit your nails, it succeeded in distracting you from whatever it was which was making you anxious. As you repeat the habit which made you feel better, it brings its own problems. Comfort eating leads you to putting on weight and nail biting makes you embarrassed about the way your bitten nails look.

Hypnotherapy replaces these negative patterns with positive ones. The positive ones become your norm.

Hypnotherapy for Relaxation


The pace of life always seems to be getting faster. We have ever more demanding schedules and responsibilities. We have families to consider with increasing demands, long hours at work, traffic jams, an overload of negative news to digest, not to mention the demands of the digital age. Basically life is super busy and sometimes we find it difficult to cope with all the different facets of it. Sometimes this is all too much. Hypnotherapy brings down the stress level, giving you time out and helping you cope with everyday problems in a sensible way.

Hypnotherapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a disorder which causes people to have obsessive, insistent thoughts and behaviour patterns. These have a significantly disruptive effect on their lives. They continue even though a person may try to ignore or forget about them. Obsessive compulsive disorder can be developed as a way of coping with a combination of guilt or fear about something. The sufferer is driven to carry out their compulsive behaviour in order to rid themselves of the worry. Dr Jeffery M Schwartz is a widely published authority on OCD and recognises OCD as an anxiety disorder. He advocates the positive, proven effects of hypnotherapy to relieve this condition.

Hypnotherapy for Stopping smoking

Stopping smoking

There was a recent report in the New Scientist quoting a study which states that hypnotherapy is the most effective way of giving up smoking. A Which? report concluded the same thing and added that with hypnotherapy there were no cravings, no bad temper or irritability and no weight gain. Hypnotherapy is highly effective for those wanting to quit smoking but only if the person truly wants to give up. The treatment is comprised of a single two-hour session, with a hypnotherapy CD (or a download link to the audio) provided to you, which you can listen to at home. See more about the fees for stopping smoking sessions here.

Hypnotherapy for Exam and interview nerves

Exam and interview nerves

Many people experience high states of anxiety during exam periods or before and during important interviews or presentations. Hypnotherapy can help increase confidence and lower anxiety sufficiently to allow normal concentration and eliminate nerves.

Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance

Sports performance

Hypnotherapy can help you to take control of your stress levels before sports competitions. It helps to improve or restore performance levels by empowering you mentally. Many top sports personalities use hypnotherapy as a major part of their preparation in helping them maximise their performance.

Hypnotherapy for Diabetes


When you are initially diagnosed with diabetes, you are typically referred to a nurse who tells you that you must change your diet, take exercise and stop smoking (if you do). This is very often alarming, as you may be deeply entrenched in your habits. Changing your lifestyle is often very challenging. Hypnotherapy can help to make these changes happen more smoothly and less stressfully. Equally, if you have had diabetes for some time and have had to constantly fight your ‘bad habits’, then hypnotherapy can help to help you keep on track.

Hypnotherapy for fear of visiting the dentist

Dental Treament Fear

Many people experience some degree of fear of dental treatment, varying from mild to severe. This may be caused by the person having a high stress level generally or by having a phobia. In the case of a phobia people often report that their fear of dental treatment began after a traumatic, difficult, and / or painful dental experience.

It can also come from vicarious learning when people hear about others’ traumatic experiences or negative views of dentistry or the negative portrayal of dentistry in mass media, such as films.

They may feel also helplessness and a feeling of being out of control which can lead to fear.

Whatever the source may be, hypnotherapy can help free you from fear of visiting the dentist and from fear of dental treatment.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss weight gain and weight management

Weight loss, weight gain and weight management

If you are not comfortable with your weight or you would like to alter it for health reasons then hypnotherapy is a way forward.

Stress can causes some people to lose weight but others to gain or retain it, making losing weight frustrating. Weight is also gained from bad habits, such as eating too much, eating the wrong types of high calorie foods, eating too late at night, comfort eating, living too sedentary a lifestyle and so on.

A lot of these bad habits become entrenched over the years. Hypnotherapy can help you minimise stress, and change these entrenched patterns of behaviour, leading to a more healthy and rewarding experience of life.