EMDR and Clinical Hypnotherapy Appointments in Stockport and Manchester

EMDR Appointments in Stockport

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological therapy that works with distressing, traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that distress caused by traumatic experiences is a result of lack of processing of the experience and therefore traumatic memories become blocked. EMDR is a psychological tool that can be used to process memories in order for them to be worked through and stored properly.

There is a strong evidence base for EMDR as an effective treatment for trauma presentations and it is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).

EMDR is a structured intervention which entails side to side eye movements, tapping or the use of sound. This is known as bilateral stimulation. During EMDR sessions you will work with your therapist, remain fully in control and fully alert. EMDR is not a form of hypnosis, and you can stop the process at any time. Processing is usually experienced as something that happens naturally.

Clinical hypnotherapy is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used for treating psychological or physical problems. 

It can be used to help with weight loss smoking cessation and for moderating alcohol intake as well being an effective tool for managing anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, digestive problems and chronic aches and pains. It can be used for focusing the mind to enable improvement of performance and confidence in the workplace and sporting world.

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

Hypnotherapy at Gatley and Heatons Clinics

The hypnotherapy services we offer are based at Gatley Physio Clinic and are provided by Lesley Bennett.

Lesley holds over 16 years of experience working in the public and private sector and has held senior roles in counselling and mental health support services at The University of Salford and The University of Liverpool. Lesley is presently leading a mental health and welfare team at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practice of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis is the act of guiding someone into a trance state. The hypnotic trance is a deeply relaxed state and is a remarkably flexible tool for assisting with mental and physical health problems.

Hypnotherapy is a client centred process that has been approved by the British Medical Association for more than 60 years. It is a therapy that enables clients to enlist the help of their unconscious mind in order to re-assess internal resources and to create new associations, patterns and behaviours.

Here are just a few ways mental health and medical professionals use hypnotherapy:

  • Helping people stop smoking or reduce overeating by focusing their minds and suggesting healthier behaviour.
  • Accessing the mind-body link to relieve chronic and acute pain, including during surgery and childbirth. Hypnotherapy has also proven effective against stubborn physical afflictions like irritable bowel syndrome and dermatological conditions.
  • Diving deep into the unconscious mind to uncover and treat the root causes of mental health issues such as depressionanxiety, eating disorders and irrational fears and phobias.

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What is hypnotherapy used for?

Hypnosis does not claim to perform miracles, but it does create a state of awareness that can be useful for self-help. Psychological problems from unwanted habits and irrational anxiety states can usually be traced to distorted, one-sided or unbalanced attitudes that have become deeply embedded in the mind at an unconscious level. Clients that attend hypnotherapy have often exhausted the resources of their logical, conscious minds.

It has been claimed that 80 per cent of patients who visit their GP are suffer from psychosomatic disorders – illnesses which have origins in the mind. These include various forms of anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, digestive problems, aches, and pains. Due to time restraints and lack of access to alternative therapies on the NHS, GPs are often forced to treat these complaints with medication. Although they may provide temporary relief from the effects, they do not treat the underlying case.

Hypnotherapy can be applied to assist with several conditions such as weight management, smoking or alcohol use, anxiety disorders, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, sleep difficulties, pain management, fears and phobias and confidence issues.

*Clients may be advised to consult with their GP or health professional to ensure that both cause and symptoms are being managed safely and effectively.

What age group is hypnotherapy used for?

Hypnotherapy can be used with people of all ages when facilitated by and experienced therapist. Hypnotherapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment and relies on a client’s ability to relax and to process suggestions aimed at change and behaviour management on an unconscious level. Research suggests that children have greater scope for imaginative visualisation than adults. Children are very accepting and are often more easily able to reap the benefits of hypnotic techniques.

Hypnotherapy is for all ages

Lesley Bennett has experience of working with clients aged from 9-84 years old for a range of conditions, particularly psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety, depression, eating disorders, fears and phobia’s, loss and bereavement. Every client presents with individual symptoms and needs that are fully assessed prior to the commencement of treatment. You may be asked to provide information from your G.P or mental health practitioner to ascertain your suitability for treatments.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural treatment and as well as being a natural healing aid it can help to ease stress and anxiety, assist with low mood, help address unwanted habits such as smoking, drinking and emotional eating, help overcome fears and phobias, set you up for professional and sporting success and help alleviate aches and pains.

How long is a session for?

Sessions last for approximately 60 minutes however extra time is factored in for you to speak to your therapist about treatment and progress.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

Following an initial consultation, you will be invited to attend your first session. The key aim of the first session is to help you to relax, for your body and mind to be in a calm state that is conducive to hypnotherapy. Your first hypnotherapy session will often be slightly shorted than subsequent ones to ensure that you are aware of  what to expect during the session and how you may feel and to allow time at the beginning and the end of the hypnosis to discuss your experience with your therapist. In preparation for the session you will be asked to sit or lie down and to close your eyes and to listen quietly to the suggestions that your therapist will make.

Nobody can be hypnotised against their will and most people are hypnotisable. You are in full control during the session and your therapist takes more of a guide rolethan leader.

During the session you will not go to sleep, you will be fully aware of the process and what is happening however there will be changes and you may feel like you are daydreaming. You will be conscious throughout the session and if you need to shift your position, cough, sneeze etc, you will be encouraged to do this naturally as you would normally.

Do you teach self-hypnotherapy?

Lesley records your sessions so that you can listen to them at home. Her is experience is that the clients who listen to the recordings between sessions experience the greatest success in reaching their goals. It is important to the therapy that you listen to the recordings in between sessions if you have been advised to do so.

What qualifications do Hypnotherapists have?

While there are no essential qualifications to become a hypnotherapist, it is recommended that practitioners undertake at least Diploma / PG Cert level from a recognised training college in addition to accredited specialist training. Lesley has gained a diploma in Clinical & Analytical Hypnotherapy with Psychotherapy and is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)    

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is often recognised as being used by performers in comedy or entertainment and is typically seen as fun and harmless in those situations. Hypnotherapy is practiced by a hypnotherapist who is a trained, qualified and holds appropriate insurance. Only a qualified therapist may use hypnotherapy to work with mental health concerns as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and certain medical conditions


 ‘I contacted Lesley to help me stop smoking for both my health and to improve my athletic ability. Following the consultation, I felt confident that I would stop smoking. We set our goals that were realistic. I have not smoked for 6 months now. I feel that the sessions improved my health and my performance. I feel fitter and stronger mentally.’

Sebastian Chabal
Sale Sharks and French International Rugby Player


Get in touch

If you are facing challenges that are impacting on your life, don’t hesitate to call to arrange your appointment. Lesley will arrange appointments directly with you for your convenience.

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

How To Make an Appointment

We are usually able to offer an appointment time within 24 working hours of your call. 

Please either call the clinic or leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back to confirm the arrangements.

Gatley: 0161 491 1999
Heaton Moor: 0161 432 3232

Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?

We provide expert acupuncture treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.

We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.

We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.

We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.

We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.

I saw Lesley for a dental phobia. I had to go to the dentist the day after the session and was extremely nervous about going. When I went to the dentist the next day, I kept myself calm using the techniques that Lesley had shown me. A few months on, I still find it unpleasant visiting the dentist but me fear feels far more manageable. I feel that the hypnotherapy session had a huge part to play in achieving that and I’m really pleased with the results.

Tim Hilton