What is Hypnotherapy?

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

Hypnotherapy, often surrounded by misconceptions and mystique, is an ancient practice that harnesses the power of the mind to promote positive change.

While it has been portrayed differently in popular media, the scientific principles behind hypnotherapy are grounded in neurobiology and psychology.

In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of hypnotherapy, exploring brainwave patterns, suggestibility, and the intriguing connection between the conscious and subconscious mind.

The Conscious and Subconscious Mind

To understand hypnotherapy, we must first comprehend the two major components of the mind: the conscious and subconscious. The conscious mind is the aspect of our awareness responsible for logical thinking, decision-making, and reasoning. It processes information in a linear and analytical manner.

On the other hand, the subconscious mind operates beneath the surface of our conscious awareness, governing automatic responses, emotions, and memories. It functions in a non-linear and intuitive manner, making it a powerful driver of our beliefs, habits, and behaviours.

The Bridge of Suggestibility

Hypnotherapy aims to bridge the gap between the conscious and subconscious mind, enabling positive suggestions to influence behaviour and thought patterns. In a hypnotic state, an individual becomes more receptive to suggestions, as the critical factor of the conscious mind is temporarily bypassed. This increased suggestibility allows a skilled hypnotherapist to introduce new ideas and perspectives directly to the subconscious.

Brainwave Patterns and Hypnosis

Brainwave activity plays a crucial role in the hypnotic experience. Our brain produces different types of electrical patterns depending on our mental state. During hypnosis, brainwave patterns tend to shift from the typical alert, waking state (beta waves) to more relaxed and receptive states. These include:

  • Alpha Waves: The alpha state occurs when we are in a relaxed and calm state of mind, similar to the moments before falling asleep or just after waking up. Hypnosis is often associated with increased alpha activity.
  • Theta Waves: The theta state is associated with deep relaxation, daydreaming, and light sleep. During hypnosis, individuals may experience heightened theta activity, which allows for enhanced visualization and creativity.
  • Delta Waves: The delta state is the slowest brainwave pattern, occurring during deep sleep or profound meditation. Some individuals may reach this state during exceptionally deep hypnotic experiences.

The Role of Brain Plasticity

Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and reorganize itself, plays a significant role in hypnotherapy. When a person is in a hypnotic state, the brain becomes more receptive to changes in thought patterns and behaviors. This plasticity enables the mind to adopt new perspectives, break free from negative habits, and cultivate positive changes.


Hypnotherapy, once shrouded in mystery, now stands on solid scientific ground. By understanding the connection between the conscious and subconscious mind, brainwave patterns, and suggestibility, we can appreciate the potential of hypnotherapy as a powerful tool for personal transformation. It offers individuals a safe and effective means to address various issues, from stress and anxiety to breaking unhealthy habits and improving overall well-being. Embracing the science behind hypnotherapy allows us to unlock the full potential of our minds and embark on a journey of positive change and self-discovery.

Katie Peterson
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Central Scotland Clinical Hypnotherapy 

Empowering Women Through Menopause: The Role of Hypnotherapy in Managing Symptoms

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

Menopause is a natural phase of a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. While it is a normal transition, it can bring about a range of physical and emotional symptoms that may disrupt daily life. Hypnotherapy, an alternative and complementary approach to healthcare, offers a promising avenue for managing menopausal symptoms and improving overall well-being. In this article, we will explore the various aspects of menopause and the potential benefits of hypnotherapy in supporting women through this transformative stage.

Understanding Menopause

Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 and is defined as the cessation of menstruation for 12 consecutive months. This transition is associated with a significant decline in estrogen and progesterone hormones, leading to various physical and emotional changes. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, and reduced libido.

The Impact of Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms can vary significantly among women, affecting their quality of life and overall well-being. While some women experience mild or no symptoms, others may face more severe and disruptive effects, making it crucial to address these issues effectively.

Hypnotherapy for Menopause: How It Works

Hypnotherapy is a non-invasive therapeutic approach that utilizes hypnosis to facilitate positive changes in an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When applied to menopausal symptoms, hypnotherapy aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of discomfort and improve coping mechanisms.

  • Managing Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Hypnotherapy can help women gain better control over their body’s response to hot flashes and night sweats through relaxation techniques, mental imagery, and positive suggestions.
  • Stress Reduction: Menopause can be a stressful time for many women due to hormonal changes and life transitions. Hypnotherapy can alleviate stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of calm and balance.
  • Sleep Improvement: Hypnotherapy can assist women in improving their sleep patterns by addressing insomnia and promoting better sleep hygiene through guided relaxation and visualization.
  • Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem: Hypnotherapy can help women cope with changes in body image and self-esteem during menopause, fostering self-acceptance and self-confidence.
  • Hormonal Balance: While hypnotherapy cannot alter hormone levels directly, it may have an impact on the mind-body connection, potentially influencing the perception of symptoms.
  • Coping with Emotional Changes: Hypnotherapy can provide tools for managing mood swings and emotional fluctuations during menopause, enabling women to approach challenges with a more positive mindset.


Menopause is a transformative phase in a woman’s life, and it is essential to approach it with understanding and support. Hypnotherapy offers a complementary and empowering approach to managing menopausal symptoms, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of this transition. By harnessing the power of the mind, hypnotherapy can help women navigate through menopause with greater ease, enabling them to embrace this new chapter of life with confidence and vitality. As women seek alternative ways to manage menopausal symptoms, hypnotherapy stands as a promising tool, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives during and beyond menopause.

Katie Peterson
Clinical Hypnotherapist
Central Scotland Clinical Hypnotherapy 

John – March 2024

I have been suffering from anxiety based on an irrational fear I have developed whilst sleeping at altitude. This became an issue three or four years ago whilst on a skiing holiday.

I had no problem skiing during the day at the same or even higher altitude but often in the night I was overcome with a fear that I couldn’t breath sufficiently causing a mild panic attack and inability to sleep.

Having listened to a relaxation recording provided by Katie prior to going skiing and if anxious during the night when on holiday this year as well, I found I slept soundly every night whilst at high altitude.

Her recordings help to instil confidence and induce relaxation. It made my holiday so much better.


September 2023

I’d like to start by saying that before my first session with Katie I was a little apprehensive and unsure what to expect. That feeling quickly went away within a few minutes of chatting to Katie as she made me feel very relaxed and welcome very quickly.

Over the years my fear of flying increased. I love travelling and want to visit as many places in the world that I can however the thought of flights to get to many places was putting me off. 

I had a number of sessions with Katie ahead of my first holiday after the covid restrictions had lifted. I could feel a difference in myself from the moment I got up in the morning. I didn’t have the same worries as normal and was actually looking forward to my holiday rather than worrying about the flight to get there.

One year on and I have been on a few planes now and I am delighted that the flight is still not a worry for me and I can enjoy the whole experience from start to finish.

I definitely feel Katie has helped me overcome the anxiety I felt before and would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for some help. 

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Tracy – August 2023

I have always been a nervous flyer but since having my children my nervous turned into absolute fear. Haven’t been on a plane in 9 years, this year though my kids begged me to go abroad, so I bit the bullet and booked up to go to Lanzarote. From the minute it was booked my irrational thoughts and fears would keep me awake at night, have daily panic attacks & my whole mood was low until I found Katie,
After 3 sessions with her I was able to go on my holiday, not only that I was so calm the whole journey and home again that we have booked up to go away again. Can’t believe I’ve missed out on holidays for so long. Can’t thank her enough.


Tom – June 2023

I have suffered from IBS for a number of years, and at times it can be difficult living and dealing with it.

I came across an article about how hypnotherapy could help those with IBS. When I looked into it in a bit more detail the potential positive results sounded very promising.

I subsequently contacted Katie Peterson who is a fully qualified hypnotherapy practitioner. A meeting was then set up for an initial discussion with Katie. That’s when I found her to be extremely professional and passionate about the work she does.

A programme was then put in place and sessions which usually lasted around ninety minutes arranged. After each of these Katie would send out a recording of what had taken place, and what action I needed to take before the next appointment.

There is no cure for IBS but I can say that my symptoms are much reduced and I am more confident in dealing with it as Katie installs a positive can do attitude which helps me deal with IBS.

I would accordingly have no hesitation in recommending Katie to anyone thinking about contacting her to see what hypnotherapy can offer you.”


Pauline – June 2023

I cannot recommend working with Katie highly enough.
From our first consultation it was evident that she truly listened, which is a very rare quality, in todays fast paced world.
Although I initially referred myself for weight management, it was evident that a lot of other factors were also at play.
My sessions were tailor made for me, and the light bulb moments I’ve experienced in this journey have been quite extraordinary. No more desire to raid cupboards at midnight and I’m down an easy 14 lbs.
Katie – you’ve given me back my power; belief; and zest for life and that is immeasurable.
Thank you.


Ross – January 2023

I went to the dentist last night. Had a filling repaired and it was completely fine. Still a touch nervous before going in but during and after was great.

Many thanks for your help, what a difference!


Heather- January 2023

I had never experienced hypnotherapy before, but I felt well supported and looked after by Katie at CSCH. She did a brilliant job of putting me at ease, explaining the process of each session thoroughly and answering any of my questions to help relax my mind.

Katie is knowledgeable and professional, and I could always tell that she tailored each session specifically to my needs. After just a few sessions, I noticed a huge difference in my everyday life, and Katie has continued to support me after the sessions to ensure my confidence remains high.

Heather – January 2023

Review – Claire

Katie is a lovely warm friendly person that immediately puts you at ease. She has access to a range of tools for personal transformation. These tools allow you to focus on what you want to focus on, achieve your goals and have confidence in yourself. Her voice is deeply relaxing and soothing and the hypnosis is very powerful and transformative.

Claire – October 2022

Review – Anna

I can really recommend Katie Peterson and her amazing hypnotherapy sessions. She makes healing, learning and relaxation feel easy, fun and simple. Your conscious mind will let go of deeper life issues as the unconscious parts of you are addressed calmly, gently and gracefully; by the flow of her compassionate, kind and supportive words that just wash over you. I am full of creative new ideas after these positive encounters, and the grief, loss and trauma that has weighed heavily on my heart since last year is gradually lifting away now; leaving me with only the pure essence of love from my mum, and all of my beloved ones in spirit…

I have also received some hypnotherapy audio files, so I can reinforce all of the abundance in my own space. Thankyou sincerely for all your special gifts dear soul… xxx


Review – Fiona

I attended sessions with Katie in advance of having a medical procedure that I had rearranged a number of times due to almost debilitating anxiety.

Katie was kind, professional and very easy to talk to. She put me at ease throughout every session and took time to talk through what would happen.

The results were staggering. Due to significantly reduced anxiety, I was able to have my procedure, during which I used methods that Katie taught me to keep me relaxed. I use these methods in other areas of my life now too!

I would thoroughly recommend Katie to anyone looking to try hypnotherapy sessions, she’s truly wonderful.

Fiona – October 2022

Review – Michela

I had my first experience of hypnotherapy with Katie last summer and it was a real surprise.

During a very stressful time of my life, Katie helped me focus and face my difficulties with more confidence. After each session, I felt relaxed, more mindful and optimistic.

I must say I didn’t expect that: after only 3 sessions, I could feel the difference; I felt better and I found again the strength to go through the challenges that life was presenting.

I can warmly recommend Katie’s services.

Michela – October 2022

Review – Hazel

I was worried about speaking to someone about my problems, but I found Katie to be friendly, approachable, and easy to talk to.

She has a lovely calm voice and a gentle manner, and our sessions were both relaxing and comfortable.

Seeing Katie has helped me with anxiety and self-esteem issues. I feel I am coping with work and personal challenges more positively and enjoying a less critical and more fulfilling life.

Hazel – October 2022
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