Hypnotherapy clinic

At Spire Cardiff Hospital you can receive treatment in a number of specialist areas, including hypnotherapy. Our consultant anaethetist Dr Mark Sandby-Thomas works across a broad range of issues that can be treated by hypnosis, so to find out more contact Spire Cardiff Hospital today.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a focused state of attention commonly called a trance state. Hypnotherapy utilises this state to implant suggestions for changes in behaviour.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes – but only if they want to be! In broad terms one-third people are capable of entering a light trance, one-third a medium trance and one-third a deep trance. Depth of trance does not actually affect the success of treatment and can be improved with the practice of self-hypnosis. 

Common myths about hypnosis 

The hypnotist controls the subject”. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The patient is in control of the trance at all times and cannot be made to anything against their moral code. 

“Hypnosis is mystical, magical or dangerous”. The trance state is natural state of mind with no detrimental effects. The results however may seem like magic!

“Hypnosis is a form of sleep”.  Hypnosis is actually a very mentally active state and demonstrates none of the brainwave activity of sleep. Most people are totally aware of their surroundings the whole time and can recall each session.

“You have to close your eyes and lie still”. This is how most people find it easiest to enter the trance state but moving, itching, coughing, etc, are all fine. Eye closure helps concentration but is not necessary.

What can be treated with hypnotherapy? 

  • Habits (smoking, nail biting, etc)
  • Weight control
  • Stress or anger management
  • Performance and confidence issues (sporting, exams, interviews, etc)
  • Phobias, anxiety and panic disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Chronic pain and fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obstetrics and peri-operative care
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sexual problems. premature ejaculation, anorgasmia (inability to orgasm)
  • Vaginismus

Is anybody suitable for hypnotherapy?

No. Patients must be able to concentrate and follow instructions. Patients with mental illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia or personality disorders would be unsuitable, as would people taking drugs such as diazepam, recreational drugs or alcohol. Benefit has been reported in patients with depression but it would be advisable to seek a psychiatrist’s involvement first. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease or attention deficit disorder would not be considered appropriate.

How many sessions are generally required?

Some conditions are amenable to just one session such as smoking cessation but most would need three or four sessions. It largely depends on the condition, the patient and their willingness to practice self-hypnosis. The first session generally takes about one and a half hours with each subsequent session lasting about an hour. It is best to leave two to four weeks between sessions.

Useful websites for further information


www.ibshypnosis.com - hypnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

For further information or to book a consultation with Dr Mark Sandby-Thomas contact out-patient bookings 029 2073 6011. 

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How to contact the hypnotherapy clinic at Spire Cardiff

To book an appointment with Dr Sandby-Thomas call Spire Cardiff Hospital on 029 2054 2509 or complete the form on the right-hand side of this page.

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