Q&A: Hypnotherapist Mark Vasey
PUBLISHED: 14:45 15 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:49 20 February 2013
Hypnotherapist Mark Vasey established the 4-Hypnotherapy clinic in Knebworth eight years ago. With plans to open a second clinic in London's Harley Street, Mark takes time out to tell Louise McEvoy about how anxieties and phobias can be resolved
Hypnotherapist Mark Vasey established the 4-Hypnotherapy clinic
in Knebworth eight years ago. With plans to open a second clinic in Londons Harley Street, Mark takes time out to tell Louise McEvoy about how anxieties and phobias can be resolved
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that enables a client to enlist the help of their unconscious mind to bring about therapeutic changes. A therapist will help the client to access his or her inner resources to achieve these goals or objectives. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.
How does it work?
It works by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious logical control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force, this is the part which has to change for the patients behaviour and physical state to alter.
What does it feel like and is it safe?
Hypnotherapy is 100 per cent safe and is a proven therapeutic aid. You are deeply relaxed and calm, and aware of everything happening around you. It is a pleasant and enjoyable state, very similar to daydreaming or drifting off to sleep.
Why and how did you train to become a hypnotherapist?
My father was a doctor and my mother a nurse, and they both believed in the benefits of many holistic therapies where mainstream medicine wasnt always able to help.
Rather than taking drugs and pills for so many problems, which only ever help reduce the feeling of the symptoms, why not use analytical hypnotherapy to permanently remove the actual cause? I trained with the Hypnotherapy Control Board the training arm of the International Association of Pure Hypnoanalysts, which has trained thousands of therapists since it started in 1981.
What is the difference between pure hypnoanalysis and clinical hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis can be very effective, but the results are only temporary, so it is particularly useful when short-term benefits are needed. It is ideal for a person suffering from pre-test nerves, wanting help with their driving test, or help with pain control particularly childbirth. Pure hypnoanalysisis the single most effective form of therapy available in the world today for the permanent resolution of anxiety, depression, phobias, fears, eating disorders and other psychological and emotional problems. This form of hypnotherapy can totally resolve the cause of unconscious anxieties, leaving the sufferer free of their symptoms for life.
What do you most/least enjoy about your job?
So many of the people I see have tried every other solution available to cure their problems. They have lived trapped with their anxiety or phobia for most of their lives. There is no greater feeling then helping someone permanently free themself from something they never thought they could. I can honestly say there is nothing I dont like about my job, except perhaps the long hours.
How would you spend a perfect day in Hertfordshire?
Taking a long walk through beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, finishing at one of the many country pubs.