Seventeen people came along to our anniversary meeting on the evening of 22 October. There were three first-timers among the regular attendees..
Our speaker was Lorraine Gleeson, a hypnotherapist from Clanfield, who works out of the Technopole Centre in Portsmouth. In 2012 Lorraine set up the Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy, and she is the author of a book called ‘How to be a Hypnotherapist’.
Lorraine gave an intriguing and highly original presentation – part card magic, part neurolinguistic programming (NLP), part hypnosis! We’ve seen nothing like it before and it certainly provoked a great deal of interest.
She began by describing the personal circumstances which led her to take up hypnotherapy as a profession. After a brief discussion of how hypnotherapy works, she went on to explain how the technique can be used to help tinnitus sufferers learn to cope better with their symptoms.
Hypnotherapy operates by tapping into the power of the subconscious brain. By using a principle of ‘anchoring’, the client learns to associate a positive and relaxing mental state with a specific visual or tactile stimulus, such as a hand on the shoulder. This anchor can then be used to trigger or call forth the positive mental state. In this way, clients are taught how to change their state of mind so that threatening and obtrusive tinnitus sensations can be brought under some degree of control. Hypnotherapy does not claim to ‘cure’ tinnitus or ‘switch it off’, but for many sufferers it is an effective therapy that can make a positive difference.
Lorraine demonstrated the technique on two volunteers from the audience. It was fascinating and dramatic to watch, and both volunteers reported an immediate and marked reduction in the volume of their tinnitus.
The last quarter of an hour was given over to questions and reactions from the group. Lorraine welcomed all responses, and addressed concerns about the safety of the therapy.
We’re very grateful to Lorraine for rushing over to Bedhampton in the early evening to give us her talk.
For further information, Lorraine Gleeson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 023 9259 5226. She will be happy to send you details of her hypnotherapy method as an MP3 file. The website of the Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy can now be found here.