I was living in London and hated my job.

It was a scary time. It’s difficult to imagine what life was like back then, but I knew I had fallen into a whole range of negative thought patterns.

I needed to find a solution to create a sharp break in my mental patterns.

A friend recommended I try hypnotherapy. I hadn’t heard of it and was initially sceptical. But I was struggling in life so decided to give it a shot.

Within three sessions, I managed to turn around some of my negative thought patterns about myself.

My hypnotherapist didn’t just “fix me” with hypnotherapy sessions. She taught me self-hypnosis. Since then, self-hypnosis has become a way of life for me.

Self-hypnosis has changed my life. I’ve able to identify negative thought patterns and quickly shift them.

In this article, I’m going to explain some of the background to why hypnotherapy is so powerful, and suggest a method for you to learn self-hypnosis yourself.

What is self-hypnosis?

“Put simply, hypnosis can help re-programme the mind with different beliefs,” says Hypnotherapist and Life Coach Malminder Gill. “Self-hypnosis can be really helpful if you’re trying to overcome something, such as a fear, but also for anyone trying to break negative or unhelpful patterns of behaviour.”

Hypnotherapist Malminder Gill teaches self-hypnosis in London.
Hypnotherapist Malminder Gill teaches self-hypnosis in London.

According to Gill, people living with OCD, PTSD, anxiety or depression can use self-hypnosis to bring about truly transformative results. It’s a genuine alternative to meditation or therapy, helping people to take their meditative experience to a much deeper level.



Self-hypnosis empowers you to look after yourself. What you learn becomes part of your own toolkit.

“People who experience anxiety talk to themselves in a negative way, so they’re already hearing a kind of self-hypnosis,” says Gill. “I teach them to use a different voice to inspire positive change. Clients come to understand what their minds are capable of, meaning they’re better able take back control and empower themselves.”

Self-hypnosis has been dubbed “the new mindfulness”

Self-hypnosis has become popular in recent years, and has even been dubbed “the new mindfulness”. It’s seen as a next step in managing your personal health and well-being.

The key point is this:

It’s not just about clearing your mind. It’s about unlocking a new way of living.

Professor Stephen Redford is a brain specialist and has carried out long-term studies in brain activity and hypnosis. He said the following:

“It’s about learning what the brain is capable of. The mind is a funny place, and, for some people, the difference between being able to do something or not, or even living well or not, can come solely down to a single thought. Though it’s not true to say it can help everyone, hypnosis can certainly be helpful for many.”

Using hypnosis to move on from failed relationships

Gill has started a successful hypnotherapy practice in Harley Street, London. She’s become know as Harley Street’s “Love Hypnotherapist” for developing a unique approach to helping people heal their broken hearts.

When Sarah, a solicitor from West London, unexpectedly broke up with her boyfriend of six years she plunged into feelings of deep depression and isolation.



“I felt like my life was in free fall,” Sarah says. “It was affecting my sleep, my ability to work – everything.”

In just three sessions with Gill, Sarah was able to explore her unique situation and negative thought patterns around her relationship. Practiced skills to let go, focus on achieving healthy relationships in the future.

“Self-hypnosis changed my life,” says Sarah. “It helped me through a difficult time and come out stronger. I feel like I’ve learnt more about myself in the six months since I started practicing than in six years. I now trust myself more to make the best decision for me.”

How to get started with self-hypnosis

The unfortunate reality is that hypnotherapy is expensive. However, there are free alternatives online to help get you started.

One free option is a hypnotherapy masterclass with Marisa Peer. Peer is a bestselling author and celebrity hypnotherapist. She’s spent almost three decades treating a client list including CEOs, Olympic athletes and royalty in the United Kingdom.

Peer partnered with Mindvalley Academy to create a free masterclass teaching how to do self-hypnosis.

I took the masterclass and found it really powerful. It reminded me of what I learned from doing hypnotherapy in London many years. It was basically a refresher course for me.

In the class, Peer focuses on creating a deeper connection with your “inner child”. There’s good reason to focus on your inner child, according to Mindworks:

“Inner child hypnosis uses a variety of tools and techniques to access, communicate with, calm, and heal a client’s inner child. Hypnotherapy to heal the inner child can create positive changes in the adult who seeks greater self-worth and self-acceptance. It can help them to overcome self-sabotaging behavior that their inner child learned in order to cope with dysfunctionality. But to achieve these goals requires the full cooperation of the client who must really want to heal and make the changes, must believe that they can heal and make positive changes, and must be open to using the tools and techniques provided.”

The free masterclass with Marisa Peer was a really great way to reconnect with my inner child and start to shift some of my negative thought patterns.

If you’re looking to find out more about self-hypnosis and see whether it’s an effective path for you, check out Peer’s free masterclass here.

I would love to know whether self-hypnosis is effective for you. Reach out to me on Twitter and let me know.

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