Can I be hypnotised?

The state of awareness that is known as trance is a normal everyday occurrence for humans. Anyone who has ever daydreamed has been in trance – it’s that lovely ‘other-wordly’ feeling that we get when we have allowed our mind to do it’s own thing. We’re on auto pilot. This state is good for us – it helps configure memories and is restorative for the brain. Some of our best ideas come to us in these moments of drifting freely – no worries about the past or future, just being. 

When clients are particularly anxious, it can be difficult to begin with, to allow this state of trance to be induced by someone else – a hypnotherapist – and this may lead to the conclusion that one can’t be hypnotised. Most often, even the most “unhypnotisable” clients learn to let go and to enjoy the wonderful experience of being in trance, and this is the start of a fantastic new journey, a more elevated mental and emotional vantage point, from which all the best options and opportunities in life are always available, will always be seen. 

I recently read in Matthew Walkers wonderful book ‘Why we sleep’ that Paul McCartney’s hit song ‘Yesterday’ came to him in a dream, and that Mendeleev came up with the correct order for the periodic table whilst he slept. Imagine what you could do if you were able to open your own treasure-house of creativity through hypnosis…..

To experience the transformative power of hypnosis for yourself, contact me now.

Time slowed down

Yesterday we experienced a power cut that lasted almost 14 hours. It was amazing! It was as though time had slowed right down. Once we had organised the candles and decided which room to live in whilst we waited for heat and light to be restored, there really wasn’t much to do.

For the first time in a long time, the whole family, including all 3 ‘children’ (16, 17 and 20!) spent several hours talking to each other in the same room. We shared the tasks, laughed at the strangeness of it all, played a game or two and felt pretty relaxed. Without the continuous pull of social media, time became real, we were living ‘in the moment’, experiencing the day as it came and went – quietly, engaged and calm.

I suppose what this imposed sabbatical from reality did was shine a spotlight on what we take for granted, and whilst it was there, show us what we are missing. I really appreciated it when the lights came back on, but I loved the slow time in the semi darkness as well.

It was so good that we’re thinking of making it a regular thing. Power cut evenings. We even looked better in candlelight :0

Taking time out is a luxury for many. Time to really switch off. Hypnotherapy can provide the space and time for switching off – discovering a new way of seeing things. If you’d like to experience it for yourself, contact Sally here.



I’ve noticed over the past week how the weather forecast has kept me on full alert. My primitive, emotional brain has been looking out for signs of bad weather, constantly vigilant, ensuring that I keep safe by seeing everything from a negative viewpoint – will we be able to get the car out; do I need to cancel clients; have we got enough milk? By encouraging me to re run every possible scenario in my head, this part of my brain has “looked after me”, and indeed I am safe, well fed and warm, and all the clients I couldn’t get to this week have rescheduled for next. Happy Days!

The downside has been that it’s been difficult to find room for much rational, creative thought. Don’t get me wrong – I have managed to get a few things done – we’ve been out in the snow with the sledges and dogs, and I’ve been creative with the cooking (discovered a tin or two in the back of the larder which may not otherwise have seen the light of day). If I’m honest though, I have spent more time than I should just watching the snow come down.

This movement of my thoughts from the rational, intellectual part of my brain into the primitive, emotional part is a useful survival mechanism, which should easily reset once the ‘danger’ (the snow in this case), has passed. In fact, it is already happening. I’m writing this, I’ve hoovered the sitting room, and my diary is sorted for next week. For some though, the ‘reset’ doesn’t happen, and then they are stuck in a spiral of negative thought and forecasting, forever on full alert, always anxious and sometimes experiencing full blown panic. Not a good feeling.

So what can we do about it?

The amygdala – the flight, fight, fear part of our brain is the part that needs to be reset. It needs to know that the danger has passed and that it can downgrade the system to a calm level of vigilance. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for allowing this to happen. In the hands of a skilled hypnotherapist, clients can relax to the point that the mind is open to suggestion, so that the rational, creative intellectual mind can begin to take back control, calming things down and helping ‘switch off’ the full alert response. Once this has happened, decision making becomes possible once more, and we can move forward with confidence.

Sally Potter at Aloft Hypnotherapy (Ivybridge) and The Observatory Practice (Plymouth, Devon) offers Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for anxiety, depression, addiction, weight management, phobia and more. You can contact Sally here.

Who can I help?

I think my friend needs help – is hypnotherapy right for him?

The answer to this is – it depends. Does he want help? Is he ready for change?

The first step on the road to a better future is the step of decision, of determination. It’s the motivation that drives us forward and enables us to keep going. So if you ask if I can help someone that you love, yes I can, just as long as it’s the friend that wants to change.

One of the ways that hypnotherapy helps is by creating the environment in our brain that allows solutions to be found. When we have a vision of our goal, however big or small that goal is, we can move towards that goal with everything we do, because our choices will be based on the achievement of that goal. That’s why hypnotherapy is so effective when we have a goal in mind, and we know what we want to achieve. The Solution Focused approach helps enormously in this regard, helping clients to clearly define their goals and the next steps needed to move closer to achieving them.

The first step towards discovering if Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the right way forward for you is to meet me for an initial consultation. If you’re ready for change, give me a call on 01752 894160 now, or use the contact form.


Tales of the Unexpected

Just when we thought that Spring was arriving, today in South Devon, we’ve had snow! Even though I live on the Southern tip of Dartmoor, it’s rare to have more than a dusting of snow each year, so imagine my surprise when I looked up from my work and everything had turned white! The ability to enjoy change and to be adaptable and flexible is one of the joys of living without anxiety. When we perceive change as a threat, it can cause anxiety, so we need to do something to alter that perception, and this is where Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help. By altering the way that you see the world, and calming the part of your brain that is constantly on alert, we can create a calmer, more positive way to live your life – in control!



Self Esteem and how to have it

The way we feel about ourselves appears to be tied up with so many things, and maybe we are concerned about how we are seen by others, how we stack up against everyone else – whether we are ‘good enough’? This sense of ourselves has an enormous effect on so many areas of our lives – giving us confidence if we feel good, and leading to doubt and frustration if our self esteem has taken a knock – can hypnotherapy help here?

Most definitely! As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist I believe that every single person has all the resources they need to be the absolute best version of themselves, and my job is to help you to find that hidden treasure. Using skilful solution focused questioning, I will enable you to work out what it is that you need to do to rediscover those resources, and using hypnosis, I give your subconscious mind the space and rest it needs to be creative about finding solutions. The use of this combined approach is very powerful, often leading to life-changing transformations within a short space of time.

What would you like to change? Do you need help sticking to resolutions? Finding the confidence to go for a promotion? Running the half marathon? Seeing yourself as you would like to be?

Whatever it is, give me a call, arrange an Initial Consultation and take the first step towards a more confident you.

Best Wishes,

Sally x

What will you change?

Are you looking to change your life for the better? Perhaps, with the start of a New Year, you are now looking to embrace a new you? Maybe you are unsure of change or where to start?

Perhaps you want to stop smoking? Perhaps you want to lose weight? Or, you may have a plan to find a new job or alter career direction and wish to improve your confidence?

If that sounds like you, perhaps now would be a good time to chat to a qualified and insured Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioner. The initial consultation with Sally Potter is free and she even supplies you with a free relaxation CD or MP3 download!

Sally is based at Ivybridge and Plymouth. She has plenty of experience in helping people achieve their goals and their dreams! 

“Stopping smoking is a common enquiry for this time of the year”, explains Sally. “I aim to help someone overcome the habit in one single session, so there is no need for the free initial consultation.

“We help someone quit by explaining how easy it can be to stop and embrace a new life where you can only gain in health and wealth! We also use hypnosis for around 45 minutes to help provide a supportive message for the subconscious part of the brain.

“Weight management is also an area where we can help a client by focusing on small changes to their lives that can help reduce stress and so improve healthy choices for losing weight.”

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works by effectively reducing our ‘stress bucket’ levels through positive thinking and by the safe process of hypnosis when undertaken by a fully-qualified and insured AfSFH practitioner.

Confidence should start to increase over a number of sessions and the client will often feel they are calmer and more relaxed about life, which is often reflected by how they react to situations at work and at home.

Sally was awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) in 2016 following extensive training as part of the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training course.

Sally is a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH), which ensures its members adhere to a strong ethical code and engage in regular supervision sessions. Sally is also studying for the Hypnotherapy Practioner Advanced Diploma, and the Clifton Practice Diploma in Medical Hypnotherapy. 

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also be used to help improve sleep, aid in weight management, reduce phobias and fears, and help people to stop smoking.

Contact Sally  here to book a free initial conversation or request a call. We look forward to hearing from you!