Important Information:

Yes to Life's website content is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information is for educational and informational purposes only and has not been reviewed by medical doctors or oncologists. Cancer is a highly complex group of diseases, and it is known to manifest differently in different people, often responding more favourably to individualised approaches to treatment and care. Yes to Life advocates that any person diagnosed with, or suspected of having, cancer, consults with a suitably qualified and experienced medical professional before initiating any type of therapy or supportive treatment. Click here to read our full Disclaimer.


Also known as: Suggestion Hypnotherapy, Analytical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation and focused concentration. It is an altered state of consciousness into which you allow yourself to enter, with the guidance of a therapist. In this state, people can frequently access understandings of the causes of behaviour, of past feelings, and of their deepest desires which the business and demands of daily life do not generally allow. These understandings can then be used to underpin and shape present behaviour and help to elicit changes in certain perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. You are in control at all times, you always know what is happening, and you can come out of the altered state at any time by simply opening your eyes.
During your first visit, the hypnotherapist will ask about your general health, symptoms, your medical history, and the desired results, in order to decide on the best approach for you. Using a gentle, reassuring and calming tone, your hypnotherapist will guide you into a relaxed state, somewhere in between being asleep and awake. Once you are in this daydream state, your conscious, or alert mind is relaxed and the therapist can then work with your subconscious, promoting positive and healing messages. During all hypnotherapy sessions you will remain in full control, and will be able to feel, hear, speak and be fully aware of what is happening around you.
Altered states of awareness have been recognised for thousands of years and hypnosis is widely accepted as a beneficial psychological therapy to access our inner potential. The term hypnosis, is derived from the Greek word hypnos, meaning sleep. The Greeks and Romans had a strong history in hypnotherapy. Chinese medicine recognises over 5000 years of hypnotic relationship between healers and patients. In more modern times, Austrian physician Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was regarded as the father of hypnotherapy. The word mesmerised is derived from Mesmer`s name. Scottish surgeons James Braid (1795-1860) and James Esdaile (1808-1859) validated the use of hypnosis prior to surgery. They recognised the benefits for patients and were among the first doctors to have hypnosis accepted by their medical peers. During the mid-1900s, Milton Erickson was a well-known psychiatrist who used hypnotherapy in his practice. In 1958, both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association recognised hypnotherapy as a valid medical procedure. Since 1995, the National Institute of Health has recommended hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.
Hypnotherapy is generally very safe. Most people say that they have a positive experience with it, although some people report negative side effects, such as increased anxiety. You shouldn’t use hypnotherapy with some medical conditions, as it could make them worse. These include psychosis, personality disorders, and epilepsy. If you have other types of mental health problems, or a serious illness such as cancer, you should always see a hypnotherapist who has experience of treating your condition. Children under the age of 7 should only be hypnotised by a therapist who is trained in working with this age group. Studies have shown that hypnotherapy can improve cancer-related symptoms such as anxiety (including anticipatory nausea and vomiting), fatigue, and sleep disturbance and can reduce pain (especially effective in control of pain after invasive procedures or surgery) and nausea. It has also been found to be effective for mucositis pain. Since hypnotherapy is a non-invasive therapy, it is particularly good for children in managing procedure-related pain, anxiety, and distress.
Typical Therapy Costs
British pound 50-90. Some clinics are able to offer an initial package of up to eight free/ low cost sessions. A session of hypnotherapy privately can cost between 50 and 90. Your GP may also be able to recommend a hypnotherapist who works within the NHS.


Dr Young-Snell qualified in conventional medicine over fifteen years ago. He trained at Guy's Hospital Medical School in London and after much Read More
The Vision of Hope Clinic is a nutritional clinic, run by Dr. Young-Snell. Set in Brighton, it offers a healing environment, providing support for Read More
Maggie's Centres' philosophy is in helping people with cancer to be as healthy in mind and body as possible, while assisting them with contributions Read More
Integrated Cancer Therapies is a registered charity specialising in delivering complementary therapy to people with cancer living in Read More
Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group is a local charity, whose aim is to help and support the local community of Halton. Anyone who has been Read More
Synergy Healthcare is Belfast's First Integrated Medical Centre. Synergy Healthcare was originally established in 1998 by Dr. Finbar Magee and Read More
The Centre is offering information, counselling, complementary therapies, groups and classes for anyone affected by cancer. Its home visiting service Read More
The Bearsted Holistic Cancer and Stress Support Centre is a group of about 30, covering all cancers. The group provides advice and access to holistic Read More
Weston Park Cancer Information and Support Centre is a charity that supports cancer patients who are receiving radiotherapy. They provide Read More
The Haven Centre offers support for people affected by life limiting conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson Read More
Open everyday from 9 am to 5 pm and Tuesday from 9 am to 8.30 pm. They offer a wide range of supportive therapies. Individual support groups for Read More
On site and at need support for patients and carers. One day a week Head Art is demonstrating head scarf tying. Benefit advice for carers. Resource Read More
Macmillan Cancer Resource Centres provide a safe and welcoming environment for people affected by cancer. Services for people with cancer, their Read More
Sympathetic listeners offer support and encouragement to cancer patients, their families, partners and carers. Complementary therapies given by Read More
The support centres at the Gentle Approach to Cancer Association, offer a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer. They believe that the whole Read More
Coping with Cancer has a team of therapists who are experienced in treating those affected by cancer and are able to offer an extensive range of Read More
The Holistic Centre Godalming was established in June 2000 and has been growing steadily since then. Their emphasis has always been on providing Read More
CancerCare help local families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions living in North Lancashire and South Lakeland. Delivered by Read More
Cancer Wise is a registered charity offering support and information to anyone concerned about cancer in the communities of Havant, East Hants, Read More
Ayrshire Cancer Support has operated in Ayrshire since 1982, providing emotional support and practical help for cancer patients, their families, Read More
The origins of Wirral Holistic Care Services stretch back 20 years. It was then that Dorothy Crowther, their chief executive, first proposed the idea Read More
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is an independent charity providing a range of support services to cancer patients, their carers and families. Read More
The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living is an award-winning registered charity offering a broad range of drug-free treatments and holistic health Read More
The Haven offers free support, information and complementary therapies to anyone affected by breast cancer. At their Havens in London, Hereford and Read More
The Hospice strongly believes that complementary therapies can work together with medical and nursing care to improve a patient's well-being, reduce Read More
The Fountain Centre is located within The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, and is an integral part of the St Luke's Cancer Centre. Read More
The Cancer Support Centre, Sutton Coldfield work alongside the local health services, hospices and other cancer charities so that people affected by Read More
Sandville Self Help Centre is open to all people suffering from cancer 7 days a week, 10 am - 4 pm. They offer help in a very relaxed and happy Read More
The Arcturus Clinic has been running for over 15 years and aims to treat the holistic needs of the individual using complementary medicine. It offers Read More