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What have you got to lose?

Easter with all those beautiful foil wrapped eggs and chocolate goodies can be a time for over indulgence. Go on, admit it, you sneaked a bit of your children’s Smartie egg when they weren’t looking, I know I did – Shhhh, or perhaps you bought a reduced one afterwards at the supermarket because it was just too good to resist.

Have you had your fill yet? Or maybe over eating doesn’t just happen at Easter.

Maybe you sneakily treat yourself, and if you do, who are you really kidding? Maybe you eat ‘just a little snack’ when you walk past the fridge. Maybe you have a tendancy to lick your plate clean no matter what. Maybe you’re a grazer, eating all the time, struggling to stop once you get started? Maybe stressful times seem a whole lot easier to deal with when your eating your favourite food.

Maybe you are wanting to change your eating habits for good? If you are commited to losing weight and you are prepared to plan, Hypnotherapy makes the possibility of losing weight twice as likely and you can lose twice as much. Even if you don’t believe in hypnotherapy it doesn’t matter, just your commitment needed. Sounds good? Give Amy Brown at in Skipton a call on 01756 699136 or 07846 376306. Personally tailored hypnotherapy sessions: £60 each for 75-90 minutes.

Today I Had a Filling While Hypnotised

Today my family and I joined a new dentist. One of my teeth had a small surface hole with, according to my dentist, ‘some unsupported surrounding enamel’ which meant there was a bigger hole below and I needed a filling. I don’t mind the dentist like some people. In fact, I used to prefer it to the hairdresser, it was that clean teeth feeling when you leave. I was asked what I usually did when I had a filling for pain relief. The last time I had oIMG_2217ne was over 15 years ago so I assumed I’d had an injection.

I asked to use self hypnosis.

I left the room while the rest of my family were checked. I sat in the waiting area and put myself into ‘the zone’ with my breathing. Within a couple of minutes my left hand was flipping back and forth; it does this when I’m hypnotised, one of various hypnotic phenomena that can occur.

I used a visualisation drawn from my subconscious to deepen my trance; travelling on a ski lift over a stunning powder snow covered mountain with fresh spring blue skies overhead. It was gorgeous. I then gave myself suggestions to numb my cheek, mouth and my hand. The hand was so I could transfer more numbness if I needed to.

I was called back in, I deepened the trance further, breathed even more slowly, explained the twitchy hand to the dentist and let her do her job. I could feel her fiddling about in there and, of course, I could here that drilling which I used to my benefit. I enjoyed my 10 minute floaty experience on the mountain (which was in fact 20 minutes).  But did I feel any pain? The answer is no, maybe a teeny bit depending on what pain is to you. Mostly nothing but there were a couple of moments when the feeling was similar to eating ice cream on a sensitive tooth.

The dentist told me that it was a much bigger job which was a surprise, to both me and her, and I had expected her to say the opposite. It was over before I knew it and was just fine.

Using hypnosis was far better than having a numb mouth for the rest of the morning and I would definitely do it again. Apart from one thing; my self hypnosis sessions are now going to include suggestions for more thorough dental hygiene so when I see my dentist again in September I’ll be leaving with a big smile on my face rather than a big filling in my tooth.

Amy Brown, The Power of Your Mind, Clinical Hypnotherapist in Yorshire


Is ‘You’re Back in the Room’ hypnotic tv?

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 13.33.00As a hypnotherapist I had to watch the new Saturday night ITV show ‘You’re Back in the Room.’ It’s created waves in the field of hypnotherapy. For those of you who don’t know the programme, presented by Phillip Schofield, it involves Keith Barry, a mentalist, as he likes to call himself, putting members of the audience into a deep trance. They then cavort about the set doing normal things in ridiculous ways to win money, all to the hilarity, or desperate sighs, of the viewers.

I was sceptical, of course. What will people think of hypnosis if they watch this? I believe stage hypnosis to be a valid use of hypnotism but it can cause myths about hypnosis to be branded about. People also confuse hypnosis for entertainment with hypnosis for therapeutic benefit, the field I work in. I sometimes get asked “ Are you going to make me cluck like a chicken?” to which I reply “based on what I know so far that doesn’t appear to be one of your goals but if you want that then I can.” They never do.

When hypnotised suggestions are given to your subconscious mind. The mind will reject ones that are not in line with what you want. I am not going to give inappropriate suggestions and neither would any decent qualified hypnotherapist. Suggestions given for entertainment purpose are, of course, different to those given if you want to relieve anxiety, stop smoking or play better golf, for example. It would be unethical of me to have you prancing around my therapy room acting like James Brown if it wouldn’t benefit you in making the changes that you have come to see me about. However for entertainment, when the contestants know full well that they are there to be silly, that is a different kettle of fish.

As I watched ‘You’re Back in the Room’ I found myself having a few laugh out loud moments due to the occasional slapstick nature but I was also frustrated at the programme fuelling the myths around hypnosis. Oh how I wish they wouldn’t use incorrect statements such as “thought you were in control of your mind? think again”. There is also talk in the media and on twitter etc. that ‘You’re Back in the Room’ is morally wrong and that they use actors and and not hypnotised contestants at all. So let’s get a few things straight here.

  • Hypnotic entertainers will always choose the most susceptible members of the audience for the show. Why wouldn’t they? They want maximum entertainment.
  • Only the members of the audience who want to be hypnotised will be. You can always resist. If you have ever watched a live hypnotic show, felt yourself ‘going under’ only to then pull yourself back out then you’ll know what I am talking about. Some people do not want to go on stage and act the fool while others see it as a bit of fun even if they wouldn’t normally do it. As contestant, Stephen, 41 from Hertfordshire, explained at the end of the first episode “I came for fun and laughter and the money was a bonus”.
  • You remain in control during hypnosis and you won’t do anything that is against your morals. Married contestant Kate was hypnotised to believe she was in love with Phillip Schofield and he loved her. However despite appearing besotted she only kissed him on the cheek, perhaps her morals are that she would consider anything beyond this as cheating.
  • It is NOT sleep. We do go into trance states each and every day including just before we fall asleep at night and just before we wake up each day, and in this state we are more susceptible, but sleep is not hypnosis.The hypnotic trance is a natural state of our minds. Around 90% of the population are hypnotisable, with intelligent, imaginative individuals being more responsive. Given all this and that all hypnosis comes from ourselves there is absolutely no need to bring in actors. This belief is simply a lack of understanding of hypnosis.

Whether I am hypnotherapist or not, this show is really not my cup of tea, it’s a bit like watching holiday resort entertainment; cheap laughs and not a lot of substance. I can’t see this programme lasting very long on prime time tv. However, I still think there is a place for stage hypnosis alongside hypnotherapy. I’d love to know what you think of ‘You’re Back in the Room’ and if you have any more questions about hypnotherapy for positive change then contact me, Amy Brown, at Thank you for reading.

The Power of Your Mind is a private hypnotherapy practice based in Skipton, Yorkshire.

That freaky dress. And our amazing brains.

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This dress has been making waves across the net. Is it black and blue? Is it gold and white? What on earth is happening here? Well if you were to buy this dress, it would actually be blue and black ( though it is probaby sold out by now ).

Now, I really thought this was a hoax or maybe even a con. I even checked the date! That was until I asked my husband the colour and he said dark grey and blue. Woah! Now for me it was gold and white, and I say was because it then changed to black and blue after I had looked at the actual dress. All a bit freaky to be honest.

So why does this happen? Our brains are complex, clever things and, when we see, our brains adjust the information they receive to allow for colour changes that occur because of surrounding light factors, such as the sun shining or a light bulb. It does this automatically, unlike our cameras which need to be told what type of light they are seeing. You can test this by changing the colour balance on your camera or phone. We have rods and cones in our eyes that allow us to see different colours and we all have different amounts of rods and cones. Our brain either removes the blue tint allowing us to see gold and white or it removes the gold and we see black and blue. has a more detailed explanation here and when I scrolled this article that original image of the dress, the one that sent it viral, kept changing colour for me.

And if you want to know a little more about how we learn to decipher colour watch this video, the latter half explains differences between how Westerners and the Himba tribe in Namibia see colour. Can you see the different colour here? The Himba tribe spot it in a breath. Most Westerners take their time to find it and if you see it quickly you probably work with colour in some capacity, maybe you’re a designer or an artist.Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 16.37.55

The weird thing is that we actual do not know how other people see or perceive colour. I am assuming that there is some innate reason to know the subtle differences of these greens if you are in The Himba. As a mother of a mildly colour blind son we have had a number of conversations trying to decipher what he can see. Recently his friend spent some time trying to establish what my son could see and even teaching him by showing him an array of objects, telling him the colour and then asking him what he could see. Of course, my son said the same as his friend. This however did not clarify anything for anyone. As Michael Stevens explains this inability to be able to explain something that we experience is called Qualia, great word qualia. I can never know what you see and you’ll never know what I see. I would love to know how my son sees the world. And that is the freaky thing about that dress. We just can’t explain to others what we are seeing so we end up quarrelling and trying to prove we are right. In fact we are all correct!


A Day to Remember in Silsden, raising funds for Bradford Burns Unit


Saturday May 9th, 11.00am, in Silsden, will be A Day to Remember. The family day of fun and games along with a football match and a live band aims to raise as much money as possible for Bradford Burns Unit. On May 11th it will be 30 years since the tragedy of the Bradford City fire and as we remember the 56 we can all help to raise money by attending this fabulous day. Come along, tell your friends and support anyway you can. To find out more about this special day go to A Day to Remember’s Facebook event page. Let’s spread the word. I am supporting ‘A Day to Remember’ by donating a prize of two free hypnotherapy sessions here at The Power of Your Mind.

Quit smoking and reduce chance of depression

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 22.56.11Did you know that smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. I find it interesting that smokers sometimes explain that their habit is a way of calming themselves when things get too stressful but in reality a better way to increase positive emotions is to give up not light up. Those who smoke are more likely to be depressed or anxious than non smokers though the good news is this is reversed when you quit. We are all aware of the physical health benefits to quitting smoking but stopping extends to mental health benefits too. Read this article from the Daily Mail for more information. Amy

What are your resolutions this New Year?

2015 is almost upon us. It is time to make changes to our lives and pick those New Year resolutions. I have decided on a couple and apparently around 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions.

The start of the new year is often the perfect time to turn a new page in your life. It’s strange because January 1st is straight after December 31st. It’s really no different to any other new day. However, psychologically, we love a new beginning; new year, a new beginning. I have a mental picture of the new year. December is at the bottom of one set of ‘steps’, and January, in the new year, is a sort of election night graphic at the top of a green flight of block steps.

We want to motivate ourselves to start the new year well, so we make resolutions. People like to reinvent themselves, become someone different.


The most popular resolutions are:

  • weight loss
  • exercise
  • stopping smoking
  • being more organised

But, according to research, as little as 8% of people succeed at their resolutions. So, why do so many people have trouble keeping their resolutions?

People often think that willpower is enough to keep those resolutions going. But by the time February has arrived many have already failed in some way or another to be as committed as they had planned, so give up completely.  Willpower is not a good method to rely on to make changes. Sometimes failure to stick to resolutions happens because people pick goals that they don’t really want to stick to, they don’t really believe in or they make resolutions that are plain unrealistic. Being more organised, for example, is too vague, we need specifics.

So, how can you achieve your resolutions and goals this new year? The most important aspect about making changes, resolutions or otherwise, is in the mind.

  • When we change the way we think we alter the way we behave
  • and by breaking it down to real and achievable goals
  • with small day by day and week by week goals
  • with a larger long term goal as the result
  • we make success more likely.

Clinical hypnotherapy with The Power of Your Mind, Skipton can cement all these fabulous decisions and chosen goals into the subconscious mind making success more likely.

So, what are your resolutions for this new year and how are you going to ensure you achieve them?


Contact us at or 07846 3676306 for more information or to book an appointment.







Today is Yellow Monday, Black Friday is so last week!

Today is Happy Sunny Yellow Monday! So, to put you in a positive and uplifting mindset after the aggressive and stressful trampling for cut price flat screen TVs, for 24 hours only, The Power of Your Mind clinical hypnotherapy in Skipton is offering 5 x half price hypnotherapy session vouchers on a first come, first served basis.

That is £27.50 each, instead of £55. You could enjoy a pre-Christmas relaxation or use it after Christmas to focus on those new year goals. See for more information, email at or call on 07846 376306.

Please note: Vouchers are valid until 31st March 2015. Sessions are up to 90 minutes in length and optional additional sessions can be booked at usual rates and last up to 75 minutes. Only 1 voucher can be used per person, though additional vouchers can be bought if be given as a gift to others. Offer is open to new clients only.

Can self hypnosis prevent a cold sore?

I suffer from cold sores… hideous things that they are. I remember hearing a couple of months ago about someone who stopped a cold sore from appearing using self hypnosis. As a hypnotherapist I know the power it has so I had already decided that the next time I got that cold sore tingle, you’ll know what I mean if you suffer from them, I would go down this route before using any over the counter creams. So, that tingling sensation appeared in the corner of my mouth, on my lip, and a few hours later while sat on a train I did a short 15 minute self hypnosis.

Research into psychoneuroimmunology has proven that we can use our minds to affect our immune systems positively. The impact on our immunity, using our minds in this way can be huge. In the same way as many people believe ‘you are what you eat’, what we think impacts our bodies, you are what you think.

Anyway, I began the self hypnosis by floating round and round a funnel shaped water slide until I eventually dropped gently out the bottom to float along a beautiful, tranquil stream. Once I had deepened my  state of self hypnosis; my eyes were glued shut, my feet adhered to the floor of the train carriage and my hands so heavy, motionless yet feeling they were in mid air, I focused on my immune system.

Spontaneously I came up with a visualisation. I saw hundreds of apricot sized gold spheres with fiery trails travelling in rows, up my body, to the area of tingling. When they got there, in clusters, a numbing sensation came across my cheek and the whole area. Strangely the balls then developed viscous teeth, no other features just teeth, and they munched their way at my developing cold sore before disappearing back into my body. Set after set of these balls continued the same activity while the numbness increased. It may sound like a scary visualisation but it wasn’t. The fiery golden spheres were on my side, destroying the unwanted and nasty cold sore that was trying to make it’s present felt.

The following day I repeated the relaxation with a similar induction to start the hypnotic process though this time the immune fighting spheres were minute, like tiny, weeny solid gold beads of caviar. They shimmered and fizzed, no teeth today, working away on the area, which since yesterday had had moments of numbness and one moment of cold sore tingling. My lip still looked normal. I was a bit unsure as to what I had achieved if anything, I wondered whether the cold sore would still appear. Throughout the next 24 hours, in my normal waking state, I occasionally visualised the spheres travelling to, cleansing and working on the area.

Now I’m nine days on and that cold sore never came, no more tingling, no pharmaceutical medication of any type, just me using my mind to affect my body. That was it. I was done. Fabulous!… and if I get that tingle again I now know exactly what I will do.

Nearly Christmas …… and relax!

I love Christmas, family getting together, beautifully wrapped presents and loads of delicious food; not to mention the crazy parlour games that go on with my family. Ever played ‘flip the kipper’ or ‘squeak piggy squeak’? However, it can be stressful; all that shopping, family rifts and continuous preparing and tidying up of food.

To help reduce the stress, we have a solution, look no further than The Power of Your Mind Hypnotherapy for Christmas present ideas. Want to give something different? What could be better than a post Christmas relaxation hypnosis session! Buy a Power of Your Mind gift voucher, £55 per session, hypnotherapy in Skipton. Voucher is valid for 6 months. I might even have some myself to relieve that pre christmas stress. Phewww… and relax….. Looking forward to those mince pies already! Yey.