Therapy of the Month – Hypnotherapy

by Rowan on March 9, 2018

This month, we talk to Bellenden’s two Hypnotherapists, Caroline Jago and Simon Pimenta, to dispel the myths around Hypnotherapy and discover its potential for enabling healing, relaxation and progression. Both Caroline and Simon work with a variety of issues including those relating to anxiety, confidence, weight loss, insomnia, smoking, phobias, and performance. Both also work with children and young people.

What is Hypnotherapy and why should I try it?

Caroline Jago: Hello! First some myth busting – hypnotherapy does not involve a loss of control, in fact quite the opposite. It enables you to better manage and overcome issues in your life which may be holding you back, by working in harmony with your subconscious mind. Anyone who wishes to feel empowered should give it a try, as should anyone who wants to experience deep relaxation.

Simon Pimenta: Hypnotherapy is a safe approach that works by helping people quieten their conscious mind, so that the unconscious mind is relaxed and open. By helping the client access this resourceful state, hypnotherapy helps them find creative ways of looking at and resolving issues.

It is not to be confused with stage hypnosis, which is a form of entertainment, where people who are most suggestible are carefully selected. With hypnotherapy, the client remains in charge and it is only used in a way that is ethical, to help the client achieve their goals.

What attracted you to becoming a Hypnotherapist?

CJ: The big attraction for me is that it works with body *and* mind, harnessing the power of both. It is increasingly vital to show people how they can regain control of their own physical and mental health.

SP: I wanted to broaden my skills, having already trained as a counsellor, and learn a powerful approach to helping people make lasting change.

What is your favourite thing about Hypnotherapy?

CJ: There is nothing more rewarding than working with someone and helping them make changes for the better, and seeing their quality of life improve as a result.

SP: It is great to be able to show people how to use self-hypnosis so they feel empowered and equipped to address issues affecting them and enhance the quality of their lives.

What has been the highlight of your career in Hypnotherapy so far?

CJ: I also run demonstrations with groups of people, and it just so happened that my old workplace had their wellbeing day the very same week I left to become a full-time hypnotherapist and life coach, so I ran a talk and guided visualisation as part of that. It was such a positive session – including some of my soon-to-be-ex colleagues – and the perfect transition between my old and new lives!

SP: One of my earliest experiences remains one of the most memorable; 12 years ago I worked with a 23 year old woman who had agoraphobia, extreme anxiety and stress-related health issues, who had not left her house for 18 months. After the first session, she went to a restaurant and the next day she went to Harrods and the theatre. Her health issues improved and she subsequently sent me a picture of her standing outside Sydney Opera House, Australia!

What is your favourite therapy to use as a patient (besides Hypnotherapy)?

CJ: I love yoga, which has quite a few similarities with hypnotherapy. As well as enhancing the mind/body connection, the time where you lie down afterwards is very similar to the state experienced in hypnosis.

SP: I love massage! It is an enjoyable way of relaxing deeply.

Do you have any fields you specialise in, within or alongside your Hypnotherapy practice?

CJ: In addition to the more common areas mentioned above, I work with LGBTQ people on issues they face and with survivors of sexual assault.

SP: I run a training programme called Building Resilience, working with people who have experienced burnout, ME/chronic fatigue syndrome and people who want to manage stress more effectively and boost productivity. In the training, people discover what may be hindering their resilience and learn a 3 step system called the the IIC method to identify & interrupt unhelpful responses & create new responses.


Caroline Jago is a fully qualified and insured hypnotherapist and coach with a practitioner diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and an NLP Coaching Certificate from London Hypnotherapy Academy. She graduated with the academy’s Rising Star award for outstanding achievement. Caroline’s therapy sessions are always tailored to individual needs, and she aims to resolve issues in as few sessions as possible. To find out more about the other therapies she offers visit our pages on Life Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Simon Pimenta BSc has worked as a Hypnotherapist, NeuroLinguistic Programming Practitioner and Life Coach since 2006. As well as offering traditional hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, weight loss, confidence, phobias etc, he specialises in working with people experiencing ME, CFS, burnout, anxiety, worry, stress, low self esteem, self-doubt, self-hatred and insomnia. Simon is a Member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy. To find out more about the other therapies he offers visit our pages on Building Resilience Training, Life Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

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