Because mind matters

Hypnosis is a state of heightened suggestibility to suggestions (ProfClark L. Hull, 1933).

Not everyone responds the same to all the suggestions: in fact, you might experience something with some suggestions and nothing with others. It is perfectly normal. 
Everyone experiences hypnosis differently. You might feel a number of different sensations: notice your eyes fluttering or your breath going deeper, your body might feel lighter or heavier as your muscles relax and you generally feel very pleasantly relaxed too. The experience is unique to each and every individual.

Hypnosis is a collaborative process. By listening to my words and voice, and by actively imagining and accepting the positive scenes or imageries I will suggest to you, you will become hypnotised.

It has been proven that hypnotic suggestions will help you achieve your desired goals for positive change if you positively embrace them and go along with them. Just enjoy the experience.

Hypnotherapy is the clinical use of hypnosis. It promotes healing and positive development or changes through the use of hypnosis as a tool. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy: a form of psychological and talking therapy.

It does not replace conventional medical treatments.

Hypnotherapy can be applied effectively to various disorders and conditions and multiple studies have shown its efficacy.

A clinical review on Hypnosis was published by the British Medical Journal in 1999 (Vickers & Zollman, Hypnosis and relaxation therapies, BMJ 1999; 319: 1346-1349) and demonstrated the efficacy of Hypnosis on a wide number of conditions.

Hypnotherapy was recognised officially by the British Medical Association in 1955 in areas of psychoneuroses and hypno-anaesthesia.

Hypnosis is not a state of sleep or a state of unconsciousness. During hypnosis, roughly 90% of people are fully aware and remember everything. It is a bit like reading a book or watching a movie or even driving: where what happens around you doesn’t matter so much because you are engrossed in another activity.

What happens to the brain is similar to what happens during meditation.

During hypnosis, you do not lose control and you are not controlled. But if at any time you do not feel comfortable, and if there is something you would rather not imagine, you do not have to do so.

Hypnosis is safe when used by competent professionals (just like any other tool). You never get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis and you can decide to end the session at any time.
You only do what you want to do.

Stage hypnosis has brought a lot of negative misconceptions with regard to medical hypnosis.

It is important to distinguish them and treat them as two very different things.

Hypnotherapy deals with a wide number of conditions. The areas I can help you with are:
- Phobias, anxieties* and stress-related issues
- Anger
- Weight reduction
- Chronic pain*
- IBS*
- Insomnia*

I can also help with:
- Self-esteem, confidence
- Motivation
- Sport performance (running)

For more details on how sessions are organised please click on 'sessions'. Do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further details and I will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.

* For these conditions, please note that you are required to have consulted a doctor first.
The most important thing is safety and comfort.

I continue to operate with no changes to my enhanced Covid-safety protocol.

Please read the important Coronavirus update in the 'sessions' page (Coronavirus update).

About meAbout meAbout me
Hello and welcome to Renaissance Hypnotherapy. My name is Sandrine, your dedicated hypnotherapist.

Like most of us in the field, I discovered hypnotherapy first as a client and quickly became amazed at how very positive and powerful it was so decided to study this fascinating subject. Hypnosis is now a passion. I use it on myself whenever needed and feel privileged to share this great therapeutic tool with others.


A fully certified and insured hypnotherapy practitioner who qualified at the Anglo-European School of Hypnosis (Bournemouth, UK) and was trained by Adam Eason, leading evidence-based hypnotherapist. I hold the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD): the only externally accredited diploma. I am also an NLP Practitioner, an IBS specialist registered with the GHR, and an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist who provides therapeutic support to the charity's members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body. For more details on the charity, please click here.

Methods and techniques

They are influenced by cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in that I use cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) and favour an approach based on scientific methodology and on techniques which have been tested and supported by research; simply because their efficacy has been demonstrated.
My approach to treatment is on symptom itself, not on the past but focusing on the ‘now’.

My sessions are customised and adapted to your personal needs. ‘It takes two to tango’ and I like to involve my clients in therapy from the start through a series of participative and engaging tasks since this has been proven to develop problem-solving skills and self-efficacy. Other methods used are borrowed from Neuro-Linguistic Programming and classical hypnotherapy.


I am a full member of The General Hypnotherapy Register and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council so abide by their Code of Conduct and Ethics. This means that I have the responsibility to offer you high standards of practice, and deliver the therapy to the best of my knowledge and abilities. I will do my utmost to deliver this for you and value and recognise the importance of patient's relationship and that of working collaboratively. I am LGBT+ aware and DBS checked to enhanced level.

Maintaining good professional standards, learning new skills, developing others and keeping up to date is of paramount importance to me.

Please note, for personal ethical reasons, I do not offer Past-Life Regression.

What I am not

A psychotherapist, a coach, a counsellor.

What I am

Someone who is fascinated by all the great things that hypnosis has to offer…
Like any other therapy, hypnotherapy is a mutual process and a significant part of success depends on your willingness to change, on your commitment, on your participation and engagement.

I will work with you to the best of my abilities and apply my skills and knowledge to help you achieve your desired goal.

So if this resonates with you, don't hesitate and contact me!

Initial assessment

An important first session to get to know you, establish your needs and introduce you to hypnosis.

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Hypnotherapy session

What you can expect after our initial appointment.

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Coronavirus update

The conditions when meeting face to face and what you can expect when in the practice.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Hypnosis is one of the psychological interventions recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and described as effective in the management of IBS. This programme consists of 7 sessions spread over 12 weeks.

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Do you feel you had enough sleep? Can you function normally during the day with the amount of sleep you’ve had? If your answer is no, then probably not. So why not consider hypnotherapy?

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Anxieties, fears, phobias, anger...

Hypnotherapy deals with neuroses and is therefore a very efficient tool with anxieties, fears, phobias and anger. My approach here is again heavily influenced by cognitive behavioural therapy. On top of hypnotherapy sessions, you will generally be given evidence-based tasks to help you understand and tackle what is bothering you.

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Chronic pain

Hypnosis helps to manage chronic pain. Pain and brain are closely related. Controlling how you think about pain, how you approach it, and practising self-hypnosis at home will help you tame your nemesis. The recommended number of sessions for chronic pain is between 7 to 12.

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Weight loss

Anyone who tries to lose weight will understand the importance of the mind. Whilst losing weight is about the body, going through a diet is very much about the mind and of course, hypnotherapy can help with this.

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In this article, I explain what anxiety is and go through a range of solid research studies demonstrating the effectiveness of hypnosis on this disorder.

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In this article, I provide a review of the efficacy of hypnosis on chronic pain.

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In this article, I explain why sleep is important and provide advice on how to tackle insomnia.

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Hypnotherapy is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an efficient treatment option for IBS. In this article, I talk about the very important Gut-Brain interaction.

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Is it possible to do hypnotherapy online? Is it efficient? Is it safe? If you would like to do hypnosis but are worried about Covid and wonder about the efficacy of online hypnosis, read my article for a more informed choice.

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