Hypnotherapy in Exeter

"If you say to yourself 'It's difficult to get up in the morning', 'It's hard to cease smoking', then you are already using hypnotic suggestions on yourself..."



Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness, enhanced by  mental and physical relaxation. Hypnotherapy is where therapy is carried out under Hypnosis. The therapist will give positive helpful suggestions to the client while under this relaxed, enjoyable state. It is not the same as sleep as the client will be able to hear the therapist's voice at all times. Despite what you may have heard, it is not possible to make a person do anything that violates their moral code or indeed anything that they would do if they were not under Hypnosis. The client is free and able to come out of the Hypnotic state at any time.  Hypnotherapy can  help with most problems. Whether these are habits or thought patterns you would like to change, banish  or acquire. Some physical problems can also be treated effectively by hypnotherapy.


Public Speaking, weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, Confidence & Self esteem, Exam nerves, Phobias, Anxieties & Panic attacks. But there are many many more issues that Hypnotherapy can treat.

Virtually anyone can be hypnotised - If they want to be. If you have ever driven home and realised you don't really remember much about the drive home, or been so engrossed in a book or movie that you didn't hear someone calling you, then you were in a trance. A trance is just a narrow focus of attention. We go into trances regularly, at work, while watching tv etc. Our subconscious mind is like a big hard drive which stores our memories, habits and unconscious processes like breathing and walking.

The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information and although we may consciously strive to change, we could find that "something always stops us" from being as successful as we would like. This can explain why it can be so difficult for us to make permanent changes and why Hypnotherapy can be so successful, by replacing those old negative messages with new positive ones.

The length of treatments depends on the problem or symptom and the individual's circumstances. With some people a problem like nail biting can be successfully treated in one session. Other problems such as panic attacks may take up to 5 or 6 sessions.

In the course of the therapy clients are usually taught self hypnosis as part of a number of therapeutic homework tasks. The Therapist may also record a cd for the client to use at home in between sessions. The first session is usually the longest, lasting approximately one and a half hours with subsequent sessions lasting  an hour.


Unfortunately there are some conditions that are not suitable for Hypnosis.These could include some types of depression, epilepsy, psychosis e.g. schizophrenia, Bipolar. If in doubt please check with your GP first.

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I charge £40 per hour for Hypnotherapy.

To book a session with me click HERE or call me on - 07722064856


What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s

According to guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) EMDR is one of the treatments of choice for trauma and PTSD alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

A wealth of research on the efficacy of EMDR has been conducted, demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma and PTSD from trauma associated with war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents.

Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help people with phobias, anxiety, pain management, and depression. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to both adults and children, people with learning difficulties, language barriers or those that can’t give details of the trauma.

When someone experiences a traumatic or distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become stuck on a neurological level. When they recall the distressing memory, they can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can feel overwhelming. Sometimes the memories are so upsetting; the person tries to avoid thinking about the event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.


The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.  In the process the memories seem to lose their intensity, so they become less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories.

The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side.

It may also be that getting the client to concentrate on left-right stimulation whilst thinking of the distressing memory stops the brain from becoming overwhelmed and allowing the distressing aspects to be processed. 

EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it is images, sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations, thoughts or beliefs.

I am a qualified EMDR therapist and  I am also a  member of  EMDR UK and Ireland. I have also had extra training in using EMDR with Veterans, pain and narrative.

In order to train as an EMDR therapist, it is a requirement that the person is a trained mental health professional with accreditation from their professional body (e.g. British Psychological Society and HPC, GMC (Psychiatrists), UKCP, BABCP, BACP, IACP, etc)

To book a session with me click HERE or call me on - 07722064856

Tel. 07722064856   Email. wendyjsavage@gmail.com

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