The intuitive mind 
is a sacred gift and 
the rational mind 
is a faithful servant. 
We have created a 
society that honours 
the servant and has 
forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein

Light Reflections 

Stand still and gaze....

Dr. Clare Mingins, hypnotherapist 

I am trained in medicine and general practice and have had a great interest in hypnotherapy for over 25 years. I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. I am also an associate member of the Register of Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, and have a fully checked DBS (formerly CRB) certificate.

I enjoy fell walking and early music, and have two sheepdogs and two cats. 

Consultations in South Cumbria, London and Canterbury


Through hypnotherapy we can reach the less conscious parts of ourselves and use what may be called 'the power of the hidden mind' to help us deal with problems that our ordinary conscious mind often has difficulty with. This may range from stress, anxiety, mild depression, and pain, to motivating ourselves to reach specific goals such as stopping smoking, eating healthily, and even to dealing with exam nerves, and many other things. 

Enormous subconscious resources lie within us, waiting to be tapped. These great transformative powers are ours for the asking. We only need to learn how to ask. And hypnosis is one avenue of arrival.

In hypnosis you move from the ordinary waking state to areas of the 'subconscious.' This may well be even while still awake, or in a very light trance similar to a state between waking and sleeping. In day to day life, we often enter a kind of trance, for example while daydreaming, or when our attention is really caught by something, when we are fascinated, or when we have a strong interest in something. In this state much more is possible than in an ordinary humdrum state.

With hypnotherapy, there is no unwanted loss of control or submitting to the will of another person. And you don't have to do anything that you feel uncomfortable with. In hypnotherapy, contrary to popular belief, the client is much more active than for example in a usual doctor-patient consultation. The client and hypnotherapist work together.

Part of you must be very active when undergoing hypnosis, and part fairly passive, or at least occupied. This latter part that should be either engaged with a specific task or passive is the ordinary everyday busy mind. More active are the imagination or mental imagery (whether visual, auditory, tactile etc), and sensation. A certain focussing takes place in which everyday concerns cease their usual overwhelming demand for attention. In this relaxed focussed state, attention is given directly or indirectly to what you wish to achieve or the solution of a problem. And it is here that hypnotherapy works its 'magic.'

The following are some of the things I offer help with using hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural techniques:

  • dealing with stress
  • coping with a difficult diagnosis
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • menopausal symptoms
  • morning sickness
  • help in dealing with chronic pain (needs a GP referral)
  • helping with grief
  • tinnitus (a condition in which I have a special interest)
  • mild skin problems
  • eating healthily
  • improving sleep
  • replacing unhelpful habits, e.g., smoking