Cancer and hypnotherapy

Cancer and hypnotherapy

Clinical hypnotherapy is one of our oldest, most natural techniques and is now generally accepted as a valuable support for people affected by cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming and a typical hypnotherapy session would begin with an opportunity to talk, followed by some gentle relaxation. Guided relaxation helps to release stress and improve a person’s ability to cope with life’s challenges. It also seems to give the body a better chance to repair and recover from illness. My specialist cancer training has been provided by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis as well as Cancer Support Scotland.

Whilst in a relaxed state, or trance, our unconscious mind is also more receptive to beneficial suggestions. What we call a hypnotic ‘trance’ is a feeling we have all experienced, similar to daydreaming or dozing, or that feeling of being ‘lost’ in a good book or film.

Our conscious mind, which is the waking, decision-making part of our mind, can be sidestepped in hypnosis, so that positive suggestions can be placed into the unconscious mind. The suggestions in a hypnotherapy session will relate to specific problems that the client is experiencing, such as difficulty sleeping or stress and anxiety. I also use guided visualisations aimed at boosting the immune system, fighting illness and creating positive, healthy images and feelings. During a session, people are also given tools and techniques to help them in their daily lives, and a relaxation CD to play at home. I have been supporting clients affected by cancer for many years using hypnotherapy, privately, within the NHS and in partnership with cancer charities such as MASScot (Melanoma Action and Support Scotland) and Cancer Support Scotland.

Hypnotherapy can help in all sorts of ways and with a variety of problems. People with cancer, their families and friends come to see me with a wide range of needs, such as:

  • Fears around surgery and recovery
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Overwhelming negative thought patterns
  • Side effects of treatment
  • Fear of needles, scans, hospital
  • Pain management
  • Difficulties around work during illness
  • Fear of dying
  • Feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness
  • Bereavement
  • Confidence to speak to health professionals, family and work colleagues
  • Fear of losing a loved one

If you are affected by cancer and would like to try the benefits of hypnotherapy then please get in touch, even if you would just like a chat.

There are many, many wonderful charities throughout the UK providing professional, caring support to those affected by cancer. I have listed just a few below.


We were kindly referred to Amanda by MASScot (charity) after our 16 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma. We were all struggling emotionally and trying to come to terms with the shock of such news. Thankfully he has been given the all clear and we are through the worst. The time spent with Amanda was invaluable at a very difficult time for the whole family. Amanda saw us all individually over several weeks. The sessions provided us with the time and space to discuss our concerns with Amanda in a safe and supportive environment. This was followed with a period of hypnotherapy for the remainder of each hour long session. We all found it to be incredibly relaxing and extremely beneficial. Both our children remarked how great they found the experience. As parents, we took great comfort in seeing the obvious benefits the kids got from hypnotherapy as well as the help it gave us all in coping and making sense of such an awful situation. FB and Family

Thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown all of us. You have helped us through the most difficult time of our lives. Family testimonial.

I wanted to say a massive thank you for your enlightening sessions. You have helped me to grow so much by giving me the confidence to listen to myself and go with my intuition. You are such a lovely genuine person which made it easy for me to talk through my grief and helped me to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. PM.

When I finished my cancer treatment I expected to feel elated. Instead I felt the opposite. I was very low, had no motivation for anything, I had lost my job, my confidence and did not feel at all like my old self. I developed anxiety issues, started drinking wine every evening to help me sleep, gained over a stone in weight. Before cancer, I had been very fit, held a responsible job, was happy and enjoying life.

When I went to see Amanda I had pretty low expectations - a night’s sleep was all I wanted. But what happened in a really short space of time still amazes me. Over a period of a few weeks Amanda helped me to quit drinking, change my diet, relax and remember what skills I had to offer. And more importantly, to identify the life I wanted to lead.

I got back into exercising and started to apply for jobs. Two things which I couldn’t have imagined doing. Within a period of 6 weeks I went from feeling totally unemployable and having zero confidence to being offered two jobs after a couple of very successful interviews. I have been back at work for a year and would now describe myself as a much improved version of the old me!

I’m still not sure how it all works, but what I would say is that Amanda is a very skilled practitioner. What I really liked about her was: she is really clever- she totally got what was going on for me; I never felt judged; I felt reassured. I loved her sunny smile and her practical down to earth approach. I cannot recommend her highly enough. HF

I was diagnosed with cancer over 2 years ago, and have been seeing Amanda regularly since then. She's been a life saver. She is one of few people I am able to talk to. Diagnosis and treatment have been a rollercoaster ride, and Amanda has given me strategies to cope. Every session is different depending on the stage of treatment, going for results of scans etc but have always included a guided relaxation, which I can then practice at home if I need to calm down. I also practice a guided visualisation usually aimed at boosting my immune system and attacking the cancer cells. I always leave Amanda feeling more positive and encouraged. She always provides me with an alternative way of looking at things, which alleviates my fears and anxieties. I also really enjoy listening to the CD at home, which is very relaxing. I believe this has improved me both physically and emotionally as, along with conventional treatment, my cancer has been under control. Amanda's contribution to this has been invaluable. JR