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Systematic desensitization is a type of behavioral therapy based on the principle


Scientist believe that less than 10% of the Human mind is actually used. Its capacity is unlimited. It is a huge memory bank that stores all experiences which occur in your life as well as your beliefs, skills and all images.

 It is responsible for all your bodily functions: breathing, heart beat, regulating your temperature, the nervous system, digestive system, and controls the emotions.

By the time you reach 21 it will have processed and stored more than one hundred times the information of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Your subconscious mind is subjective, it does not think or reason independently, it simply obeys commands it receives from your conscious mind. Think of it as a computer and the driving information as software, it will run automatically when needed.

Positive repetitive suggestion can be used to reprogramme your inner computer and adjust many imprinted mental images and problems, including personality disorders, irrational fears, phobias,confidence and anxiety issues and also mental health illnesses.

Think of your conscious mind as a gardener who sows seeds, your subconscious mind is the fertile soil in which the seeds grow; you can plant either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, flowers representing positivity and weeds negativity.

All thoughts are created by you, your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys. It will act on any instruction it is given any thought or image which is repeated over and over again will leave an imprint. It cannot distinguish between what is real and what is invented through imagination, this is why visualisation, affirmations and repeated images can have such a powerful effect on our lives (especially unpleasant ones which register without scrutiny or obstruction)

Our conscious mind is the keeper of the gate to our subconscious and allows only the highest quality thoughts to gain access, when you fully understand that you’re every thought and belief gain entrance and manifest in your life you can become more diligent with monitoring, filtering and directing your thoughts.

Your subconscious mind memorises everything you think and do and establishes set comfort zones. It then works tirelessly to keep you in those comfort zones consistent with what you have done or said in the past, this includes the negative damaging states as well as the positive ones.. When you endeavour to experience new things it is  your subconscious mind that is responsible for making you feel uncomfortable and pulling you back to your comfort zones. Just thinking about doing something new or different can make you feel tense and uneasy. For you to grow out of those comfort zones you have to be willing to experience an uncomfortable feeling for a few times until you achieve a new comfort zone and new higher levels of competence. Programming the subconscious can be done with the use of hypnosis using repetitive positive suggestions.

Your conscious and subconscious minds work together, they make a great team, the first handles some of the tasks then passes them onto the second, then the second sends feedback to the first in the form of emotions(emotions are no more than messages) cooperation between the two can improve life skills and give you more control over your emotions.

An example of how you’re conscious and subconscious work is for instance when you learn how to drive; over 30 skills are used during this process. At the beginning you cannot even hold a conversation because your conscious mind is totally focused on the skills, but within a few weeks they become a natural habit without having to think, the driving habit is then transferred to the subconscious mind and so the conscious mind becomes free, enabling you to perform other skills or tasks at the same time.

So we have established that everything in our body is controlled by our mind, whether it is conscious or subconscious. Scientific studies have been carried out on people suffering from multiple personality disorder, and it has been discovered that one personality can carry different health traits to the other such as asthma for instance can be present in one personality but not the other, both residing in the same body, so what this tells us is that physical conditions are also controlled by the mind and if they can be manifested then they can also be removed.

How do we programme the subconscious mind ?

Train your mind to think about what you want in life, avoid what you don’t want. Worry, fear and negative thinking are all what you don’t want, not only do they drain energy they are counterproductive. The first step is to recognise the importance of eliminating negative thoughts and the second step is to be aware of when they are happening.

Be diligent in monitoring your thoughts

Be skilled in identification of a negative thought.

Practice taking appropriate action

Change a negative thought into a positive one

Use a positive affirmation or visualisation to reinforce  your thoughts

Use humour and fun

Remember that a negative thought only has energy when you supply it


You would not allow stinking rubbish to build up in your kitchen……likewise do not allow negative thinking to build up in the sanctuary of your mind.

Now we understand how the subconscious is programmed we can look at when it was programmed. During our formative years as a child we receive store and process an enormous amount of information into our subconscious. The source of this information includes parental, school, friends, siblings, strangers, outside influences and environment, and in these modern times computers and technology.

Assuming that all this information was accurate and beneficial, our lives would be flawless and virus free. But in the real world this is not the case and many of our images and teachings can be damaging and distorted. When we are taught as a child how to deal with emotions and tasks we are taught in a manner that a child can understand but some of these teachings are not formulated to deal with situations in adulthood, therefore we deal with many of the situations we are faced with as an adult in a child like manner, which can often cause problems with both personal and work related relationships  and issues.

Subconscious adjustments can be achieved with the use of hypnosis to form new responses, thoughts, attitudes behaviours and feelings.

We cannot always change our environment but we can change the way react to it and the way we manage our emotions.

How do we gain access to the subconscious ?

The mind has four states:

BETA         Awake

ALPHA       Meditative

THETA       Inspirational 

DELTA       Sleep

Your subconscious mind responses are adjusted most effectively in the ALPHA and THETA states which can be induced with the use of  Hypnosis. We automatically slip into the ALPHA state many times during the day and this is termed as ‘Daydreaming’

There are two short periods during your day when your mind automatically goes into the ALPHA state, these are just before you go to sleep and just after you wake up so twice a day you are given the opportunity to influence your subconscious mind, using positive visualization and affirmation in the form of images or speaking out loud. This is why you should never go to bed worrying because your mind is highly receptive and effectively influenced in this state.

Worry is a very powerful affirmation which produces negative responses which imprint onto your subconscious. Positive visualisations and affirmations can relate to any aspect of your life for instance if you want to make a change in your career, your health or your financial status, tell yourself by speaking your desires either out loud or in your head, have a picture of your desire and look at it before you go to sleep and when you wake up.

This will leave a positive imprint in your mind and will manifest in your life by the law of attraction.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a relaxed conscious state of the human mind and body. It is induced using a set of repetitive relaxation techniques and instructions, often supported by the use of relaxing music. Hypnosis creates heightened focus and attention to the practitioners instructions. It stimulates the imagination and gives the subject an enhanced capacity for response to positive repetitive suggestion. It is termed as an altered state of mind or ‘Trance’. It can be identified by a level of awareness which is different from an ordinary state of mind. The subject is capable of blocking out other sources of distraction whilst in the Hypnotic state. This allows the practitioner access to the subconscious mind and bypasses the conscious mind.  The results achieved under hypnosis are subtle and gradual. Self belief, positive affirmations and the use of visualisations will serve to support the hypnotherapy.


Is the use of Hypnosis as an effective  therapeutic technique for many ailments and health conditions including

Weight Loss

Pain Management

Smoking Cessation

Confidence Issues and anxiety

Phobias and irrational reactions.

It can also be used for pain and stress management.

Hypnotherapy was first used in the early part of the 20th century in place of anaesthesia, with no risk of side effects and the avoidance of allergic reactions etc.

It is a highly effective technique and is becoming more widely used as an alternative therapy. 

The increasing awareness of the beneficially effects of Hypnotherapy is also strengthening peoples confidence in it usage.

Learn How to Love Yourself

Many of us encounter unpleasant experiences that shape our thoughts, these experiences leave imprints on our subconscious mind and influence our responses to future behaviour.

The imprints convey messages to our conscious mind via the subconscious mind and can create counterproductive behavioural patterns as well as productive.

If any of our stored information is unpleasant or distorted this can have an influence on our opinion of ourselves and can lead to low self esteem issues.

Low self esteem issues produce negative thoughts and a feeling of worthlessness can manifest as a result of these thoughts.

Displaying acts of kindness and generosity are often used as a method of masking low self esteem, and it is a common belief that the giving of you’re self freely to others compensates for such issues.

Displaying or voicing sympathetic affirmations towards others gives energy to their negative emotions and is counterproductive so it manifests as a repellent.

So imagine that you are a magnet with opposing poles, expressing any type of self loathing or negative observation on personal appearance etc repels, expressing self belief and appreciating personal attributes and displaying skills creates an attraction. So we want to attract only good thoughts, actions, responses which will all serve in a supportive and beneficial way and will create a peaceful relaxed and happy state of mind.

Any sort of self loathing can occur through repeated verbal mental or physical abuse from outside forces or within our own minds. All actions Reponses and images remain in our subconscious mind forever and can be recalled into our conscious mind to create unhappiness or self loathing, and remain as negative thoughts, it is within the power of our mind to change these negative thoughts and images and override them with positive ones.

Hypnotherapy allows the practitioner to access the subconscious mind with the use of hypnosis in an attempt to override the established negative responses and influence the creation of positivity which will encourage self belief and lead to self admiration.

The secret is to establish a productive and responsive relationship with your subconscious mind through the use of repetitive instruction. This will not only enable access to stored negative information, it will encourage positive information to be released for beneficial use.

Systematic Desensitization



of classical conditioning. It was developed by Wolpe during the 1950s. This therapy aims to remove the fear response of a phobia, and substitute a relaxation response to the conditional stimulus gradually using counter conditioning. There are three phases to the treatment:

First the client forms a hierarchy of fear, involving the conditioned stimulus (e.g. a spider), that are ranked from least fearful to most fearful.

Next, the patient is also given training in relaxation techniques. E.g. control over breathing, muscle de tensioning or meditation.

It is not possible to be both relaxed and anxious at the same time.

Finally, the client progresses along the fear hierarchy while simultaneously using relaxation techniques.

The client works their way up starting at the least unpleasant and practicing their relaxation techniques.

The client repeatedly imagines (or is confronted by) a fearful situation until it fails to evoke any anxiety at all, indicating that the therapy has been successful.

The number of sessions required depends on the severity of the phobia. Usually 4-6 sessions, up to 12 for a severe phobia. The therapy is complete once the agreed therapeutic goals are met (not necessarily when the person’s fears have been completely removed).

Exposure can be done in two ways:

In vitro – the client imagines exposure to the phobic stimulus.

In vivo – the client is actually exposed to the phobic stimulus.


Wolpe (1964) successfully used the method to treat an 18 year old male with a severe handwashing compulsion. The disorder involved a fear of contaminating others with urine. After urinating, the patient felt compelled to spend 45 minutes cleaning his genitalia, two hours washing his hands, and four hours showering.

Treatment involved placing the young man in a state of relaxation and then asking him to imagine low anxiety scenes (such as an unknown man touching a trough of water containing one drop of urine). As the patient’s anxiety gradually dissipated, Wolpe gradually increased the imaginary concentration of urine. In addition, a real bottle of urine was presented at a distance and moved closer to the patient in gradual steps. Finally Wolpe could apply drops of diluted urine to the back of the patient’s hand without evoking anxiety. A follow-up 4 years later revealed complete remission of the compulsive behaviors.

Critical Evaluation

One weakness of systematic desensitization is that it relies on the client’s ability to be able to imagine the fearful situation. Some people cannot create a vivid image and thus systematic desensitization is not always effective (there are individual differences).

Studies have shown that neither relaxation nor hierarchies are necessary, and that the important factor is just exposure to the feared object or situation.

· Systematic desensitization is highly effective where the problem is a learned anxiety of specific objects/situations (e.g. phobias).

· Systematic desensitization is a slow process. Although, research suggests that the longer the technique takes the more effective it is.

· Systematic desensitization is not effective in treating serious mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia.

· However, it only treats the symptoms of the disorder, not the underlying cause


We used this method in the summer months of 2015 to cure a young lady of her fear of water. At the beginning of the therapy her fear range was as localised as showering. On the completion of her treatment she was snorkelling and diving into the ocean with ease.

Some of the photographic evidence is seen here below



  • Wolpe, J. (1958). Psychotherapy by reciprocal inhibition. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.


          Wolpe, J. (1964). Behaviour therapy in complex neurotic states. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 110(464), 28-34.

McLeod, S. A. (2008). Systematic Desensitization. Retrieved from