Oldham Evening Chronicle Article

NEW Year is all about new starts and getting to grips with problems which have plagued us for the past 12 months.

And Oldham hypnotherapist Gary Maddison is chomping at the bit to help people reach their goals.

Chronicle photographer Philippa Rustage decided to give hypnotherapy a go when she met Gary on a photoshoot after he pledged to donate 10 per cent of his takings to the Royal Oldham Hospital’s children’s ward for every client who quit smoking.

She signed up to the course with an open mind. “I had no idea what to expect, but I was willing to find out,” she said.

“I thought it would make a good feature for the Chronicle, and I thought I might as well figure out a few problems while I was there,” said the 25-year-old.

Now at the end of the course, which costs £50 a session, Philippa admitted: “I do feel a lot different. It built my confidence, and made me realise that I am unique.

“I feel much more positive now, and Gary taught me how to turn a bad thought into a good one.

“I use the skills he taught me both at work and at home, particularly in relationships, and dealing with feelings of jealousy and fear.”

Philippa’s first session was one of Gary just talking to her, explaining what was going to happen, reassuring her that she would be in control throughout, and teaching her how to reach a state of deep relaxation.

Then the questioning began, with Gary probing her innermost thoughts, and pressing her to reveal why she harboured feelings of jealousy and fear.

“I would answer a question and he would ask ‘why,’ then the same again when I answered that question.

“It really helped me to focus on what the problem really was, and work back to find out exactly where the feelings came from,” said Philippa.

“It brought things up that happened years ago, and it’s great for anyone who has hang-ups about a previous relationship that’s affecting a relationship now.”

She added: “You do have to be very open though, there’s no point in going if you are not going to be completely honest.

“I admit I was worried about that, but Gary is so easy to talk to, didn’t judge me, and took everything seriously.

“He helps people whose marriages are falling apart, whose children don’t want to see them, and who drink, eat or smoke too much — people who have quite serious problems.

“Yet he understands that people can get hung up about what can seem most insignificant to other people, but is a big problem to overcome to the person concerned.”

Philippa added: “He explained to me that if we keep having the same bad thoughts, such as “I hate Mondays,” or “I don’t like the way I look,” our brain eventually accepts them as a fact, whereas if we can look for something good and think good thoughts, they become the fact, and it lightens our mood.

“It makes sense, and it works. Overall, my work life is much better, and my relationship with my partner is far more understanding.

“I have been taught self-hypnosis so I can continue with the therapy on my own.”

Thursday is World Hypnotism Day, and Gary is holding free workshops to dispel the Hollywood hype which he says now plagues the ancient art of self empowerment.

He said: “Hypnosis is often seen as a last-ditch attempt for people who feel stuck and who have tried everything else.

“I would like it to be a first option because it most definitely works,” said Gary.

Anyone who wants to attend the workshops can contact him on (0161) 330 7025 or visit www.gfmhypnosis.co.uk