Monday, September 25, 2017


Fear of flying is an overwhelming fear that is referred to as a phobia. It’s a kind of mental distortion that can be reversed when in a detached state of hypnotic trance.

It is an issue I encounter quite a lot in my practice. Hong Kong has the world’s highest proportion of frequent international flyers and many do so for business. Some of these passengers live in absolute fear of flying.

Flying internationally

One of my clients, John F, (name changed to protect client’s privacy) held a senior job based in Hong Kong with a financial overview of his company’s Asian operations. He had been in the job for a year when the stress of taking on the new responsibilities had fuelled an old fear of flying that he had been in control of up to then. He called me to find out if hypnotherapy worked with this kind of fear.

How does hypnotherapy help overcome fear of flying?

A fear or phobia like this is triggered unconsciously and is sometimes impossible to control by mere willpower.  Hypnotherapy has been particularly successful with such fears and phobias because it teaches the subject to be attentive to their unconscious thoughts. It does this helping the client access a state of mind that they experience all the time. A hypnotic trance is similar to daydreaming. It’s a relaxed peaceful hypnotic trance that provides the detachment a client needs to retrain the way their imagination is playing tricks on them.

Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming

One of the most successful hypnotherapeutic approaches for phobias is an NLP technique called Rewind which has been very successful at scrambling the thought patterns associated with the fear. It works by asking the client to imagine seeing themselves up on a screen going through the whole experience of a flight, then reversing it back and forth repeatedly. With each iteration, the therapist helps the client change the way they see, hear and feel what’s going on, adding humour, jokes and making positive suggestions of comfort and enjoyment until the client can actually begin to feel relaxed and safe again. And in that detached comfortable hypnotic trance, they feel huge confidence at being able to imagine flying in a comfortable state of mind. When that happens, it’s like the subject simply finds what he had lost, a kind of belief in their own feeling of safety. Eventually, his mind can forget that old fear because it doesn’t bother him anymore.

What’s it like to be afraid of flying?

For John, the anxiety generally begins the minute he discusses and schedules a meeting with counterparts in another Asian office, even when the trip is months away. And despite all the drugs and drinks he has on flight, it is still hell. He then stresses throughout the entire working trip because he’s got to face the flight back and the whole nightmare begins again.

Fear of flying is clearly a distortion of the imagination. Nobody really understands how it translates a very safe situation into a near miss tragedy but that’s what John’s mind was telling him would happen.

Disarming a phobia is like miraculously getting out of jail

As for most such clients, it was such a relief for John to discover that there was a way that his mind could safely process the flying experience and that he could feel comfortable about it. After a handful of sessions of hypnotherapy, John was looking forward to his first easy flight in a long time.

The last time I saw him, he was looking forward to taking his wife to Vietnam. He had a one-day meeting at the regional office and then he was going to enjoy a holiday with his wife for the first time in a very long time.

The mind is powerful like that. The hypnotherapist trains the subject to use the power of his imagination to outwit its own negative creations. This makes hypnotherapy a powerful ally to a frightened mind.

That was the first time John really got to know his colleagues. And the weekend? – Best ever!

If you are afraid of flying, it's important to know that you can overcome it. Feeling free and comfortable about flying opens you up to a world of personal and business opportunities!


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Friday, April 28, 2017


Research shows a 300% improvement in quality of life for dementia sufferers after a course of hypnotherapy. The study was conducted in the UK by Duff and Nightingale and was published in Alzheimer’s Care Today in 2013.

There is no cure

Dementia is an umbrella term for about 100 different types of neurocognitive disorders. Of these, 60% are diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s Disease and a further 20% as having Vascular Dementia. The incidence increases with age. By the age of 65, 1 in 10 people are likely to get it. To this day, there is no cure. The greatest difficulty for sufferers is to find an acceptable quality of life as they go through this deterioration that can last up to 7 long years.

You forget what happened in your life

It is an emotionally stressful and painful experience to realize that you cannot remember things that you should. Patients begin by losing their short-term memory and then by progressively losing memories of major life events such as children, spouses, and all the memories accumulated throughout a lifetime.

Can you imagine no longer recognizing people who tell you they are your children? Forgetting how to do the most basic things like eating and dressing yourself, for example forgetting whether underwear goes on top or underneath clothes? Being unable to find the words to explain your distress or your needs, even forgetting where the bathroom is that you went to a few hours before?

Patients suffer from chronic anxiety, depression and fear of what they’ll forget next.

Hypnotherapy is one of the really good stories in this dismal disease

Fortunately, hypnotherapy for dementia is one of the positive stories to help patients live a better quality of life as they go through this difficult journey.

The effectiveness of hypnotherapy is backed up by solid scientific research. The study was conducted in the UK to evaluate the effectiveness of hypnotherapy at improving the quality of life of sufferers. After a course of hypnotherapy, the quality of life of patients receiving hypnosis in the study improved my 300%, based on the 7 most important criteria of quality of life.

Trained nurses evaluated the patients before and after therapy, and then 12 months after the last hypnotherapy session. The results were unchanged 12 months after the end of hypnotherapy, proving its impact is long lasting.

The criteria measured were:
4.Immediate memory

5.Memory for significant life events
6.Activities of Daily Life

Ellen is a Dementia Therapy Specialist

If you would like to know more about hypnotherapy for Dementia, contact Ellen McNally at  

Her email address is

You can also reach her at her Hong Kong office at (852) 2523 7286.

Ellen is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Dementia Therapy Specialist.

Monday, February 20, 2017

ADHD, FASD Linked to Anxiety and Depression during Pregnancy.

Keeping your anxiety in check has never been more important that when you are pregnant.

According to Canadian Psychiatrist Gabe Mate, when pregnant women suffer from anxiety or depression , their bodies are less able to produce the necessary chemicals within the placenta that help their children’s brain learn self-regulation and focus.

By the age of 3, these children begin to display the behavioral problems associated with lack of self-regulation, difficulty focusing and other developmental delays- the key symptoms of ADHD and FASD. 

A recent study by psychiatrist and researcher Daniel Siegel at UCLA found a high level of the anxiety hormone Cortisol had leached into the placentas of anxious or depressed pregnant women. This hormone hinders the growth of these key brain circuits in their unborn child.

The incidence of children with Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has mushroomed in the past generation. 12% of US children were diagnosed with a Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in 2011. This number has jumped by 43% since 2003. These children are generally medically treated with stimulants such as Ritalin, a class of drugs which has only been tested on adults.

The important recommendation that emerges from this finding is the importance of reducing anxiety and depression among pregnant women, not only to improve their own quality of life but more importantly,  to reduce their unborn child's risk of developmental problems such as FASD, ADHD, etc.

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy use the latest findings in neuroscience to train the brain to manage anxiety and stressful negative thinking.

Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist

Get in touch with me...
Email: Ellen at hypnosisinhongkong dot com
Telephone: 2523 7286

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


The hypnotic trance is what differentiates hypnotherapy from all other types of therapy. 

In a hypnotic trance, when the critical, judgmental part of our mind relaxes, the inner deeper part of our mind becomes open to changing the beliefs and behaviors that cause our distress.  When the mind is detached and free of fear, as it is in a hypnotic trance, it’s like  shining a spotlight on the misconceptions that distort our self-belief and fuel our anxiety. Under these conditions, the inner mind can gain perspective, can imagine and visualize changes, can rehearse solutions, and can be empowered again. And in that rehearsal, the sufferer can regain their natural confidence.

This post focuses on the level of anxiety that we cannot easily dispel with our usual coping mechanisms. When anxiety begins to interfere with our ability to manage our life and relationships, to build our career or to achieve our goals, it can be the cutoff line between normal and problematic anxiety. When it becomes a problem, a form of behavior paralysis takes over. We cannot think, perform or achieve to the level we know we are capable of.

This anxiety comes with a level of fear that something negative might happen to us. It’s like a coping mechanism that takes itself too seriously. In everyday life, we worry that we’ll perform badly or we may look stupid when we meet up with friends. It comes with a feeling of thinking and behavior paralysis.  It’s usually accompanied by uncomfortable body sensations.  It can remain with us when we try to relax and can follow us into our sleep.

It  can happen at work when sufferers feel unable to speak up in meetings or to a group, are unable to ask for a raise or a promotion, to express a dissenting view or to be overly sensitive about criticism or comments about one’s work.

It can appear in our closest most intimate relationships or in the way we  use our body to take the edge off the stress, as when we smoke, drink or eat to comfort and soothe ourselves.

It can be reinforced by stubborn recurring negative thinking, irrational misconceptions about ourselves, all of which predict the worst and consequently lead us to avoid taking steps to make good things happen to us.

Hypnotherapy draws its many techniques from a wide range of approaches used in all areas of psychology, energy healing, visualizations and uses both traditional approaches and new cutting edge results from neuroscience to help the inner mind find clarity, regain control over its perspective and change old stuck ways of thinking and behaving. 

Please contact me if you would think hypnotherapy can help you.

Ellen McNally

Email: Ellen at hypnosisinhongkong dot com
Telephone: 2523 7286

Monday, June 6, 2016


Hypnosis is the most successful way to stop smoking. In past clinical studies, it worked on average in 66% of cases. Behavior modification which involves changing the little rituals around your smoking, i.e.your brand, the fingers you use to smoke, how you light your cigarette, etc, has been successful in about 25% of cases. Smoking without the nicotine like e-cigarettes also have 25% success rate. Willpower works in 5% of cases, reminding us of just how difficult it is to do this cold turkey. My approach combines hypnosis with behavior modification and dedicates a whole session to neutralizing the cravings. More on this later.

Hypnosis uses the calm relaxing and enjoyable state of hypnotic trance to help the smoker switch their habitual way of responding to the smoking trigger. The quiet detached mind can more easily transfer their focus from a cigarette which has little pleasure, to instead shine the spotlight of one’s mind on one’s hopes and expectations of health, success and happiness.   

There are two conditions for success in hypnosis therapy: a strong motivation to quit and a good working rapport with the therapist.  Add the therapist’s fee and the client becomes even more motivated to achieve the desired results. That cocktail of strength, belief and hope is the environment that allows the smoker to create that successful change.

My program consists of three sessions: The first session is a week before the actual quitting day so that the smoker can begin modifying all those little smoking rituals and in the process, begin to scramble the automatic signals that feed the addiction. The second session occurs on quitting day,  after the very last cigarette, bringing that addiction to an end with a powerful confidence and new belief. The third session occurs about 4 days later. Its purpose if to reinforce that shift in belief and to take the wind out of the cravings. This is done through the use of EFT, a  shifting technique that disconnects the power of the craving from the thoughts that trigger it. In short, the three sessions use hypnosis along with behavior modification and EFT to successfully imbed the new belief into the deep inner mind.

Why is hypnosis so successful when other methods fail? Hypnosis allows the client to take the non-smoking message into that part of the mind where the habitual addiction is so solidly lodged – into the subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is that programmed part of ourselves that never has to think twice about how to walk, how to ride a bike or if you’re a smoker, how to respond to the trigger causing you to light up a cigarette. It’s always on automatic. Hypnosis for smoking cessation allows you to switch that signaling and to point your mind to a healthier and more positive way of responding to the trigger, and to program that switch so that it’s always on automatic.  

Why not give it a go? It works!


Drop me a note at or give me a call at (852) 2523 7286 if you would like to discuss whether this approach is suitable for you, or if you want to book an appointment.

For more information, check out my website at

Monday, March 28, 2016


As recent brain science uncovers how our mind works, hypnotherapists use these same findings to help their clients achieve their goals, be they emotional, intellectual or physical. Achieving academic excellence is one such application of these new findings.

 When facing the prospect of a life-defining exam, it's normal to experience a high level of anxiety, a fear of failing and a lack of confidence in the study process. 

What Hypnosis does is to simply reinforce the client's own mental strength.

Clients who use hypnosis today have long overcome the old cliches associated with the field. Of course, hypnosis doesn't replace hard work - it simply builds your confidence, helps you focus, increases your concentration and allows you to access what you KNOW that you know - all you have to do is work hard and study!

This has been backed up by research - a review of this research on the use of hypnosis was published in The Journal of Counselling Psychology (Vol 29 (1), Jan 1982, 76-94. *'Improving academic performance in adults: A review of recent research'. Now neuroscience has come up with the physiological proof to back up what hypnotists have known all along!

My clients don't want 'good' results - they want 'great' results! 

In my experience as a hypnotherapist,  those who seek out hypnosis are the most highly motivated students. The same is true for those who have the most to lose: people for whom jobs, livelihoods or promotions depend on an exam score.

The bottom line is that hypnosis is a powerful tool for achieving academic landmarks, especially when anxiety and lack of confidence threaten the outcome one deserves.

Ellen McNally,
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist,
Hypnosis for academic protocol: 3-4 sessions
Email her at Ellen at Hypnosis in Hong Kong dot com or call her office at (852) 2523 7286.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


How would it feel to have that confidence that all your hard work would pay off?

Hypnosis is a powerful natural method for achieving confidence in test taking. It can help you be more relaxed and focus more easily while you study. The process can help you take the test with positivity and self-belief and access your memory more easily.

These tests are possibly the biggest stepping stone to your future: Language proficiency tests, SATs, TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and others can be a huge source of anxiety. If your stress is interfering with your focus and confidence, hypnosis may be a great solution for you.

However, hypnosis is not a magic potion. It only works if you are willing to put in the time to study or practice your subject matter. And it only works if you are highly motivated to achieve your test goals. It’s not a way of replacing your hard work. But accessing that state of confidence in yourself after hypnosis is an effortless process.

It's a way to make your hard work pay off!

Anxiety and pressure can stifle your self-confidence. One-on-one hypnosis can be a powerful help in tapping into that natural confidence. If you feel confident, you can focus on your test instead of allowing stress to drain away your energy.  When confident and calm, you can shut down that stress. And you can access that memory, that fact or that fluency that you are capable of, even under pressure in the most intimidating setting.

Working with a hypnotist can build your confidence in a foreign language. As a first step, it can reduce the anxiety while you study for it and can help you have razor sharp focus in the process. During the test, you can tackle the written or spoken test with natural confidence, knowing that you’ve put in the work and you’re as ready as you’re going to be for it. It can also strengthen your belief in yourself as a competent speaker in that language. This new strong belief in yourself can have a multiplier effect every time you study.

To read more about hypnosis, take a look at my website at

If you would like to have a chat about how this can help you, at no cost and without any commitment, feel free to call me at my office at 2523 7286.

Ellen McNally
Master Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist

Sunday, November 22, 2015


What happens when food cravings get the better of you?

When food cravings get the better of you, the toughest part is understanding what you’re struggling with. The most important question is this: Is this craving your body’s genuine need for nutrition and sustenance, or is it something else that is masquerading as hunger?

If you have been trying to lose weight, chances are that giving in to cravings leads you first to a feeling of fullness or satiation, followed, regrettably, by self-recrimination as you despair at your failure to win the cravings battle .

Hypnosis shines a light on the exact nature of the craving

The tool that hypnosis uses is emotional clarity – an ability to see things for what they are. In fact, one of the most basic definitions of the state of hypnosis is: “a focused state of perception”.  It’s a state of calm relaxation where your mind can think and “focus” without tension or anxiety.

When you’re in a hypnotic trance, your mind can more easily decipher the mixed up signals that you struggle with when food cravings kidnap your imagination. In a hypnotic trance, it’s much easier to understand how your mind is confusing true physical hunger with the misguided emotional tension, i.e. the ‘craving’,  that seeks release through food and/or drink. 

It’s no surprise that your mind has unconsciously used food as a ‘happy’ solution. We always celebrate our most memorable life events with food and alcoholic drinks.  It makes sense  for us to unconsciously try achieving harmony by eating, and particularly by eating or drinking what we most easily associate with celebration and happy times: sweets, alcohol and carbohydrates.   

Hypnotherapy for Weight Management in 3 Steps

Hypnotherapy for weight management approaches this struggle in three steps. The first step to get back on track is to uncover the emotion masquerading as physical hunger. The second step is to solve that issue in a decisive way so that you can recognize it for what it is. Recognizing the enemy is half the battle. The third step is to give you the tools at a deep unconscious level to strengthen your confidence and stop the craving in its tracks.  

In a calm hypnotic trance, your unconscious mind knows exactly how to do this.

Hypnotherapy works!

Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist

Friday, May 22, 2015


There's a lot of hope among sufferers about an innovative program using hypnotherapy to produce substantial and long lasting reversal of IBS symptoms. This  program has been used in conjunction with medical treatment in the US over the past 20 or so years to restore normal digestive function. 

After 12-20 weeks of hypnotherapy, 94% are symptom-free

The hypnotherapy treatment protocol was originally based on repeated double-bind, well controlled clinical trials  conducted by gastroenterologist PJ Whorwell, at the University of Manchester in the UK over a 15 year period. Similar protocols were later used in clinical trials by Dr Olafur Palsson at the Eastern Virginia Medical Center in the US and were presented at the Gastroenterology conference in 1997. Melissa Roth, a US-based hypnotherapist who suffered herself from the syndrome, refined it even further and began testing it on her clients. She achieved full recovery in 94-100% of her cases. 
See list of related publications below.

The theory underlying the hypnosis for IBS program

The unconscious part of our mind has trained the autonomic nervous system  to digest within the first few months of life. In normal digestion, the muscles of the GI tract contract and relax continuously 24/7, gradually pushing the food down from the mouth to be excreted from the anus.

In the IBS sufferer, this muscle teamwork has simply lost its coordination. Muscles are out of sync. They squeeze fecal matter too quickly or too slowly, causing the host of uncomfortable symptoms mentioned above.

Hypnotic theory suggests that if the unconscious mind did this once, it can be used to re-train the systems controlled by the autonomic nervous system to digest properly again. When the re-training is complete, the symptoms disappear because the gut is working in harmony just as it has evolved to do.

Hypnotherapy treatment protocol

The hypnotherapy program consists of 6 to 10 sessions. A session is conducted every two weeks. Clients are required to listen to a recording every night during the course of the therapy. Within the first 3 sessions, (and often following the very first session) clients begin to experience significant reduction of symptoms. However, because IBS is cyclical, it’s important to extend the program to the full three to four months to protect against a ‘creeping back’ of the symptoms.

IBS symptoms occur in other illnesses too

The same hypnotherapy approach is also used to restore normal gut function in IBD, Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis although it does not target the pathology of these specific illnesses.

Please contact Ellen McNally, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Specialist in IBS symptoms.

She practices in Central, Hong Kong. Please check her website for her contact details.

Publications :

Hypnotherapy a cost effective treatment for IBS with long lasting results.
American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2002; 97:954-961
Gonsalkorale WM, Houghton LA, Whorwell PJ

This study documents the long term benefits of IBS
Gut, volume 52, issue 11, page 1623-9, 2003
Gonsalkorale WM, Miller V, Afzal A, Whorwell PJ

Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Refractory IBS
The Lancet 1989, Feb 25;1(86335):424-5
Harvey RF;Hinton RA;Gunary RM;Barry RE (89142812NLM)

Studies suggest Mind-body link in GI Illnesses.
Medical Tribune (Family Physician Edition)1997 June 5:38(11):2
Christensen D (971161)

Sunday, March 15, 2015


It turns out that a lot of people are.  Mostly they’re afraid of someone taking over their mind. Or reading their innermost thoughts. I feel the same way. I don’t want anybody else messing with my mind or pulling my strings!

Hypnosis is nothing like this. It might surprise you to know that you have experienced a hypnotic trance many times in your life. You just don’t realize it.

It’s not what Hollywood makes it out to be.

Take this example. Have you ever had a teacher who was so interesting that you could just soak up a complex subject that you thought you sucked at?


That teacher was a hypnotist.

That teacher didn’t think of it as hypnosis. It was simply an attempt to create the right environment so that the lesson could be easily absorbed. If you think back, there was an atmosphere of positivity, of calm and focus in the classroom.  You absorbed that lesson like a sponge.

Just like in a trance. A trance is a relaxed, open, focused, clear state of mind.

That teacher was never in control of your mind. But you on the other hand, were never more in control. Your mind was doing what you had always wanted it to do.

Just like in a trance. In a trance, you are very much in control.

And after those classes, you could probably remember most of what the teacher said.

Just like in a trance. You remember everything that’s said.

And it really helped you to succeed in that subject.

Just like a trance. In a trance, the solutions seem so much easier, and they are.

And at any time during those classes, you could interrupt your thoughts with plans to go to a party on the weekend. Or to hang out with a friend.

Just like a trance. In a trance, you can pop out of it whenever you want.

That is what a trance is – a relaxed focused state of mind. You have so much control and perspective that solutions are not only obvious but easy to act on.

It’s easy to understand why hypnotherapy works.

Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist

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Friday, March 6, 2015


Most of the important beliefs about ourselves are stored in our unconscious mind. This powerful part of our mind represents 90-95% of our mind and is believed to be the master controller of our life. It directs and supports our behavior based on the beliefs we hold about ourselves. Consequently, we tend to achieve only what we believe we can achieve.

Positive self-beliefs propel us towards success.

Negative self-beliefs sabotage our attempts at an accomplished life.

The real boss, our unconscious mind, runs the show at a deep unconscious level.

Here’s the problem. When the boss doesn’t quite believe that you can achieve, then you probably won’t.

Changing self-defeating beliefs.

Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


Swiss solar pilot Bertrand Picard, balloonist, psychiatrist and hypnotherapist will be making use of self-hypnosis techniques to maintain concentration and to put himself to sleep quickly on his round-the-world trip (SCMP, March 1, 2015). 
An adventurer and experienced psychiatrist, he has discovered the power of hypnosis in dealing with both life's struggles and accomplishments.

Read what he has to say about hypnosis.


Ellen McNally, Hypnotherapist
Cosmos Building, Room 606
Lan Kwai Fong, Central Hong Kong
Tel: 2523 3780


Sunday, November 30, 2014


If you are depressed, then just reading this post is a good sign. It means that you are trying to find a way to get yourself out of it. Depression is such a soul-destroying experience that it deceives you into believing that it just can’t be helped. The good news is that you’re on the right path because it can be eliminated. A modality that has shown positive results in the battle against this hopeless state of mind is hypnotherapy. It  can be very effective at transforming this despairing state of mind into one that is empowering and liberating.

You can beat depression!


 The first and essential step is helping the client achieve a deeply relaxing positive state of mind, a state we call a hypnotic trance.  In this state of mind, the client is aware at all times, remembers everything and is in complete control. Because the mind is so calm during a trance, it is easy to access memories of events that may have been buried deep in the unconscious mind. The unconscious tends to bury memories that it deems too painful for us to deal with at the time they occurred. They remain buried as unresolved feelings - such as loss, resentment, regret, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear and are stored in our body and mind. The great Fritz Pearls refers to them as “unfinished business” and these unaddressed emotions haunt us throughout our lives, in ways that block our greatest aspirations and sometimes play havoc with our bodies.  They remain beyond our conscious control as they are hidden deep in our unconscious.


Clinical hypnotherapy is an effective therapy for getting to the source of these misconceptions about ourselves and for releasing them so they don’t get recycled as self-sabotaging thoughts, behavior or physical ailments. Under hypnosis, we can safely go to the deepest levels of our unconscious to find these memories and let them go.


Further hypnosis sessions focus on replacing these negative thoughts and fears by powerful positive affirmations. Once these deeply buried negative thoughts and feelings have surfaced at the conscious level, and have been released, the mind is able and open to accepting and acting on suggestions on how to improve our life.

When this process is completed under hypnosis, clients report that their depression has lifted, that they have stopped the compulsive thoughts or self-defeating bbehavior and that they are ready to resume living their lives more positively.


The course of therapy is short (3 to 6 sessions)and relief comes quickly. I practice in Central Hong Kong. If you would like to discuss this approach, please contact me through my website at I am a certified specialist in hypnotic regression which is the approach described above. 

Ellen McNally
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Cosmos Building, Room 606
Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Hong Kong

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Saturday, November 29, 2014


A client came to me not long ago with a trio of issues: she was sleep-deprived, depressed and overweight.  She had been trying to lose some weight but found that she often ate simply to give herself quick energy throughout her day. She was feeling depressed because she woke up every morning feeling exhausted and feeling increasingly anxious about being able to work effectively.

In the process, she just lost faith in her natural ability to fall asleep. When she did eventually fall asleep after a string of sleepless nights and woke up rested, she would start the day running, trying to accomplish everything she had been too tired to accomplish all week long. She worked late, ate late and went to sleep late. And the cycle began again.

Insomnia affects us in all kinds of ways but the most insidious is how its onset leads us to believe that we have lost our natural ability to fall sleep. As we lie in bed trying to fall asleep, we worry that we're unable to fall asleep. Our reaction is to try even harder and the more we try, it seems like the less we can sleep. It is a distressing process, one that prevents us from relaxing and letting sleep happen. The problem is further aggravated when this belief creates its own habit - sleeplessness.

Sufferers compound the power of this belief by telling their loved ones and anyone who sympathizes, that they ‘cannot fall asleep anymore’.  If you say that enough times, your mind begins to believe it.

Anxieties have a stubborn way of sticking around until you pay attention to them. It's a little like going to bed with an empty stomach. The issues that trigger your anxieties need to find relief. Hypnosis can give us unfettered clarity into the issues that create these anxieties and can retrain the mind to put us to sleep effortlessly. 

My client began falling asleep again. Last I heard, feeling rested has stabilized her mood. She doesn’t crave carbs and sweets for energy anymore because she’s getting the energy she needs from sleep.

If you have trouble sleeping, email me through my website or call my office in Hong Kong at  2523 3780.  Hypnosis will get you sleeping again in just a few sessions.

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Friday, April 4, 2014


Dreams are the creations of our unconscious mind. Their basic purpose is to bring harmony to our everyday dilemmas. Most of us forget our dreams but occasionally we remember snippets and vaguely remember the rest as being rather weird. Just as your body repairs and restores itself while sleeping, your mind needs the same kind of reset. It needs to temper all those frustrations created by unresolved expectations so as to start the new day refreshed.

Dreams appear to us in the form of metaphors, usually with a random cast of characters and objects that we can only puzzle at. They can sometimes be distressing, and even frightening.  But to our imagination, dreams are simply a way to make sense in a dramatic way of something that is going on in our lives. 

If you sometimes remember your dreams, you've observed how your imagination can be as powerful as that of any Hollywood director, using your senses and emotions to intensify the experience. You might have woken up with sweating, racing heartbeat, jumpiness, even yelling. Your imagination is capable of all that, from the tamest to the wildest of reactions. And all the while, it is simply trying to figure out how to work out something that is happening in your life. A recurring dream is simply our mind trying to find clarity in a 'recurring' issue that may go back to earlier time in our lives.

Hypnotherapists love to work with dreams and can help the client gain important insights, even if the client only remembers the barest of snippets.  If a client wants to work on a dream, I usually encourage them to jot down their dream the minute they awaken, or as we all know, the details instantly evaporate. Using the techniques of Gestalt, working with distressing dreams is  a fast-track way of uncovering and resolving the issues that are troubling the dreamer in real life. Being in a hypnotic trance, feeling safe and totally supported, it’s much easier for a subject to be open to new insights and to move that conflict to the next and final step: resolution. And it doesn't take months of therapy: One or two sessions is all that is needed. And all the while, the client is aware, awake, able to add input and clarity. 

Ellen McNally, Hong Kong

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


A few years ago, I thought blushing was a beautiful human quality that made someone seem more genuine. It turns out that it's really quite unpleasant for those who do the blushing. 

One of my first bosses used to blush at the most unexpected times. All of us enjoyed that pleasant quirk about him and we would chuckle good-naturedly whenever it happened.  It’s only now, many years later, having spoken to other people who are ‘blushers’ themselves that I suspect that he must have felt a great deal of discomfort over it.


We all know that blushing is not dangerous, just a simple body reaction involving dilated vessels filling with blood.  But just put yourself in a ‘blusher’s shoes for just a moment.  Imagine that you are talking and as if out of nowhere your face, neck and entire upper body suddenly turn a bright red, usually when you feel embarrassed or nervous. Imagine how transparent and yes, naked one can feel if you can't hide these emotions. 


The blusher has absolutely no control over the onset of blushing and can’t predict when or where it’s going to happen. It can be quite devastating, especially for teenagers, who are trying to become confident adults in their ways of relating to others - so devastating that it can cause some people to shy away, sometimes entirely, from social contact.


Blushing is an unconscious reaction, meaning it is triggered by an unconscious cause and eventually becomes an unconscious habit.

This is where the techniques of hypnotherapy can shine a light. Blushing is similar in a lot of ways to excessive sweating, hot flashes and other unconscious physical reactions that we all get from time to time.  Under hypnosis, a therapist can retrain the unconscious mind to alter our response to these original triggers.  Over time a blusher can retrain their mind to replace a blushing reaction with something as simple as a feeling of relaxation and confidence. As complicated and disempowering as it might seem to the sufferer, it is quite a simple process under hypnotherapy and can usually produce good results in just a few sessions.


While our unconscious mind is extremely powerful, it is also flexible and can find solutions to our problems in a very elegant and simple way under hypnosis.  Sometimes our mind simply begins a habit that begins for some easy-to-understand reason, but ends up like blushing and becomes problematic. Under hypnosis, that habit can be altered and our life will be all the better for it.


If you would like to contact me about ‘Blushing’ or other issues, please email me at

Ellen McNally

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