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Your Hypnotherapy Questions Answered

How will hypnotherapy help me?

People often find it difficult to change unwanted habits, mannerisms or thought patterns by will power alone. This is because habits and behaviours  are the result of past ‘programming’ from parents, teachers, peers, television, social media and ourselves. Whilst will power is important, it only controls the conscious part of the mind. The subconscious (instinctive) part of the mind needs to be included in the change, which is where hypnosis comes into its own. When people’s logic and imagination are in conflict, imagination usually wins.

What exactly is hypnosis?

Hypnosis an altered state of awareness, not sleep. The hypnotic state is induced with a verbal induction. The client may not feel hypnotised. A very light level of hypnosis is all that is required for the purposes of therapy. Hypnosis is used to induce a relaxed state in which clients are open to positive suggestion that can help them change their mindset.

What can I expect from a hypnotherapy session?

The first session will always be about taking the down the personal history.  How the client has got to where they are now. This is an information gathering session. Some clients have said they already feel some relief just by talking about their issues in a confidential caring environment. The last 20 minutes of the session will be used for hypnosis, which can be recorded. Clients can then listen to this as often as required to reinforce the new learning.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes. Apart from some people with mental disorders, anyone can benefit from hypnosis.

Does the hypnotherapist have control?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the hypnotherapist just helps with suggestions and acts as a facilitator. You never give up control.

Can I be stuck in hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis is a normal natural state of mind. You might be surprised to know that you have often been in a hypnotised state. It is that common experience of driving to somewhere, and then hardly remembering how you got there. (You would instantly be focussed on what to do should an emergency occur). Another example is when you are waking up/dropping off into sleep. There is a moment when you are not quite asleep or awake. That is a hypnotised moment.

Will I feel hypnotised?

Most people experience a feeling of deep relaxation and peace, which is hypnosis. It is possible to resist a hypnosis, but that is not why people come to see a hypnotherapist.

Can I be made to do something against my will?

You can NEVER be hypnotised to do something which is against your ethics or beliefs. You will be able to hear what is going on around you, although you will be more focussed on what the hypnotherapist is saying.