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Hypnotherapy FAQ

These are the questions that clients typically need to know about hypnosis when making a booking. If you can't find your question answered here then please feel free to call or e-mail me and I will do my best to put your mind at rest.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very normal and natural altered state of heightened consciousness (an altered state of awareness), one we all experience at night (whilst going to sleep) and in the morning (before fully awakening). It is also known as the ‘hypnagogic state’.

What is Hypnotherapy?

It is the therapy – hypnotherapy – carried out within the altered state, whereby the hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to carry out the healing process.

How many sessions will I need?

Many issues are resolved in one session, and some need more, it is dependant on the client's problem. Note that about 6 sessions of hypnotherapy are considered equivalent to 12-18 months of talking therapy.

Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

You will not be asleep when hypnotised. Your body will feel like asleep, but your mind will be awake. Also your unconscious mind, which is always awake to protect you – your belief systems and values even when ou sleep. Hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep, and hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state - but it is not sleep. The body feels heavy and the pulse and breathing slow down – but the mind remains alert.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Most people can be hypnotised. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. However, there are some people who cannot be hypnotised – for example, those who do not want hypnosis, as well as those people who have a mental illness that prevents them from understanding or responding to suggestion.

Is it safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner. The client would awaken in 10-15 minutes if something happened to the hypnotherapist. Rarely, induction of hypnosis may produce an intense emotional response during hypnosis – also known as an abreaction. This reliving of events can be a powerful therapeutic intervention. The hypnotherapist needs to guide the client through re-living and resolving the disturbing factors - bringing about calmness and resolution for the client. As a professional hypnotherapist I only use hypnosis for your therapeutic benefit, so it is perfectly safe.

Is it like stage hypnosis?

No – I use clinical hypnosis for therapy not for entertainment. You will remain aware and in control at all times. It's a partnership between the therapist and the client, working together purely for your therapeutic benefit. I facilitate the session but I need your complete trust, willingness and cooperation to get the best outcome for you to help yourself.

Will I lose control?

Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. As previously stated, your subconscious mind will always be alert and protecting you. You also can disregard a suggestion and do somethin similar if you wish.

How does it work?

Hypnotic induction of the hypnotic state takes place via a series of preliminary instructions followed by suggestion. This is followed by the therapy itself, in which the underlying problems are examined and identified, and worked on. Many different techniques of therapy can be used depending on the client's needs. Finally, post-hypnotic suggestions will reinforce the changed behaviours for the client in their everyday lives.

Hypnotic suggestion is a means of experiencing certain helpful ideas at a level profound enough to directly influence our emotions and behaviour. Psychological and emotional problems can be seen as the result of negative thinking, whereas hypnotherapy aims to encourage (suggest) positive ideas, which lead to improvement.

How do you put people into hypnosis?

I will guide you to a state of relaxation by concentrating on at least three of your senses, i.e. sound, visualisation and sense of touch. I may use certain words, mental imagery and various exercises and techniques (such as deep breathing) to induce a pleasant, lethargic state in which you become susceptible to suggestions.

How does it feel to be hypnotised?

It is a highly blissful and pleasurable experience! I will guide you to a special place where you will feel safe, warm and serene, much of which will continue – according to my post-hypnotic suggestions. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalised.

What state will I be in when I leave?

You'll be in a normal, everyday, alert state of mind. I will be guiding you into and out of hypnosis and bringing you back to normal consciousness before you leave.

When would you not recommend hypnosis?

I would not normally recommend it for those suffering from epilepsy, psychosis and those on medication for mental illness.

How much will I remember?

You will remember everything I say and everything you experience. In rare and serious cases, it is advisable to do a treatment under deep hypnosis, whereby the client is given the suggestion not to remember anything at all.

How do I know if I can be hypnotised?

I can successfully hypnotise you, providing you are willing I should do so!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:35)


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