Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural process where, through focusing our attention on something, we enter into an altered state of consciousness. We naturally enter this state many times a day. For example, when we are watching a favourite programme on television, all our attention is drawn to it, so much so, that we may even experience the character’s emotions.
This does not mean that we cannot consciously be aware of anything until the programme is finished. If the doorbell were to ring, we would hear it. We could hear our children playing in the garden outside. Being in a state of hypnosis is perfectly normal. We often lose track of time when we are in this state. This is known as time distortion, and is an example of a hypnotic phenomenon.
Another example is when you drive to work each morning – how much of the journey can you remember once you have arrived at your workplace?
Chances are, not a great deal, since it is your subconscious mind that is taking care of the driving and getting you to work safely, while your conscious mind is thinking about something else. Daydreaming is another example of a hypnotic state. How many of us stared out of the window daydreaming when we were at school?
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels very similar to daydreaming. You will feel very calm and relaxed, yet will be aware of everything that is happening around you.
Is hypnosis safe?
As mentioned previously, hypnosis is like being engrossed in a movie, daydreaming or driving without consciously thinking about the process. It is a completely safe, relaxing and comfortable experience. You can refuse suggestions and bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
No one can be hypnotised against their will, so if you don’t want to be hypnotised then you won’t be. If you allow the process to happen, then nearly all of us are hypnotizable.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of suggestion of ideas, lifestyle changes and concepts by the therapist to the client when the client is in a deeply relaxed state. The process involves the client being in a state of hypnosis, which is nothing more than a deeply relaxed and focused state. The therapist talks directly to the subconscious part of the mind, where change at a deep level happens.
Because the suggestions from a therapist bypass the conscious part of the client’s mind, focusing instead on the subconscious part, hypnotherapy is a great way of helping people achieve their goals.
The client’s attention is focused away from current reality into an altered state of relaxation, where attention is focused on the client’s thoughts, emotions, behaviours, concepts and feelings. Hypnotherapy allows us to break patterns of thought and learned behaviours, so that we can bring about positive changes in physical illnesses, emotional issues and mental abilities.
Will I be under the hypnotherapist’s control?
No. You will be under your own control throughout the process. No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you do not wish to do, nor can they make you behave in a way that you would not normally behave in.
Will I reveal any secrets to the hypnotherapist?
No. You are in complete control and will not say anything against your will.
Do I have an initial consultation?
Yes. During the initial assessment, I will have a chat about your specific problem in detail. This will enable me to build up a rich picture of your issues and circumstances so that I can make an informal judgement on the best treatment plan for you.
The initial consultation is a chance for you to meet me and ask any questions you may have regarding hypnotherapy, particularly any fears or concerns you may have about the process. I will explain what hypnosis actually is and how hypnotherapy can help you.
We can have a chat about your thoughts regarding your problem and how it is affecting your life.
You will receive a soothing relaxation CD which will help you relax and get you used to my voice before the first session.
The initial consultation is 40 minutes.
How long is each session and how much does it cost?
A single session is 1 hour long and costs £40.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on you and what you wish to change. Hypnotherapy is not a long-term therapy and generally provides quick results.