Hypnosis is like being in a deeply relaxed state with a focused like concentration, similar to that of a daydream. It is a natural state that we inadvertently drift in and out of many times a day, such as when you are reading a book and you find that you have read 3 pages but not taken a single thing in.
Hypnotherapy combines the use of hypnosis and NLP, cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and psychotherapy principles to make suggestions to the subconscious part of the mind to bring about new thought or behaviour patterns for a variety of emotional or behavioural problems. This is effective due to the fact that the subconscious mind is more receptive when in a relaxed and calm state and is more willing to accept positive suggestions.
Absolutely not. This is probably one of the most common beliefs about hypnosis and usually stems from what people have seen or heard about stage hypnosis as well as the popular archetype in books of 'The Hypnotist' as a sinister character who has absolute power and control over their subjects.
During hypnotherapy, you will not be asleep and will be able to hear everything that is said. It's a common belief that hypnosis involves some sort of magical sleep where you are unaware of what's happening around you. This is not the case. Because hypnotherapy involves responding to suggestions made by the therapist, it is important that you hear what is being said in order for you to take the suggestions on board and for therapeutic change to happen.
It is important to know and understand that no hypnotherapist can ever promise or guarantee that they can cure you, however most people respond very well to hypnotherapy and it can provide life changing, long lasting and permanent results. The success of hypnotherapy depends upon many factors including the problem for which you are seeking help, your motivation and commitment and the level of rapport with your therapist along with many other things.
There are no specific feelings associated with being hypnotised as everyone experiences it differently. Most people feel deeply relaxed and find that they feel very calm afterwards.
Each session can be different dependant on the presenting concern, but it mostly takes on the format of a consultation at the beginning of the session to review the time in between the last time we saw one another or to review our sessions so far to see if our goals are still aligned. Once we have had a good chat, we will start the hypnosis process and at the end of the hypnosis, we will review the hypnosis and get feedback on how you are feeling now.
The number of sessions required will depend on the problem or issue as well as how you respond to therapy. Anywhere between three and six sessions is quite common, although some problems may require more.
Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind and hypnotherapy can be a very positive and beneficial experience when carried out by a properly trained and experienced therapist.
Whilst both stage hypnotists and hypnotherapists use hypnosis, the way in which it is used is completely different. Stage hypnosis is used as a form of entertainment and is for the benefit of the audience and volunteers taking part. Those who go to a stage show are usually well aware that the people on stage will be asked to do funny and sometimes embarrassing things. The volunteers who are chosen to go on stage by the hypnotist are there because they have chosen to be and it's their choice entirely to follow the hypnotist's suggestions.
Hypnotherapy is used to help people with a wide range of problems in a safe and appropriate manner, which is for their benefit. You cannot be hypnotised against your will. For hypnosis to happen, you have to want it to happen.
You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. It is an altered state of awareness from which you will return to full alertness either by yourself, or when asked to by the therapist. Even if something were to happen to the therapist whilst you were hypnotised, then after a while, you would either wonder why they had stopped talking and 'wake up' by yourself or alternatively, if you were tired, you would simply fall asleep and then wake up as normal after a short while.
You will be aware of everything you say during hypnosis and so you cannot be made to discuss things that you do not wish to. However, it is important to remember the reason why you are seeing a hypnotherapist. In order for you to benefit fully from hypnotherapy, the therapist needs to know about the problem or issue including any relevant background information and contributing factors. Hypnotherapy is a two-way process and it is important that you feel you can trust and have confidence in your therapist
Because you are aware throughout, you will usually remember everything that you experience during hypnosis. Sometimes people do find that they can't consciously remember it all afterwards, but the subconscious mind remembers everything. This is quite normal and is similar to forgetting what someone has just said because your attention was elsewhere rather than concentrating on the conversation.
Yes, there are.
- When someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- When someone has serious psychiatric disorders
- When someone has epilepsy
- When someone has serious heart conditions and/or pacemaker
- Someone with severe depression, there are other talking therapies more suitable
- Someone with comprehension issues
- Anyone suffering with dementia
No, sessions are not recorded as the sound quality is not of a high standard in order to hear on playback.
I do not ask clients for testimonials as this work is therapy based and client confidentiality is of the utmost importance to me.