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Hypnosis FAQ

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of concentrated attention. You may have noticed after driving a familiar road that you were unable to remember the last few miles; or perhaps you have been so engrossed in a film or a book that you didn’t notice what was happening around you. In the process of falling asleep and waking up we all go through a trance state that is very similar to hypnosis. So hypnosis is not magic or a dark art – it is an everyday occurrence that can be put to very effective therapeutic use. In fact, hypnosis has been used in healing for thousands of years.


How does it work?

In a relaxed hypnotic trance the unconscious mind is more open to suggestion. By teaching you to enter into this relaxed state, I can help your unconscious mind to take on board beneficial suggestions for change in your life.


What happens during hypnotherapy?

 We will spend a considerable amount of time at the beginning talking. I will explain about hypnosis, address any concerns and answer any questions that you may have. I will conduct an interview, the aim of which is to find out as much as I can about the problem and how it affects you, your background and upbringing, and medical history. This will allow me to formulate a treatment plan specific to you. The treatment plan is likely to involve some practice by you at home, and I will teach you how to do this.

During each episode of hypnosis I will take you into trance, encourage you to go deeper, give suggestions to your unconscious mind that will help you to achieve positive change in your life, and revive you.

The length of treatment will depend upon the problem and how quickly you manage to reach your goals, so cannot be generalised nor guaranteed.


Is it safe?

During hypnosis you are not asleep or unconscious. In fact, your mind is more acutely aware than it is normally; it is just very focussed. If an emergency arose, you would be able to rouse yourself and act appropriately.


Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No, it’s not possible to get stuck in hypnosis. You are totally in control of whether or not you go into a trance and, similarly, you decide to bring yourself back out. If, for any reason, the therapist stopped talking for any length of time, you would very likely just come out of hypnosis, or perhaps fall asleep. If this happened you would waken naturally when ready.


Will I be made to do anything I don’t want to?

Absolutely not! You are aware and able to stop the session at any point. And in hypnosis, just as under normal circumstances, if any suggestion is made that you do not agree with you can choose to ignore it, or your unconscious mind will disregard it.

Hypnotherapy is not the same as stage hypnosis. You will not be asked to make a fool of yourself for others’ enjoyment.


Can everyone be hypnotised?

The vast majority of people can be hypnotised – as discussed before, it is a very normal state. However, in the clinical setting there are a small number of people who will find it difficult. Most people who can concentrate adequately and who are willing to give it a try will succeed.


Should anyone avoid hypnosis?

People who suffer from serious mental disorders such as bipolar disease or any form of psychosis would be better either avoiding hypnosis or using it under the guidance of an expert in this area. There are a few other situations where hypnosis is best avoided, and if in doubt just contact me to ask initially.

Hypnotherapy Video

This video from the National Council for Hypnotherapy shows a client talking about her experience of hypnotherapy.