Many people want to know more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. I’ve tried to answer a few of the most common questions here but you can also contact me with any further questions.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a focused state of deep physical and mental relaxation. When we are hypnotised we can effectively communicate with our subconscious mind and help break the negative thought cycle and start to focus on the enjoyment of life. It is during this state of hypnosis that our analytical and rationalising conscious mind is bypassed, allowing our subconscious mind to become receptive to beneficial suggestions and change.
Hypnosis is an entirely natural, very relaxing process and has been in use for centuries. Completely different from stage hypnosis, which is purely for the entertainment of the audience, therapeutic hypnosis is solely for your benefit. It is used to help with a wide range of problems to great effect.
Most of us have experienced the feeling of being in a hypnotic trance. Some examples of this are below:
- You are engrossed in a TV programme and don’t really hear what others are talking about.
- You were driving along and suddenly realise you have “lost” the last few miles!
- You were daydreaming and missed some important information or time simply flew by!
- During hypnotherapy that same relaxed state is induced for therapeutic gain.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that utilises therapeutic techniques within hypnosis to bring about subconscious change to a client’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours. By relaxing, thinking positively and focusing on your desired goals, hypnosis can help you to improve your unwanted habits, feelings and behaviours. Hypnosis can also be used successful for the treatment of panic attacks, fears and phobias and help minimise the effect of painful memories and traumatic experiences.
Hypnotherapy can be viewed as a partnership between the therapist and the client. It is not a “magic wand” but a very effective tool to help your mind to explore new and different ways of thinking. We will work together to access your own inner resources and use them for your benefit. The conscious mind is often overly critical. Hypnotherapy allows the sub-conscious mind to listen whilst the conscious mind relaxes, allowing realistic, lasting and deep rooted change to occur. Afterwards you will feel refreshed and positive, perfectly able to carry on with whatever your day brings.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
NLP is an effective approach to personal and professional development. It is based on the study of how successful people and organisations achieve brilliant results. It looks at the manner of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do, and then creating a model of that which can be replicated. So, in essence NLP is a collection of tools, insights and methods that can enable you to improve your performance and communication in many aspects of your life. It has many beneficial uses for self-development and is particularly useful for those looking to enhance their performance in business and sport.
In many respects NLP pre-supposes that we already have all of the necessary resources within us, but simply don’t use them in certain areas of our life. For example; you may be very confident about baking a cake, but not confident about another task. Through NLP we can examine the mental beliefs, thinking and behavioural patterns that are associated with ‘baking a cake’ and then replicate this same sequence into another area of your life where you may lack confidence.
Is Hypnosis like what you see on the TV?
Unlike what you may see in the movies you can not be hypnotised against your will. Rather than giving up control, with Hypnosis you start to take control of the habits and way of thinking which have held you back. Nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to as your subconscious will reject any suggestion that is not in your best interest.
How does it differ from Stage Hypnosis?
The stage hypnotist seeks to entertain whilst the clinical hypnotherapist seeks to help people and alleviate symptoms and problems. The stage hypnotist uses showmanship and has a razzmatazz attitude. The clinical hypnotherapist uses knowledge of the human psyche and has a caring and compassionate attitude. There are common misconceptions fuelled by stage hypnotherapy, as though it is some sort of voodoo magic, which increases people’s wariness about ever going to see a professional hypnotherapist about a genuine problem. These are two separate fields, both with completely different aims.
What is it like when you are Hypnotised?
Believe it or not we go in and out of Hypnosis throughout the day and it is a very natural behaviour for us. We enter Hypnosis at the stage right before we fall asleep, and pass through it right as we are waking up in the morning. Have you ever been driving down a motorway and before you know it you’re home and can’t remember half the journey? Or have you ever been watching a movie or reading a book and someone has been speaking to you and you never heard them? These are all natural occurrences of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience. Often after a hypnotherapy session I’ll have clients comment how relaxed they felt and how they were able to hear me throughout. Just like when you are daydreaming you will hear everything that I say and you will still be able to move if you wanted to. All you have to do in the session is relax and listen to my voice and just let whatever happens, happen without trying to help or hinder the process.
How does Hypnosis differ from sleep?
Hypnosis is in no way a form of sleep, even though it can give the appearance of being so from the outside. You are neither asleep nor semi conscious but fully aware of everything that is going on around you. When you are in a hypnotized state, the brain waves will often change from the Beta state of normal wakefulness to the Alpha state of deep relaxation, which represent non-arousal. When we are asleep however, our brainwave state is in Delta. Here, the brainwaves are of the greatest amplitude and slowest frequency. During sleep, respiration gets slower and slower, blood pressure, reflex and heart action also slow down. In hypnosis, there may be the mildest of slow downs but for the majority of time, none at all. In sleep, the mental processes slow down considerably and in deep sleep, there is an apparent loss of consciousness. This does not occur in hypnosis. You are fully aware of everything that is going on around you.
Can you get ‘stuck’ in Hypnosis?
As hypnosis is a truly natural and safe state of body and mind we enter when we feel relaxed, there is no form of unconsciousness and nobody can be made to do anything they do not want to do. People in hypnosis are totally aware of themselves and their surroundings at all times and are able to leave the hypnotic state whenever they want to.
Can I cover multiple conditions during the same session?
It depends. Sometimes issues are linked, so treating one can affect many areas of your life. However, if they’re not linked it can be better to have separate sessions for each, so that you can give them the attention and focus they need. I will discuss the most appropriate treatment methods with you before commencing on a programme of therapy.
Who will be there?
Normally only you and I, but you are welcome to bring along a friend or family member if you wish. I will never tell anyone what was discussed in your therapy session. You can if you wish, but I won’t.
For all children’s therapy sessions a parent or an accompanying adult must be present.
Do you offer a guarantee?
As with any profession that deals with human behaviour it is impossible to offer a guarantee. Whilst extremely effective it is unrealistic to assume that Hypnotherapy can solve all issues instantly. Hypnotherapy is most successful when approached by the client with an inner commitment to change.
What I can guarantee is that I will use my skills and experience to the best of my ability to help you with your issue and ask that in return you fully commit and approach the sessions with an open mind and a readiness for change.
How can I book a session with you?
If you visit my contact page and fill in the form with your details I will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment with you.