Here are some of the most common questions I get asked regularly.
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What is hypnosis?
We all go in and out of trance every single day, and hypnosis is simply a state of trance. It is like day dreaming or thinking about something else, while other things are going on. When you feel like you are working on auto-pilot or doing any routine tasks without having to think about them, you are in a state of trance.
What does hypnosis or a hypnotic trance feel like?
Being hypnotised feels like you are in a very relaxed frame of mind. It is a state where the conscious mind is having a rest, and the focus is deep within. You can come out of the trance easily, by simply opening your eyes. When I have come to the end of the hypnosis part of the session, I simply count from 1 to 5, and direct you to gently open your eyes. You will most likely report feeling very refreshed.
How does hypnosis work?
A hypnotherapist uses a combination of their words and their voice to help you go into a trance by asking you to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. The therapist speaks at a gentle pace and helps you to relax. After this point that the therapist can make suggestions to your unconscious mind to help you with issues that have previously been discussed and agreed. The unconscious mind accepts the suggestions that it wants to.
I create a personalised recording for each person I work with so that you can listen to it every day and this allows your unconscious mind to open up and start making changes right from the first session.
What is hypnotherapy?
As a hypnotherapist I use my voice, words and my relationship with each person to help them change their beliefs and patterns of behaviour by tapping into the unconscious mind. The style of hypnotherapy I use is Cognitive Hypnotherapy, so much of the work I do is conversational. I also use various tools and techniques including hypnosis to help you go from where you are (sometimes called the problem state) to where you want to be (the solution state). It is a solution-focussed and evidence based therapy.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, if you want to be. We are advertised to everyday and we pick up beliefs and values from those around us, so we are already primed to accepting ideas, and some people more than others. We might know people who are more gullible or easier to convince of something; we might call them more suggestible. But on the whole I would say anyone can be hypnotised, if they want to be.
What if I am resistant?
So this question might come from a client who has contacted me. They want to helped, but they are afraid and are pre-empting a problem. Firstly, it is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you choose to work with, so I would say always talk to them on the phone and make sure you have looked at their website to get a feel for them.
If they have videos or recordings for you to watch or listen to, that can help you feel more comfortable with them. If a client has come to a session willingly, it is rare for them to be resistant, and if they are, I would want to understand what is behind that. I would find a way to help, or it may be that the client is not ready or might want to work with a different person. But this rare – because they generally choose who they want to work with.
Will I lose control?
You are always in control of your trance state and can come out of it by simply opening your eyes. A therapist can’t hypnotise a person against their will, and can’t make a person behave in ways which are different to their normal personality. So often there are misconceptions due to stage shows but stage hypnotists look for people who are particularly extrovert and are natural performers when they are looking for someone who will perform tricks on stage.
We might all know someone who is an extrovert who would love to go up on a stage and perform anyway – they don’t need much persuasion! So if you’re thinking of working with someone, check their credentials - trust is a vital component in successful therapy.
What’s the difference between a hypnotherapy recording that is made for me and a one which I can download online?
This I explain as the difference between having a tailor made suit or dress, when the tailor has your measurements, your requirements and as sense of your style and the occasion. Think about the fit of that garment and the experience of it and compare that to walking into a shop on the high street and buying a suit or a dress. They both work but they may not be comparable in terms of fit or quality.
On this website you can book in to have a session with me and have a bespoke recording made for you here. If you want to try a more general download, I have some pre-recorded options available here too.
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