What is Hypnotherapy

So just what exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to bring about beneficial change. It is the process whereby you become deeply relaxed, guided by words, phrases, suggestions and imagination. Whilst in hypnosis your conscious mind (the mind you are reading and thinking with now) is temporarily bypassed and you work directly with the powerful unconscious mind, where your memories, emotions and imagination are stored.

Hypnotherapy has long been recognised as an effective treatment for many common issues such as: Phobias, Insomnia, Smoking, Nail Biting, Driving test nerves, Exam stress, Interviews, Confidence, Motivation, Weight control and many more.

What does hypnosis feel like?

There’s no such thing as a “hypnotised” feeling. Everyone’s experience is different and unique. Some people may feel very light, almost as if they’re floating; other people may feel very heavy. For most people, it’s just a very nice feeling of deep relaxation. Some people expect to feel unconscious or “out of it” – this simply doesn’t happen

What is the difference between Stage Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

The hypnosis is the same, but it is the therapy part that is different – the stage hypnotist is out to entertain others but a Clinical Hypnotherapist is out to make someone’s life more enjoyable to live, freeing them from habits or limiting beliefs

Will hypnotherapy make me fall asleep?

No. Hypnosis is just about being relaxed; the level of relaxation varies from being light through to very deep. Hypnotherapy works equally well in all levels of relaxation.

Will I lose control?

No. You remain in control and fully aware the whole time and you will only take on board those suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you.

Might I say or do something I don’t want to?

No. In hypnosis I cannot and would not make you say or do anything you do not want to….remember your unconscious mind is your protector and will not take onboard anything that is inappropriate to you.

Will I remember what went on in the session?

Yes, Pretty much so. Consciously there may be some details that you don’t remember; in the same way that you don’t remember all the details of a film you have watched. However your unconscious mind remembers everything and may, at a later time, bring back further memories of the session.

Is everything I say confidential?

Yes – absolutely. Every client is individual and your privacy is important. You will not be compelled to share anything you do not wish to. I abide by the code of ethics set out by the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

What if I am too strong-willed to be hypnotised?

Hypnosis is a co-operative state between client and therapist and no one can be “forced” into trance. To benefit from hypnotherapy, a client must be open to the possibility of change and work with the therapist.

How many sessions will I need?

Some issues can be resolved in as little as one session e.g. smoking, nail biting or mild fears whilst others may be take a number of sessions e.g. weight control, self esteem or confidence issues.
Will I have a permanent outcome?

Where possible, yes. The methods I use attempt to deal with the root cause of the problem, whatever it is, so that a permanent positive outcome is achieved.

Is hypnosis safe?

Yes – because hypnosis is a natural, everyday state of mind, it is perfectly safe. The effects on the body may resemble waking from a deep sleep. When you become engrossed in a book or film, you are in a state of hypnosis. When you are daydreaming you are also in state of hypnosis. So you see, it really is an everyday state of mind.

Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

No. I will “bring you out” usually by counting from one to five. Should you need to, you can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Anyone can be hypnotised and while hypnosis is a very safe and effective treatment, it is not recommended for people with conditions such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, clinical depression, psychosis.

What happens in a session and how long does it take?

A session takes between 1 and 2 hours. As I work holistically, In The first part of the session I like to get some idea of your general health and lifestyle. You have the opportunity to discuss your issue in as much detail as you are comfortable with. The process of hypnosis will be explained, and you can ask any questions you wish. The rest of the session will be taken up with the Hypnotherapy itself with ample time afterwards to discuss your experience.if you wish. My aim is to create a peaceful and caring environment in which you can unload the baggage and take a step towards living your life to the full.

If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got.

Change your mind……change your life!