Frequently Asked Questions
IN PERSON SESSIONS -HOW DOES IT WORK?
Between us during the initial consultation we will agree a number of sessions, spaced according to your needs. The sessions are usually approximately 50 mins long and are private and completely confidential.
How many sessions will I need?
This will vary according to the problem and also whether the problem you came with triggers other areas you may wish to work on. For some areas, such as smoking or simple phobias, one, two or three sessions may suffice. For other areas, such as depression and more generalized anxiety, more sessions will be necessary.
Most people's questions about hypnosis stem from the confusion caused by technical and Hollywood style explanations of the subject. Questions often reflect people's worries about control or danger or people's lack of understanding about the process which, frankly, could be taught in far simpler ways than it generally is. The truth about hypnosis is it can be the one most important tool to change the way the mind experiences your world. If there ever was a magic wand, that could help you change anything about your life, your health or your behavior, this might be it. A good hypnotherapist knows how to gently release blocks and fears and create a new inner belief that will set the wheels in motion to make changes in the way you think, feel and behave.
Here are some of the more common questions encountered:
What is Hypnosis?
A relaxed state of concentration. There is a specific state that the brain enters into when its receptive to suggestion. It is not an unusual state of mind, and may feel like you are not in a trance or in hypnosis . Most people simply feel relaxed. During this time the mind is very open to visualisations and creating a rich sensory experience. The more real the experience becomes in the subconscious mind during this state, the more effect it will have on your waking behaviour. You will not be asleep when hypnotised. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep. It is a misnomer. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. Many people after a session of hypnosis don't believe that they were hypnotised at all but that comes from misconceptions about just what a 'trance' in fact is.
Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?
Yes. Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Generally the more intelligent a person is the easier it is to go into hypnosis. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals that is enough so therefore everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.
You don’t need to be in a deep trance, but you must be willing. If you feel you have a need to prove it won’t work, then it may not work. Experience it with all of your senses including visual.
Can hypnosis make me do something against my will?
No. This is probably the biggest myth of all. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will.
The 'control' misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing or who have a desire to behave outrageously. The stage hypnotist carefully chooses people who are willing participants.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Paul McKenna told someone to walk out of the theater and shoot someone - of course, they would refuse to accept the suggestion and would probably be very angry. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are about empowerment and people's incredible capacity for change. If hypnosis was about control or making people do things there would be no money left in the banks !
Will you be able to wake up and come out of the trance?
Hypnosis is not about control. No one has ever got stuck in hypnosis, it simply cannot happen. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. If the hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and knocked themselves out or your recording stopped ½ way you would simply either fall asleep or wake naturally or your subconscious mind would detect that there was no voice guiding you and bring you back to consciousness. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
What is Self Hypnosis?
All self hypnosis is hypnosis. You can put yourself into hypnosis. Once learned, you are encouraged to practice this for a few minutes several times a week. You can use it any time during the day, when you are on a train, in a lift or before sleep. It is an empowering form of self therapy which takes little time and can have huge benefits. It can be used for relaxation, healing pain, working on a specific problem, meditating, resolving a problem, making a decision, preparing for a difficult interview or presentation, motivation, etc.