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Frequently Asked Questions
How does hypnosis work?
The mind and body do not work separately. There is a delicate intertwining as they control everything we do and say. Sometimes they do not work so well together or the mind makes unhelpful links that the body acts on. This can result in problems for us and in the main this happens unconsciously. Hypnosis brings about a state of relaxation and focus where the unconscious mind can be directly accessed and either suggestions given to overcome the problems or aid our understanding why the unconscious mind is looking at things in an unhelpful way.
What’s the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is the induction of a trance like state and hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis plus a range of therapeutic tools to make useful changes in our lives; sometimes subtle changes or sometimes dramatic.
Are there any side effects?
Hypnosis is a natural state and is only part of the hypnotherapy experience. Generally you are left with a feeling of relaxation and being refreshed.
Does hypnotherapy work? It is not a miracle cure. It facilitates the client making changes to remove unwanted obstacles and improve their quality of life. This can sometimes be very dramatic like overcoming a phobia. Sometimes it is more subtle like increasing confidence and taking more control of life.
Do the effects last?
The feelings of relaxation may last for some time and clients are also shown techniques to use in their daily lives that reinforces what has been brought about in therapy. If the core problem is not identified then a similar or new problem could arise. This is why it is important to explore the problem properly.
Can I be hypnotised?
The simple answer is only if you want to be. Most of us have experienced a hypnotic trance before e.g deeply engrossed in some music. Hypnotherapy is not reliant on hypnosis. There are other tools that can be used to bring about change.
Will I remember what happens?
A hypnotic trance is not sleep and you will always be in control, you are able to come out of trance whenever you wish. Part of hypnotherapy involves discussing out of trance how you are going to apply your new skills in your life.
How many sessions will I need?
For some people problems resolve quickly, after one or two sessions, for others a little longer. People may have had their obstacles a long time and time is required to resolve them. It is not possible at the outset to say how many sessions are required, however, hypnotherapy is usually a brief therapy.
Will I be made to do something silly?
Forget the “dancing like a chicken” scenario. Your welfare and well being are very important to me and it would go against my professional ethics to bring about any embarrassment or make you do anything against your will.
Will I reveal my personal secrets?
It would be highly unethical to make you give any information you do not want or need to give. You have control and can choose what to tell me. People may need to share difficult memories and thoughts so that they can make helpful changes in their lives. You will choose what you wish to share in an honest and open therapy session.