What is hypnosis?

1 What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis refers to a state or condition in which the subject / client becomes highly responsive to suggestions. For therapeutic purposes it is generally a relaxed state that you can be guided into where your subconscious mind becomes more open to suggestions. It is the subconscious part of your mind that plays the greatest part in your life. The conscious mind is just the tip of the iceberg. It is also a natural state that we often slip into many times during the course of the day. We do this when watching television, reading books and daydreaming (to name but a few). Many hypnotists—myself included—look at it as a situation where a person has a narrow field of focus, wherein they are highly receptive.

Although hypnosis is not sleep, the therapist will often require the individual to be in a relaxed and receptive state in which their imagination can be utilized fully. The subconscious mind is what dictates how we make the majority of our decisions. Quite often it rejects changes because it is happy with with the habits and mechanisms it uses to have us deal with life on a daily basis. When hypnotised, a person can focus on their needs and use the process to make changes and bypass that part within them that rejects change. This recjection is often so simple such as that it has been doing something out of habit. Doing the same thing and carrying on in the same way is easier to the subconscious mind than change!

2. Can I be hypnotised?

Yes. We all experience hypnosis in one form of another at some point in our lives, usually on a daily basis! Have you ever been driving, on a familiar journey and arrived at your destination without really noticing the journey? That’s a form of hypnosis. Maybe even so engrossed in a film or television show that you were oblivious to what was going on around you? Once again, that was a form of hypnosis. In hypnotherapy the client is relaxed until the point where a trance is induced. The depth of this trance is often determined by the work that needs to be done.

3. Can I get trapped in hypnosis?

No. If a trance is not terminated by the hypnotherapist then the client may fall asleep, but it is more likely that after a time they would get bored and sit up and leave. It is not possible to get trapped in hypnosis.

4. Will I be aware of what is happening?

For the most part you will yes. We say mostly because there may be times in hypnosis where a person doesn’t recall all that is being said because it is simply not important for their conscious mind to pay attention. The subconscious mind however pays attention to everything. Hypnosis is not the same as sleep and so you will recall pieces of information but not all what was said word for word.

5. How will it feel?

One of the key things we tell our clients in the talk before the treatment begins is not to expect to feel hypnotised! We are not modern Svengali’s who take control. What is likely is that you will find the whole experience to be a very relaxing one. Some people report feeling a slight tingling sensation, warming up or cooling down and some ask if they were asleep at any point as they could not consciously recall all that was said. Simply expect the experience to be a pleasant one and you are unlikely to be disappointed. Also during a hypnosis session, time (at the end of the session) can sometimes ‘feel distorted’. The session may have lasted an hour but you may feel it was only a few minutes and at other times the session may feel as though it were 90 minutes or more when the session was only 50 minutes. This phenomena in hypnosis is refereed to as “time distortion”.

6. Will I lose control?

No. The client always remains in control. The therapist is there to guide them into a relaxed state in which the therapy can take place and be taken on by the subconscious mind (which is the dominant part of our being). Your subconscious mind has a very important job. It is there to protect you and any suggestions made under hypnosis that go against the very grain of your subconscious mind and your own ethics and morals will be rejected outright.

7. How long does a session last?

This is all highly dependent on the what it is that you would like help with. Before hypnosis you can expect to have an interview to discuss what it is you would like help with and in doing so the therapist will ask several pertinent questions. The hypnosis itself can be short or relatively long. It is all very subjective. There will also be an out-take interview to discuss what was done and how you found it to be. On average you can expect to be with us for not less than 90 minutes on your first session and subsequently usually no longer than 60 – 75 minutes.

8. How many appointments will I need?

This is all dependent on the client and what their specific needs are. Most issues can be resolved within four sessions. Deep-rooted issues may take longer to work with than others. Client questionnaires and pre-treatment interviews normally help to unearth what may appear to be the problem but hypnosis often helps to show what the real root cause for the issue was.

As we are all different one person can take to hypnotic suggestion better than another and so for many clients it will need to be taken on a session to session basis.

9. How do I pay?

We only accept cash in payments for sessions.

10. What research has been done into the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Back in 1955 the British Medical Association (BMA) issued a report stating that hypnosis was a valuable medical tool. The same organisation stated that they recognised the hypnotic state as far back as 1892. In 1958 the American Medical Association also publicly recognised hypnosis as a valid form of treating medical issues.

In fact, the “New Scientist” (vol 136 issue 1845 – 31 October 1992), concluded that when it came to stopping smoking “Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little”.

In fact, when it comes to the power of hypnosis and medicine, there are now doctors who use hypnosis in place of a chemical general or local anaesthetic because it is safer, easier to administer and promotes faster healing than conventional methods.

The BMA also noted that “A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobias, obesity and anxiety”.

11. Do you work with children?

Yes we can work with children. Children under 5 we will not work with as it is largely believed that they cannot be properly hypnotised. For children between the ages of 5 and 16 we would require a parent or guardian to be present. Be aware though that many issues that children have can stem from the parents. Knowing this is important before we begin the journey. It is rarely the case that an adult has meant any harm but we all absorb information into our subconscious and process it in different ways, building up defences and changing our behavioural patterns in ways that make little or no sense to the conscious mind. In our premises we have a treatment room and an ajoining office. When we carry out sessions with children we aks the parent or guardian to sit in the adjoining office with the office door remaiming open and the child can be in full view during the whole of the session whilst the hypnotherapist remains out of view behind the conecting wall sveral feet away from where the child is sitting.

12. Is it safe?

Absolutely. Hypnosis itself has no dangerous side-effects and if there were any problem such as a fire alarm going off, the client would simply open their eyes and proceed to leave the room. Under hypnosis the client is simply taken into a relaxed and safe state where issues can be addressed. The whole point of hypnotherapy is to relax and make positive changes.

13. Will I be able to speak?

Yes. For most therapeutic treatments only a light trance is required and for therapeutic purposes the client is often required to speak at times during hypnosis.

14. Will I give away secrets?

You will not give away any secrets under hypnosis. In fact you won’t say anything to the therapist in hypnosis that you wouldn’t say when in the normal “waking” state. Under hypnosis the memory can be accessed much more easily but if there were something you discovered there that you wanted to keep to yourself, the hypnotherapist would not be able to find out what it was. Your moral and ethical code remain intact at all times.

15. What can I expect from Hypnotherapy?

Before any treatment begins you will be briefed on what is involved and asked some questions about yourself by the therapist so as they can get a better idea of how to approach the issue(s) that are presented. The hypnosis itself will more than likely be a pleasant experience and will lead to changes in how your subconscious mind operates. Once the trance state is terminated you can expect a discussion about how you felt during the session and, if necessary, how we are to proceed.

16. Can hypnosis help with medical issues?

Yes, hypnosis can help with many medical issues.

17. How soon will I feel the benefit of the hypnosis session?

Benefits of the hypnosis session can start once the hypnosis session is over and can last a lifetime.  With subsequent hypnosis sessions the aim is to build layer upon layer of new habits and delete  old unwated habits and create new ideas and strategies for achieving anything that you, the client may want out of your life.


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