A few common questions asked by clients
Is Hypnotherapy safe?
Yes, hypnotherapy is very safe, it is a natural state of mind. Hypnosis has been around for a very long time and its history goes through many different cultures as far back to the Egyptians in 1550BC. In fact we often go into states of hypnosis each day when we are doing processes on auto pilot such as tying shoelaces, reading, watching tv and even speaking. Whilst these actions only require a light state it is still a change of state. With therapeutic hypnosis you simply go into a deeper state to access the subconscious mind, which is how it makes change possible.
What are common misconceptions about hypnosis?
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis which can lead people away from it or prevent them from seeking help for their conditions. Some people think that all you need to do is lie down, close your eyes, and the hypnotist will take over. It doesn't work like that at all. Hypnosis is a state of mind where you are more receptive to suggestions from the person who's hypnotizing you.
People can often be fearful of being made to do something they don't want to whilst in hypnosis, or of losing control or being given instructions to do silly things. Whilst there are hypnosis shows out there for entertainment value, this is not what you would find in a hypnotherapy environment. At the end of the day you are not coming to see me to dance like a chicken and I really cannot see any reason in a therapeutic environment for that to happen, it also would be very unethical for me to do anything that would make you feel uncomfortable and is not in the format of any of my sessions with any client.
Will I fall asleep?
No, whilst you can use hypnosis to help you fall asleep that wouldn’t be practical at the hypnotherapists office! Although we do use the term sleep in hypnosis we are referring to a deeply relaxed state as if you are asleep. In this altered state we are able to speak to your unconscious mind to make the changes you want. Once that has been achieved you are instructed to come back to the room and you will find yourself awake and alert after a very relaxing and restful experience.
It is important to note here that during hypnosis you will hear everything i say, you will be aware of everything around you, you are in control and you cannot get stuck in hypnosis.
How do I know if I can be hypnotised?
If you are able to follow a set of instructions then you can be hypnotised. In fact every day we all experience a form of hypnosis many times. Have you ever driven somewhere and once arriving at your destination thought how did i get here or unable to recall all of the journey? This is known as highway hypnosis.
You may also have been totally engrossed in a movie or book and not heard someone speaking to you again this is a form of light trance.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No, there are no records of anyone ever becoming stuck in hypnosis. That is because hypnosis is a naturally occurring state. If whilst you were in hypnosis and your hypnotherapist suddenly died, you would not be forever stuck in hypnosis, you would just fall into a normal sleep and wake up as you normally would.
Will hypnosis make me say and do things I don’t want to?
During hypnosis you remain completely in control. If you don’t want to say or do something then you wont. Hypnotherapy is nothing like in the movies and very different to stage hypnosis. If you do decide to say something you can be safe in the knowledge that sessions are kept confidential.
Are there any conditions that hypnotherapy isn’t suitable for?
Whilst hypnotherapy is a great tool in helping many people there are some conditions (schizophrenia, epilepsy & clinical depression) that require extra caution and care. For these conditions it is always advised that you speak to your GP/Psychiatrist first to get their consent and then inform your hypnotherapist to make sure that they have the skill set to work with these conditions.
What will happen during a hypnosis session?
During a hypnosis session you will sit or lie down (whichever makes you feel more comfortable). You will then be asked to close your eyes and begin to relax. During the session your therapist will ask you to imagine scenes/scenarios and once your conscious mind has become suppressed they will then speak to your unconscious mind. Once this has been completed, you will be instructed to come back to the room.
During hypnosis you may feel heavy or weightless, you will be able to hear everything that is said to you, you will have a heightened state of awareness, you are able to move if you want to. It feels like that stage you reach where you are just about to fall asleep. It is a very pleasant experience and everyone i have worked with always comments on how relaxed they felt and how amazing they feel after.
Afterwards you may feel a little disorientated for a moment or two and you may have some tingling in your arms and legs for a minute or so as your body changes from a deeply relaxed state to being wide awake. This is not unpleasant and is just like the first moments when you wake up in the morning.
Can hypnosis be done over the internet?
Yes, hypnotherapy online is becoming more and more popular. Hypnosis is just as effective when done online as it is face to face.
Here are some of the benefits of online hypnotherapy
- No need to travel, resulting in less time needing to be booked out of your day.
- Generally we relax better in our own homes and environments.
- Pandemic safe.
- Save money on travel costs.
- Accessible from anywhere in the world, enjoy your appointment whilst on a business trip or holiday.
- Reduces the stress of the journey, finding the place, parking and being in a new environment.
What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
The benefits of hypnotherapy vary from person to person and depend on the problem that is being addressed. Some of the most common benefits include:
- relief from anxiety or panic attacks
- relief from certain types of pain
- relief from insomnia
- relief from fear, fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of spiders.
What are the limitations of hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique that uses hypnosis to help individuals overcome certain problems and conditions. It is mostly used for treating different types of mental health disorders such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, and addictions.
Just like with medication you can't always be guaranteed a cure. You get out of it what you put in. There is still an element of personal responsibility and if you are determined to continue to have that bad habit such as smoking then even hypnotherapy will not work for you. In order for it to work you must be willing for the change to happen, want them to happen and to do or stop doing things to make them happen.
Is it possible to be hypnotized without being aware of it?
Hypnosis is a phenomenon in which people undergo a state of deep relaxation, characterized by extreme suggestibility, in which they are more open to ideas and suggestions coming from others.
The answer is No.
The person being hypnotized is aware of the hypnosis process because it is happening in their subconscious mind. They are not unaware of what's going on around them while they are hypnotized.