Frequently Asked Questions

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There are many preconceptions and not always correct beliefs about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. It is not magic or woo woo or fake, it is medically researched and hypnotherapists train in specific techniques including relaxation and NLP and often EFT and EMDR. When other therapies aren't working hypnotherapy can provide a different solution. A hypnotherapist is your guide, using a series of techniques and tools to allow you to find your answers, find your happy. 

Medical hypnotherapy has been used for many years and is still being used and studied by neuro-scientists who are seeing incredible results in many different areas.  Stage hypnosis has perhaps warped people's perceptions of hypnosis as a therapy - the most common question I get asked, will you turn me into a chicken - the simple answer is no.

 

Allow me to answer some of the most commonly asked questions to enable you to have a better understanding of this wonderful type of therapy. If you still have questions after reading through the FAQs, please give me a call or send me an email, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Why a free consultation?

Hypnotherapy isn't for everyone but it can work for anyone. The success of any kind of therapy is dependant on the understanding and identification of the unwanted thoughts, feelings or emotions that may be causing an individual to search for help. It is important to have some time to discuss and understand each clients needs before we start our first session so as to know the best type of therapy to deliver. 
A free consultation gives you the chance to understand the hypnotherapy process and to meet me in a relaxed environment. It may be that hypnotherapy isn't the best option and I will if possible signpost clients to other services that can help.

Can anyone go into hypnosis?

Every human being has the ability to enjoy the deep relaxation that being in a hypnosis induced trance state brings.

Each person is different, some people may go into hypnosis quickly and for others there may be a little bit of a fight with the conscious mind and it may take a little longer. The key to a successful hypnosis session is that the person wants to be put into hypnosis and is willing to allow it to happen. 

. Professional standards of conduct however mean that we refrain from hypnotising anyone under 5 years f age or with a severe mental health diagnosis. We would also say that someone who doesn't want to be hypnotised won't be - you are in control at all times.

What if I don't wake up?

There is no possibility of this happening - EVER.

When you are in Hypnosis you actually have heightened awareness, you will be aware of everything going on around you and will listen to and sometimes respond to the hypnotherapist when asked questions or to recall memories.  
Hypnosis is a state between sleep and awake - a natural place the we go to every night when we fall asleep and every morning when we awake. If your Hypnotherapist was to magically disappear unexplained during a session one of two things would happen - you would either naturally wake up - or fall asleep and wake up when you are ready

Will I tell my secrets? Say something I shouldn't?

Every human being has the ability to enjoy the deep relaxation that being in a hypnosis induced trance state brings.

Each person is different, some people may go into hypnosis quickly and for others there may be a little bit of a fight with the conscious mind and it may take a little longer. The key to a successful hypnosis session is that the person wants to be put into hypnosis and is willing to allow it to happen. 

. Professional standards of conduct however mean that we refrain from hypnotising anyone under 5 years f age or with a severe mental health diagnosis. We would also say that someone who doesn't want to be hypnotised won't be - you are in control at all times.

Under hypnosis will I act against my will?

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NO. NOT EVER. A person under hypnosis is in total control at all times. When you see Hypnotists on stage and people say " I would never act like a chicken" the chances are in the right environment that absolutely would and lets remember one of the main conditions of hypnosis - the person has to want to be hypnotised, people volunteering for a stage show are the most engaging and the most wanting to be hypnotised. You will occasionally see a hypnotist send someone back tot heir seat - this will be when the subconscious isn't taking on the suggestion and the person isn't "performing" because they don't want to act out the suggestion.
Hypnosis is totally safe. Clients will only accept the suggestion that he/she considers "good" in their own interest, and within their own moral codes and ethics.

What can hypnotherapy do?

Hypnotherapy can help with many different things. It can help with relaxation and stress reduction, unresolved issues from the past, worries and anxieties about the present and the future and more. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing.

How many sessions will it take?

This is dependant on the individual and the desired outcome of the therapy. Generally however it is rare that any unwanted feeling or emotion cannot be accessed and processed within 3/4 sessions. Many of my services are packaged up into three sessions. Smoking cessation will generally be 2 sessions. I would never guarantee anything to work in one session, for the therapist to build a relationship and rapport takes time and the amount of therapy needed can vary from one individual to another. I personally work on a minimum of 3 sessions for any one desired outcome, we will then review and add on one at a time as and when needed but this is not usually the case.