Hypnotherapy: Frequently Asked Questions
How does hypnosis work?
There is nothing mysterious or supernatural about hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation – the result of a series of well-understood psychological techniques. You don’t fall asleep or lose consciousness… you will hear my voice at all times and you will be fully aware of everything that’s happening. Most important, you will remain in full control!
This state of relaxation – together with suggestion and visualisation – secures positive changes in the way you feel, helping you move forward by banishing negative feelings and emotions and replacing them with more positive thoughts and beliefs.
One of the most exciting things about hypnotherapy is the speed with which positive change can be achieved.
What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
Ninety per cent of hypnotherapy is… therapy. The conversation we have at the beginning of the session will help me understand what you want to achieve. This can be time-consuming, but it’s important if I’m to do my best to help you move forward.
Powerful psychological techniques such as dissociation – which reduces fear by making troubling memories feel ‘safer’ – overcome fears and anxieties in an entirely natural and comfortable process.
Negative feelings and emotions reside in the imagination – but the imagination can also be a powerful resource which helps you create a more healthy and optimistic sense of who you are, and what you can achieve. Working together, we will find a solution.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy is especially helpful with issues that are stress or anxiety related – as most are. It might surprise you to know that the mind works more on imagination than it does on reality or logic. If our minds worked logically all the time, there wouldn’t be any need for therapists!
Using hypnosis, we can change the way you think about things, and by doing that, we can change the way you feel about them, and feel about yourself. Once you have control over that, you’ll soon forget about the things that used to bother you. We will address the things we talked about and this is when the real ‘change work’ takes place. I will guide you – but you will be in the driving seat at all times.
The hypnosis reinforces everything we’ve decided on and makes it ‘stick.’ This is the beginning of change – you will feel relaxed and start to become aware of a growing sense of confidence and positivity. This involves some ‘mental gymnastics’ and my overall approach is quite unique. Even if challenges arise in the future, you will have the tools and techniques to help you get back on track.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Being hypnotised is just like daydreaming, or the feeling you experience before you nod off at night. You may experience feelings of well-being during hypnosis and you’ll also feel mentally and physically calm.
Your mind will be absolutely focused on the suggestions that will help you move forward and let go of all negative feelings and emotions. As your focus increases, your mind will become open to new ideas. What happens during the session is specific to your individual needs, and whatever we talk about will remain confidential.
How should I prepare for the session?
It’s best not to eat a large meal or drink strong coffee or alcohol before your session. I also advise you to wear comfortable clothing. If you wear contact lenses, you might be more comfortable if you remove them. All you need is a comfortable chair to sit in and a pillow or cushion to rest on your knees. All that matters is that we will be able to see and hear each other.
How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?
Most hypnotherapists spread the treatment over three or four sessions, but this is not how I work. I believe in getting life-changing results for the client in one session. This means that sessions can last up to three hours, but in that time we will absolutely get where we need to go. After all, what can we possibly discuss next week that we can’t talk about this week?
There is no time limit and you will have my full attention for as long as it takes. I can address most issues in one session.
Is hypnotherapy suitable for children?
Hypnotherapy for children and young people is effective and safe. Children can respond very well to hypnosis as they are naturally quite imaginative. I am willing to see children from age 13 or over providing there is a responsible adult with them.
Hypnotherapy can be very useful in overcoming exam stress, improving concentration, and helping with low self-esteem. Also with confidence, perspective and anxiety in teenagers.