Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis and what is hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind – have you ever been so engrossed in watching a TV programme, or in reading a book that you are not consciously aware of your surroundings? That is similar to a hypnotic state; I will help you to achieve hypnosis through relaxation. In a relaxed state I can work with your subconscious mind to help you make the positive changes you want to make.
What is your subconscious mind? It is the amazing part of your mind that takes care of all the automatic biological processes in your body e.g. breathing, digestion, cell renewal etc. It is also where your memories are stored; it is the creative, emotional, imaginative part of you. It is where habits are formed and stored and also where self-beliefs are held.
In hypnotherapy we communicate with your subconscious to make the changes that you desire. You may have tried to make some changes yourself, but sometimes your subconscious mind ‘blocks’ your efforts, and using conscious willpower alone is not always enough. Your conscious mind is more rational and logical, so in hypnotherapy we ‘rest’ your conscious mind through relaxation and ask your imaginative subconscious mind to be open to positive change.
Our minds are very powerful; the connection between mind and body is gradually being more widely recognised and understood. We are gradually discovering more and more about how our minds are involved in emotional and physical healing.
Can Hypnosis and hypnotherapy work for everyone?
Yes it can, however the effectiveness of the hypnotherapy relies on a number of factors e.g. you have to be willing to be hypnotised and this undoubtedly depends on how much you want or need to change, and you have to have trust and confidence in your therapist. Whether you are strongly motivated to change, or if you just believe in the possibility of change you are in a great position for hypnotherapy to work for you. The magic ingredient in the hypnotherapy process is you.
Will I lose control when I’m hypnotised?
No, you will remain in control, even in your most relaxed state; if you wanted to you could leave the room without a problem.
A hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything against your will or against your ethical or moral judgement, or religious belief. Hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis which is purely for your entertainment, the people you see on stage ‘clucking like chickens’ are always willing volunteers. I work strictly within a code of ethics and the hypnotherapy that I provide is designed to address the changes that you identify as the changes you want to make to achieve your goals; it is definitely all about you.
….and you cannot get stuck in trance, although sometimes it’s very tempting to stay there as it is such a relaxing experience!
With practice you can learn self-hypnosis and will be able to slip into a trance state for hypnotherapy very easily.
Please contact me to discuss how hypnotherapy could help you.