FAQs

What is hypnosis?
The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word Hypnos which means sleep. Hypnosis can be described as a state of physical relaxation accompanied by focused attention which leads to a natural state of trance. It is natural for us to go in and out of trance at various times throughout the day. A common example is when you are driving and you reach your destination without consciously being aware of how you got there. Whilst driving you have managed to allow your mind to wandering and think of other things – maybe planning your day – but recognising that if the lights changed to red for example, or someone walked out in front of you that you would stop day dreaming and respond to those signals.
 
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy is hypnosis practiced in a therapeutic clinical setting with a trained practitioner. The hypnosis may be used as either a stand-alone technique or in conjunction with other therapies such as psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, coaching and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
 
When should I see a hypnotherapist?
Hypnotherapy is used to get rid of old behaviours, patterns, beliefs, and thoughts in order to manifest new ideas to meet your desires and goals for being a healthier and happier person. It can be beneficial for a range of issues that we all face from time to time. Typically issues such as anxiety, stress, grief, phobias and motivation respond well to hypnotherapy, as do changing unwanted habits and responses such as smoking cessation, sleep disorders, fear of public speaking, reaching goals and weight loss. Modern clinical hypnosis has more recently been used to help manage pain.
 
Is hypnotherapy for you?
For some, hypnotherapy will be a new experience. It is a natural, safe and effective way to bring about rapid change for adults, children and seniors. I find that some of my clients have tried various methods or therapies in the past to change their unwanted behaviour or responses with negative results. They have been delighted with the results they have had with hypnotherapy. My requirements of you are:
  • You are ready to change
  • You are willing to learn
  • You are ready to do the work it takes to reach your goal
  • You are prepared to take responsibility for your decisions and actions
 How many sessions will I need?
The average number of sessions varies but is usually anywhere between 1 and 6 sessions per person.
 
What age should I be to receive hypnotherapy?
It is safe and effective for treating adults, children and seniors.
 
How does it work?
Hypnosis is used to influence the subconscious mind to accept new programming for positive life changes. You will only accept messages that are compatible with your beliefs. If you are not comfortable with a suggestion being made you can open your eyes and not accept the message. Unlike many other methods that people use for change, hypnosis works by allowing the therapist to “by-pass” the conscious mind - which is the part of you that provides all the excuses for you not being able to do something! – to directly communicate with your sub-conscious mind, enabling you to make life enhancing changes and bring about real quality of life outcomes.

What can I expect it to feel like?
Each person experiences hypnosis differently. For most people they simply feel relaxed. It is a normal state of mind which most people go in and out of every day. You will be aware of everything around you, and remember most, if not all, that happened in the session. You can also reject any suggestion made by the therapist if it is against your beliefs. You will not do anything, or act in any way, that is contrary to what you would do if in a fully conscious state of awareness. I can guarantee that you will not “cluck like a chicken” (unless you particularly want to) – that is for the stage hypnotists who choose people who have a desire to be outrageous! You will be able to come out of hypnosis at any stage, if you want to.

How long does it take to see results?
Some clients will see changes immediately whilst others may require more sessions. Each individual can respond differently.