Q. What is hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis, which is often called trance, is like sleep, but not sleep. It is a perfectly safe and natural altered state of awareness which can spontaneously occur when we are relaxed and absorbed in something that has caught our attention. If you daydream, lose track of time or drive from A–B and struggle to remember some of your journey, you have been hypnotised.
Q. Is hypnosis Safe?
A. Yes, hypnosis is safe for almost every adult and child. Providing you are being treated by a highly qualified, professional and reputable hypnotherapist, and you have not been diagnosed with: epilepsy or seizures, a recent heart condition, bipolar affective disorder, dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia or other psychoses, hypnosis is perfectly safe.
Q. Are there any side-effects?
A. The only known side-effect is the possibility of falling asleep.
Q. Can anyone be hypnotised?
A. Yes, almost everyone can, but only if they want to be. Absolutely no one can be hypnotised against their will. Some people with attention deficit disorders, severe learning difficulties, certain brain injuries, Alzheimer’s or dementia may not be able to be hypnotised.
Q. Can children be hypnotised?
A. Absolutely! Any child, who is able to focus their attention for a little while, can be hypnotised. Children naturally drift into hypnosis around 800 times a day. Their imagination, natural curiosity openness can help make great changes happen comfortably, easily and quickly.
Q. Will I be asleep or unconscious?
A. Definitely not, you are just relaxed.
Q. How will I feel in hypnosis?
A. In hypnosis, you will feel comfortable, relaxed and not quite awake or asleep, similar to when you are drifting off to sleep at night or waking up in the morning.
Q. Do you lose control in hypnosis and can you be made to do anything?
A. Absolutely not! You are always in control in hypnosis, and can only be helped to do the things that you want to do. Stage hypnotists make it look as though they are in total control, but, they are definitely not. Whoever is hypnotised is in control at all times.
Q. Will I remember what happened in hypnosis?
A. Almost everyone remembers some of what happened during hypnosis. You tend to remember what you want to remember and forget what you need or want to forget. The things that you don’t consciously remember are stored in the unconscious.
Q. Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
A. Absolutely not, you might fall asleep in it, but you will wake up just as you would normally. If ever you want to break the trance state, you can always open your eyes.
Q. In hypnosis, will I know what is happening?
A. Because you are relaxed and not asleep, you have awareness, which means that you will be able to hear the everyday sounds as well as what I say. This doesn’t mean that you haven’t been hypnotised, and there are ways of proving that you have.
Q. What is hypnotherapy?
A. Hypnotherapy, which is often called clinical hypnosis, is the therapeutic use of hypnosis. Unlike any other therapy, it has the unique ability to access the subconscious mind: the root of most problems and the much more powerful and creative unconscious, which helps get fast effective relief from a wide range of symptoms, issues and conditions.
Q. How many hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
A. You can get results in as little as one session, but on average, 4-6 sessions are generally needed. Difficult cases may require more. The number of sessions you might need will be discussed during the initial consultation. But, the more committed and motivated you are, the fewer sessions you need.
Q. Are all hypnotherapists the same?
A. Absolutely not! Unfortunately, hypnotherapy is not regulated in the UK, which means that absolutely anyone with little, meaningless or no qualifications can call themselves a hypnotherapist. I am one of only about twelve hypnotherapists in the UK with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am also accredited as a diplomate of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.