1.What is Hypnosis? It is simply a natural state of relaxation and concentration, brought about by the suggestion of the therapist and the co-operation of you the client. Hypnosis is a relaxed state of consciousness which feels very much like daydreaming. In this light state of relaxation you are more open to suggestion and in this natural state your unconscious mind has the ability to accept (or reject) information or suggestions given to you by the Hypnotherapist.
2.Are there some people you cannot hypnotise? No. (Apart from those suffering a mental disability although the degree varies from person to person) If you are willing you are hypnotiseable.
There are instances in which Hypno-Psychotherapist may be contra-indicated. These could include some manifestations of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis, (e.g. schizophrenia) and some heart conditions and those suffering from severe breathing problems. In this case suggestion therapy may be best suited.
3.Can Children be hypnotized? Children respond well in hypnosis. Consent is always required from the parent or guardian. An adult must accompany minors, under the age of 18.
4.Will I be aware of what is happening? Yes, The predominant feeling of most people is “it did not work on me – I never went under” There is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling. It is merely a day dream state one that you access naturally and normally several times a day in your day to day life.
5.So, am I asleep then? No, you are simply extremely relaxed and aware. This is called “conscious Hypnosis”.
6.Is there any cause at all for concern? No, hypnosis is a proven therapeutic aid. Natural and effective.
7.How many visits will I need? Simpler problems like smoking, nail-biting, slimming, pre-test nerves etc., usually require 2-4 sessions and the success rate is surprisingly high. The more deep-rooted nervous disorders require Analytical rather than Suggestion Therapy and take 6-10/12 weekly sessions. Sessions generally last 60-90 mins.
8.Could I be made to do anything against my will? NO ! People visit Hypnotherapists to get more control over their lives, not less. This is not like stage hypnosis, the difference will be explained to you during your initial consultation. To be hypnotised you have to be a willing participate in the process. As your therapist I can not force you to say or do or reveal information you do not willingly want to.
There is no question of mind control what so ever. Between the conscious and the unconscious mind there is a gatekeeper called the critical barrier, and this barrier will reject any suggestion that are not congruent with your beliefs, values or morals.
9. How does hypnosis work? Hypnotherapy allows us to communicate with the unconscious mind and reinforce new patterns of behavior at a cellular level. The unconscious mind accounts for 90% of our daily activities, running our bodily functions, storing our memories and past experiences in a database and filtering information the brain receives every second into a manageable amount. During hypnosis, the unconscious mind accepts positive suggestions that will help us.
10. How does the hypnotherapy process work? You must be at a point where you want to change. Hypnotherapy makes it incredibly easier to achieve the changes you want and that you deserve. I am here to help you and guide you. I know how the mind works and how to navigate the mind to help you reach your goals, but you are the one doing the changing. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the best chance at creating the life you want.
11. What do Doctors think of hypnosis? Doctors have now begun to accept that hypnotherapy is a tool which can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine. Doctors recognize that 60% of our physical problems start in our minds, and stress, tension, anxiety and worry are the biggest factors in the increase of heart attacks and even death. Negative emotions can affect our health, our bodies, and our lives. All emotions come from the unconscious mind and can be altered positively during hypnotherapy.
12. Who may benefit from Hypnotherapy? The answer to this question is ‘virtually everyone’ Given that Hypnotherapy can be utilized to access a person’s inner resources and potential and added to the fact that probably very few are performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true.
However, it is not just potential which Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own bodies that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy is far too long and varied to list.