What is Hypnosis?

To understand hypnosis, it’s useful to understand your subconscious mind. This is the part of your mind that is the most powerful, containing infinite wisdom and a very deep level of intelligence. It is your untapped resource for creativity and imagination. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration, a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a non-addictive process and it’s a natural manifestation of the mind at work. Hypnosis is a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation.  It is similar to that moment between knowing you are awake and going into the sleep state.

Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

No. You are awake and alert, aware of everything that is happening throughout the session. Many people after a session of hypnosis don’t believe that they were hypnotised at all, but that comes from misconceptions of what a ‘trance’ actually is.

What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness where your mind is open and receptive to suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy where a hypnotherapist works in partnership with the client, using hypnosis as a primary tool for assisting clients to achieve their goals. A hypnotherapist often differs from other therapists by focusing on the role of subconscious behaviours and influences on the client’s life. The hypnotherapist finds out what false beliefs are (i.e. what is holding the client back) and reprograms these thought patterns, so the client can move forward achieving the desired outcome).

Is Hypnotherapy Safe?

Absolutely, Hypnotherapy is completely safe. You enter hypnosis via a deep relaxation technique and your exit is safe, controlled and relaxed at all times. You are aware and in control at every moment. You cannot be made to do something against your will. You are not asleep and you cannot get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis.  Hypnotherapy is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience

Can I be hypnotised?

In the hands of a trained professional, virtually anyone can be hypnotised – some more easily than others. Because hypnosis is a state you naturally enter everyday, it will surprise you how easy it is – when you feel comfortable – to relax into a hypnotic state. Like any skill we can all improve in being hypnotised with regular practice.

How does hypnotherapy feel?

You already know what hypnosis feels like, because you have experienced natural hypnotic states every day of your life, when daydreaming or driving or watching TV. These are those pleasant, dreamlike states where we “drift off”. and suddenly, you realise that you haven’t seen any of what’s been going on for the last five minutes, because you’ve been thinking about something else, and just weren’t concentrating on what you were watching

The Safe, Intentional Hypnosis we use during your sessions is entering these same, natural states deliberately and with awareness. It is a systematic method that allows you to enter these “dreamlike states” and communicate directly with your subconscious and issue new suggestions or instructions. These suggestions are tailor-made for your individual needs, and will be made for you by your hypnotherapist. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience! Client’s often express that they feel like they’ve been under hypnosis for only 20 minutes, when actually it’s been very nearly an hour!

Will I remember anything?

You will probably remember most things, although this varies from person to person, and depending on how quickly and easily you go into hypnosis. The good news is you don’t need to remember much about the therapy part of a session in order to achieve the outcome you want, as these changes are taking place at an unconscious level. Your only job is to talk with your therapist about what you want and how you are feeling, so they can guide you to making the changes you seek more effectively.

Will I lose control & be influenced to anything against my will?

No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnotherapy is not about control by the hypnotherapist, it’s about working together to empower the client and create the changes they wish to see in their life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which also involves people, giving consent to participate and have fun carrying out instructions from the stage Hypnotist.

How deep in Hypnosis will I go?

Clients go as deep or as light into hypnosis as they need to go, to get the results they need. The more meditational or hypnosis experience one has, the easier one drops down into the altered receptive state to create change.

What if I Don’t Wake Up?

No one has ever got stuck in a terminal state of hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

What is NLP?

NLP is in a sense the language of your mind – breaking down how we think, process and store information, how we communicate and put together patterns or behaviour and emotions. NLP often focus on moving towards a desired outcome, helping us to get very clear on what is that we want and creating conditions that support a more favourable achievement of that goal, so has many complementary applications in therapy alongside hypnosis.

It is useful for your therapist to have a varied understanding of how to support you to make the changes you seek using both hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and with additional tools such as NLP.

Are the sessions confidential?

Absolutely!  None of your personal details will ever be passed on to anyone else, without for permission. Strict confidentiality is a requirement of AHA Code of Ethics .