Frequently asked questions
What is hypnosis really about?
There is no one single definition of hypnosis but we could define it as a focused mindset, where the subject’s focus is on their inner experiences (such as thoughts, feelings and imagery), and away from their immediate realities and concerns.
When we daydream this is quite like it is when we are in Hypnosis. Have you ever had the feeling that you can’t remember arriving at a place when you were only just driving a few minutes ago? That is a similar feeling to how it feels being in hypnosis. Similarly, if we are absorbed in a film or tv show, we can temporarily lose focus on other aspects of our lives. Hypnosis can enable creative thinking and the ability to perceive different perspectives on existing problems.
What does it feel like being in hypnosis?
For some people it can feel like a very pleasant deep relaxation. However, hypnotherapy can be used with different mindsets to achieve certain feelings and cognitions, it can also give you a boost of energy and improve motivation.
People in hypnosis often say that they can still hear all that is going on around them and that it does not take away from the overall experience.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Anyone who is capable of becoming absorbed in an activity can, I believe, with the correct will and determination experience hypnosis. The more you believe it will work then the more it actually does work. Of course this takes an active participation in the therapeutic process and the desire to succeed.
Hypnosis is not suitable for people with certain conditions such as dementia or learning difficulties, or for very young children, because they may have difficulties with comprehension, lack the necessary attention span, or do not have a fully developed sense of their identity.
What if hypnotherapy does not work for me or is not suitable for me?
If this is the case, then I will be able to refer you to the correct professionals who may be more suited to helping you.
Will I remain in control of my actions and functions?
Hypnosis is not something that is ‘done to you’. You can choose to follow my suggestions, or not.
In order to gain the maximum benefits of hypnotherapy to work you need to be fully engaged in the process. This in turn will reap benefits.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis and not get back to normality?
No. But if you are in a setting where it is safe for you to go to sleep, you can drift from hypnosis into sleep.
What do you do in your hypnotherapy sessions?
I follow a set procedure which includes the following elements:
- Initial assessment of your problem and how it affects you, and what resources you need to help you meet your therapy goal;
- ensuring you have the correct information and expectations about clinical hypnotherapy;
- agreed development of your individual therapy plan;
- a number of tailor-made therapy sessions during which you are invited to engage your imagination in ways that will help you achieve your aims;
- suggested tasks for you to practice at home to develop your skills and build on what you have learned during sessions;
- regular progress reviews and feedback about your experience in order to make the therapy process more effective.
How many sessions do you think I will I need?
Each client is an individual who experiences their condition in a unique and personal way. The number of sessions needed, and their duration, will depend on your particular issue and how you respond to therapy. After the initial consultation, I will tell you how many sessions I think you will need, and we will continue to review your progress as we go and adjust the timescale of your therapy accordingly if so needed.
You may experience a quick improvement in your underlying condition and this may result in fewer sessions being required.
Four to six sessions are typically all that is required to deal with a wide variety of problems and conditions. However the amount of sessions can vary considerably as each person is individual and responds in their own way and time.