What is Hypnotherapy? FAQ
‘Hypnotherapy’ simply means – the therapy given whilst a person is experiencing the state of Hypnosis. The hypnotherapist (with the client’s consent) induces the state of hypnosis, and then proceeds to apply therapeutic techniques which are appropriate to the individual’s agreed goals, needs and desired outcomes. The techniques chosen will vary, depending upon the individuals specific requirements. Your hypnotherapist will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have, and offer a treatment plan for your specific needs. Weight loss, smoking cessation, eliminating phobias, IBS, stress and anxiety are but a few of the many conditions that hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a completely natural altered state of consciousness and which we all enter into, many times during the day. This occurs when you are concentrating on something of great interest, e.g. watching a great movie, or perhaps playing an interesting game on the computer. Examples of other forms of naturally occurring hypnosis can be daydreaming, and driving long distances over familiar roads – commonly referred to as [Highway Hypnosis]. With the client’s consent, the hypnotherapist induces this natural altered state of consciousness (hypnosis) to help him/her with a specific psychological, physiological or emotional problem, and then guide them towards their desired outcome.
The word ‘Hypnosis’ derives from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ – which means ‘Sleep’. Hypnosis is in fact not sleep but rather, it can resemble sleep when observing a person who is experiencing hypnosis. It is actually a more intense state of consciousness or level of awareness. The conscious or critical mind of a person becomes passive, and the subconscious creative mind becomes more dominant. Ancient scripts and documents verify that the use of Hypnosis for healing and behavioural change, is one of the oldest forms of therapy.
What it is not
Hypnosis is not Mind Control. Watching a hypnotism stage show can set the perception that the minds of the subjects are totally under the control of the hypnotist. When you consult with a hypnotherapist, you are always in control when you are experiencing the hypnotic trance.
Hypnosis is not a Cure. Whilst many people have experienced some rather amazing healing phenomena during hypnotherapy sessions, it is the persons own subconscious mind that can produce these results. Hypnosis in itself is merely the bridge to our deeper inner mind or creative intelligence. More importantly, it is the specific therapy that a person receives during hypnosis that can facilitate positive changes.
Can anyone be Hypnotised?
Yes, however with a couple of exceptions. Very young children may have some difficulty, and people who have suffered severe brain damage. Hypnotherapy’ is a consent state when consulting a hypnotherapist. A person may not be hypnotised against their will. Everyone can experience the hypnotic trance if they have the desire to do so, and they consent to the hypnotherapist inducing hypnosis.
How many appointments will I need?
Hypnotherapy is Short Term therapy with lasting results. Your Hypnotherapist will determine the number of appointments that you may require, to suit your specific needs. Each individual case will be subject to evaluation and desired outcomes agreed upon at the time of your first appointment. Some treatment programs are packaged, such as Smoking Cessation or Weight loss programs – see Consultation Fees page for more information.
Can Hypnosis help with general health and wellbeing?
Yes, many people benefit both physically and psychologically after experiencing hypnotic relaxation. Many have reported results such as speedy recovery after surgical procedures or illness, and a general positive feeling of well-being. Hypnosis is a powerful tool which can help in the healing process. It is a valuable complimentary adjunct in the promotion of general health and well-being.
What will I experience?
Whilst receiving Hypnotherapy, you will experience a deep mental and physical relaxation, and a general dulling of the peripheral sensories. You may experience pleasant feelings of numbness and detachment, tingling sensations, peaceful feelings and general body warmth. You will be aware of everything that the hypnotherapist says to you. People often surprise themselves when they discover that there is no loss of consciousness or control.