Hypnosis FAQ

Hypnosis – coming from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ (meaning sleep) was so-called because while in the state of Hypnosis, a person is very, very relaxed. While a person is in this more relaxed state, they find it easier to accept beneficial suggestions (e.g. “you are now a nonsmoker”) and their memory is enhanced. There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated, or even induced into a deep trance state.

A person in hypnosis (often referred to as conscious hypnosis) is not ‘asleep’; they are often more aware of what is taking place than usual and their senses function more efficiently than normal.It is unfortunate that most people’s perception of Hypnosis is tainted by their reaction to watching television and stage hypnotists at work. The ‘showmanship’ and the dramatic reactions from the ‘volunteers’ often leaves a lasting impression in the back of the mind that Hypnosis is somehow ‘magical’ or involves ‘mind control’ – however, this understanding of Hypnosis couldn’t be further from the truth….The state of hypnosis, a totally natural phenomenon, is most pleasant and particularly relaxing, and a person can converse quite easily whilst within the state.

It is inconceivable that any harm could befall them. Indeed, the centuries-old technique of hypnosis is being used increasingly as an adjunct to orthodox medicine, where it is proving a valuable alternative to drugs for anesthesia, accelerating healing, relieving stress and controlling pain.

During hypnosis, you will probably experience a feeling of mental and physical relaxation and your memory may be enhanced. You will find that I am a caring professional person, with a reassuring manner to put you at ease and the expertise to help you with your problem.

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention which facilitates resourcefulness. It’s a naturally occurring state of mind that can bring the body and mind into a safe, natural state of relaxation.

What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis, and the mind’s own natural abilities, to resolve issues, relieve emotional burdens and achieve personal goals. It is a safe, effective process. It involves the client and therapist working together to bring about positive changes in how they think, feel and act.

What is a Hypnoanalysis?
Hypnoanalysis is one of many psychotherapeutic techniques that can be used during hypnotherapy. Analysis while in hypnosis allows a person to permanently remove symptoms by discovering, re-experiencing and resolving the original cause.

Is Hypnosis Safe?
Yes. Hypnosis is safe because your cooperation allows it, you are in control the whole time. Hypnosis has been approved by the British Medical Association in 1955 and the American Medical Association in 1958. The American Psychological Association approved hypnosis as a science in 1960. For over 200 years prior to official recognition medical and psychological professionals were using hypnosis to benefit their patients. Everyone has already experienced hypnosis thousands of times whether they are aware of it or not. Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and lose track of time, or when you are focusing on a book or television program and you don’t even notice something that is going on around you. You are not asleep, and you are in control. It’s an imaginative free-floating and pleasant state of mind where you’re far more aware than usual but also a lot more focused.

Am i in Control? What about Stage Hypnosis?
A Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to, even if it’s good for you. Forget what you’ve seen in the movies and on TV, you are actually more in control of your mind & body during hypnosis than at any other time because your attention is focused. Clinical hypnosis is very different from stage hypnosis, so you will not be asked to do anything that is foolish or useless. Hypnosis requires your consent and rather than someone controlling you, its purpose in Hypnotherapy is to enable you to feel more in control of your own life. Stage hypnosis is entertainment, where a willing member of the audience volunteers to demonstrate the power of their imagination.

What is the difference between the Conscious and Subconscious?
The conscious part of our mind deals with reasoning, calculating, analyzing and remembering what we need to get through the day. The Subconscious houses all of our permanent memories, creativity, belief systems perceptions and programmed habits and behaviour. Hypnotherapy can bring the Subconscious back in harmony with the Conscious, so our experience reflects what we want, not what we are conditioned to accept.

Who Can Be Hypnotised?
Anyone who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotised if they choose to do so. Hypnosis cannot be done against a person’s will, and is safe and effective for adults, teenagers and children. Studies conducted at Stanford University have shown that intelligence is not an important factor in determining an individual’s ability to respond favorably to hypnosis; although statistically there is some evidence to indicate that persons with higher intelligence and greater creative abilities tend to be somewhat more responsive to suggestion. In fact the ability to be hypnotised is often a learned trait. You can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better and better at it as you practice self hypnosis. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. It is impossible to get “stuck” in hypnosis. You are awake, aware, and in control the whole time.

What can it help?
Hypnotherapy can be used to improve, and in many cases entirely remove, any symptom or challenge that are caused by emotions, habits, behaviour or psychological issues. Experts now agree that many life problems, including physical disease, have underlying causative factors that are predominantly psychological or emotional. Hypnotherapy works well with any issue involving psychological/emotional factors. Resolving a problem that’s “inside you but out of your control” can give you your life back. As well as resolving problems, many now use hypnotherapy to improve performance in sport, business, study, the arts and personal relationships.

Why Should I choose Hypnotherapy Now?
Hypnotherapy is a tool that can help you, just like it has helped millions of other people, to take back control of their lives. Hypnosis is a very extremely efficient, scientifically proven, state of mind often referred to by artists and athletes as ‘the zone’. The naturally relaxed state of hypnosis allows individuals to make rapid enhancements to their lives through a process of learning appropriate new beliefs, breaking unwanted habits, changing negative behaviour patterns, overcoming learned limitations and removing the root cause of your symptoms