Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is a state of deep relaxation that is accompanied by heightened awareness and increased suggestibility. It’s a very natural state of mind that we’re all familiar with and experience many times during the day, often without realising - think about all of times that you’ve drifted off into a daydream, or reached your destination at the end of a drive and can’t recall the entire journey, or when you’ve been fully engrossed in a book, game or film. That’s trance! It’s a very pleasant and relaxed state.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that combines hypnosis and therapeutic techniques. Whilst we are in trance we are much more receptive to positive suggestions and ideas at a subconscious level, which can help to bring about positive changes to behaviours, thoughts and feelings.
What is NLP?
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s. It’s the study and practise of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. However, there are many ways to explain NLP, as it’s such a wide ranging discipline.
A good way to think of NLP is as the user manual for your brain, as it’s like learning the language of your own mind. It’s a set of tools and techniques to allow you to change your thoughts and behaviours to help achieve the results you want.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of eye movement therapy that was originally developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. Whilst walking in a park she realised that her eye movements appeared to help her to reduce the negative emotion associated with some unpleasant memories. She decided to explore this further and developed EMDR for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and since then it’s been used to effectively treat a wide range of other issues.
What is EMDR?
Yes - you will remain in complete control at all times. No hypnotist or hypnotherapist can make you do anything you would not want to do, or anything that is against your principles or moral beliefs. This is because you remain selective, so your subconscious mind will only accept suggestions that support your goals and will reject any that don’t fit with you. You’ll be fully aware at all times and just as you can go into trance, you’ll be able to open your eyes at any time to bring yourself out of trance… but you’ll probably feel so nice and relaxed that you just won’t want to!
Will I still be in control during hypnosis?
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised if they want to be. However, if someone doesn’t want to be hypnotised then they won’t, as they remain in control at all times. As long as you allow yourself to relax then you’re halfway there, and I can guide you the rest of the way into a the pleasant and relaxed state of trance.
Everyone is different and the number of sessions required will vary depending on your individual needs and how committed you are to change. Hypnotherapy is not considered to be a long-term therapy so we will work together to get you to where you want to be in the shortest number of sessions.
Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and the most important factors are your motivation, participation, effort and commitment as ultimately it you who is in control. Each session will build on the last to help you achieve your goals.
How many hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
To begin with usually once every 1-2 weeks ideally, to allow your subconscious mind to process all of the changes you’ve made and for you to fully experience any benefits. We’ll then reassess and adjust as necessary, as it will depend on individual needs and progress.
How frequently will I need hypnotherapy sessions?
Should your question not have been answered above then please contact me.