There are many mistaken beliefs associated with hypnotherapy. You may also be unsure of what to expect. Some of the most frequently asked questions are set out below, but I am always happy to talk to you if you have any further questions.
What can I expect on initial contact?
I will have an initial telephone conversation with you when you will be able to ask any questions you may have. I will offer you an honest appraisal of whether I can help you. If you wish, an appointment can then be arranged to discuss your presenting problem in more detail.
The first session is 60 minutes. I will initially take a detailed case history from you and explain to you what hypnotherapy involves. I will work out a treatment plan for you and if you are happy to, we will start the hypnosis in this first session. I aim to offer the most effective treatment that is possible and positive results can often be seen after a small number of sessions. For certain conditions (exam nerves for example) this one session may be enough to resolve the problem.
Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes. As you become familiar with the experience of hypnotherapy, you may find that you are entering a deeper and more relaxing place each time. We will build on the positive effects of the previous hypnotherapy by using the healing ability of your own mind.
Many issues are resolved in 1 to 6 sessions. However, I am flexible in my approach and can adapt to your individual needs should a longer period of hypnotherapy be needed.
Why choose hypnotherapy?
The unconscious mind plays a very important role in our daily lives. It is responsible not only for the autonomic bodily functions such as blood circulation and breathing, but also for our emotions, feelings and habits. It therefore directs a large part of our behaviour. Our past experiences and memories are all stored away there, and the automatic thought patterns that are generated there enable us to effortlessly cope with the huge number of stimuli we meet in our daily lives. We simply could not function without this marvellous asset.
However, if any of these thought patterns are unwanted, they are very difficult to change because the subconscious mind is not normally accessible to us. Hypnosis allows you to access your subconscious mind and make changes that would be very hard to do with therapies carried out at the conscious level.
Is Hypnotherapy safe?
Hypnotherapy is approved by the British Medical Association, and is very safe with no side effects. Hypnosis should not be used on people suffering from epilepsy, psychosis or schizophrenia.
What does hypnosis feel like?
The experience is slightly different for everyone, but you will always feel pleasantly relaxed and comfortable. You may feel a sense of daydreaming, but also heightened awareness in which your attention is focused internally. You will always be fully in control and aware of what is happening. Afterwards you feel revitalised and refreshed.
Will I be asleep?
No, you will be aware of what is happening throughout the whole session. You will be deeply relaxed, but you could open your eyes and stop the session at any point if you wanted to.
Supposing I cannot be hypnotised?
Provided you are willing to be hypnotised, then you can be hypnotised. It is true that some people respond better than others, but the great majority respond very well, and everyone responds well enough to benefit.
Will you have control of my mind?
Absolutely not, you are in complete control at all times under hypnosis. The hypnotherapist’s role is to help you gain more control of your own mind. By helping you to relax deeply, the positive changes that you desire can be suggested to the subconscious mind. Your mind will be open to positive suggestion, but equally it will reject anything it does not agree with. You will not say or do anything you do not want to.
But I have seen stage hypnotherapists control peoples’ minds.
When someone volunteers to be hypnotised by a stage hypnotherapist, they know the audience has an expectation that they will be entertained, and the person is willing to allow the fun to happen. No hypnotherapist can make someone do something they do not want to, whether under hypnosis or not.
Can I get stuck in a hypnotic state?
It is impossible to get stuck. You can open your eyes at any time during the session, ending the hypnotic state immediately.
Are there any side effects?
Hypnotherapy is completely safe with no harmful side effects at all. Afterwards you will probably feel relaxed and refreshed. You can drive or do anything else you want to immediately after hypnosis.
Can children be treated with hypnotherapy?
Yes, in fact their imagination can help the process. They need a reasonable attention span and understanding of straightforward language. The youngest I have successfully treated was 5 years old. It is important that the parent introduces the idea in the right way so that the child is happy to engage in the process, and I will cover this and other points with you first. See my Hypnotherapy for Children & Teenagers page.
I am uncertain whether hypnotherapy could help my particular problem.
Contact me and I will listen carefully and assess whether hypnotherapy would be suitable. This would be done in strictest confidence. Feel free to either phone or email me. I offer a free initial phone consultation.
Do you charge a 'no show' fee?
A condition of booking is that if an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice then the treatment will be charged in full.
Is all information and personal detail kept confidential?
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