Hypnosis Frequently Asked Questions
People have so many misconceptions about hypnosis, from the television and from stage shows. So, don't worry - I’m definitely not going to make you cluck like a chicken. Hypnotherapy is different.
Will I go to sleep?
No, hopefully not! If you do go to sleep, I’ll wake you up - otherwise it would be a rather expensive nap. Hypnosis is a pleasant, relaxed state but it is NOT the same as sleep.
Will I remember the session?
Yes, usually. Most people remember their sessions. You may forget parts of it - much like after watching a movie you may not recall every word, but you remember what happened. Occasionally someone who has a natural talent for hypnosis might not consciously recall the session, and this is ok too. You will still have been hypnotised.
How does hypnosis feel?
Hypnosis feels very pleasant. It’s very relaxing, and you may feel light and floaty, or perhaps very heavy and tingly. You will probably drift in and out of different levels of trance during the session, and this is fine. Hypnosis should be very comfortable. If at any point you need to shift your position, or cough or anything like that, just go ahead. It won’t affect the therapy.
Do I need to lie down?
No, I will ask you to relax in a comfortable armchair.
What will I have to do in the session?
I will ask you to imagine certain things while you are hypnotised, and I will be monitoring your unconscious signals to see how you are reacting. It’s an interactive process: you will be following my instructions to imagine things differently, and make a change. I may ask you to just listen quietly to suggestions for part of the session too.
I’m not very good at visualisation. Does that matter?
No, that’s fine. You can still imagine things. Maybe you focus more on feelings or sounds? Or perhaps you just get very vague images. Let me know in the initial consultation if you’re worried about this, and I’ll do my best to set your mind at rest.
Can everyone be hypnotised?
Almost anyone can be hypnotised, although some people are easier to hypnotise than others. The only thing required is your consent. I cannot - and would not - hypnotise someone without their full consent.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No, there have never been any cases of anyone getting stuck in hypnosis. It’s a natural state, just like sleep. If I left you in hypnosis for some reason, you would either fall asleep or come out of it naturally in a short time.
Will I have to tell you all my secrets?
No, not at all. You’ll still have control over what you say, and if you don’t like anything in the session you can simply bring yourself out of it. I cannot hypnotise you without your co-operation. Sometimes I may ask you to tell me what you are imagining/remembering, so that I can direct the therapy properly. If you don’t want to say, that’s fine. Many of the techniques and tools that I use work well content-free anyway.
Do you guarantee results?
No. Results are expected, but not guaranteed. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process that takes both of us, and as a person-to-person therapy it is always going to have some degree of variability.
Will it work straight away?
Usually people feel the changes straight away, but it can take your mind a little longer to process the Hypnotherapy session. Sometimes if change has been very fast, it’s advisable to have a consolidation session too, to ensure that the change is permanent.
How many sessions will it take?
The number of sessions really depends on the issue, and how you personally respond to hypnosis. In your initial consultation, I’ll give you an idea of how many sessions your issue would take on average, but it’s impossible to give an accurate estimate of how long it will take for you personally. Hypnotherapy isn’t a long term therapy - please be reassured that we are both working to get the change you need in as few sessions as possible.
If you have any other questions, or would like to talk to me about Hypnotherapy, please get in touch.
Or call me on 07981 082454