What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the application of theraputic techniques while being in a state of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural brain wave state similar to daydreaming which can be induced through a process of deep relaxation and focus. While in this pleasant trance-like state, your awareness is heightened and, contrary to popular belief, you are always in complete control.
Hypnotherapy uses this state to access the subconscious mind directly making it susceptible to suggestion. This enables hypnotherapists to work with you to change and reprogramme any unwanted behaviours, limiting beliefs and thought patterns.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
If you have the desire to be hypnotised then it is very likely you can be. Hypnosis is simply a change of state, just like daydreaming we go in and out of hypnosis daily.
You have full control during hypnosis and, despite the images portrayed by stage hypnosis, no one can enter into a hypnotic trance unless they choose to do so.
Some contraindications would require a referral from your doctor, such as epilepsy.
What is NLP?
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is not a form of hypnotherapy. It is, however, a collection of techniques that enables us to recognise inappropriate strategies in behaviours. We can then work together to change behaviours, beliefs, emotions, motivation, and habits to achieve your desired outcomes. NLP used in combination with hypnotherapy can have rapid and long-lasting benefits.
What will it feel like during the hypnotherapy session?
If you have never experienced hypnotherapy before then it is perfectly natural to be a little nervous about what might happen.
Firstly I will have spoken with you prior to starting any hypnosis about the issue you want to focus on for the therapy. Everything you tell me is confidential and I will be completely honest with you as to whether hypnotherapy will likely benefit you. If I don't believe it will then I may be able to refer you to other sources of help.
When you have your first session I will explain what we will focus on in the session, and make sure you are comfortable to proceed before we begin the therapy.
The state of hypnosis is very pleasant and relaxing. As you enter into a hypnotic trance, it simply seems as those you are zoning in and following what is being said to you. You may feel physically more relaxed. Hypnosis is not a state of being unconscious or asleep and you will be fully aware at all times of what is happening and being said.
When you have come out of the hypnotic state you will be able to remember most if not all of what was said to you. You should leave the session feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Will I say anything I don't want to during hypnosis?
No, you do not need to worry about saying something during hypnosis that you may not want to. You have complete control over what you say and do during the session. Anything you say will be said with your full conscious and unconscious permission.
When we are working with some traumatic or deeply personal issues you may not wish to speak. In these circumstances the therapy can continue using simple physical indicators for yes and no.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be useful to combine with hypnotherapy. EFT involves tapping on certain meridan points on the face and body. It can be a useful method to use inbetween or post hypnotherapy sessions epecially for those with anxiety.
Can my child have hypnotherapy?
Yes, if your child is over the age of six years they can attend hypnotherapy. Children respond very well to hypnotherapy as they tend to find it easier than adults to use their imagination to visualise different situations and behaviours. I use story telling and techinques specifically suited to children and will often incorporate a favourite hobby, superhero or name of their favourite toy in their story to help them feel relaxed.
Hypnotherapy for children can be used for help with bed-wetting, anxiousness in school, fear of the dark, loss of a parent/relation, exam stress, the effects of bullying and more.
Please note that all children are required to have an adult present with them during the sessions.
How many sessions will I need?
One of the benefits of hypnotherapy unlike other talking therapies is that it works directly at the subconscious level and therefore can result in much faster results. The number of sessions will depend on the issue we are addressing, but many will only require 3 sessions. Depression and Anxiety typically require a little longer, at most 5 sessions.
Are there any restrictions to receiving hypnotherapy?
Most people are suitable and able to benefit from hypnotherapy. In some circumstances, however, hypnotherapy may not be an appropriate treatment for you. In certain instances, I may require you to obtain a referral from your doctor prior to treatment.
Children under the age of six years
While hypnotherapy is a safe and effective therapy for children, those under the age of six years may not be able to follow the guided instructions to allow them to enter into a hypnotic state. I use guided hypnotherapy stories to help children with a variety of issues, if you wish to know more about the suitability of hypnotherapy for your child please contact me.
Clients under psychiatric care
Some psychiatric conditions may make hypnotherapy unsuitable. Your psychiatrist will need to approve any treatment before you begin.
Clients in an intoxicated state
Hypnotherapy can help people overcome excessive use of various substances. For sessions to be effective clients should not be in an intoxicated state. Any clients attending sessions who are inebriated or intoxicated will be refused therapy until a more suitable time.
How does hypnotherapy work online?
A hypnotherapy session online is very similar to being in a clinic room with your therapist, however, you can be in the comfort of your own home. Prior to the session, you will be required to confirm that you have access to a computer/laptop with a WiFi connection and camera, or a smartphone and that you will be in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for the duration of the planned session.
As with an in-person session, the content will be tailored to your desired outcome and what you want to achieve from the hypnotherapy sessions. I will guide you through some simple steps to follow should for any reason the connection becomes lost. We can then simply continue the session via a call.
Quite often clients find it easier to relax into a hypnotic trance when they are familiar with their surroundings.
If you have any questions relating to hypnotherapy that are not answered above, please do give me a call or email me.