Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is clinical hypnotherapy?
A: It is the application of psychotherapy whilst in the state of hypnosis. Some psychologists say that 90% of our behaviour is run by the unconscious mind and is therefore outside of our control, so certain therapeutic interventions are only possible within the state of hypnosis.
Q: What is hypnosis?
A: It is a natural state of focussed attention and happens naturally to all of us during the course of a normal day, for example day-dreaming, watching TV, reading a book. Have you ever been driving your car and passed your turn-off because you haven’t been paying attention? Hypnosis is a perfectly natural, voluntary state of deep relaxation, into which you are guided by the hypnotherapist. During hypnosis your conscious and unconscious minds are working together, which makes therapy so effective.
Q: Will I be asleep or unconscious?
A: No. You will remain conscious throughout. In fact, due to your level of focussed attention, you will actually be in a high state of alertness and completely in control of the process.
Q: I’ve seen stage hypnosis – will you be able to make me bark like a dog or make me do something against my will?
A: No. Stage hypnosis is an entertainment form and the participants are specially chosen for their willingness to perform. A clinical hypnotherapist has no power or control over you, your free will is still intact, and you would not do anything that conflicted with your morals or beliefs or that you would not do in normal life.
Q: Could I get stuck in hypnosis?
A: No. You could no more get stuck in hypnosis than get stuck reading a book. Even if the hypnotherapist left the room and never came back, you would naturally leave the trance.
Q: Will I tell you all my secrets?
A: No. You will be in control at all times and need only divulge any information you wish to.
Q: Can anyone be hypnotised?
A: Yes, if they want to be, can concentrate for a reasonable amount of time and are in the range of normal intelligence.
Q: What can hypnosis be used for?
A: Hypnotherapy can be used for many things, including changing bad habits, getting rid of unwanted weight, phobias, preparation for surgery, increasing self-esteem, depression, chronic illness, increasing your fertility and so on. The list is not exhaustive, so please call or email to see if hypnotherapy could help you with your problem.
Q: How many sessions will I need?
A: This depends on the reason you have sought help. Hypnotherapists who are registered with registered bodies must adhere to their code of conduct and are bound by its ethics and agree to help the client in the least number of sessions necessary.
Q: Can a hypnotherapist guarantee results?
A: No. Hypnotherapy is not a panacea for all ills, however it can be an effective treatment for many problems where psychological factors are present. Just as a GP could not guarantee a prescribed tablet might work, nor can a hypnotherapist guarantee results because all people are different.
Q: Is hypnotherapy an alternative therapy?
A: No. We believe that hypnotherapy should be used as a complementary therapy. Clients should always consult their GP first and follow any prescribed medication.
Q: What if I have other questions?
A: If you have any question all you need to do is pick up the phone or give me an email. Please refer to contact details that can be accertained through 'Contact Us' in the sidebar menu.