About Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy provided by a professional practitioner. As such, it can work well alongside other professional interventions but should not be considered as a replacement. It has so many positive benefits but there are some misconceptions and confusion about how it works. Clients often tell me that they are afraid of falling asleep and losing control under hypnosis. However, please be assured that this is not the case! Hypnosis, quite simply, is a perfectly safe and natural state of deep relaxation induced by a qualified professional. During this relaxed state the subconscious mind bypasses the conscious mind, becoming open to suggestion, allowing positive changes to take place. Under hypnosis we remain safe and in control at all times and cannot be made to do anything against our will. Hypnotherapy does not require us to revisit past events, instead placing its focus on the issues we are experiencing in the present, simultaneously guiding us forward to make the necessary changes we need for a positive future.
Below are some of the areas hypnotherapy can help with:
- Alcohol abuse
- Anger management
- Divorce and separation trauma
- Examination stress
- Fear of flying
- Food addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessions / compulsions
- Pain management
- Public speaking
- Sleep disorders
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss / management
It is perfectly understandable for people undergoing hypnotherapy to feel a little nervous beforehand. However, a skilled therapist will ensure the client is as relaxed as possible before commencing therapy. Below are some common questions asked by people considering hypnotherapy:
What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
Once the client is relaxed, the hypnotherapist will begin the hypnotic induction process. Typically the client will have his/her eyes closed, concentrating solely on the therapist’s voice. Often, calming music is played to help the client reach a deeply relaxed state. Once hypnosis is achieved, the subconscious mind becomes susceptible to suggestion, made by the therapist. Following the process, the client is brought out of hypnosis, returning to a wide awake state.
How long does a hypnotherapy session last?
Although this may differ from client to client, it is normal for a session to last for up to an hour.
How many sessions will I need?
Again this differs according to the needs of the client and the issues being treated. Typically, smoking cessation will require no more than two sessions. However, more complex issues may need to be treated on a more long-term basis.
How will I feel after hypnotherapy?
Following hypnosis, clients tend to feel a deep sense of calm and wellbeing. After a hypnotherapy session, people are able to resume their everyday activities as normal.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Some people believe that they are unable to be hypnotised. However, it is thought that most people are susceptible to hypnosis. A skilled therapist will ensure clients are as relaxed as possible before a therapy session, creating a calm atmosphere to induce hypnosis.