FAQs

Combining the art of hypnosis with therapy creates a very powerful alternative to general counseling and traditional psychotherapy. The major difference to these alternatives is direct communication with the subconscious mind. The subconscious controls every system we have, from the rate of our breathing to the beating of our heart. While in trance, hypnotherapist makes suggestions to your subconscious that bring about the changes in your behaviour that you have discussed and agreed in advance.

 

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a very normal and natural altered state of consciousness (an altered state of awareness), one we all experience from time to time in which the mind remains clear, alert and focused on something. Have you ever “become really absorbed” while watching TV?  That’s the same kind of altered state as hypnosis. Some misconceptions about hypnosis are that it’s a frightening state, or that it feels weird, but it’s actually very normal and very pleasant. Some people ask if they’ve really been hypnotised, just because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange. The zombie-type states you see sometimes presented in movies and on TV are pure fantasy.

What does being in trance feel like?

It feels great! Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar to that feeling you get right before you fall asleep at night. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalised.You just feel as if you are relaxing in a very comfortable space with your eyes closed. The hypnotherapist guides you into a trance state, usually by asking you to simply close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. As you become more and more relaxed you may be aware of sinking deeper into the chair. You may feel distant but you continue to hear everything that is going on around you as you pay more and more attention to the sound of the therapist’s voice. The therapist then gently guides you into an increasingly deeper state of relaxation when your subconscious mind will be most receptive to positive, beneficial suggestions. After treatment you awake feeling refreshed and positive.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Some people do not respond to hypnotherapy: babies and very young children; anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol and anyone who doesn’t want to be. That beeing said, trance is a natural and enjoyable state of mind, similar to day dreaming or it may occur naturaly when reading a book for example.

Can I be made to do anything or say anything I don’t want to under hypnosis?

No. You are always in control and conscious of your surroundings. You hear everything that is going on; nothing happens without your consent. The hypnotherapist provides a safe, supportive environment for you while helping you relax and make the positive, beneficial changes you choose for yourself.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

At the initial consultation the therapist will discuss with you what you want to achieve with hypnotherapy. Will be explained how the therapy can help and detailed case history will be taking with information about any serious illnesses, operations and any other significant events.You will agree a course of treatment and the probable number of sessions required to achieve your objectives. Subsequent sessions consist of discussion of your progress, the therapy and agreement about the content of future sessions.
How Many sessions do i need?Each person is different and will respond to therapy in different ways. A person’s objectives may change as other things come to light due to a shift in our perceptions creating a change of our awareness and experience over the course of therapy. This may very well alter the direction of therapy as it proceeds down another avenue.If you choose to go ahead with hypnotherapy, we will meet on a weekly basis. In comparison to many other therapies, a shorter time is required to achieve the desired changes. The average number of sessions required is usually between four and six one-hour appointments. Which can be done on weekly or bi-weekly basis.
The exception is the one-off 2 hour stop smoking therapy.

Can children benefit from hypnotherapy?

Yes. Children from 6 to 16 can be treated, but only with the consent and in the presence of their parent or guardian. Anyone between 16 and 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian. They can be helped with, for example, exam nerves, shyness, motivation. The number and duration of sessions will be agreed with the parent/guardian.

Is hypnosis “mind control?”

Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. You can actually lie when in hypnosis. Your unconscious mind was formed when you were about age five. Its job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just “wake up.” You are in complete control at all times. Hypnotherapy is a gentle, loving process and hypnotherapists are trained to not judge. You will heal and change in your own timing.

What about those stage hypnotists that make people do strange and silly things?

The “control factor” is still zero. Think about it: we’ve all seen or heard about those stage shows–we all have expectations about what happens in them. If you have never been formally hypnotised before, you may be expecting “fireworks.” When that doesn’t happen, you think, “Oh, it’s not working on me,” and STOP TRYING, open your eyes and sit there waiting to be let off the stage. The people who will do well as volunteers are the people who do not expect to be transported to another realm. They understand that they will still “know what’s going on” and still “hear everything the hypnotist says.” They stay with it and follow the hypnotist’s instructions, even when they’re not sure if it’s working. You cannot simultaneously BE the show and SEE the show! You have to pick one and stick with it! Does anyone really think that if they volunteer to go on stage that the hypnotist will suggest they do something BRILLIANT? Anyone who volunteers is agreeing to play the part, whether they consciously admit it or not. For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient “excuse” to act out and not take responsibility for their behaviour.

How much will I remember?

You’ll remember everything–everything I say and everything you experience or everything you need to remember. However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process. I often encourage you to write your experience down as soon as possible. As with any experience, it’s not unusual to lose the subtler details with the passage of time, and some of the patterns you uncover may not “click” into place until much later.

How deep will I go?

Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realised that depth (or not) has little bearing. My view on this is that my clients go as deep (or stay as light) as they need to and what is appropriate for them, and we still get good results. It is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state. It is a skill and like all skills – improves with practice.

How do I know if I can be hypnotised?

Almost Everyone can be hypnotised but one has to be willing to do it. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who a) don’t really want to be hypnotised (perhaps to debunk the idea); or b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience. Some things you can do to increase your ability to go under hypnosis easier and faster are practising meditation, visualisation, yoga or relaxation techniques.

What does hypnosis feel like … or … How can I tell if I’m hypnotised?

Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while being given a good sermon at church, listening to some good music on the radio, reading a gripping novel, or even while watching TV! Here are some personal feelings one may experience when in a hypnotic state:

1.Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).

2.Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.

3.Mental relaxation.

4.General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.

5.Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).

6.Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.

7.Eyelids locked together, unable to open.

8.Jaw muscles relaxed.

9.Teeth unclenched.

10.Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.

11.Dryness in mouth.

12.Desire to swallow.

13.Moisture at corners of mouth.

14.Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.

15.Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.

16.Euphoria (state of well-being).

17.Tingling or numbness in any portion of body.

18.Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.

19.Desire to laugh, smile, giggle, or cry.

20.Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).

21.Body warmth or chill.

22.Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.

23.Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.

24.Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).

25.Voice sounds fading in and out.

26.Letting go as if falling asleep.

27.Occasional involuntary sigh.

28.Feeling of lightness.

29.Feeling of floating.

30.Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there.

Can I “get stuck”?

No. Again, hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and cannot hold anyone against his or her will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly unconscious state (a very rare occurrence), they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested. It is impossible for anyone to be `left or lost` in hypnosis. After hypnosis, a person awakens naturally, just as they do after sleep! If the hypnotherapist were to leave before counting them awake, the subject would eventually realise that the session had ended and would awaken on their own. During the session, if there were an emergency, or the subject no longer wished to participate, they could easily awaken themselves at any time and simply stop.

Can hypnosis hurt me?

In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.

Is hypnosis a 100% consent state?

If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hynosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.

What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?

If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask you GP. The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time, it tends to “potentiate” medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favour it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.

Can hypnosis help me?

“Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?” “Improving my golf game?” “Helping me relax during exams?” ”Curing my insomnia?” Etc. Let’s put it this way: think for a moment about any issue in your life that you’d like to improve and ask yourself, “Does my mind interact with this issue/activity in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my performance? Do my feelings contribute to my experiences in this area? Have I had past experiences that are reinforcing my beliefs/thoughts/emotions in a negative way? Is it  my expectation that I will NOT get the results I desire?” Are you getting the picture? The mind, body and emotions are all connected. Therefore, I’m not aware of ANY issue that can not be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis. Generally, there is a positive effect from hypnotherapy. When pain and trauma is released from the unconscious mind and the physical body’s stored stress is also released from your cells. You can experience calmness. peace. and a feeling of joy from resolving an old issue, changing your behaviours and old patterns, leaning new information connecting with your inner wisdom, changes in how you perceive yourself and others. You can actually learn to let go of old hurts and angers, so they no longer affect you physically and emotionally. Your unconscious mind holds our keys to health, happiness and self-empowerment!

What Areas Can Hypnotherapy Be Helpful In?

Stress, Health, Tension Headaches, Allergies, Insominia, Visualisation, Relaxation, Self-Confidence, Motivation, Sadness,Emotional Pain, Addictions, Creativity, Goal Setting, Medical Procedures, Trust Issues, Inner Child, Self-Improvement, Regression, Test Anxiety, Weight Management, Anxiety, Childbirth, Spiritual DevelopmentSports Performance, Pain Management, Fears/Phobias, Smoking Cessation, Mind/Body Healing, Dental Procedures, Co-Dependency, Developing Skills, And much more…

Why don’t more people use self-hypnosis or get hypnotherapy sessions?

Why don’t more people take their vitamins? Or exercise? We KNOW what’s good for us but that doesn’t mean we’ll do it. We’re busy. Most of us barely keep up with all the things we feel we HAVE to do, let alone all that stuff that seems “optional.” The other reason, I believe, is that hypnosis appears very simple. So simple, that when people first try it,  they think it’s too easy to do any good. So they stop, thinking either it doesn’t work or they’re not doing it right. The truth is, an activity does not need to be complex in order to be beneficial. (Consider sit-ups and flossing and swallowing those vitamin pills!) Our society is very geared toward DOING. Most of us are not comfortable with just BEING. Practice sitting quietly on a daily basis for even 5 minutes. You’ll be surprised how challenging this is! But When you do, you will also be surprised by how much you can achieve by doing self hypnosis or attending hypnotherapy sessions.

Are you offering CDs as well or only downloads?

At the moment, only downloads are offered, these downloads presented in mp3 format and are very easy to upload to your audio device like iPhone or any other android phone, BlackBerry, iPad, or your standard mp3 player. If you need a CD and it is urgent matter please contact me.

 

What to choose Self-hypnosis Downloads or Hypnotherapy Sessions?

When it comes to hypnosis, one of the advantages of recorded self-hypnosis downloads is the ability to listen as often as you like. Hypnotherapy works because deep relaxation allows the unconscious to be more open to suggestion. With hypnosis audio sessions you can benefit from deep relaxation once or even twice a day. The more you listen, the deeper the message is received. Of course, regular deep relaxation such as this is therapeutic in itself. But audio sessions are also empowering.

However, one on one therapy certainly has greater benefits. When you go to see a hypnotherapist, you will work on more specific problems, as well as using different techniques that are not available through an audio recording. You will also be involved in dialog with effective questioning, rather than a one way monolog and you may realise that the root of the problem is something that you havent even considered previously. This is less likely to be achieved through self hypnosis downloads.

That been said, some people may think that self hypnosis CDs and hypnosis downloads are just not as good as the real thing or that they don’t work, but I certainly disagree. They are very effective! I have seen and personally experienced the results. The bottom line of hypnosis is about suggestion and, as I said earlier, the more people hear the suggestion the more likely it is to be productive.

We are all unique beings and we all have unique problems and challenges, some of which are easier and more straightforward to identify and treat, however some are more complicated and may require more advanced techniques. There is no set way of doing anything across the board that will work for everyone. If you have access to one on one therapy then that is great, but don’t underestimate the value of self hypnosis recordings. If you are willing to dedicate the time to deep relaxation and allow the suggestions to work with your unconscious mind, you can benefit from self hypnosis.

What’s the difference between self-hypnosis, “guided imagery,” “creative visualisation” or meditation?

Truthfully, there’s not a tremendous difference at all. I believe that the widespread misconceptions about hypnosis have made people afraid to call the process by its rightful name–especially in the business environment. “Guided Imagery” or “Previewing” perhaps sound a little less mystical than “Hypnosis” and “Self-Hypnosis.” All of these processes are simply procedures to relax the body and focus the mind. The state you attain can feel similar for each–no matter what you choose to call it.

How quickly will I experience results from hypnosis?

How quickly do you WANT to see results? There’s a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there’s your motivation level and commitment. If you’re “trying” to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you’re not really all that motivated yourself, now are you? My advice there: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There’s no such thing as “trying to quit.” You’re either ready to be a non-smoker or you’re not. Same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you’ll likely experience  results straight away or very quickly. If it’s low, you may stop going to the hypnotherapist or stop listening  to that new tape long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotherapist you’re working with, as well as the regularity of your hypnosis sessions. Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill. Sorry! You will actually have to do some WORK along the way, such as attending your  hypnotherapy sessions or listening to your self-hypnosis tape on a daily basis. If you are expecting to be “put to sleep” and awaken “never wanting to eat chocolate again,” you’re probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn’t happen that way. On the other hand, I have many clients who quit smoking after my `one smoking session`, they were what I’d call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT. Have you? Many people expect to be rich by not doing anything to make it happen!

How can I learn more about hypnosis?

Depends. What exactly do you want to learn? If you’re just curious about hypnosis, try reading a book on the subject or buying a self-hypnosis tape that will guide you through the process.