Q & A about Hypnotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally facilitated hypnotherapy session. These Questions and Answers will help dispel some of the myths, answering the most frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration, a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a non-addictive process and it’s a natural manifestation of the mind at work. Hypnosis is a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation.  It is similar to that moment between knowing you are awake and going into the sleep state.

What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness where your mind is open and receptive to suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy where a hypnotherapist works in partnership with the client, using hypnosis as a primary tool for assisting clients to achieve their goals. A hypnotherapist often differs from other therapists by focusing on the role of subconscious behaviours and influences on the client’s life. The hypnotherapist finds out what false beliefs are (i.e. what is holding the client back) and reprograms these thought patterns, so the client can move forward achieving the desired outcome).

Will I be asleep when hypnotised?

The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep, which is an inaccurate term, as hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not actually sleep. Many people after a session of hypnosis don’t believe that they were hypnotised at all, but that comes from misconceptions of what a ‘trance’ actually is.

Why don’t more people use hypnotherapy?

For the same reasons, why people don’t take vitamins or exercise daily? Quite often people know what’s good for them, yet they don’t do it. They’re busy and barely keep up with the things we have to do, let alone anything that is optional.

Is Hypnotherapy Safe?

Hypnotherapy is completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. You cannot be made to do something against your will. Hypnotherapy is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

Will I give out any personal or secret information under hypnosis?

No. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to. Remember that you are completely in control at all times.

Are any drugs of tablets used?

No, not at all.

Will I be aware of what is happening?

Yes, most people are generally surprised that they actually remember everything that has happened during the hypnotherapy session.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Some people find it easier to relax than others. By the same token, some people are able to go into hypnosis more quickly and more deeply than others. Most people can go into at least a light trance and with most hypnotherapeutic goals, a light trance is enough so everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.

How does hypnotherapy feel?

Here are two examples of how it feels. The first, is if you have been watching television, and suddenly, you realise that you haven’t seen any of what’s been going on for the last five minutes, because you’ve been thinking about something else, and just weren’t concentrating on what you were watching.

Second e.g. think of a time where you’ve been so absorbed in what you’ve been doing, that more time has passed than you thought… for example, you may think you’ve been reading for 30 minutes, only to look at the clock and see that you’ve actually been reading for an hour. Hypnotherapy is a similar feeling to the above examples.

Hypnosis feels a bit like that. Client’s often express that they feel like they’ve been under hypnosis for only 20 minutes, when actually it’s been very nearly an hour!

Can it help with medical problems?

If you think your problems may be medical, it is essential that you consult your GP first before consultation with a hypnotherapist.

Will I lose control & be influenced to anything against my will?

No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnotherapy is not about control by the hypnotherapist, it’s about working together to empower the client and create the changes they wish to see in their life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which also involves people, giving consent to participate and have fun carrying out instructions from the stage Hypnotist.

How deep in Hypnosis will I go?

Clients go as deep or as light into hypnosis as they need to go, to get the results they need. The more meditational or hypnosis experience one has, the easier one drops down into the altered receptive state to create change.

What if I Don’t Wake Up?

No one has ever got stuck in a terminal state of hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.

Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

Hypnosis is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. When you are watching a movie that you are engrossed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood or engrosses you, you are in hypnosis. We experience hypnosis every day and don’t even know it.  It is perhaps one of the safest forms of therapy. There is no documented evidence of anyone ever being harmed by hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a proven therapeutic aid.

Are the sessions confidential?

Absolutely! – None of your personal details will ever be passed on to anyone else, without for permission. Strict confidentiality is a requirement of AHA Code of Ethics .

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