Frequently asked questions
Q: Why does the subconscious mind need to be accessed to make changes?
A:The subconscious mind is where we store all our learning and past experiences. Have you ever tried to change a habit pattern or become more motivated, only to find your subconscious mind resisting? We always do what our subconscious mind believes, even if our conscious mind (the more logical part of our thinking) has decided to make a change. Therefore, we need to access our subconscious mind to unlearn unhelpful habits, fears and thinking and relearn more helpful, positive patterns of behaviours. This is where we can use hypnotherapy to help.
Q: What can hypnotherapy help me with?
A: There are many uses of hypnotherapy. Many people choose hypnosis as they have the desire to change or improve something. This may be giving up a habit, such as smoking, overcoming a phobia, improving their self-esteem, etc. To do this, you need to want to change and be open to suggestion. However, there is no guarantee that the hypnotherapy will resolve your issue(s) and it is not a substitute for medical care.
Q: I can’t be Hypnotised!
A: If you day dream, then you can be hypnotised.
Q: Does everyone respond to hypnotherapy?
A: Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of individuals but some are more susceptible to suggestions than others. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. It's also important to keep an open mind, as any scepticism may subconsciously dampen your susceptibility.
Q: Will the hypnotherapist be able to make me do silly things?
A: The short answer is no. You are conscious and in control at all times during hypnosis and can choose to come out of it whenever you wish. Whilst you are more susceptible to suggestion, your mind will reject anything that goes again your personal values. Therefore, you cannot be made to do anything you do not want to do.
Q: What happens if the hypnotherapist leaves me in a hypnotic trance?
A:If a hypnotherapist left you in hypnosis, you would either come out of it or fall asleep and then awaken after a short nap.
Q: What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
A: Most people feel relaxed when in a hypnotic trance, although being relaxed isn’t necessary. I would describe the feeling of being in a hypnotic trance as being like the lovely floaty place between awake and asleep. Other people have described it as being ‘zoned out’.
Q: How do I know that my hypnotherapist is properly qualified and will behaviour ethically?
A: Ask to see your hypnotherapist’s qualifications, insurance and membership to a recognised professional body, such as the National Hypnotherapy Society. As a member of a recognised professional body, the hypnotherapist will be bound by their code of ethics and registered with them. You can check the register and obtain a copy of the code of ethics on line.
Q: Will I say anything that will embarrass me or that I want to remain a secret?
A: Although you are nicely relaxed and your eyes are closed for comfort, you are fully conscious the whole time in Hypnosis and so just as if you were fully awake, you will only say what you are comfortable to say to your Therapist.
Q: How do I know that what I tell my hypnotherapist will remain confidential?
A: If your hypnotherapist is a member of a professional body, he/she will be bound by their code of ethics, which includes confidentiality. Your hypnotherapist should have a confidentiality statement, which is often part of the agreement. You can ask to see this and ask how she/he stores your records, if it is not explicit in the confidentiality statement.
Q: What happens during my session(s)?
A: This varies on the hypnotherapist and the approach taken.
I offer a free half hour initial consultation to find out about your issue(s) and whether hypnotherapy would be right for you, as well as answer any questions that you may have.
The first session lasts approximately 75 minutes and subsequent sessions last between 50 and 60 minutes.
The first session will involve a more in-depth consultation to find out more about you issue(s) and gather information that will help with the treatment. The first session will include some hypnotherapy. This involves you sitting comfortably and listening as I take you into trance, I will make some positive suggestions and then bring you back to full awareness. There will be time to discuss how it felt and to answer any questions you may have.
In subsequent sessions, we will have a quick review of how you have been between sessions, followed by hypnotherapy. As with first session, there will be time to discuss how you feel and to answer any questions you may have.
Depending on the issue, I may provide audio CDs and handouts to support you between sessions and will set homework that will help with your therapy.