Frequently asked questions

What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind in an open-reflective process to create positive change in your life. There are many techniques and many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change, (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.

It harnesses the problem-solving creative nature of the mind to release established patterns of behaviour, decondition ways of thinking and feeling, and release trauma. By using hypnosis, this therapy produces surprising changes which spring from unconscious releases and make way to both unconscious and conscious new learning.

It works by changing how you think, how you  feel and how you react. It helps your unconscious mind make the changes you need. It helps you break habits, remove phobias and stop cravings. It helps you let go of fears that might have been holding you back, even if you’ve had them for years. It enhances your sense of self worth and increases your self confidence. No will power is needed as you make the changes unconsciously so it feels natural.

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that’s a trance state.

There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.

Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I wasn’t hypnotised – I knew what was going on the whole time!” Well of course you did! Hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.
The media has perpetrated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from the hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.

Much more can be accomplished when the person undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.

What can't be treated with hypnotherapy?
If you are suffering from serious psychiatric or mental health problems you must seek guidance from your doctor. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a medical professional, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control, hypnoanesthesia or relaxation.
Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, clinical depression and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who can, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as a supplementary treatment.
Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
Let me guess: you’ve seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from films and TV. The stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don’t believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.

Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really don’t want to do. That’s why some people can be hypnotised to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better, faster, and permanent.

Will I lose control?
This is another media myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what’s going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself “1 – 2- 3” and open your eyes.
My friend tried hypnosis to quit smoking and it didn't work.
There is more to changing a serious habit like smoking than just a few hypnotic suggestions, I’m afraid. In the simplest terms, the person must want the change, and they must have a replacement habit for smoking. Hypnosis can be used to find a healthy, effective replacement, and then it can be used to help flip the subconscious over to the new, healthy habits.
Whilst sitting in a room with 50 other people in a seminar, or listening to a stop-smoking CD can work, it is usually much more effective to have a personalised session with a hypnotherapist, who can customise the approach, language and replacement suggestions to match your lifestyle and circumstances.
Isn't Hypnosis dangerous?
Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by the media, urban legends and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into trance and not wake up. Or that the hypnotist can make you do things you don’t want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, always able to “came back” to full waking state at anytime if you wanted or needed to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always working.

Hypnosis has been practised for more than a century. Since 1955 it has been recognised by the British Medical Association as an approved treatment and it has now developed into a science. There is a section devoted to medical hypnosis at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Will it work?

Research has shown that 93% of clients recover after 6 sessions of Hypnotherapy. This research clearly demonstrated that Hypnotherapy works faster than Behavioural therapy (CBT) and faster than Psychoanalysis and that Hypnotherapy displayed a higher percentage of success with 93% success rate.

Science is demonstrating how our mind is directly responsible for the state of our immune system and for most processes of health or illness which affect our lives. By addressing both mind and body, hypnotherapy seeks to develop the resources and equilibrium necessary for health and wellbeing.

However in order to get the best results a client must be motivated and committed to the changes they want.

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