Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is simply the therapy applied while the client is in a hypnotic state. Not to be confused in any way with stage hypnosis, hypnotherapy utilises the state of hypnosis to allow an individual to take on board consciously desired positive suggestions at the subconscious level. When the subconscious and conscious minds are working together in cooperative alignment, it is much easier to quit smoking or lose weight for example, or to change and modify other habits, to increase confidence, reduce stress and anxieties. In fact, Hypnotherapy is probably the most immediate tool to bring about changes in behaviour, and to help with modifying unhelpful beliefs.
Will I lose control?
Many people believe that being in hypnosis puts them under the control of the hypnotist. This is absolutely not true, you will remain at all times totally in control of yourself and the situation. At any time, in the unlikely event that you felt uncomfortable about any aspect of the session, you would leave the hypnotic state immediately. Similarly there is no risk that you can’t be “woken up” you are always in control and to move from the hypnotic state to normal wakefulness is very quick and easy to achieve.
How will I know I’m in Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a pleasantly relaxed state, the alpha state is most usually the level of consciousness you’ll be in during your sessions, and you will have experienced this already, several times a day for most of your life. It’s the slightly detached, dreamy sort of state that you find yourself in, just as you are waking up in the morning, while reading an absorbing book, watching a good film or engaged in work at your computer. In this light stage of relaxed alpha, your conscious, waking mind is somewhat bypassed and your highly suggestible subconscious mind is accessed directly. Research in this area suggests that while in the alpha state, we are 200 times more susceptible to suggestion than in our normal wide awake beta state. During this light trancelike state of hypnosis you may well find that you hear and are aware of every word spoken to you and this is absolutely OK because you are still in hypnosis and deriving the full benefit from the session. Conversely, you may fall asleep, drifting off into deeper levels of consciousness, remembering little or nothing of what has been spoken to you. This is also perfectly fine. Your ears remain open and the information given to you, giving positive suggestions for change, is still absorbed by your subconscious even if you did drift off to sleep.
Is It New?
Hypnosis is a well understood technique and its use is well accepted and widely practised in many therapies. In the 1950’s the American Medical Association took serious notice of hypnosis after a patient had a thyroid removed while in a hypnotic trance induced by a hypnotherapist. No pain killers or anaesthetics were used. Since then, hypnotherapists have made influential steps in positively changing public perception of hypnosis. Doctors and dentists continue to use hypnosis to relax their patients. Doctors often refer their patients to hypnotherapists to help them overcome smoking addiction and to aid in weight loss or to address fears and phobias. It is perfectly safe, and a very reliable tool to address many conditions. In this “not really here, not really out of it state”, your mind can receive messages that influence positive change and bring about significant improvements. Hypnosis and therapy using hypnosis (Hypnotherapy) is by no means new to either the medical profession or to the wider human race. Indeed there is much evidence to show that hypnosis was used in antiquity, in Greek and even earlier in Egyptian times.
How Will I Feel?
So what does hypnosis actually feel like? Well, it isn’t sleep, although it is possible that you may drift off to sleep, becoming so deeply relaxed that you remember very little of what has been said to you. Conversely, you may also be aware of every word that is spoken during the session; its most unique characteristic is perhaps the subjective sense of “involuntariness” of things happening without you “seemingly” acting to make them happen. You may relax so much that you drift off and lose track of time and what is happening. But you will remain safe, in control, and remember, you can’t be made to do anything you don’t want to do while in the hypnotic state.
What kind of bad habits can it help me overcome?
According to research, of all the therapies, hypnotherapy can produce the most immediate results and has helped with the following:
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Stress and Anxiety
- Pain Management
- Public Speaking
- Alcohol moderation
- Finger biting
- Many other bad or annoying habits.
How long does the average hypnotherapy session last? And how many sessions will be required?
A typical session lasts anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes. Some clients start seeing results immediately after just one session, while others may require several. It is best to call Simon and speak to him directly about the condition you want help to change.