Thanks to stage hypnotists, many people have an inaccurate view of what hypnotherapy is and what it involves. We’re going to tell you a little about what hypnotherapy really is and what it really feels like, so that you can come to your session knowing what to expect.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state whereby the conscious mind is quietened, so that the subconscious mind is switched on and open to suggestion. We do this by employing relaxation and other techniques.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy usually (though not always) involves relaxing a person and then enlisting the power of their imagination, in conjunction with other techniques such as positive suggestion, analytical methods and metaphors.

What does hypnosis feel like?

When we hypnotise somebody for hypnotherapy, we use relaxation techniques to help the person achieve a very relaxed, peaceful state. The person is still aware of everything that is happening, can follow commands and is able to reject any commends if they wish. In fact, they could get up and walk out of the room, if they really wanted to.

Can you make me do anything against my will?

No, we can NOT make you do anything against your will, and it would be unethical for us to even try!

hypnotherapist 2Can I be hypnotised?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, meaning that we help you put yourself into a state of hypnosis, using a variety of powerful techniques. If you can follow instructions and wish to be hypnotised, then you can be hypnotised,- to some extent at least. The exceptions to this rule are young children and people with serious cognitive impairment (who cannot follow instructions).

What if I don’t wake up?

Nobody has ever been stuck in hypnosis! At the end of your session, you will wake up feeling bright and alert, ready to carry on with your day. Some people feel a bit groggy for a few minutes, much like you do when you first get out of bed. Therefore, we recommend that you don’t drive for 10-15 minutes afterwards.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

During your session, we use a variety of hypnotic and non-hypnotic methods, with sessions typically consisting of about 50% of hypnotic/non-hypnotic methods.

Hypnosis is essentially a state of intense relaxation which you naturally enter when falling to sleep at night and when waking in the morning. Therefore, you can expect to feel very comfortable and relaxed during your session. While you’re in that relaxed state, we will deliver your therapy, which we tailor just for you.

Once awakened, some people can feel a little groggy for 5-10 minutes, so we will ask you not to drive for about 15 minutes after your hypnosis session has ended, but we use this time to plan your future sessions, or to simply offer non-hypnotic therapy.

Can hypnotherapy help me?

Our experiences in life shape our behaviours and sometimes lead us to form coping strategies. Our subconscious mind  is always watching out for us, processing our life experiences and modifying our behaviour to protect us from whatever life throws at us. But, sometimes, our subconscious mind creates coping mechanisms and behaviours which are not so helpful and, because you act on these subconsciously, using will-power alone is not always enough to change these behaviours. This is where hypnotherapy comes in as we can help to implant new suggestions to replace the old ones.

Typical uses for hypnotherapy include the following, but many other things respond to hypnotherapy too.

  • Fears and phobias
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Stress management
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Anger management
  • Migraines
  • Sea sickness
  • Sexual problems
  • And more!