Frequently asked questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state where you are in an altered state of awareness. We experience this many times during the day where we find ourselves daydreaming. You are neither fully alert or asleep. This is usually referred to as a trance state. Hypnosis is usually associated with a very pleasant feeling of deep relaxation.
What issues do people seek hypnosis for?
Hypnotherapy benefits most issues, but the most common areas where hypnotherapy is effective include: fears and phobias; addiction; pain management; anxiety, depression and panic; confidence/self-esteem; weight management and lifestyle changes; performance (e.g sports, work); personal development; sleep issues; and women's health issues (including hypnobirthing).
Will I lose control during hypnosis?
You are in complete control at all times. I cannot make you do anything you don't want to do, say anything you don't want to say and you won't disclose anything you don't want to. You will have an awareness at all times what we are doing. You have the ability to emerge from hypnosis at any time if you wish.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a deep state or relaxation. Everybody experiences hypnosis differently; some people describe that they can hear every word the therapist says, others say their mind wanders. Many people lose track of time during the sessions where they can feel very short and an hour has passed. How aware or unaware you are during the sessions in unimportant and people worry that they are not 'hypnotised'; your state of awareness does not alter the efficacy of the session.
How long does a session/treatment last?
Sessions can be anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some issues (e.g. stopping smoking) can be treated in a 2 hour session, however higher success rates of treatment with hypnotherapy are usually around 4 hours over a period of a number weeks. If you are having coaching, coaching can be as frequent or as infrequent as you choose. If there is a particular issue you are facing at work or an area of development you want to work on, your coaching sessions may be ongoing.
What is hypnocoaching?
As a dual trained practitioner, I utilise all of my skills to adapt to my clients needs. This is usually using a blend of coaching tools and techniques, hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. Some sessions may be purely hypnotherapy, some coaching only, but most sessions include elements of all of my skills to bring about the most benefit to the client.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is defined as a state of mind, whereas hypnotherapy is the method in which hypnosis is used. Hypnosis is the tool and hypnotherapy is the use of that tool; using hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.
Can hypnotherapy be harmful?
While hypnotherapy is very safe, you should always make sure that your therapist is qualified and registered with the appropriate bodies (e.g the General Hypnotherapy Register or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). Always check out the credentials of your therapist; you can find mine on the About pages. It is sometimes recommended that you discuss your hypnotherapy with your GP.
Do we talk during hypnosis?
Yes, you are awake, participating and remembering and can fully engage with the therapist and can talk during the session. Sometimes this is only to indicate to the therapist that you are in the place you need to be, often another conditioned response can be set up, for example lifting a finger instead of communicating.