Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Hypnotherapy

1. What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a method of inducing trance in order to treat disorders mainly on a psychological or emotional origin. It is used to help change behaviour patterns and may be used to treat a wide range of problems like quitting smoking as well as to enhance natural abilities like sports performance. By promoting positive change and healing while the client is in a hypnotic state, hypnotherapy speeds up the process which otherwise in traditional psychotherapy could take years to achieve.

The aim is to re-program patterns of behavior within the mind whilst under hypnosis enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. Hypnotherapy is also used to regress the client to gain an understanding of the cause of the problem, which is pivotal to the clients healing.

When you are in trance, positive words or suggestions are directed in a way that allows your inner mind to solve your problems or change your life the way you want it to be. The hypnotherapist helps you use the incredible power of your own mind to achieve those changes in your life which you desire. This could be stopping smoking, losing weight, controlling stress, gaining confidence and happiness, increasing study and recall abilities, increasing speed of recovery from an injury, even excelling at your natural abilities as in golf.

Hypnotherapy has long been known for its effectiveness to help people stop smoking and other forms of habit control. However, it’s effectiveness in working with pain control, and improving success rates with IVF programs are just a few of the many other documented and researched areas. In fact, with a success rate of over 80%, hypnotherapy is now becoming a leading treatment and preferred choice.

Many people claim they have never been hypnotized, but they do admit to having drifted off whilst thinking about something, forgetting large chunks of a car journey, or daydreaming while reading a book. These are all examples of natural trance states. During hypnosis your own abilities are enhanced. For example, you are better able to imagine, remember and use your creativity which all support creating positive changes. Hypnosis is safe and you are always in control. Clients find it a very pleasant and relaxing experience.

Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness where you feel completely relaxed mentally, physically and emotionally. It is similar to daydreaming – you experience deep relaxation, while your mind is still alert to your physical sensations and surroundings.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is by-passed and the subconscious mind awoken to deal directly with the subconscious intelligence. The concentration will be focused as opposed to noting normal distractions of the reasoning awake conscious mind. Muscles will be relaxed and most people feel a sense of floating or drifting. There is an increase in the acuity of the senses – hearing, touch, smell and feeling. Most people describe the experience of hypnosis as a pleasant, dreamlike state –“the most relaxed they have ever felt”.

As the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, it is this part which has to change for the client’s behavior and physical state to alter. For example, a client who wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they can, but as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the client from succeeding, it will fail. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are changed.

Can I be hypnotised against my will?

Hypnotherapy is a two-way process between the therapist and the client. A person cannot be hypnotized unless they really want to be hypnotized and agrees and co-operates . No one can make you do anything that you do not want to do whilst under hypnosis. If a suggestion is made that you do not want, your mind will reject it.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, virtually everyone can be hypnotised if they want to be hypnotised. We go in and out of trance many times a day.  Trance is a natural state. If you have serious emotional or physical problems you are advised to consult your physician. You are encouraged to share your experiences with your healthcare providers and I am happy to work together with your Physician to ensure a
positive outcome.