Frequently asked questions
What is Clinical Hypnosis?
Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used, by licensed therapists and trained doctors for treating a psychological or physiological problems. It is a highly relaxed state. Hypnosis put simply, is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. In this state the conscious mind is safely bypassed thus creating a clear path for positive suggestions which are then absorbed into the unconscious mind.
What does hypnosis feel like?
The experience of a hypnotic trance is not altogether unusual. On the contrary, it feels similar to countless other moments in your life where you may have been absorbed in a good book or movie, lost in thought, engrossed in music, driving to your destination and not really remembering quite how you got there or even meditating. Meditation is actually very close to a trance state without being guided there, as you would be in hypnotherapy.
How does it work?
Our subconscious mind is the source of many of our psychological, physiological and psychosomatic problems and it is here that our habits and behaviours are stored. Our subconscious (or unconscious) is an enormous reservoir of our often untapped or unrecognised inner strengths, knowledge and power. Hypnosis is a natural and highly effective technique for accessing the subconscious in order to unleash our potential, break bad habits and change or reshape unwanted behaviour.
What can you expect from a Clinical Hypnotherapy session?
At your first consultation, the first half an hour or so will be spent discussing your personal issues and concerns as well as taking a brief clinical and medical history in order to establish a clinical record.
N.B. It is important to note that confidentiality is paramount and as a qualified, registered and fully insured Clinical Hypnotherapist, I am bound by the ethical code of the National Council for Hypnotherapy. No personal information will be disclosed to any third party unless required to do so by law. The information you provide during the course of your treatment will be held in the same strict confidentiality unless you instruct me in writing to share it with your GP or any other third party.
Goals for therapy will be discussed and agreed before therapy begins. There are many ways in which a hypnotherapist is able to induce a state of hypnosis. You will be seated in a comfortable chair while being spoken to in a slow and soothing tone of voice. You may be asked to imagine or visualise certain things or to stare at a fixed point in the room or at my fingertip. Suggestions for relaxation will also be given. You will feel extremely relaxed but still very much aware of your surroundings.At the end of the session you will be safely and comfortably reorientated back to full conscious awareness.
Can everyone be hypnotised?
This is a very common question and can be a concern for anyone considering hypnotherapy for the first time. The brain is complicated and people are complicated, however it is estimated that 85% of people from all backgrounds and age groups respond well to hypnosis. And of course there are varying levels of hypnosis or trance states, therefore some people will respond more intensely than others. Comparing depths of trance between individuals is like comparing someone who walks with someone who runs. The only difference is one of degree.
Can I book a course of treatment?
Booking a course of treatment as opposed to making ad hoc appointments while in therapy is always a good idea. By booking a course of treatment you set a personal goal and demonstrate your commitment to making the changes you want in your life. Discounts are available when booking a course of 3 or more sessions.