Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis (FAQ)
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions around hypnosis and hypnotherapy. I thought I’d compile some of the questions I get asked most often into a blog that will hopefully help clear things up and put your mind at ease that hypnosis is a very effective and helpful therapy.
Q: How does hypnosis work?
A: Basically, it retrains the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is where much of your unhelpful thinking and behaviours, ‘unfinished business’, and repressed memories are hiding. Hypnosis taps into the subconscious and reprogrammes it, replacing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours with healthier and more positive ones and dealing with any ‘unfinished business.’
Hypnosis can make you feel more positive and give you a sense of control back, which ultimately will make you feel happier and more confident. Everyone deserves to be happy!
While it’s true that you’re more open to suggestion when you’re in a deeply relaxed state, what you’ll experience in a hypnotherapy session is nothing like what you see in a stage hypnotist’s show. You aren’t going to be going around clucking like a chicken!
Q: What can hypnotherapy help with?
A: It can help with any problem that starts in the mind, so there’s quite a list! Hypnotherapy can help you give up smoking, lose weight, deal with depression, anxiety, and stress, infertility, sugar addiction…you name it!
Q: Are hypnosis and hypnotherapy different things?
A: Hypnotherapy is when someone is put under hypnosis to achieve a goal like stopping smoking or tackling a sugar addiction. Hypnosis with no expected outcome or aim is just hypnosis.
Q: Are some people resistant to hypnosis?
A: Everyone can be put under hypnosis, and the people who say they can’t probably don’t believe in it anyway and wouldn’t come to see me. Being under hypnosis is not like being in some sort of trance, in fact, it’s a state that most people go into every day at some point, they’re just not aware of it. Think about when you’re just about to fall asleep, or you’ve driven somewhere almost on autopilot. This is actually a light stage of hypnosis, where you’re aware of things going on around you but you tune out the things that aren’t important.
Q: If I fall asleep will the hypnosis not work?
A: This has been researched, and the consensus is that even if you’re asleep, the hearing remains active as does a part of your brain. Have you ever been woken in the night by a crying baby or a smoke alarm? The subconscious mind still absorbs everything, even if you fall asleep.
Q: Is hypnosis appropriate for everyone? Are there any negative side effects?
A: Hypnosis is appropriate for most people, though there is some controversy over it’s use when a client has a condition like epilepsy or schizophrenia. Unlike many other therapeutic treatments, hypnosis has no negative side effects. Some people report that they dream more vividly but that’s about it.
Q: Can I try hypnosis instead of going to my doctor?
A: No. Always make sure you seek medical advice before attending hypnotherapy sessions. Hypnotherapy should be used in addition to medical treatment, not instead of it.
Q: Are there any rules over when I can listen to the personalised recording you give me?
A: You can listen to it at any time of the day, but before bed is preferable, as your mind is in that more suggestible state. Never listen to recordings when you’re driving.
Q: How quickly does hypnotherapy work?
A: Results do vary, but some people have seen results after just one session, and others after only three! Listening to your personalised recording between sessions can help reinforce what’s been done in sessions and help you maintain results.
Try hypnotherapy- what have you got to lose?
If you need help with anything from depression and anxiety, to quitting smoking and weight loss, try hypnotherapy. Contact me for a free consultation to find out what it can do for you-you won’t regret it!