What does hypnotherapy feel like?
It feels like being extremely relaxed. You will sit in a comfortable chair or be lying on a couch before you are taken into hypnosis. Some people feel a heaviness in their arms and legs, as though you do not want to move them (you can move them if you wish to do so). You can experience this same feeling of heaviness in your eyelids and head. Each person has a different experience; some have no heaviness but feel like they are floating.
Your mind will remain quite focused, although you can feel as though your mind occasionally drifts off. This is normal. Your mind is preparing to make changes. Your unconscious mind always remains active, even when you drift off. It is this area of your mind that the hypnotherapist works on to help you make the changes you require.
Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?
No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis! It is rather like a very deep daydream state, and you can come out at any time. Your therapist will be there to guide you.
Can the hypnotherapist control my mind and make me do things I don’t want to do?
No, they cannot take control of your mind. They work in cooperation with you to achieve a goal which has been agreed between you. This is a ‘helping’ therapy and not about control.
Can a hypnotherapist guarantee to cure me?
Like any form of therapy or treatment, there are no guarantees. It has helped many people overcome difficulties. The hypnotherapist just supplies the safe environment and tools for you to make the changes you desire, and it is up to you to make the necessary changes to achieve results.
How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?
This is decided on an individual basis and depends on your own individual problem. For some issues, a single session is sufficient, while other issues require 5-6 sessions. This will be a point of discussion with your hypnotherapist at your initial consultation.
How long is a session?
A session will usually take 60 minutes. This includes information gathering and reviewing. You spend approximately 30-40 minutes under hypnosis. This can vary depending on the specific problem.
What if I have a significant medical condition and take medications?
The hypnotherapist would contact your GP or hospital consultant to check that they are agreeable that you can undertake hypnotherapy safely.
How do I know my hypnotherapist is ethical and up to date?
A hypnotherapist will be registered with a governing body. I am registered with the NCH (National Council of Hypnotherapy) and work within the code of ethics set out by this body.
I also undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and have regular clinical supervision.