What is hypnosis? What does it feel like?
Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness achieved by relaxation. We experience this state on a daily basis. For example;
- When we watch a good movie
- When we feel totally absorbed reading a book
- When playing our favourite sport
- When riding a bicycle
- When we have a conversation with someone else
- When dancing, etc.
We focus so much doing something, that we exclude everything else. How many times we’ve been talking to a good friend having the feeling that an hour can pass in a minute, then suddenly we realise we’ve forgot an appointment?.
Hypnosis is a state of mental and often physical relaxation, very similar to the state you experience just before falling asleep, or just before waking up in the morning. During this time the unconscious mind is very receptive and can quickly access stored information.
During hypnosis your body relaxes deeply and your mind becomes more aware than other times so:
- You are aware of everything, you can hear everything (you never lose consciousness)
- You don’t fall asleep
- You are always in control of yourself
If there was an emergency for example, you would be able to respond in a normal way, being fully alert.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Absolutely yes. And research shows that the higher your IQ the more ‘hypnotisable’ you are! The truth is, we have all experienced ‘hypnosis’ before and continue to experience it everyday.
The only exception would be people who can’t focus on something and/or can not engage in therapy, this can be found in people suffering from certain mental disabilities.
Is Hypnosis safe?
Yes, clinical hypnosis is completely safe. You are aware of everything that is going on. Most clients really enjoy the sessions, feel relaxed and at the same time very alert.
After the session you’re able to walk and drive as normal.
There are no side effects…or let’s say… there are very GOOD side effects!.
Will I say things I don’t really want to?
No, during hypnosis you are alert and aware of what is happening, therefore you decide what information you feel ready to share. You’ll never be forced to disclose any private information. You can keep things to yourself and that is absolutely fine. We can still work together.
Do you offer a free initial consultation?
Yes, I am more than happy to discuss any problem at length on the telephone. For most people this is sufficient to get answers to their questions.
What happens during the first session?
During the first session we discuss your problem. I’ll ask several questions to know more about you and I’ll give you an introduction of hypnosis and NLP. This is the ideal time for you to ask questions and to clarify any doubts you may have.
If we have time we’ll do hypnosis. At the end of the session I’ll give you an 18 minute recording for you to listen to everyday, this will help in between therapy sessions.
The first session is usually 2 hours long.
Whatever we discuss in the therapy room is strictly confidential.
Clinical Hypnotherapy Vs Stage Hypnosis
Clinical hypnosis is used mainly for therapeutic purposes. Please make sure you find a professionally trained practitioner.
The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) is a national professional body whose aim is to promote and assure high standards in the practice of hypnotherapy. On their website, you can search for a hypnotherapist in your area.
Stage hypnosis is the use of hypnosis for entertainment purposes. A stage hypnotist is not necessarily professionally trained.
How many sessions will I need?
Every person is different, therefore every session is tailored to each individual considering their circumstances and problem.
Some people need or feel that they have accomplished their goal in one session; others may need more.
For weight loss I have different options, please contact me for more details.
Is your question not listed here?, please get in touch, I’ll be happy to help you.