Questions about Hypnotherapy

Questions about hypnotherapy is a section where I will try to dispel some popular misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. If there are any nagging doubts or questions you would like answered, feel free to put them in the contact box at the bottom of the page. I will try to answer them as soon as I can.

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  • Is hypnosis safe?

Yes. Providing that it is practised by a qualified hypnotherapist. I am fully qualified, registered with The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and bound by its Code of Ethics. I personally guarantee the safety of all of my patients.

  • Will I be asleep during hypnosis?

No. In hypnosis you are not asleep but deeply relaxed. It is a state where you become less sensitive to what is happening around you and more focused on your internal processes and thoughts.

  • How does it feel to be under hypnosis?

It is a very relaxed state, by some compared to the state between waking and sleeping. Your muscles relax, releasing any tension, your breathing becomes shallower and more even. You will still be aware of what is happening around you and in control of your faculties.

  • I’m not very impressionable.
    What if I cannot be hypnotised?

Everybody can be hypnotised provided that they want to be. Some people go into hypnosis easier than others but if you want to be hypnotised – it should be possible. A lot depends on the skill and experience of the hypnotherapist.

  • Will I remember things under hypnosis that I don’t remember now?

This is possible. One of the functions of hypnotic regression is to reach buried memories of events that may be the root cause of current problems. The hypnotherapist will only probe subjects directly related to the issue you want resolved.

You are in full control of all your mental faculties during hypnosis and you decide what information you share with the hypnotherapist. Obviously, if you don’t share information with the hypnotherapist during the session it makes it near impossible for them to guide you and help you resolve your problem.

  • Will I remember what happened while I was hypnotised?

You should remember everything.

  • How soon will I notice the effects of the treatment?

Most issues can be resolved over 3 to 5 one-hour sessions. Stop Smoking in One Hour – as the name suggests – takes only one session.

Even with complicated problems you should already see a positive change after the first session. It is recommended, however, that you complete the number of sessions suggested by your hypnotherapist. It sometimes takes time to get to the root of the problem.

  • Am I likely to look stupid or do stupid things under hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy is practised for therapeutic purposes. People often confuse stage hypnosis – conducted for entertainment purposes by people like Derren Brown – with hypnotherapy which is designed to help patients overcome their problems.

Under hypnosis, you will not look any different than normally – perhaps only calmer and more relaxed. You will lie on a sofa or sit comfortably with your eyes closed and respond to questions your hypnotherapist will ask you.