hypnosis faq

Does a hypnotised person lose control?

Not at all!

Hypnotherapy is often what people resort to when they feel they have already lost control in some way, e.g. by smoking, over-eating, being hindered by fears and phobias. Our work together is aimed at giving you control back again.

During hypnosis we are in a state of relaxed, selective focus, and can always communicate and hear what’s going on.

Can I be made to do anything that I don’t want to do?

Once again, absolutely not!

This is one of the most common misconceptions about hypnosis, which probably has its roots in the performances of famous stage hypnotists. However, what happens on stage is the furthest we can imagine from what happens in a session. Stage hypnotism relies on the selection of volunteers, who are to a certain extent willing to perform amusing acts on stage. Even so, they would never do anything that goes against their values or puts them in danger!

Our subconscious mind will only accept suggestions which are safe, healthy and reasonable.

What is hypnosis like?

The hypnotic state is a natural state that we experience quite often.  That twilight zone we’re in before falling asleep, the “bubble” we experience when we’re completely focused at work or doing something creative, the feeling of losing touch with time passing while watching a movie: these are all good examples of self-induced hypnotic states.

During a session, your conscious mind is extremely relaxed and acutely focused at the same time, and your subconscious mind is more open to suggestion.  The suggestions provided will help you transform unhelpful patterns and achieve the change you’re looking for.

Will I involuntary reveal all my secrets?

Only if that is what you choose to do! As a hypnotherapist, I cannot – and wouldn’t want to! – make you say anything you don’t want to share with me.

Could I get stuck in hypnosis?

No. Although I always ease you out of your relaxed state, you could in fact do it yourself at any time!  If anything, it often happens that clients enjoy being in such a relaxed state so much that they don’t want the session to end!

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Although some people are more easily hypnotised than others, anyone who’s willing to be can be hypnotised, as long as they are able to focus and hold attention.

How many hypnotherapy sessions will I need?

For many clients, a handful of sessions, combined with regular use of a personalised hypnotherapy recording, can have life-changing results. Others may feel that they have all they need after one or two sessions. Some people choose to see me regularly over a longer period of time; others prefer having ad-hoc sessions when they are in need of a little extra support. It’s not unusual for clients who have successfully resolved one issue to then choose to keep working with me to make changes in other areas of their life, either straight away or some time down the line.

Ultimately I’m here to support you in whatever way feels right for you, whether that turns out to be a single session, an ongoing therapeutic relationship or something in between. Whatever you decide, I am committed to helping you achieve optimum lasting results.