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Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
What is hypnotherapy?
What does hypnosis feel like?
What is the difference between the conscious and subconscious mind?
Shall I be aware of what is happening during hypnosis?
Am I asleep?
Are there some people who cannot be hypnotised?
I find it difficult to "switch off" my conscious mind, will this affect hypnosis?
Could I be influenced to do something against my will?
Do you use other therapeutic techniques?
How many sessions will I need?
What is your success rate? Do you make any guarantees?
Do you provide gastric band hypnosis?
 
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis can be defined as a natural state of mind, enhanced by physical and mental relaxation, in which our subconscious mind is able to communicate with our conscious mind. Without probably knowing it, each and every one of us experiences hypnosis on a daily basis. Have you ever driven past your junction or arrived at the wrong destination because your mind had wandered? Maybe you have been sat daydreaming and said to someone “I was miles away” or sat watching television and become so engrossed you didn't hear someone call your name? These are all states of hypnosis.
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WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnotic techniques in such a way as to bring about therapeutic changes. A Hypnotherapist is a trained professional who provides this therapy. When we experience this relaxed state (i.e. hypnosis), the subconscious mind becomes very aware and is susceptible to beneficial change. The therapist will use a number of techniques in order to encourage therapeutic change so that the client can achieve their desired goals.
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WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?
I will help you to become physically and mentally relaxed so that your active conscious mind can take a rest for a short while. An overall feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation is experienced by most people. Other common sensations include feeling very light or very heavy and tingling sensations. Some people describe hypnosis as feeling similar to when you are just about to fall asleep at night or about to wake up in the morning, that in between state.
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS MIND?
Our conscious mind is the part of the mind that we use every day to make decisions and judgments, it is very analytical, The subconscious is the larger part of the mind and is responsible for storing so many things, for example, our emotions, habits, behaviour and everything we learn. Using an example related to our eating habits, our conscious mind knows what we need to do (e.g. eat a balanced diet, eat slowly and limit sugary and fatty snacks) but breaking this cycle can be difficult because our habits are deeply embedded in the subconscious mind.
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SHALL I BE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING DURING HYPNOSIS?
Yes.
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AM I ASLEEP?
No. Hypnosis does involve deep relaxation, but when in it, you will have an enhanced state of awareness. It can feel similar to what it feels like when you are just about to fall asleep at night or about to wake up in the morning.
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ARE THERE SOME PEOPLE WHO CANNOT BE HYPNOTISED?
No, although the DEGREE varies from person to person. Some people experience a deeper trance state that others.
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I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO “SWITCH OFF” MY CONSCIOUS MIND, WILL THIS AFFECT HYPNOSIS?
No. Most people who find it difficult to switch off their conscious mind in every day life can experience hypnosis easily. However, if required specific techniques can be used to assist the mind to relax.
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COULD I BE INFLUENCED TO DO SOMETHING AGAINST MY WILL?
No, you will remain in COMPLETE CONTROL throughout. It is likely that the loss of control stems from people's misconception of stage hypnosis. Remember that participation in a stage act is entirely voluntary and the volunteer is fully aware that they will be persuaded to perform all manner of (usually foolish) acts.
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DO YOU USE OTHER THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES?
Yes, I also use other therapeutic techniques alongside hypnotherapy, including stress management and NLP. Stress Management involves helping you to understand the underlying causes and identify new positive strategies to manage stress. You will regain control over your stress levels, feeling confident that you can recognise any triggers and then manage any onset of stress more effectively.
NLP involves helping you to learn a number of tools and techniques to change the way you think, feel and behave. These can be effective for many problems and conditions and NLP is now used extensively in the world of business and sports performance. The techniques are simple and quick to learn and are accessible, as they can be used in and out of hypnosis.
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HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
The number of sessions depends entirely on the individual. Problems such as smoking can sometimes be overcome completely in one session; others may take a few sessions, whilst more deep-rooted problems can take a number of sessions.
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WHAT IS YOUR SUCCESS RATE? DO YOU MAKE ANY GUARANTEES?
In accordance with the NCH guidelines, I do not offer success rates or make any guarantees. It is difficult to define success because success is subjective; one person's version of success is different to another's. As with any psychological therapy, there are no guarantees in terms of the outcome of treatment. A client must be personally motivated to change rather solely than relying on the therapist.
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Do you provide gastric band hypnosis?
No. If you would like to find out why, please click here
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