What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is like a trance. It is a very normal state for the mind. We go into trance every seven minutes whilst our minds process information. It is then that the body can repair itself. Hypnotherapy mimics this process. Some think it is ‘magical’ and I often hear that they ‘don’t believe in it.’ It isn’t a cult, it is a science and as part of the free initial consultation I will explain more of exactly how it works and how it can support change.
I am worried about losing control whilst in a hypnotic trance!
Do not worry. The hypnosis techniques that you see on TV or in entertainment are called somnambulism and are not a feature of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Trance is very different… Think of it like a deep daydream and, as with daydreaming, you still retain control. You could not be made to do something that you wouldn’t want to do so I couldn’t make you walk like a chicken, for example! (unless that is the outcome you wanted from the sessions… I haven’t come across that one yet!)
Rest assured, you are always in control.
What if I can’t wake up?
Again, this is not a feature of hypnotherapy. You are quite in control and apart from feeling so relaxed that you may snooze through part of it, you are not in any danger of not waking up or doing irreversible damage.
What does it feel like?
People will experience it differently. Some will find it deeply, physically relaxing, some will find it a creative and dreamy experience, some will feel quite ‘conscious’ during the session whilst some may slip into a state of light sleep. There is no right or wrong but most agree that it is one of the most deeply relaxing experiences imaginable.
How long before I notice change?
It depends from case to case but most people start feeling benefits immediately. Some people even notice positive change in areas of their life that they weren’t even expecting.
Is it confidential?
Yes. All data collected from clients is dealt with in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Furthermore, one of the main features of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that we try not to discuss aspects of your life that put you in a negative place in order to create the optimum amount of change. You don’t need to worry about the therapy being awkward or delving into personal issues you would rather not discuss.
How many sessions should I expect to come to see you for?
This depends on the individual but as a broad rule, ‘Stop Smoking’ is one session, ‘Fears and Phobias’ is four and all other conditions, generally, from eight to twelve sessions. This will all be explored in your initial consultation.