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FAQS (or Frequently Answered Questions)


What is Hypnosis?

HYPNOSIS is a natural state of consciousness that we experience throughout the day similar to daydreaming or when we are focused on an activity.  Hypnosis is completely safe and you can return to full consciousness at any time. 


What is Hypnotherapy?

HYPNOTHERAPY is the application of hypnotic techniques in such a way as to bring about therapeutic changes. An external influence – the Therapist – assists in activating the inner resources of a person – the Client – in order to achieve realistic goals.


Will I know that I have been hypnotised?

You may not even realise that you were hypnotised.  Some people know that they were because they feel they have been asleep for a while, then “wake up”, while others are totally aware of their surroundings and remember everything.  Once you begin to see positive changes in the way you think and feel you will know that you have been hypnotised.


What is it like to be hypnotised?

In experiencing altered states it should be acknowledged that trance (altered state of consciousness) is slightly different for everyone.  Most find it extremely pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing, saying they’ve never felt so agreeably relaxed and comfortable before.  The altered state of consciousness is an individual and personal experience.  Some may feel no difference at all, while others may feel very heavy and deeply relaxed, whilst still others may feel like they were floating – it is best not to have any preconceived ideas and just experience the sessions in your own unique way.


Who can be hypnotised?

Just about everyone if they choose.


Who should not use hypnosis?

Those with any mental illness, injury or disease should not use hypnosis, neither should those with special needs, who require personal attention.  Hypnotherapy is not suitable if you have or have ever suffered from personality disorders, psychosis, clinical depression or epilepsy.


Is hypnotherapy safe?

Yes.  It is a safe, natural part of human experience.  Always protected by our subconscious, trance (altered state of consciousness) is part of everyday life.  We are already proficient in its use, we simply don’t recognise it.  Note:  Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis.


Can I be forced into trance?

No.  It is a state of mind that needs your co-operation.  No one goes against their own unique code of behaviour in hypnotherapy.


Am I too strong willed to be hypnotised?

Strength of will plays no part in the process.


Do hypnotised persons lose control of themselves?

Quite the opposite, the client is in control of their trance (altered state of consciousness), and is being guided by the hypnotherapist and will only do that which seems right and is helpful.


Could I get 'stuck' in trance?

No.  It simply doesn’t happen.  You are able to come out of the session at any time – all you have to do is tell yourself to do so.


Will I be unconscious when in hypnotherapy?

No.  No loss of consciousness is involved.  Individuals will be perfectly aware of their surroundings, including sounds, movements and smells and will be hyper-sensitive to touch.  Some individuals will achieve a deeper level of trance than others.  However, the results remain the same.


Is my problem too trivial to be bothered with?

Any problem which affects our lives is not trivial.  


Why should I consider or need hypnotherapy?

Since your subconscious mind is accessible during hypnotherapy, it is more open to change and improvement, so you are much more likely to be successful in your goals.