Here are some of the most commonly asked questions but if yours isn't here please don't hesitate to ask.
"An amazing experience"
What is hypnosis?
It is essentially just a very deep state of relaxation. You know that point when you're lying in bed, about to fall asleep, and you know you could get up if you had to but you feel almost weightless and as if you can't move any part of your body because it's just too much effort? It can feel a little like that.
Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you don't hear someone speak to you or notice the time passing? Perhaps you were watching TV or listening to music - even daydreaming. Most of us experience this 'trance-like' state on a daily basis and it is essentially a form of self-hypnosis.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, but only if you want to be. The only exceptions are those who are under the influence of mind-altering drugs or alcohol and people with severe learning difficulties. It is like any other therapy, a two-way process where therapist and client work together. Open-minded people with clear objectives respond well.
I struggle to relax, will it work?
I would guess you have an analytical mind which means you will probably find the whole process fascinating. A hypnotherapist simply acts as a guide, allowing you to change unconscious preconceptions, feelings and behaviours. You will hear and remember everything that goes on and you choose whether to follow.
How will I know I'm hypnotised?
It's different for everyone and you may not even be aware you are under hypnosis. You might feel completely awake and remember everything that was said to you, you might notice you're incredibly relaxed and immovable or you might have a light and floaty sensation. Some people feel no different than usual, others experience a dreamlike state. The one thing people do notice is a change in their daily behaviour and thoughts, no matter how inexplicable. And most report an amazing night's sleep afterwards!
Is hypnotherapy right for me?
Of course hypnotherapy is not magic, but many people find it an incredibly useful tool. As long as you come with an open mind and a genuine, strong desire to change, it can be a very successful form of treatment for a variety of issues. It isn't for everyone, but the only way to find out is to try it!
How does hypnosis work?
We have two minds, our conscious and unconscious. Our conscious mind is quite simple and it can only hold about four things at any one time. We think, decide and act with our conscious. Our unconscious is very large and very powerful and it holds everything else, including our memories, our habits, our feelings and beliefs. During hypnosis, the two disassociate which enables us to communicate directly with the unconscious and make suggestions of change.
Will I lose control?
It's a common misconception that when you are in hypnosis you are out of control, or even under the control of the hypnotist. Despite what the TV shows lead you to believe, you cannot be made to do anything, let alone anything you don't want to do. In fact, you are very much in control - your hypnotherapist is simply there to make suggestions which you can choose to accept. Rest assured, no-one can make you bark like a dog - unless you decide you want to!
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes, it is completely safe. You are awake during hypnosis and therefore aware of things around you. You can snap out of the deeply relaxed state you are in at any time if you want to. You cannot get 'stuck' in a hypnotic state, although you may enjoy the wonderful, relaxed feelings so much that you may not want to leave!