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What is hypnosis?

Although hypnosis is not sleep, the therapist requires the individual to be in a relaxed and receptive trance state in which their imagination can be utilised fully. It is the subconscious mind is what dictates how we make decisions. Quite often it rejects changes because it is simply happy with the habits it has become used to. When hypnotised, a person can focus on their needs and use the process to make changes and bypass that part of their brain that rejects change.

Can I be hypnotised?

Yes. Most of us can be hypnotised. In hypnotherapy the client is relaxed until the point where the trance state is induced. The depth of this trance is often determined by the work that needs to be done.

How will it feel?

One of the key things we tell our clients in the talk before the treatment begins is not to expect to feel hypnotised! What is likely is that you will find the whole experience to be a very relaxing one. Some people report feeling a slight tingling sensation, warming up or cooling down and some ask if they were asleep at any point as they could not consciously recall all that was said. Simply expect the experience to be a pleasant one and you are unlikely to be disappointed.

Can I get trapped in hypnosis?

No. If a trance is not terminated by the hypnotherapist then the client may just fall asleep, but it is more likely that after a time they would get bored and sit up and leave. It is not possible to get trapped in hypnosis.

Will I be aware of what is happening?

For the most part you will yes. We say mostly because there may be times in hypnosis where a person doesn't recall all that is being said because it is simply not important for their conscious mind to pay attention. The subconscious mind however pays attention to everything. Hypnosis is not the same as sleep and so you will recall pieces of information but not all what was said verbatim.

Will I lose control?

No. The client always remains in control. It is there to protect you and any suggestions made under hypnosis that go against the very grain of your subconscious mind and your own ethics and morals will be rejected outright.

How many appointments will I need?

This is all dependent on the client and what their specific needs are. Hypnotherapy is usually a quick form of therapy, and most treatment plans are about 2- 4 sessions (with the exception of stop smoking) When I take the initial consultation I will have a good idea about what your needs are, and how many sessions it is likely to take. Deep-rooted issues may take longer to work with than others.

Can hypnosis help with medical issues?

Yes, hypnosis can help with many medical issues although, depending on the issue itself, I may need to have written confirmation from your before proceeding. Should you have any current medical issues that may be the cause of you seeking hypnotherapy, or you have an existing that impacts upon your daily life I would ask that you tell me about this.

How do I pay?

You can pay for each session either before or after the therapy treatment. By cash or cheque.

Will I be able to speak?

Yes. For most therapeutic treatments only a light trance is required and for therapeutic purposes you may be asked to speak at times during hypnosis.

Will I give away secrets?

You will not give away any secrets under hypnosis. In fact you won't say anything to the therapist in hypnosis that you wouldn't say when in the normal waking state. Your moral and ethical code remains intact at all times.

Expectations of Hypnotherapy.

The hypnosis itself will more than likely be a pleasant experience and will lead to changes in how your subconscious mind operates. Once the trance state is terminated you can expect a discussion about how you felt during the session and, if necessary, how we are to proceed.

What is Integrative Therapy?

Integrative Therapy is a form of therapy which uses techniques from various approaches. Working with a variety of models enables an integrative therapist to use these skills when appropriate for different clients and issues. This approach allows for therapists to take an active role in assisting the client heal and reach their full potential.