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Hypnotherapy FAQs

Q Will I still be in control?


A Many people fear that by going into hypnosis they will lose control. A common theme among TV hypnosis seems to be people wandering around doing strange things, seemingly under control of someone else. However, forget entertaining TV or stage shows, therapeutic hypnosis is about gaining control. Rather than losing control of yourself - which you won't as your mind is in control at all times, you will actually be gaining control of unwanted habits or fears that you brought to the session.


Q Am I under control of the hypnotist?


A No. As a hypnotherapist, my job is to guide you into a relaxed state, that is all. You are not under the control of someone else. You will not do anything under hypnosis that you wouldn’t want to do. Think of it this way - your own mind is capable of finding the solutions and working through the issue you bring to hypnotherapy, and the hypnotherapist is simply guiding you to find out how.


Q Can I be hypnotised without my consent?

A You can stop the hypnosis at any time during the session if you are not comfortable, you are in control.


Q What happens if I get stuck in hypnosis?

A You wont! Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state, similar to daydreaming. You will drift in and out of hypnosis naturally several times a day, it is not something you get "stuck" in. You will be in a deeply relaxed state but fully aware and in control and you can come out of that state at any time that you want to.


Q Can I hypnotise myself?

A Yes, you can and you have probably done so already! All hypnosis is a form of self-hypnosis and you use it naturally more times than you think. Ever gone into a daydream-like state of worry where you tell yourself all the ways you wont cope? That's a form of self-hypnosis! It is really training your brain to find what it is looking for. What we are doing with hypnotherapy is utilising this to focus on what you do what, make positive changes and find better solutions.


Q Does hypnosis work?

A If you bring an issue to hypnotherapy and are in the right frame of mind and ready to make changes that are for your benefit, then yes you can make those changes. Hypnosis isn't something that either works or doesn't, it is a natural state and the question is rather about will it help you to change unwanted issues. The answer to this is really dependant on many things, but if you are ready to make changes and you find the right hypnotherapist there is a good chance it can work for you.


Q How many sessions will I need?

A Hypnotherapy isn't usually a long term type of therapy. You will work together with your hypnotherapist on a set goal, and depending on the issue and how you work together, it can be usually around 1-6 sessions. For example a simple phobia may be dealt with in 1-2 sessions, more complex issues such as anxiety may take a little longer.


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