What is hypnosis?
There are lots of theories to answer this question many say that it is a state of altered consciousness a way of passing the conscious thoughts to access our subconscious mind. There is no scientifically measurable change in brain wave patterns during hypnosis, as compared with normal consciousness.
What does it feel like?
For the vast majority of people there is actually no such thing as a ‘hypnotised feeling’ – most people would insist afterwards that they had not ‘gone under’ and it is different for everyone. After a few sessions, though, most people start to become aware of how the state feels to them. It may be that they feel excessively heavy or light. An individual in the hypnotised state usually feels very relaxed and at peace, some say that it feels like that feeling of complete contentment that you can sometimes experience as you fall asleep. You may feel that you are half asleep but are very unlikely to actually fall asleep.
Can I be hypnotised?
Most people can be, however you have got to want to be hypnotised. If you use hard drugs or are under the influence of large amounts of alcohol then it would not be possible.
How do you hypnotise somebody?
I usually use a voice induction, though there are various other methods such as strobe lights, rotating spirals and so on.
What happens in a session?
During the free initial consultation I will have a chance to assess your needs and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and to decide if hypnotherapy is for you. You are under no obligation to continue and can choose to walk away.
We will chat about the improvements that you want to make to your life and as part of this we will work together to set an achievable goal to work towards.
You might then decide to continue and experience your first session or decide to make an appointment for a later date.
How therapy continues will vary from client to client but feel free to contact me for any specific answers to questions that you may have.
Can you be made to do things you don’t want to?
I believe not and a reputable hypnotherapist would never attempt or want you to do anything that you did not want to do.
Can you be made to forget things like the suggestions or the sessions itself?
You cannot actually ‘make’ anybody do anything in hypnosis. Hypnosis gives nobody any power over the person who is hypnotised. Theoretically, you could suggest to a hypnotised person that they would forget the content of the session. However this is not reliable, and it is most unlikely that a lasting amnesia could be created, and certainly not of the session itself.
Can you get stuck in hypnosis?
No you definitely cannot!
If you were hypnotised and the hypnotist just walked away and left you, you would simply bring yourself out of the state whenever you wanted to.
Is it dangerous in any way?
Not at all and particularly not in the hands of a properly trained individual.