Frequently Asked Questions:What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness, where you areable to open your mind to beneficial suggestions and where youcan make use of your imagination to help make positive changes inyour lifeWhat is Hypnotherapy?Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis, a state of altered consciousness inwhich the therapist can help you to access the deeper levels ofawareness, to which you are usually oblivious in your normal day-to-day functioning. More often than not, what you are experiencingas a problem, whether emotional, psychological or psychosomatic(i.e. actually producing physical symptoms) is only a surfaceEFFECT of a deeper underlying mental/emotional CAUSE. It is atthese deeper levels of consciousness that we as hypnotherapistswork with you, to bring about change in the way you feel, thinkand behave. A skilled hypnotherapist will always work with yourco-operation and in the most caring and nurturing manner.If left untreated, problems can sometimes create a ripple effect intoother areas of your life, and what many people find is, oncompletion of effective hypnotherapy, other problems seem to meltaway.Why choose hypnotherapy?Hypnotherapy has long been recognised to be a verypowerful method for personal development. In fact, it isknown to have been in use for the last 6,000 years.Today, all around the world, people use the power ofhypnosis to help deal with a vast range of problems.Everyone experiences hypnosis regularly. Hypnosis issimply a state of heightened relaxation and alteredawareness.
When you are relaxed in this way it is possible to makecontact with your subconscious mind, in order to effectchange in your life. The subconscious is an untappedresource for creativity. The subconscious mind is the seat ofall your emotions and therefore directs nearly all yourbehaviour. Most importantly the subconscious isresponsible for maintaining the body in good health and forall the autonomic processes, e.g., breathing, bloodcirculation, tissue repair and controlling blood sugar level.Hypnosis is a doorway to this inner world, the enchantedrealms of your imagination and emotions. Using hypnosis,whereby the subconscious mind can be contacted, innerpower can be harnessed to promote desired changes andphysical well-being.What does hypnosis feel like?You are deeply relaxed and calm, aware of everythinghappening around you. It is a pleasant and enjoyable state,very similar to daydreaming or drifting off to sleep. Youwill feel wonderfully relaxed and you may find that yoursleep will be of a much better quality.What if I cant be hypnotised?Dont worry. The only people who cant be hypnotised arethose who dont want to be hypnotised. Everyone else canbe hypnotised, but the depths and response levels do differfrom person to person.Is the depth of hypnosis important to the success of thetherapy?Yes, which is why the therapy is generally tailored to yourneeds and according to the level of hypnosis that suits best.Will I be unconscious?There is a lot of confusion about the word unconscious.Because hypnotherapy deals with the unconscious mind thisleaves a realm of ambiguity around the word unconcious. If
you were unconscious you would not be able to hear thesuggestion from the hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is astate of calm, relaxed, focused attention creatingsuggestions and commands directed to your unconsciousmind for conscious change.I dont like the idea of having my mind being controlled.It wont be, you will be in control at all times. Within eachhuman being there is a protective mechanism of ethics,values, beliefs and identities, which protect you as anindividual. It would be as crazy to suggest this, as it wouldbe for the hypnotherapist to suggest that you would go androb a bank and bring back all the money!Will I know whats going on?Of course. You will also be able to remember the details ofthe session(s). In the same way as when you are lying inbed in the morning, no need to get up, with almost a feelingof "I couldnt be bothered to get up" and you can heareverything going on around you, but it doesnt bother youat all. It is not a loss of control; instead it is rather like aguide to your resources.So I am not asleep then?Not at all. You will just be very relaxed and your awarenesswill be enhanced, not dulled. Often you may feel as if youhave not been “under” although in actual fact you have beenhypnotised in the session.Will I be made to do silly things like those you see on stage orTV?No, of course not! You will always be treated with theutmost respect, and your confidentiality will besafeguarded. Entertainment hypnosis relies on compliance,expectation from the audience and perception of what theaudience expects. In fact, if you should choose to go to anentertainment hypnotist, you are going with the express
intention of having fun and being asked to do silly things.What Can Hypnosis Treat? • Phobias and Anxieties • Emotional Blocks • Overcoming Addictions • Alcohol and Substance Abuse • Psychosomatic illnesses • Pain Management • Changing Limiting Beliefs • Smoking Cessation • Weight Management • Compulsive Behavior • Regressions to the Past • Emotional Release • Healing Depression • Grief and Loss • Releasing Anxiety • Managing Stress • Spiritual Attunement • Trauma • Unwanted Habits • Emotional Blocks • Learning and Memory • Unwanted Habits • Self EsteemIn a nutshell, hypnotherapy can generally help with any problemyoure finding hard to handle on your own - thoughts and actionsyoud like to banish or acquire, or emotional suffering that is toooverwhelming or has gone on too long. Some physical problemscan also be treated effectively by hypnotherapy.
Life is what you make it, so why not make it better? Hypnotherapycan improve your life for the better on a daily basis including theway you feel about both yourself and the world around you. Youhave nothing to lose and everything to gain.ContraindicationsIf you suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia or clinical depression, you should consult yourdoctor before approaching a hypnotherapist.