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FAQ

Most commonly asked questions 

What can I expect in a Hypnotherapy session?

 

First we listen to you.
We learn more about you and the issue, how it’s been affecting you, what you want to change and how changes will help you. We allow plenty of time to discuss your objectives and check that you are completely on board with them. Then we guide you into Hypnosis and select appropriate techniques to help you achieve your aims.

 

Hypnosis could be described as a pleasant, highly focused, daydream-like state. The techniques we use might include a ‘clearance’ procedure to let go of unhelpful feelings and responses stored from the past, direct suggestions to facilitate your desired outcome, and detailed guided visualisation of you happily carrying out everything we have discussed earlier. You can rest assured that everything is tailor made to you … it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach … and at no time will we try to make you do anything you don’t want to do.

Does Clinical  Hypnotherapy work with children?

The simple answer is yes, most times.

With older teens the journey into hypnosis may be similar to that we use with some adults.  With children and the very young the journey is much more about engaging in imaginative play with their fertile, colourful, creative minds. 

Children can take up relaxing, daydream-like states, sometimes with eyes open but with lots of bum-shuffling, giggling and wriggling around! We use lots of play, gentle imagery, activities and stories.

Is Clinical Hypnotherapy dangerous?

People already have all the resources in their mind they need to create change. As therapists we help you unlock the tools you were born with to create that change. Our work although powerful, is gentle and soothing. We rarely rekindle traumatic feelings. We don’t embed 'stage' suggestions likely to create an urge to rob a bank or walk on burning coals

What’s the difference between Counselling etc and Hypnotherapy.

Counselling is a useful traditional form of therapy that is primarily designed to understand the source of unwanted feelings or behaviours. It has a place in recovery. It can seek to provide tools for the patient to address what is unwanted, so that feelings can be channelled in a more positive direction. Some therapists work on training the mind to react differently when symptoms are being felt. In the main counselling is a conscious process.

Nobody can ever hypnotise me

If someone doesn’t want to be hypnotised, they won’t he hypnotised.

However, feeling you can’t be hypnotised is different. Almost everybody can be placed into a hypnotic state if they are genuinely seeking to change.

For some relinquishing control is difficult. Anyone CAN be hypnotised if they are fully motivated and willing to work toward recovery.

If someone wants to stop smoking but consciously has a desire to 'hang-out' with works smoking club, stopping smoking can be difficult, as their is another agenda, regularly pulling them away.

But if someone wants to stop smoking and is fully motivated to stop smoking, for whatever reasons, the chances are, we will get you to stop-smoking.

Will I fall asleep?

Although in an Hypnotic Trance, it’s unusual for a client to fall asleep. Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility. While hypnosis is often described as sleep-like, it is better expressed as a state of focused attention or heightened suggestibility. People in an hypnotic state often seem sleepy and zoned out, but in reality, they are in a state of hyper-awareness

Will I end up playing the Funky Chicken, or behaving silly

No.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is not Stage Hypnosis. When we finish our sessions you are fully awake with only positive messages embedded to use later on, as and when necessary.

What is the Clinical Hypnotherapy success rate.

 

Chris has a 95% success rate. However, for various reasons, one or two people may not respond as well to Hypnotherapy as most.

Will I blurt out any things I may later regret?

We all have skeletons in our cupboards.

Not at all. We only focus on finding solutions to your issues. It’s unusual for a client to off-load unwanted secrets.

Will I have to relive traumatic events?

In most cases having to discuss the actual 'events' of a traumatic event is unnecessary.

The Hypnotist will be able to control my mind.

No one can control your mind. You can be given suggestions in hypnosis but only based on the Consultation and a clients needs. At no point during a session will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you don’t agree with, or don’t understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it.

What does it feel like to be hypnotised?

The process is relaxing, pleasurable and enjoyable.

Most folk naturally enters a state of hypnosis at least twice everyday: just before falling asleep at night, dreaming of winning the lottery or a sunshine holiday. And we do the same as we wake up. Have you ever sought to confirm what day it is, or what’s my agenda today the moment you awaken? Most people enter ‘Environmental Hypnosis’ while at the Cinema, watching TV, driving, or while reading a good book.

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Clinical Hypnotherapy is different. 

Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, gentle therapy designed to reach directly into the mind.

 

It is the process of communicating unconsciously with the client to enable speedy access to underlying issues, stimulating alternative behaviours using unconscious suggestion and the already available emotional resources of the client.

It has been around for many centuries, and has been used successfully to address all types of fears, phobias, trauma, unwanted behaviours, and reactions. 

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Confidentially.

We will not discuss anything to do with our work together with anybody else.

Clinical Hypnotherapy is complimentary therapy. It does not replace primary care. However we do suggest you let your GP know you are seeing us. With your permission, we may contact your GP if we need to discuss anything to do with managing your emotional health.

Even testimonials from previous clients are anonymised.

However, if there is a Safeguarding issue, we will always discuss this with you first, but would need to advise the appropriate agencies

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