There are a number of myths and concerns around hypnosis, and you may have questions. I hope that some of them will be answered here but if not please don’t hesitate to get in touch
Q: Do I need to look at a moving watch or look deeply into the hypnotherapist's eyes? I don’t think I can be hypnotised.
A: Inducing hypnosis has moved on from those old-fashioned approaches. You will (usually) be lying down, with your eyes closed and relaxing. The depth of hypnosis is up to you – some people go very deeply into relaxation and quickly. Others take a while and are lightly hypnotised. There is no right or wrong here, it’s simply that everyone is different.
Everyone can be hypnotised to some degree, if willing. It’s not possible to hypnotise anyone by force.
In fact, we are often in light hypnosis during the day; driving regular routes, washing up, day dreaming, snoozing, meditation, where our every-day mind loses concentration and we drift off somewhere.
Q: Will I lose control and make a fool of myself?
A: No. Whilst in hypnosis you can enter a state of deep relaxation where we, together, can access your subconscious mind. Your everyday conscious mind, and all your senses, will still be available to you at all times and therefore you will never lose full control.
“At any given time, a person in hypnosis is in a position to lighten, maintain, deepen or end the experience” Michael Yapko ph.D
Stage hypnosis, where you may have heard of people doing ridiculous things, is not what will happen to you. Even if a bad hypnotist attempted to suggest something that you didn’t want to do, your conscious mind wouldn’t allow it.
Q: So, isn’t Hypnosis simply relaxing?
A: No, but it’s an important part of hypnosis; it’s a stepping stone to accessing your subconscious mind. When you’re relaxing, your every-day conscious mind takes a rest from thinking about your day, your shopping list, your schedule etc.
Clients who come to sessions with ‘more ability to relax’ as their goal will still be given hypnotic suggestions to encourage the change desired.
Q: If I can be hypnotised does that mean I’m weak-minded?
A: Not at all. It’s all about how deeply you can relax so that we can access your subconscious mind to encourage the changes needed. This is the skill of the hypnotherapist in understanding your needs and your own motivation.
Q: If I’m in a deep trance will I remember anything? Will I just be asleep?
A: Hypnosis is not sleep. You will remember most of your session. Any suggestions given to you will be heard by your conscious mind, to one degree or another, but will be embedded in the subconscious mind as an alternative ‘belief’ to encourage change. This is often the reason that there’s a need for more than 1 session so that the new ‘belief’ becomes fully integrated into your every-day conscious mind.
Hypnosis is not a magic wand able fix a problem whilst you are unconscious or asleep.
Q: If I’m hypnotised once does that mean I’m in the Hypnotherapist’s power for ever?
A: Not at all. The choice of a Hypnotherapist is a personal preference; you may prefer a woman, a soothing voice or a commanding voice etc. The skill of the hypnotherapist is in directing your personal experience during the session, but they cannot make you do something that you don’t want to do, in or out of the hypnosis session.
Your conscious mind never fully loses full control and you will be aware of sensations around you, to some degree, during a session.
Q: I’m worried I will get stuck in Hypnosis
A: This is impossible. At the end of your session you will be brought out of hypnosis gently. Being deeply relaxed is a very enjoyable state to be in and we often don’t want this pleasurable experience to end. But you will not leave my care until you are fully conscious, out of your relaxed state and ready for the rest of your day.
Your experience is fully controllable; you can be in light or deep hypnosis but you can end the experience at any time.
Q: I’m a little scared
A: It's understandable to be apprehensive of something new. But if after reading all of this, you are scared then hypnotherapy may not be for you. On the other hand, fear is not simply “fear” in itself; there is an underlying issue for you to explore and maybe we could look at that issue to elicit change together.
If you still have questions please get in touch