What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state that all humans experience often. For example, have you ever driven a route you know well and when you got to your destination you didn’t remember the whole journey? It’s likely you were in mild hypnosis then. You were driving safely and in full control of your actions all the way but just a little zoned out. Hypnosis is similar to this but perhaps a little deeper.
During hypnotherapy we use this natural state of hypnosis to “talk to” the subconscious part of your mind to help bring about positive change in your life.
A hypnotherapist uses special techniques called inductions to help you get into this natural state of hypnosis quickly and easily. An induction involves things like asking you to take deep breaths, close your eyes, relax your muscles and to visualise things like numbers in front of your eyes or sitting in a beautiful garden. Most people find this really relaxing and enjoy it
Once you are in hypnosis we then use techniques to help bring about the changes you want to make
- Suggestions – these are positive statements such as “you sleep easily” or “you have abundant energy”. How much better do you feel going to bed expecting to sleep well vs dreading a night of tossing and turning? Suggestions help implant a positive expectation in your mind.
- Visualisations – for example a smoker wanting to stop smoking could be guided to visualising enjoying going to a party and not smoking or a basketball player could visualise themselves scoring the perfect shot
- Anchors – these are physical cues to help bring about positive emotional states. For example while in hypnosis we could anchor the act of touching the thumb and forefinger together to bring about a feeling of confidence. Then at the job interview or driving test etc you simply use that anchor and feel more confident.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy helps you make positive changes in your life so it can help with lots of things. Here are a few examples.
- Addictions – stopping smoking
- Stopping unwanted habits – eg nail biting
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic pain – for more information about this see my blog (which I will write and submit next week)
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about whether hypnotherapy could help you
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Can I be hypnotised against my will?
No! As part of the process to help you into hypnosis I ask you to do things like take deep breaths, focus on muscle relaxation, visualise things. It’s always your choice to do this and if you don’t follow the guidance you won’t go into hypnosis.
Can you make me do something against my will?
No! Best way to describe hypnosis is feeling really relaxed and a little “zoned out”. But as with the example I gave earlier of going into hypnosis driving a car on a familiar journey and not remembering when you reach your destination – if something that needed your attention happened on that journey you would have snapped back into full awareness. The same is true for hypnotherapy – if a suggestion is made that conflicts with your values you will not act on it.
How many sessions do I need?
This depends on the issue! As a general guideline I would say between 3-5 sessions for most issues. You are given audio recordings to listen to as well and ideally you will listen to these at least once a day for a few weeks. It could be that you keep the audios to listen to whenever you need as self help – for example with things like insomnia or pain management you might use audios as and when needed. Please contact me and I can have a chat with you about how many sessions you are likely to need.
What happens in a session?
In the first session we have a chat about what your goals are and what changes you would like to make in your life. I will then explain a little about hypnotherapy, how it works and what to expect. If you are happy to go ahead I will help you into hypnosis and do some visualisations and suggestions. At the end I will have another chat with you to see how you feel and if there are any insights gained you would like to share.
How long am I in hypnosis for?
The hypnosis will usually be around 30-45 minutes. At each session we also do a little goal setting and check in and another check in at the end. So allow about 1 – 1.5 hours for each session, perhaps up to 2 hours for the first one.
Is there anyone who can’t have hypnotherapy?
The vast majority of people can safely have hypnotherapy. However if you have a serious mental health issue it would be best to wait until you have had treatment and you are feeling more stable before having hypnotherapy. If you have epilepsy you can usually have hypnotherapy as long as your epilepsy is well controlled.
What if you can’t hypnotise me?
As long as you follow the instructions there is no reason why you cannot go into hypnosis. It can be harder for deaf people (there are some hypnotherapists that specialise in this area and use sign language) or if your first language is not English as you need to be able to hear and follow the instructions. The more often you have hypnosis the easier it tends to become to go into hypnosis.
Where do sessions take place?
Either in person at my clinic in Birkenhead or on Zoom.