Q. What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a relaxed state, in which one’s consciousness is focused more inwardly than in our normal conscious state.
In this state of altered awareness our subconscious
mind is more open and receptive to suggestion. In our day to day life,
we drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day,
absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as a conscious
one. (Think: watching TV, taking a nap, getting a massage!)
Your hypnotherapist can induce a state of hypnosis, to work with your imagination to help you
to achieve your goals.
Q. How does it feel to be hypnotized?
Every person is unique and different. Some people say that their body
feels like a lead weight, others say they feel as though they're
floating away. Most people will agree that it's a lovely feeling
because they are more relaxed that they have ever been before.
Q. When I am 'under' will I be asleep?
You will be aware of everything that is happening and being said the
whole time, however you will be so deeply relaxed that you may find
yourself drifting into different levels of awareness. Remember, your
subconscious mind is active throughout and it is this that your
therapist is working with.
Q. Will I remember everything afterwards?
That depends how deep in hypnosis you are, but generally most people
do remember either everything or certain parts of the experience. You
will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis
will resurface in your conscious, thinking mind after your hypnosis
session and these will be the thoughts that produce changes in your
behaviour or way of thinking and feeling.
Q. Do I have to remember things from my past in order to recover from
Not necessarily; different therapists have varied approaches, but if
the cause of your problem is a repressed memory (one that you are
unable to remember consciously), then bringing it back into conscious
awareness can help you to view the problem from a different
perspective and so feel differently about it. If you find the idea of
revisiting old memories painful then your therapist can help you to
dissociate from them so that you can remember the experience without
experiencing the emotions associated to them.
Q. Will I give away any secrets whilst I am hypnotized?
No, you won't say or do anything at all that you don't want to. If you
were given suggestions that you didn't morally agree with you would
come out of hypnosis or disregard the suggestions.
Q. How do I know I will wake up from hypnosis?
No-one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. Even if something
were to happen to the hypnotherapist halfway through the session, you
would still 'come out' of the trance state once rapport had been
Q. Are there any side effects from hypnosis?
The only side effects are the beneficial ones of feeling more relaxed
afterwards and feeling more positive about whatever it was you sought
hypnotherapy for. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state.
Q. Can I be hypnotized against my will?
Anyone can resist hypnosis during a session and it won't work. Hypnosis requires cooperation between two
people - your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if
you want to go there or not.
There is documented evidence however that some unscrupulous people can
covertly hypnotize others into doing something they wouldn't normal
dream of. They are not using hypnosis to help someone (they are only
interested in helping themselves). Because they are using covert
hypnosis they are extremely unlikely to be advertising their services
as a qualified Hypnotherapist.
Q. I went to a hypnotherapist once before and it didn't work. Does
this mean I'm not able to be hypnotized?
The most common reason for failure to induce trance is lack of
rapport. To overcome this problem, make a few free initial
consultations with different therapists and choose one that you
Q. Can I be treated for different problems at the same time?
You can - if they are related issues, however because hypnosis
requires a complete focus of attention it is far better to concentrate
on one problem at a time. People wishing to stop smoking (for example)
who are afraid of doing so in case they gain weight can be helped with
the correct approach. This is because many of us experience 'symptom
substitution' - we can substitute one addiction for another. Your
therapist should have the skills to recognize if this is the case and
deal with the issue at its core.