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Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions. If you would like to discuss anything that is not listed below. You are always welcome to contact me.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a focused state of mind entered into voluntarily, not unlike being deeply absorbed in a book or a TV programme. If you’ve ever driven home on a familiar route, only to realise, with a jolt possibly, that you cannot remember having actually done it? You were driving ‘automatically’ in a kind of a trance, without thinking about it at all.

The driving analogy is a nicely helpful one, because also, like when driving, if you become aware of anything that needs your attention (like brake lights coming on in the car in front when driving) when in hypnosis, you can easily open your eyes, re-engage with your your usual state of awareness, and react appropriately.

Can Anybody Be Hypnotised?

Nearly. Some people with very low intelligence (very), and some kinds of epileptics (due to the nature of their brains’ electrical activity) don’t seem to respond to hypnotism.

Some highly intelligent, highly analytical individuals can seem, initially at least, unwilling or unable to engage, but usually succeed with practice, and with the reassuring understanding that quickly develops, that to be hypnotised does not mean to relinquish control.

Nearly everybody who wants to be hypnotised, can be, but it is a co-operative process, a collaboration between client and therapist, and those who wish to prove that ‘nobody can hypnotise me’ will have no difficulty in doing just that, though to what end is unclear.

Am I Under Your Control?

As indicated in the last answer, hypnosis is a collaboration between the therapist and the client, and the client can withdraw their co-operation at any time, open their eyes and walk away. The reason they don’t, of course, is because the hypnotic state is an enjoyably relaxing experience, and the therapist is saying some very helpful things, that in time will prove beneficial to the client, which the client usually recognises and understands.

Will I Tell You My Secrets?

No, your secrets are safe with you! Your verbal input is required only to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, in only the most limited of circumstances, and more than that is simply not needed, and you will not offer.  As should be becoming obvious by this point, it simply isn’t possible for you to do something that you wouldn’t want to do anyway, while in a hypnotic trance, because you are in control.

What About Those Stage Shows Then?

The hypnotism is real in these shows, but the ‘control’ of the subjects is largely illusory, and the same dynamic as above exists between audience and performer.

The performer is lent ‘authority’ by his presence on stage, and the audience feels safe due to their
numbers, and the collective sense that ‘they’ wouldn’t allow it if it wasn’t safe. Therefore the audience trusts, and goes on to co-operate.

Where the shows are outlandish or obscene, and whilst acknowledging that the audience members wouldn’t do anything outside of their value range, it is in our view difficult to accept that consent has been fully given by an informed participant, which in our view makes this kind of show unacceptable.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

Different things to different people, but some will feel very little, whilst others will feel profoundly relaxed, possibly experiencing heaviness, or lightness, of arms, legs, head, and/or hands, maybe with ‘pins and needles’. Some will have no recollection of the process afterwards, others will remember everything, and most will be somewhere between those two.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

At it’s broadest stroke, hypnotherapy is a description of the way in which some therapists utilise hypnosis to help a client overcome a problem. Sometimes the hypnosis plays a very large part in their approach, sometimes  a smaller part, but still significant nevertheless, otherwise they would be unlikely to refer to their approach as Hypnotherapy.

The methodologies within hypnotherapy vary widely, as do opinions of their effectiveness, but terms you may hear include, not exclusively, analysis, pure analysis, regression, parts therapy, NLP, brief therapy, solution focused therapy, abreaction, meridian therapy, emotional freedom technique/therapy (EFT).

What Sort Of therapist Are You?

I am a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, which means that I use waking and hypnotic techniques to allow my clients to discover what needs to be done with their lives, and give them the confidence to do it, so they can just get on with things with the least possible interference from me.

It is a method that acknowledges the clients’ expertise in the field of their own lives, and is intended to be forward looking, very positive, and as brief as possible in nature. I do not employ analysis or regression, and never require my clients to recollect aspects of their lives that have caused them unhappiness or distress, except in extremely limited and specific circumstances, such as the rewind technique (see phobias).

Can I Hypnotise Myself?

Yes, and numerous courses exist to enable you to learn just that. It is generally acknowledged that you are best advised to experience hypnosis at the hands of a hypnotist, before embarking on a self hypnosis course, and of course, the two could be combined, one leading to the other.