Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?

The technique for creating a trance is known as hypnosis. Hypnosis is used so that the hypnotherapist is able to communicate with the subconscious part of your mind. Generally people are very consciously aware that some of their thoughts and behaviours are unsuitable but although they are aware of this they are unable to change. This is because these negative aspects of their character are controlled by the subconscious which deals with their habits, irrational thoughts and impulses. Through the use of hypnosis the conscious mind is subdued so that the hypnotherapist can talk to the subconscious. Through the use of suggestion, metaphors and analytical hypnosis the hypnotherapist will be help to help change old past behaviours and create new and positive changes.

What is a Trance?

Many clients expect a trance to be like sleep because they have heard that word used with stage hypnosis. In fact a trance is something that we all experience on a daily basis for a few seconds or minutes at a time. So if you have let your mind wander off into a daydream you are experiencing a form of trance. If you have allowed yourself to become absorbed in a book then you have also entered this state. A trance simply means that you are so aware of your internal thoughts that they outside world has faded into the background. A professional hypnotherapist is able to use hypnosis techniques to assist you in getting into this state so that any outside distractions are pushed into the background.

Can I be Controlled in a Trance?

The image given by stage hypnosis suggests that the hypnotherapist has total power over you but in fact this is not the case at all. During any hypnosis session you are in fact always in control and can walk out of a session any time you want to or open your eyes. We hope however that you are feeling so relaxed in the sessions that you are quite happy to let your eyes remain closed and listen to what the hypnotherapist is telling you.

Can I become Stuck in a Trance?

Nobody gets stuck in a trance no more than a person gets stuck daydreaming or sleeping. You can open your eyes at any time.

How long does each session last?

Session times will vary depending on the issue that you are seeing us for. Typically sessions last for an hour however Hypnobirthing or Stop Smoking sessions may last longer. Ask you therapist for details on your treatment and what it entails.

How many sessions will I need?

Generally we ask our clients to commit to a minimum number of sessions for most treatments apart from fears and phobias or stop smoking. Hypnosis is capable of helping people make rapid change however one session wonders very rarely resolve a problem. Typically our clients expect to see us for between three and six sessions.

Do you offer guarantees?

As with anything in life there are no guarantees. If you were to see a Doctor, Lawyer or Osteopath you would not get a guarantee that the treatment would be able to work. We can however tell you that we do everything we can to assist you with your problem and uphold the highest possible standards in the profession.  General Hypnotherapy Register Code of Ethics