Why visit a hypnotherapist?
Quite simply, visit a hypnotherapist if there is anything in your life you wish to change. Whether you would like to start doing something you feel you can't do at the moment, or stop doing something that's become a problem.
Can anybody be hypnotised?
If they are willing, most people can readily be hypnotised. However, children under 8 years old or people who are mentally handicapped or under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not suitable subjects for hypnosis.
Is hypnosis like sleep?
No. Although your body is relaxed, your mind is alert, and you are always fully aware of all that is happening. You are very conscious of everything that is said and done around you. You are no more asleep during hypnosis than you would be when daydreaming. .A popular misconception is that you somehow 'go under' when hypnotised. This is not so. You remain fully aware and hear every word that is said.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Actually, it doesn't. For the vast majority of people there is actually no such thing as a 'hypnotised feeling' - the vast majority of people would insist afterwards that they had not 'gone under'. After a few sessions, though, most people start to become aware of how the state feels to them. It may be that they feel excessively heavy or light. Their arms and legs may feel rigid, as if they have been moved into a different position, or even absent. They can sometimes feel other strange phenomena, too - sensations of floating, whirling and/or spinning are not unusual, or of some part of the body being distorted in some way or as if they have become very small/big. Most people experience some kind of time distortion, so that after the session there is a feeling that it was much shorter than it actually was.
Could I be controlled to do things against my will- will I cluck like a chicken?
No definitely not. This is an idea that comes from stage hypnosis, which gives a completely misleading impression. During hypnosis you remain completely in control of your own mind and thoughts, and it is not possible for you to be made to do anything that you do not want to do. Your conscious will, conscience and morals will still be present.
Will I remember the session?
Another misconception is that you won't be able to remember anything that went on in the session. The truth is that you will be able to remember most of it. Any portions not remembered, will be where your mind has drifted off to some distant thought or memory.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
Absolutely not, hypnosis is totally safe when undertaken by a skilled professional, if the hypnotist walked out of the room and left you, the only things to happen would be a) You would drift off to sleep and wake as normal a while later or b) You would open your eyes to see what was happening.
How does hypnotherapy differ from stage hypnosis?
The hypnosis is the same, though many believe it is not. But it is the 'therapy' part that is different - the stage hypnotist is out to entertain others. The hypnotherapist is out to make somebody's life more enjoyable to live.
How will I feel afterwards?
After a course of therapy, many people feel invigorated, more confidant and enthusiastic about their new outlook on things.
It's also very common for people to feel a great deal of relief in getting over the issue which had been causing such anxiety, often for many years