After spending time with clients, and answering emails, it soon became clear that the same hypnotherapy questions come up again and again. So I decided to reproduce the most frequently asked questions on this page, and, hopefully, answer them. If someting is not covered here, please feel free to drop me an email.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Technically, Hypnotherapy is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. The Psychotherapy in itself is extremely beneficial and its effects are enhanced by the application of Hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to make beneficial changes.
What Happens at a Session?
Many people believe that Hypnotherapy is something that is “done” to them, that they explain their issue to the therapist who then simply hypnotises their problem away, as if by magic! This is not true!
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a much more collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to allow it to happen.
The initial consultation is one hour long and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need.
Subsequent Hypnotherapy sessions involve much more than Hypnosis. During the first part of each session we’ll talk about the progress you have made and I’ll be encouraging you to express yourself positively, focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems.
I’ll help you to imagine your preferred future, a future where you have a more useful perspective on the quality of your life. I’ll then guide you into a relaxed state of Hypnosis so that we can consolidate what we have discussed.
What is Hypnosis Like?
Actually, we all experience the Hypnotic state in our everyday lives.
Have you ever driven home and not remembered anything about the journey, or been engrossed in a book and not been conscious of time passing? If so, you’ve been in a state of focused attention, not unlike the feeling of being Hypnotised.
During Hypnosis you will be guided into a similar state so that beneficial suggestion can be directed towards your subconscious mind.
What About the Psychotherapy Part?
The type of Psychotherapy I practise is ‘Solution Focused Therapy techniques’ and is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind. As the name suggests it focuses on solutions for the future, rather than analysing problems of the past.
Provided you are willing to make changes to the way you think, the therapy can be highly effective in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Focusing on solutions means we do not dwell on problems.
- acknowledge where you are currently.
- identify where you want to be.
- help you to make the necessary changes.
Solution Focused Psychotherapy avoids problem talk. The type of Psychotherapy I practise does not involve analysing painful memories from the past. If you have experienced unpleasant events, we acknowledge they happened and help you get from where you are to where you want to be.
Can You Make Me Cluck Like a Chicken (Or Anything Else I Don’t Want to Do?)
Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnosis does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind – no one can Hypnotise you against your will. We all have a ‘moral code’, which means if we won’t do it in ‘real life’, we won’t do it under hypnosis!
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is inappropriate for you.
Are You Registered?
This is actually a very good question, and one you should ask of any therapist you are considering working with. Personally, I am a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council and the Association of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. These bodies are the leaders in the UK, and they ensure that my training is up to date and regularly continuing. I am also bound by the published codes of ethics of these groups, and must be fully insured. I also hold an enhanced CRB check.