What is Hypnosis/hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis can be described as complete focus on a particular idea or concept, to the exclusion of anything else. We utilise our imagination to do this. It can bring about a heightened responsiveness to suggestion. Attention is withdrawn from the outside world and is concentrated on mental, sensory and physiological experiences. Hypnosis can produce a deeper contact with one’s emotional life, resulting in some lifting of repressions and exposure of buried fears and conflicts. You can learn and practice hypnosis yourself and apply it to your life on a daily basis. It's a lifelong skill that once learnt can bring about profound changes. Hypnotherapy is the work that we do while someone is in hypnosis - the therapy part of the session.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
There is no 'weird' feeling, or any sensation of 'going under'. If anything, it's a totally normal feeling. When using hypnosis, you are more able to tune in to suggestions being made, without that inner voice trying to argue with what's being said. If your mind wanders, then I'd describe the feeling as similar to when you're almost asleep, but not asleep; that in-between stage where you are aware, but you feel that you might not be aware!
Do I remain in control?
Absolutely - if you were to decide to get up and walk out of the room, you are in complete control and could do just that. Similarly, if a suggestion is made that doesn't fit in with what you want to happen, then you are fully able to reject that suggestion.
Do I need to believe in hypnosis for it to work for me?
Yes, you need to have belief that what you want is attainable, and that this can work for you. If you've any doubts, it's not the best way of achieving things for you. I can help you to understand it more and to trust the power of your mind!
What can it help with?
Hypnosis can help with issues where mindset is key. So, it can help with smoking cessation, habit removal, stress management, confidence, sports performance, childbirth, and so much more. If you really want your chosen outcome, it is far more likely to be a success.
How many sessions will be needed?
Every single client is different, so that is not possible to say. Depending on the client, the issue they are looking for help with, and the background around it, a plan can be tailored specifically for each person. Generally though, you wouldn't be needing hypnosis for months/years on end as with some other therapies.