Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that works in an altered state of consciousness. It can occasionally feel like magic, but there is no magic, only the use of your brain to achieve the change that you want.
Things to know about hypnosis:
- You will always remain in control, no one can control your mind unless you want them too, the hypnotist will make suggestions and if you agree with them you will go along with them, if you don’t then your brain will simply reject them.
- Nothing will happen unless you want it to, again if a suggestion is made that you are not comfortable with then you won’t follow it
- You cannot be hypnotised unless you want to be, simple
- Clinical hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis, at no point will I ask or get you to do anything embarrassing or for amusement. People who volunteer for stage hypnosis want to have the opportunity to be entertaining and so are likely to go ahead with the amusing suggestions. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment, not therapy.
- You are able to come out of the hypnotic state whenever you want or need. You cannot get trapped in hypnosis, if there was an emergency you would instantly snap out and react as required. Whenever you wanted to come out, if you were uncomfotable, you could come back out.
- “I can’t go into trance”, the truth is that everyone goes into trance everyday, that car journey when you reach your destination but can’t remember getting there, that day dream state, those times when you watch a film, or tv programme but can’t recall what it was about. I find that as soon as people experience how enjoyable it is to be hypnotised they can go into trance more and more quickly. In fact it often is a task to stop clients from going under before we have finished our conscious conversation. If this happens there isn’t a problem we just go with the flow that will benefit you the most.
- Hypnotherapy is not magic: or any type of black magic. It is based on many years of clinical research by famous Psychologists such as Dr. Sigmund Freud and Dr. Carl Jung, and more recently, by Dr. Milton Erikson and Dr. John Kappas helping many individuals to benefit and improve their quality of life.
- Always use someone on the Professional Standards Authority, as a member of the CNHC I am on this register, I have undertaken not just all the required training to become a clinical hypnotherapist, but also undertake additional CPD days so I am always learning and find the best ways to benefit my clients.