What is hypnosis?
Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind.
First of all, contrary to what many people believe, hypnosis is not always a state of deep trance or a sleep state, even though a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping.
The trance state we achieve during hypnosis is really a natural state of mind and is an important part of everyday life. Whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, driving a familiar route, or watching a film we are in a state of trance similar to the hypnotic state.
Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. This is not dissimilar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.
What is hypnosis like?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment.
Unless you enter a deeper state, you may not notice a big difference, apart from feeling very relaxed.
Hypnosis is similar to the experience of drifting off to sleep at night; that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep. You may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience.
Most people are surprised at just how relaxing hypnosis is, and often report feeling very relaxed and comfortable, as well as revitalised after a session of hypnosis.
What will happen in a hypnosis session?
I will usually take a detailed history during our first meeting.
You may be taken through a short hypnosis exercise.
With some conditions I may request permission from you to write to your doctor, to let them know you are having hypnotherapy.
We will then discuss your goals and what you would like to achieve while working with me. (It is a good idea to think about this before your first meeting).
During a typical session I will use a range of different techniques to relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goals.
I also use a form of ‘conversational’ hypnosis whilst talking to you, so you will not spend all your time in a trance.
Part of the work will be discussing tools and techniques you can use to help yourself between sessions, and after you have completed a course of treatment/coaching.
On occasion you will be given assignments to complete between sessions, including some written exercises.
After a session you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed. Often change is very subtle, as during hypnotherapy I will be working with your subconscious mind, and you may just notice some very positive shifts in how you are feeling.
How long is a session?
A session is usually either 1 – 1 1/2 hours. The maximum session time I recommend is 2 hours.
If am hypnotised do I give up control?
Do we give up control of our mind to someone else when we are reading a book or watching a film? In situations like this you are in a hypnotic trance, although you still have the power to emerge from that state if wished. Whatever or whomever hypnotises you – you always have the power to resist.
When you realize that you are the one in control, when you decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, then you become aware of what hypnosis is. A hypnotherapist is a guide and helps you on a journey, but the decision to change can only be made by you.
The realisation that you are in control, and that you can make change yourself is very empowering.
You will find that the more often you going into hypnosis and are aware that you doing it, the more you realise how easy it is to let go. You can feel secure in the knowledge that you can always stop a session if you feel uncomfortable.
Some hypnotherapists who are aware and recognise that we slip in and out of trance states several times a minute will use a kind of conscious conversational hypnosis, just altering their language patters, using suggestions relating to your goal and the changes you wish to make, without taking you into a formal ‘trance state’ at all.
I like to use a balance of ‘conversational’ and more formal styles of hypnosis.
What conditions can be treated with hypnosis?
Hypnosis is effective in the treatment of the following conditions:
Changing Bad Habits
Fears and Phobias
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
Hypnosis can also be used to improve performance and motivation in sport
How much will it cost?
Pricing varies depending on a number of factors.
For instance a ‘one off’ session to make you stop smoking costs more than a series of therapy or coaching sessions by the hour.
One important thing to bear in mind is regardless of the price I quote you if you genuinely are unable to manage the fee I will do my best to reach some kind of compromise that we are both happy with.
You are always welcome to contact me and discuss your needs.
Is there a charge for cancellations or missed appointments?
Emergencies aside any missed appointments will be charged at the full fee rate as agreed.
Any cancellations with less than 48 hours notice are also subject to payment of the full fee.
This is because a late cancellation usually means I will be unable to fill that appointment slot.
However if I can find an alternative time during the same week I will waive the late notice charge.