Can anyone be hypnotised?
Everyone can be hypnotised if they want to be hypnotised. Anyone who chooses to go into trance will. It's that simple. So if you actively refuse to go into trance, you will not be hypnotised.
We all go into trance several times a day whether we realise it or not. Daydreaming, reading a book and not remembering what you've read, staring off into space, staring out of a window but unaware of what is there; these are just some examples of 'trance'. You can laugh, talk and move. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to go into a deep trance to get the benefits of the trance state. Light trance or relaxation is sufficient, and is what 85% of the population experience. Only a small percentage of people actually achieve very deep trance states.
You are fully responsible for going into a trance state. You cannot blame the hypnotherapist, unless there was something very obviously distracting, you could and would go into trance.
Will you have some power over me, like in a stage hypnotist's show?
Stage hypnotists are in the business of 'show'. Whilst entertaining, they serve mainly that purpose. As a career choice, I chose to work with people who are seeking complete and lasting release in regards to problems which complicate or hinder their lives. As a clinical practitioner, I am not interested in the entertainment aspect of hypnosis, although we do have some fun in the process!
However, it would be helpful to dismiss any ancient thinking about being 'knocked out like a light', or being totally unaware or unable to remember your experience. Also please be aware of your expectations and ideas about the trance state. They could be nothing like what actually happens. Those ideas can sabotage your experience. Everyone's trance state is different, and by sitting there thinking you should be experiencing one thing, when something else is happening will obviously affect the process and can hinder your progress. Its going to be really helpful if you are knowledgeable & up to date. I always say, 'Forget everything you've seen and heard because your experience is yet to be had'.
Who uses Hypnotherapy and why do you only work with some people and not others?
A. People of all walks of life use Hypnotherapy-business executives, doctors, students, children, mothers, brides, teachers, policemen, barristers, actors, politicians, the list goes on. People like Hypnotherapy because it can help to change the way you feel, not just within the session itself, but the long term effects are life changing. It is by far one of the fastest working therapies that has been proven successful.
B. People who suffer from severe psychiatric problems like schizophrenia, epilepsy, or are on certain types of medication will not benefit from hypnotherapy as the medication will interfere with the trance state and might induce REM sleep. Certain mental health conditions cannot be helped with hypnosis. Also, people who are not willing to accept that they are responsible for changing their own lives will not benefit from hypnotherapy or any other therapy. Accepting responsibility for your choices and your decisions in life helps you to utilise the knowledge and skills that I or any other practitioner can impart upon you.
Will I be asleep?
Hypnosis is derived from the Greek word 'hypnos', which means 'sleep'. When in trance, it often appears that you are asleep, but you are aware, just very relaxed. The trance state is a unique state, halfway between REM sleep and relaxed wakeful consciousness. You are aware, but in a very different way. Your senses can also be heightened. It is best to experience it, as it can be difficult to explain it. Most people comment after their first session, 'Wow, that was so different from what I expected. It was amazing".
What about my Will-Power? Why is that not enough?
For some people it will be enough. But 'the will' to change something can often be undermined by the 'power' of your subconscious mind and it's faithful habits. For example, there is your conscious mind that will say, "Smoking could kill me". It's logical, rational, and makes perfect sense. Then your other mind, your subconscious will say, "I'm so stressed today. It won't hurt if I buy a pack of 10". It's illogical, irrational, and makes no sense because the other part of you knows that it will never just be those 10 & also that the relief of stress by smoking is a fantasy. And so the match begins. Who wins? By accessing your subconscious mind, we can see what holds it has on the habit and change it. Also refer to Question 2.
How long will it take for me to get better?
It can only be estimated but not fully determined how many sessions you need. It depends on your individual problem and it's history. We aim for as few sessions as possible. Although this is not a 'quick fix' some people stop habits in one session. What is achievable is that you will experience some relief in the first session.
Are there any side effects?
No. Hypnosis is a natural manifestation of the mind. No drugs are involved. I cannot make you do anything. All hypnosis is self hypnosis, no matter how convincing a stage hypnotist seems. You go into trance by your own submission. I can guide you to water, but I can't make you drink. But I have the skills and experience to guide you safely through a facilitated session with the focus on change.
The most frequent questions I get asked about Hypnotherapy