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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to explain, neither asleep nor awake, all hypnotic states are characterised by an extremely pleasant relaxation. You will probably already have experienced natural trance states, for example when daydreaming about something nice or being absorbed in a good book or film. Itís an empowering state of consciousness into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy utilises the beneficial state of hypnosis along with various therapeutic techniques to maximise your potential and facilitate change. It is a natural and effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge.

Will I be in control when hypnotised?

Yes. You are able to hear everything that is said and different people remember different amounts depending on what is appropriate for them to in any one session. Everything, however, is stored in the unconscious mind and usually bits trickle back over the days which follow. Only suggestions which are beneficial to the individual will be accepted and well-trained therapists will always discuss suggestions to be made first as they are then tailored to the individual.

Can I be hypnotised?

The vast majority of people can be hypnotised but only if they allow themselves to be. Bearing in mind that this is just an increased focus on something which people do naturally everyday anyway, usually people who come are willing to enter a trance and they do so easily. Different people will achieve different levels of trance. A therapeutic alliance of co-operation and trust between the therapist and the patient is as important as the depth of trance to encourage good results.

Which conditions can hypnotherapy treat?

Many people are aware of the success with hypnotherapy in smoking cessation, the treatment of phobias and weight loss but there are numerous other symptoms that can benefit from hypnotherapy. A few are listed below:

Listed below are some of the conditions for which clinical hypnosis is indicated as a practical treatment:

  • Breaking unwanted habits e.g. smoking, drug abuse, nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting), nail biting, stuttering.
  • Hypnosis in sport. This is a very goal orientated form of therapy focusing on positivity and motivation and dealing with performance limiting beliefs and attitudes and strengthening strong and healthy beliefs and establishing constructive self images.
  • Obtaining relief and remission from symptoms such as: asthma, migraine, gastrointestinal and neurological disorders.
  • Dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, neuro-dermatitis, herpes simplex and even warts.
  • Gynaecological problems such as PMT, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, psychogenic infertility and in obstetrics.
  • Pain control for minor surgery, dentistry, arthritis and general neuromuscular aches and pains.
  • Hypnotherapy can free individuals from phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, insomnia, inhibitions, guilt feelings, jealousy and many of the worries and anxieties of everyday life.
  • Sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation, frigidity, vaginismus and others.
  • The use of self hypnosis will help prevent stress and tensions caused by modern day living, reduce high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Hypnotherapy is effective for weight control, increasing work/study/sporting performance, improving concentration and memory, developing the imagination, boosting self confidence, and achieving more of the potential which we each possess.

Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe and there are no harmful side effects. When used by a professionally trained and skilled therapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent.

Which conditions are not suitable for treatment by Clinical Hypnosis?

Any condition that may be caused by serious underlying disease i.e. where the cause of the symptom is organic or serious psychiatric illness.

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