There are certain questions that I am often asked when people contact me about coaching, hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
If you have other questions, or prefer to talk in person then please contact me. I offer a free initial conversation when you can ask any questions you may have.
Will I be out of control and made to say or do things I don’t want to?
During hypnotic trance you will usually experience a deeply relaxed state. But you will remain totally in control of yourself at all times and aware of what is going on around you. You will be able to talk to me and answer questions etc. If you are still worried about trance there are many techniques I can use from NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and other areas of therapy which do not involve going into a trance state, so please contact me to discuss how I can help you.
Can I be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is simply the act of being guided into a trance state and trance is a normal part of everyday life. You will have experienced it many times during your life. Day dreaming is a form of trance. Or perhaps you have been driving to somewhere you go regularly, like work, and suddenly realised that you have arrived. Or you may have started watching a television programme and suddenly it is over and the end credits are coming on.
These are all examples of being in a trance state. So yes, generally we can all be hypnotised.
If you have never been hypnotised or worked with a hypnotherapist before then it’s natural to feel a little bit nervous and perhaps a bit tense about the experience. We will spend plenty of time talking about your problem and how you want things to be in the future before we move onto using a trance, so you will have time to relax and get to know me first.
What does hypnotherapy and hypnosis feel like?
As we are all individuals, then we all experience trance slightly differently. People tend to describe it as a deeply relaxing feeling, perhaps a bit like floating or sinking. At times during trance you might notice yourself drifting off and then coming back – or become aware of thoughts floating in and out of your mind. You are in control at all times and can talk to me or open your eyes if you want to.
After the session you will probably continue to feel relaxed (as if you have had a good night’s sleep). That feeling can remain for several hours.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. You are completely in control and can open your eyes whenever you want to. If somebody guided you into trance and then left you there, you would either decide to open your eyes and come out of trance – or if you were very tired would drift off into sleep and wake up naturally in your own time. But please be assured that I will never leave you in trance for longer than our agreed session time!
How many hypnotherapy sessions do I need?
I have more than 10 years experience working with people suffering from anxiety and fears. I know that you want a lasting solution to your problem. You want to know that our work together will make you feel better. You also want to know that the effects will be permanent.
During your initial conversation we will agree the number of sessions, and level of support that is right for you. For example, a programme of support might consist of 6 sessions spread over 10 to 12 weeks. I also include anything else that you might need as we work together. Including hypnosis recordings, instructional videos, email / text / phone support, books etc.
This is a unique way of working but I know from experience that it is the best possible solution for anxiety, fears and panic attacks.
Will hypnotherapy work for me?
There are no absolute guarantees that a particular type of therapy will work for any individual. We are all different. My aim is to get you to your goals as quickly as possible and my clients usually experience some changes from session one onwards. Sometimes these changes are gradual and gently – for other people they are larger and happen more suddenly.
Because we work together over an agreed timescale you can relax knowing there is no rush. I will support you completely every step of the way.
What is Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a specific branch of modern hypnotherapy. You can find out more about what makes it different on my ‘What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ page or via the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy website.
You may also be confused about different ways of explaining hypnosis and hypnotherapy – terms like ‘Clinical Hypnotherapist’ – you can read an article that I wrote to explain these difference by following this link.
If you would like to find out more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy and how I can help you then contact me via my online form.