Hypnosis; frequently asked questions.
18th November 2021
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• Is Hypnotherapy mind control

No, absolutely not. Hypnosis is a trance state in which you are very relaxed and open to new idea’s. However you are still in control, not the therapist. No on can make you do anything that you don’t want to do, or anything that is ‘out of character’ (see below about TV hypnotists) or which you believe is wrong. You might have seen films in which people are ‘hypnotised’ to kill people on command, often by remote control. Well I’ve seen Godzilla in a film but I don’t expect to see him on the 9 o’clock news. Its just fiction, Hypnotherapy is safe, effective and usually enjoyable.

• What will happen if I book a session

You will come to my office, a quiet relaxed setting just off a main suburban road with plenty of parking. There will have a chat with you about what you have come to get help with and agree with you the best way to help you. Then you will be asked to relax in a chair (perhaps with some soft music) and be asked to listen as I  guide you through some visualisations, perhaps given some new idea’s to consider. It is likely you will then be given some things to try at home, perhaps learning self hypnosis. You may come back for a number of sessions to work through a plan to get some real changes in your life. Most people come for between 2 and 6 sessions.

• Can hypnotherapy do any harm

We wouldn’t practice it if hypnosis was harmful. The worst that can happen is that you feel a bit emotional or tired afterwards. Hypnosis is natural, normal and enjoyable, a really effective way to make changes. Also a therapist can only do what you have given them permission to do ie help you stop smoking so if something else occurs your subconscious will override it, to protect you.

• Will this be like the hypnotists I’ve seen on TV.

No, it won’t. Professional stage hypnotists choose subjects who are likely to do outrageous things, because it’s in their nature. They don’t force them, its natural to them (whether they want to admit it or not). Also stage hypnotists are very good at their job and give a professional performance; they manage the performance of their subjects as well. Also, the subject implicitly gives the stage hypnotist permission to make them perform. In a therapy setting the permission the client gives is specific to helping you, not making you dance like a chicken.

• How many sessions would I need to book

At your first session we may discuss how many sessions we (you and I) think it’s likely to take to make a difference for you. Obviously if you think it’s to many you don’t have to go ahead the choice is yours. The things that will help determine the number of sessions are the complexity of the issue, the length of time you’ve have the problem, and what seems to be its underlying cause, and what your overall goal is.

• Can you guarantee success

No. No one can guarantee success in solving any problem. I can guarantee that if I don’t think I can help I will tell you at the start and let you choose what to do. Sometimes we think we want to change but really deep down we can feel quiet comfortable with our habits, so the extent to which you are genuinely committed to change will make a big difference to your success in changing. This means that sometimes before we actually start working on your change we might do some work on your motivation. You increase your chances of success by; being honest with me, by cooperating in the sessions and by doing any follow up work that is suggested.

• Can anyone be hypnotised

Yes. Hypnosis is a light trance that is a normal part of everyday life. Different people experience hypnosis differently, and it’s true to say that some people enter hypnosis much easily than others. The key is, do you want to be hypnotised. Do you think you would enjoy relaxing and listening to music or to someone talking quietly to you while you drift around in a peaceful sleepy way? I enjoy hypnosis and most of my clients agree it’s quite a gentle way to spend some time.


About the Author

Andrea Bradley, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Member since: 8th February 2012

Andrea is a Clinical Hypnotherapist specialising in Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Andrea is the Manager and principal therapist at Walsall Mind and Body Wellbeing; Walsall's Premier Holistic Health provider,...

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