What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is both talking therapy and hypnosis combined together. During the therapy we will discuss what you want to achieve. During hypnosis we will access your subconscious mind to help you to achieve it. The General Hypnotherapy Register defines hypnotherapy as ‘a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind.’ It is widely accepted as a most excellent method by which we may access our inner potential.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

Yes, hypnosis is a completely safe, relaxing and enjoyable experience. In 1955, the British Medical Association issued a report stating that hypnosis was a valuable medical tool. You will be in a relaxed, trance-like state yet be totally aware and in control throughout. You will be able to stop the session at any time.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

The vast majority of people can achieve a light trance (relaxed state), which is all that is needed to achieve the therapeutic outcome. You just need to be open minded and willing to participate in the experience. Virtually anyone can achieve successful results with hypnosis. Hypnotherapy takes you to the unconscious part of your brain – the part you use when you are in ‘auto-pilot’ mode. This is a state many of us reach on a daily basis whilst driving, not realising how we arrived at our destination.

Will I be awake during the treatment?

Hypnosis takes you to a trance-like state where you are halfway between being fully awake and awake. You will be aware of everything around you and what is being said. Your body will feel physically relaxed and your mind will be in a calm state that is open to suggestion. Hypnosis is not sleep.
During treatment, some people feel relaxed and heavy, and others feel lightness. You are in control at all times.

How many sessions will I need?

This varies with treatment and is determined by you. We will discuss this during your initial consultation. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a relatively quick and short term therapy.