What is hypnosis like?

Hypnosis can be described as a daydream state.  It is a very natural state that we go in and out of many times a day without even realising it.  It is when we are in a state of focused attention such as when we are engrossed in a television programme or a book and we are oblivious to what is going on around us.  We go into this state when we are listening to music, out for a run, driving, etc.  In the consultation room the client will lie on a couch and go into a trance state whilst the therapist uses a guided relaxation.

Will I remember everything from the trance?

You will remember some of what the hypnotherapist says during trance, but not all.  It works just the same as normal memory, so for example, if you were to watch a television programme you would remember most but not all of it.

Will I reveal personal secrets?

No – you remain in complete control.  You will not be asked any questions whilst in trance and you will only have to listen to the sound of the hypnotherapist’s voice. 

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Most people can go into at least a light trance which is sufficient for them to benefit from the therapeutic aspect of hypnosis.  Therefore the majority of people can benefit from hypnotherapy to some extent.

Is it dangerous?

No – you will be in a totally safe and relaxed environment.

Will I lose consciousness whilst in hypnosis?

During hypnosis you remain aware and in complete control, so even if the therapist were to leave the room you would very soon come round by yourself in a few minutes.  You cannot become stuck in a hypnotic state.

Will we discuss events from my past?

You only reveal to the therapist what you want to and the problem which led you to the therapy room will generally only be referred to during the initial consultation session.  The reason for this is to help the therapist to tailor the therapy to the client.