What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply described as an altered state of the conscious mind. It is a bit similar to when you are driving without paying really attention to what you are doing and you find yourself turning to go to work for example when in actual fact you need to go straight to go to the supermarket. Or when you watch TV and are focused on what is happening on the screen compared to what is happening around you.

What hypnosis is not?

Hypnosis is not mind control. You are fully aware even though you may be totally relaxed during trance. People go to different states of trance in different times so your experience may vary from session to session in the same way that your sleep vary from day to day, sometimes it is deeper and sometimes you wake up more easily.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of suggestions, metaphors, and other techniques in order to achieve an outcome from the session. There are many different techniques to achieve the goal you want and many are used during the various sessions to achieve good results.

Is Hypnosis mind control?

In a very simple word ……NO. It is a state of relaxed, deep focus (the focus is on the words being spoken by the therapist). People usually hear what is going on even though they may be totally relaxed. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are completely safe and if for some reason there was the need to become alert and do something, you would come out immediately.

How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?

Have a chat over the phone with the hypnotherapist you are thinking of using. Look at their testimonials and the courses they have done. See if they are accredited. The accreditation with a professional body means that the hypnotherapist has achieved a good level of training and experience approved by the organisation. National accreditation bodies are organisations like: GHR (General Hypnotherapist Register), NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapists), BSCH (British Society of Clinical Hypnosis).

You should select an hypnotherapist that is warm and friendly, that is easy for you to follow and of whom you like the voice.

If for any reason when you speak to the therapist on the phone you think they are not your fit, simply go to somebody else. The client/therapist professional relationship is very important. It must always be totally confidential and you must feel safe and at ease.

Will it work?

Hypnotherapy has a very good success rate and you can research it on the internet. It is important to notice that since it is not mind control, certain conditions are required such as: motivation (strong desire to change), commitment, willingness to carry through some actions in between sessions i.e. listen to the recorded audio and sometimes some simple exercises.

Hypnosis contraindications

There are certain conditions for which the use of hypnosis and mindfulness are contraindicated such as:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Pathological personalities
  • Alcohol and drug psychosis
  • Senility
  • Epilepsy and narcolepsy
  • Bi-polar conditions
  • Clinical depressive illnesses and suicidal tendencies
  • Serious or current heart condition
  • Blood pressure (extremely high or low)
  • Persistent alcohol or drug abuse
  • Pregnancy – first trimester at least, 2nd trimester on GP’s authorisation, 3rd trimester fine but still with GP’s authorisation
  • Medication – depending on medication involved. Those with drowsiness, have an hypnotic effect, alter the state of mind, are likely to be contraindicated (GP permission may be required)