Frequently Asked Questions
about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
How many hypnosis and hypnotherapy sessions are required?
The number of sessions required for hypnosis and hypnotherapy depends on the problem or issue for which the client is seeking help. Hypnotherapy can make rapid changes but there is a difference in the number of sessions required for nail biting versus decades of depression. It also depends on how long the client has had the issue or problem, their motivation to change, their ability to follow instructions and their responsiveness to hypnosis.
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How long is each session?
The first session is 1.5 hours; subsequent hypnosis and hypntherapy sessions are 60 minutes but may vary in length. It may be shorter if the goal for the session is accomplished or longer if issues emerge that need to be dealt with.
How often are the sessions?
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy Sessions are usually held once a week.
When is hypnosis and Hypnotherapy not recommended?
Patients suffering from suicidal tendencies, senility, schizophrenia, bipolar conditions, pathological personalities, alcohol or drug psychosis, or manic depression are generally advised not to undergo hypnotherapy.
While hypnotherapy is useful in alleviating mild cases of depression, it is contra-indicated for manic depression and bipolar conditions. It is also contraindicated in some cases of epilepsy.
Because we are concerned about your health and well being, please let us know if any of the following applies to you before you come for hypnotherapy treatments:
Epilepsy, Dissociative Disorders (MPD), Recent Heart Surgery.
Are there any side effects with hypnotherapy?
Only good ones! You’ll feel relaxed and more in control.
Will I remember what went on?
Yes absolutely. Although there may be some or many details that you won’t, in the same way that you don’t remember all the details of a film you watched.
Might I say or do something I don’t want to?
No. I don’t tend to have conversations with clients when using hypnotherapy and, besides, in any event your conscious and good sense will always be present.
I have tried hypnotherapy before and I couldn’t go into a trance, what if I can’t with you?
There is this big misunderstanding of what hynosis and hypnotherapy is. Because of stage hypnosis, which sometimes makes it look as if a person is unconscious (they aren’t), people sometimes think a hypnotic trance is unconsciousness, rather than simply relaxation.
Will I lose control?
No, in fact hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help you gain control of respiration, heartbeat, blood pressure etc. You remain in control the whole time and will only integrate those suggestions that you have chosen for yourself in the beginning of session, only suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you.
Can hypnotherapy be used for purely physical conditions?
Yes, hynosis and hypnotherapy can be used to help a wide range of conditions that some people may think are purely physical, including dizziness, IBS, migraines, physical twitching, teeth grinding, pain (doctors referral required) and many others.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. As long as they have a goal they want to achieve. It is just relaxation after all!
They must also be willing. No one can be hypnotized against his or her will.
Are results guaranteed?
No, human behavior cannot be guaranteed. Results depend on the clients’ motivation to change and their ability to follow instructions.
What does hypnosis feel like?
When you are hypnotised, you feel very calm and relaxed as though nothing else matters but being in this deep peaceful state of relaxation. Your entire body becomes lose, limp and relaxed also. You can be aware of everything around you, yet you are very peaceful and receptive to subconscious suggestions without resistance from the conscious critical facility of the conscious mind. It may feel like you are having a wonderful dream. If you have ever been caught up in a vivid dream you will know what it feels like to be hypnotised. Even when you know the dream is a dream, it still powerfully affects you. Dreams are very real to the dreamer. Hypnosis is very real to the hypnotised. some people when they awaken from hypnosis may not remember what took place during the session and others will remember everything. When you awaken from hypnosis, you feel very calm and peaceful.
What can hypnosis do?
Generally speaking hypnosis can be used to treat any problem that is caused by limiting beliefs. Numerous problems are actually caused by “incorrect” teaching and/or learning strategies. It is however important that you always consult your doctor for physical issues before consulting a hypnotherapist. Using hypnosis for pain management can relieve you from a lot of pain, but remember that pain can be a signal from the body that you need to attend to something; it’s not something that should be suppressed.
Can anyone by hypnotised?
Every person responds to hypnosis differently according to their willingness to change. For example, if you do not want to give up smoking, but it is your partner’s wish, it will not work for you. All individuals truly are hypnotisable. However, some individuals may need to explore their resistance to hypnosis and resolve this resistance before they can fully utilise the fascinating experience of the trance state.
So don’t rely on claimed success rates! It depends on your motivation and commitment to change. Contrary to common misbelief, you do not have to be weak in mind to be hypnotised. In reality, wiser you are the better you will respond.
I also think it is important that you feel safe and relaxed with the practitioner and you have ample opportunity to ask all the questions you want in reference to the process. If you have a good rapport with the practitioner and you feel safe you would be more relaxed and therefore you would have better results.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes it is safe, however anyone suffering from any mental or physical conditions need to have a referral from their doctor. If you are using recreational drugs or you are on certain medications this could be detrimental to your wellbeing as well.
Hypnosis carries very few risks. Hypnosis may be contraindicated for individuals with certain medical problems, or who are actively abusing drugs or alcohol or who are delusional or hallucinatory. Hypnosis should not be used for physical problems, such as pain, unless the client has first consulted a physician to determine underlying physical causes.
Does hypnosis work for everyone?
As long as you can concentrate, focus, relax and it is something you really want to change then hypnosis can work for you. Sometimes there can be a secondary gain in holding on to an issue at a subconscious level.
eg. If a person is overweight they try everything and they consciously are determined to lose weight, however they keep sabotaging themselves and don’t know why. This could be because at some level the weight is serving a purpose in their lives. eg protects them. I believe this needs to be addressed during the hypnotherapy session for the process to be successful.
How will I know when I am hypnotised?
You are not asleep or unconscious when you are hypnotised. Hypnosis is profound relaxation accompanied by heightened awareness. You will hear everything that is going on; in fact, your hearing will be enhanced. It is not a very dramatic sensation to be hypnotised, but you should feel really relaxed. You may even question whether you were hypnotised at all! There are tests that can be done to prove you are.
Will I do things that I don’t want to do?
You will not do anything you do not want to do, that means anything that is in conflict with your values or beliefs.
The client ultimately decides if they really want to make these changes in their life and they decide if they want to be hypnotised. The client can stop the process at any time if they want to.