Can everyone be hypnotised?
Yes, everyone can by hypnotised if they want to be! The difference is the level of trance (or deep state of relaxation) will vary from person to person. Some people will experience a light trance and others much deeper. You do not need a deep level of trance for therapy to be effective.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is simply an “altered state of awareness” where you feel very relaxed, comfortable but not asleep. It is a very pleasant feeling, a bit like being in a daydream. We drift in and out of these various natural states throughout the day without even realising. People often describe hypnosis as a deeply calming and peaceful state. Your mind will be in complete control through the session. You will not be unconscious at all, but will be able to hear and understand every word that is said.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is simply a method by which we take the mind to a deeply relaxed state and this state is the one between sleep and wakefulness. When combined with therapy it becomes Hypnotherapy. The therapy takes places once hypnosis has been used to induce a deep relaxing daydreaming like state. In this relaxed state, the conscious mind is quiet and the door to the subconscious mind is open. The subconscious mind stores all our experiences, memories and beliefs.
Subconscious belief is the most powerful factor in determining and facilitating lasting positive changes in behaviour and habits. Many of our beliefs were created in childhood a time before we had the cognitive ability to question those beliefs. These beliefs then act as the lens or filter through which you continue to see the world. Hypnotherapy employs a number of techniques which involve imagery and suggestions to re-programme our old belief systems which are limiting our ability to deal with the ups and downs of life.
Will I be in control?
You are always in control. You can never be made to do anything against your will. Remember you are not asleep and will hear my voice and the sounds around you. You will always be aware of what is going on and you can communicate with me at any time during the session.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies and very much depends on your personal circumstances, the issues to be resolved and the treatment plan. Treatments are personalised for you but generally you would be looking at 3 sessions upwards to around 6 if it is required (with exception of smoking cessation).
How long is a therapy session?
This depends on the issue being dealt with but a session last approximately 60 minutes with the exception of the first Introductory session which will last approximately 90 minutes.
How will I feel afterwards?
You will feel so very relaxed, calm and focused. Most clients report that they sleep better after a session!
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions are held in my therapy room in Davenham, Northwich in Cheshire.
I also offer sessions on Zoom. This is usually for overseas clients but I have done quite a few zoom sessions during the pandemic so if this is what you prefer, please do ask!