Hypnotherapy - frequently asked questions (FAQs)


What is hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a tool to beneficially affect your physical condition and mental well-being.

Hypnosis has been used throughout the millennia as a means of treating, healing and helping people.  It is described in many ways, but what most descriptions have in common is the reference to a person’s level of consciousness.  At its simplest, hypnosis is about helping you to relax your body and conscious (thinking) mind by using a set of techniques that enable access to your subconscious (running things automatically) mind to make beneficial changes to your thoughts and behaviour.

It is a naturally positive outcome focussed, safe, natural state where you are relaxed but in control and always as aware as you choose to be. 

How does it work?

For hypnosis to be effective, you need to be relaxed and open to hypnotic suggestion. 

There are many different ways of taking you into relaxation, some much shorter than others.  Usually my level and tone of voice, as well as the imagery I use, encourages you to become calmer and more relaxed.  Taking you into deep relaxation enables bypass of your conscious mind and access to your subconscious mind.  Positive suggestions are then made to your subconscious to help change thought patterns and make the positive changes you desire.

With both psychological and physical benefits, you often find that by dealing with one issue, you see benefits in other areas of your life.  Hypnotherapy can therefore be helpful with things such as:

  • dealing with anxiety and panic
  • managing stress
  • treating phobias
  • improving sleep
  • smoking cessation
  • confidence and/or self-esteem building
  • pain control/management
  • improving performance ie sports, work, music
  • weight management

Will it work for me?

We all go into an altered state of mind at times; for example, when we find ourselves somewhere without being aware of how we got there.  However, the level of hypnosis achieved is entirely dependent on your levels of concentration and belief in hypnosis.  

To effectively help you, I listen to what you are really saying, taking account of your body language and how you say things as well as ask questions to gain a good understanding of what the issue is, how it is affecting your daily life and what you want to achieve 

Like most things, hypnosis works best for those who are open to it.  It's also important that we develop good rapport and you feel able to actively participate in the whole process as an equal.

Will I be in control?

You are always in control during hypnosis.  You are able to decide what you will and won’t do and what you will and won’t say.  Hypnosis is merely an altered state of consciousness; therefore you are still able to make choices. 

What should I expect?

At the beginning of each hypnotherapy session we will:

  • discuss and address any questions or concerns you may have
  • talk through how things are going (assuming you have already had at least one session) and 
  • chat through any feedback you wish to provide. 

This allows me to personalise each session specifically for you.  

You will then be made comfortable and the hypnotic induction (or beginning of the relaxation) will begin.  This moves into a deepening phase where the hypnotic trance state is deepened further, so allowing access to your subconscious mind.  

Positive suggestions are then made in relation to whatever issue you would like to address.  

Finally, you are brought back to full conscious alertness, with many people saying they feel really relaxed, refreshed and revitalised.

How many session will it take and how frequently should I have them?

It’s impossible to be exact, as the number of sessions depends very much on the changes you wish to make, how the issue is affecting your life and you, the individual; however, we’d emphasise we aim to achieve this in as few a number of sessions as possible.  Ultimately, it’s about achieving a successful outcome as soon as is possible for you.  Some things, such as changing old habits, can be dealt with very quickly, whilst others take longer.  The number of sessions depends very much on the changes.  

It’s the same with how frequently you should have sessions; some people are keen to move on quickly, but for others it may be appropriate to wait a few weeks between sessions.

The number of anticipated sessions will be discussed with you prior to your first session.