What is Hypnotherapy?
The word Hypnotherapy is taken from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos and as you would expect from such a name is a therapy based on utilising a state of deep relaxation.
What does Hypnotherapy involve?
Patients usually sit in a comfortable chair or lie on a therapy couch. Hypnotherapy works by bringing the unconscious mind to the fore in order to explore deep seated thoughts and emotions which may be affecting you. Progress can be made by introducing new ideas to the subconscious so that unhelpful thoughts and beliefs can be altered. Hypnotic techniques are put into practice to enable relaxation and bring about a trance like state. This can be compared to a daydream in that you are not asleep, but in a state of heightened awareness; in fact you are fully conscious and in control just more receptive to positive suggestions.
What can Hypnotherapy treat?
Our professional hypnotherapist(s) can help you treat a number of conditions such as anxiety, phobias, eating disorders and addictions such as smoking enabling you to lead a happier, more satisfying life.
How long does a session last?
The first session may be up to 2 hours long. Each session is approximately 1 hour long.
How many sessions will I need? And how often?
The number of sessions will depend upon your particular circumstances, but, as a general rule 4 – 6 sessions are usually sufficient for improvements to be noticeable. Ideally the sessions will be a week apart, but can be spread out if necessary.
Am I asleep?
No, hypnosis is not being asleep. Though appearing to be asleep, a person in hypnosis is, in fact, fully conscious. S/he is often more acutely aware of sensations than normal. S/he can hear what is said and can converse.
Is it safe?
Yes, Hypnosis is an entirely natural state. Everyone has hypnotic-like trances every day, e.g. in that period between sleeping and waking, or when sitting `glued’ to the TV, unaware of other things happening around them, or when day-dreaming. Being fully conscious and aware, no-one in hypnosis can be made to do, or say, anything that they would normally find offensive or objectionable.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Yes, only young children and mentally disabled people cannot enter hypnosis. Everyone else can, if they wish to, though the depth of the relaxed state (or trance) varies from person to person.
How will I feel after a session?
This may depend upon the content of any particular session. More than likely, however, you will feel relaxed, perhaps a little ‘spaced out’ for a short while, and thoughtful about what you have experienced during the session
How do I know if my practitioner is professionally qualified?
Ask the practitioner which course(s) he/she has completed, which professional association he/she is a member of, and how long has he/she been in practice. Ask for the contact details of the association if you want to check. Indeed, don’t be shy of asking as many questions as you want!
How do I find out more about Hypnotherapy?
If you would like to meet our practitioner and see whether Hypnotherapy is for you before committing yourself, an initial consultation (15 mins) is available free of charge, with no obligation to book an appointment.
Or for more information on Hypnotherapy, please go to www.bsch.org.uk .
What should I wear?
There are no special requirements, although loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to our Clinic price list .
Is my treatment confidential?
Yes, all information given during the course of any of our treatments is treated as strictly confidential. Personal files are referred to by your practitioner only. A copy of your contact details will be kept by reception in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.