FAQS

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN A TYPICAL SESSION?

I recommend a multiple session treatment plan. We will have a consultation where you can tell me what the problem is, and we can discuss the different options together and come up with a treatment plan you are happy with. Although there is no ‘typical’ session, they tend to look like this: We will then try out at a couple of different hypnotic phenomena, for you to get used to going into hypnosis and to give you a frame of reference for our future sessions. We will then end with a short hypnosis which will prepare you for our following sessions. I will give you ‘homework’ to prepare or practice for the next session. These tasks are really important so that you can get the best out of your following session. All I ask of you is to adopt a fertile, receptive mindset and to really engage in the hypnotic process.
I do off ‘One-off’ singular treatment sessions where there is a pre-arranged treatment, for example a ‘Stop Snacking’ session. These will begin with a pre-induction talk, where I can talk you through what will happen in the session, explain hypnosis and hypnotherapy to you, and where I can answer any questions and concerns you have. This will then be followed by a hypnotic phenomenon experience, to give you a taster of what being under hypnosis is like, before going on to the hypnosis proper and the treatment itself.

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WHAT CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP WITH?

Hypnotherapy can help with a great number of issues. I prefer to work in areas where the science is there to back up any claim with sound research. There are excellent studies which show great successes for helping with anxiety, fears and phobias; pain management; emotional suffering; sleep disorders, psychosomatic and stress disorders, and there is great evidence to show it is highly beneficial for the control of IBS.
It can help with so many issues. Here are some that you might not have thought hypnotherapy could help with: allergies, sports performance, bedwetting, insomnia, hair pulling, exam nerves, post surgery recovery, thumb sucking, childbirth, menopause, relationship issues, abuse, jealousy, skin picking, confidence, corporate stress and burnout, memory recall, coping with loss, skin conditions such as eczema, sexual dysfunction, anger management, body image, and so many more!!!!

03.

WILL YOU MAKE ME CLUCK LIKE A CHICKEN?

You have probably seen stage hypnosis at some time? Well, clinical hypnotherapy is not the same - if you are watching someone who has been hypnotized on stage, it may appear as though they don't know what's happening to them. The people who volunteer for stage hypnosis, and the ones who are chosen, are willing to do all the things the hypnotist suggests, and are willing to provide the entertainment for the evening. I will not make you cluck like a chicken, or do anything else you would not be happy to do.

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WILL I KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING?

With hypnotherapy, you are aware of everything the whole of the time - and that's exactly how it should be.

05.

‘WILL I REMEMBER WHAT HAS HAPPENED?’

You may, or may not, be able to remember everything afterwards - but at the time you will hear everything that is said.

06.

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS LIKE?

You might have a pre-conceived notion of what it will feel like to be under hypnosis. You may think that it is somewhat akin to falling asleep (as many stage hypnotists may click their fingers and say ‘sleep’). But this is not the case. It is actually a heightened state of awareness, although you generally do become very still. You may experience some of the typical signs of hypnosis, such as your breathing slowing, your eyelids fluttering, some movements becoming jerky, and perhaps your perceptions may alter slightly. All of these are perfectly normal. I will show you a hypnotic phenomenon to try before we go into the session proper, so that you will have a frame of reference for what hypnosis feels like for you.

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HOW WILL I KNOW I’M IN HYPNOSIS?

I will show you a hypnotic phenomenon to try before we go into the session proper, so that you will have a frame of reference for what hypnosis feels like for you, and also what can be done. Don’t worry about having to go ‘deep’ into hypnosis for it to work. There is no evidence to substantiate that this is the case, and much research shows that people in ‘light’ hypnosis can be extremely responsive.

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WILL I BE IN CONTROL?

You can never be made to say, or do, anything you don't want to - and if I or anyone else were to give you suggestions that you didn't morally approve of - you would come out of hypnosis. You will never give away any secrets - or be made to act in any derogatory way. You are in control as you are actually in a heightened state of awareness, rather than being zonked out, or like a zombie.

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HOW DOES HYPNOSIS WORK?

Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness. This means you are more responsive to the suggestions a hypnotherapist gives you. It has been shown that hypnotherapy can greatly advance similar healing work you may do in other sorts of therapies and make the change more profound.

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WILL I BE ABLE TO HEAR THINGS?

You will be able to hear everything during the hypnosis session - you'll be aware of outside noises and movements - this is perfectly normal because you are in a heightened state of awareness in hypnosis.

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WHAT IF I CAN’T VISUALISE THINGS?

I will ask you to visualise certain things - now, if you can't actually see them - please don't worry - we are all different - some people can't visualise because their representational system is more auditory or kinaesthetically inclined - so just try to remember or think about or sense the things that I am saying.

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HOW WILL I FEEL AFTERWARDS?

Immediately after coming out of hypnosis you can feel a little groggy, and it can take a moment or two to readjust. This will not last for more than a few seconds. Following the hypnosis session, you may be aware that you feel more relaxed, or lighter spirited than usual - and you will begin to feel differently about whatever you are being treated for. I like to incorporate an Ego Strengthening Routine (ESR) which is designed kick start a positive cycle: you will become more mentally calm, leading to you being more physically relaxed. This enables you to feel more confident, which in turns leads to you becoming more competent. You will then be able to achieve a better quality of hypnosis, and thus a better quality of sleep, which enables you to be more mentally calm … and so the cycle continues.

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DOES HYPNOSIS REALLY WORK?

Yes! There have been thousands of studies looking at this question!

The Stroop Effect

There is something called the Stroop Effect. The Stroop Task is one of the best known psychological experiments named after John Ridley Stroop. The Stroop phenomenon demonstrates that it is difficult to name the ink colour of a colour word if there is a mismatch between ink colour and word. As it is more difficult to name the ink colour when the word does not match, it takes longer for the brain to process this and say the correct word – this delay is called The Stroop Effect.

E.g. It is easier to say the correct colour of the word when the word matches the colour you are required to say:

RED

GREEN

This is something you can try yourself! http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/java/ready.html

Now what is interesting about this is that Amir Raz and his colleagues (2002) used hypnosis to create a ‘Word Blindness’ – where participants could ONLY see the colour and could not read the word. This basically eliminated any Stroop Effect and participants would be to say the colour of the word equally quickly no matter what the word said!

Now this is something that you cannot pretend to be good at and therefore provides scientific evidence that hypnosis does have an effect! These experiments have been replicated many times and therefore provides good quality neuro-scientific evidence that hypnosis is something very real!