What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of progressive relaxation where the client is encouraged to move from a busy mind (beta brain waves) to a focussed, relaxed mind (alpha brain waves).  You are in hypnosis if you are daydreaming, engrossed in a film or a book, are falling asleep – in fact, some say that we go in and out of hypnosis on average about 120 times a day!

The General Hypnotherapy Register offers this definition of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy:

“Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. It may be better to define ‘hypnosis’ by what it does rather than what it is and in this regard it is widely accepted as a most excellent method by which we may access our inner potential. The state of mind referred to may be brought about either by oneself, unaided (self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. If this other person is a trained professional, who utilises the resultant state of mind to encourage beneficial change to occur, the process is referred to as ‘Hypnotherapy’.”


Are you asleep?

No, you are not asleep but you feel totally relaxed which is often mistaken for sleep. Sometimes stage hypnotists refer to ‘putting people to sleep’ but this is wrong. If you are very tired and then allow yourself to relax, this can cause some people to fall asleep.


Can anybody be hypnotised?

The only people who cannot be hypnotised are people with certain types of mental illness such as dementia. The important criteria for hypnosis are: to want to be hypnotised, to expect to be hypnotised & allow yourself to be hypnotised. You cannot be hypnotised against your will.


Can I be made to do or say something against my will?

You cannot be made to do or say anything you do not want to. At the beginning of each session the proposed therapy is discussed in full and only when the client is happy and agrees with the therapy does the session continue. The therapist will explain all procedures so that the client does not become anxious or surprised.


Do you lose control?

No, you could, if you wanted to, leave the room at any time, you do not need to be ‘de-hypnotised’. Should you at any time feel that you want to open your eyes– then you can.


Will I reveal any secrets?

No, you will not say anything that you do not wish to say – in fact many of the sessions do not require the client to talk and in the other sessions that require an interactive approach, the client is in complete control of what they say.


What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)? 

Dr Richard Bandler invented the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the 1970′s.  His own definition of NLP for the Oxford English Dictionary is:

“a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour.”

NLP is therefore a method of influencing brain behaviour (Neuro) through the use of language (Linguistic) and other types of communication to enable a person to reprogram the way the brain responds to things (Programming) and manifest new and better behaviours.  NLP often uses hypnosis or self-hypnosis to help achieve the change (in programming) that a person wants.


How many sessions does it take?

This is a difficult question as everyone is different and the problems can be complex but as a guideline I would expect to complete most problem areas between 1-4 sessions.


How often do I need to attend?

Sessions can be spaced apart to suit the client and the client’s pocket.