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A selection of questions reguarly asked about hypnosis and hypnotherapy
Q. What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
A. The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe, neither asleep nor awake. All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind. Thus, hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge, i.e the forgotten assets. It is a unique experience for everybody. This is the wonderful thing about hypnosis, because we are all unique individuals, you experience what is appropriate for you, rather than trying to adapt to a "one size fits all" type of therapy. Some people experience different visual sensations, while others experience their hearing becomes hyper-sensitive. Some people slump deeply in the chair while others remain bolt upright. There are no rules about how you should behave or what pleasant sensations you will experience, just as no two people are exactly the same.
Q. What if can't reach a deep level of trance?
A. The good news is that deep trance is not needed to treat the vast majority of conditions.Some people do not go any deeper than closing their eyes and feeling comfortable, yet still achieve the same therapeutic results as those who are capable of the deepest (somnambulistic) levels of trance. Just a willingness to follow some simple instructions is all that is required.
Q. Will I lose control?
A. No, not at all. You are very much in control, in fact, if you felt apprehensive then you could open your eyes at anytime. You do not lose consciousness, its more of a case that your conscious part of your mind "takes a back seat" so to speak, so your unconscious mind can receive beneficial suggestions and sow the seeds of new behaviour.
Q. Will I remember anything?
A. Almost all people remember everything although a small proportion experience amnesia. The therapy will be just as profound whatever you remember.
Q. I have heard of people who have been damaged by stage hypnosis, am I in danger?
A. No, you are in no danger whatsoever. Only visit a hypnotherapist who is trained to the highest standards, a member of a governing body, and is fully insured. A therapist who has nothing to hide will gladly show you proof of the above.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. That depends on the issue to be treated and the motivation of the individual. Hypnotherapy is a rapid treatment and some issues can be completed in one session. Other conditions may require more time to resolve where between 2 and 10 session could be required. A good hypnotherapist should explain a timeframe at the beginning of therapy.
Q. Can I get "stuck" in a trance?
A. No, It's impossible to get stuck, if you were left to your own devices in hypnosis you would either become aware that something was not right and bring yourself out of hypnosis or simply drift into natural sleep and awaken some time later with no ill effects.
Q. Will I reveal all my secrets in trance?
A. No, you won't reveal anything that you don't want to. You remain in control at all times under hypnosis.
Q. How do I choose a therapist?
Having raport with a hypnotherapist is very important as therapy is mutual co-operation between therapist and client. Your intial contact with a hypnotherpist should confirm that you will feel comfortable working with them. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy is not regulated under UK law and such it is vital that you establish their experience and training. Matt Jacobs MSc at London Hypnosis has over 14 years experince in hypnotherapy and is trained to the highest standards in the World.
Q. Do you offer a money back guarantee for your stop smoking therapy?
A. No. A money back offer could be an incentive to start smoking again. Free back up sessions are offered for one month form the intial therapy should they be required.