Hey there, got a question?
If you’re intrigued by the idea of CBT or hypnotherapy but aren’t 100% sure what it is, or what it involves - you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are keen to ease your anxiety, improve your performance at work/ sport, work on a phobia or encourage healthy habits, hypnotherapy could well help.
Below, we will go through some frequently asked questions to help you understand what hypnotherapy is and how it can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hypnosis?
As hypnosis is a natural state you may feel as if you are simply closing your eyes and relaxing a bit, using your imagination you can create a relaxing image in your mind.
Hypnosis is a way of using naturally occurring psychological and physiological states. It is a collaborative process whereby you allow yourself to follow the guidance of a trained therapist who encourages you to use your imagination to evoke positive emotions and rehearse behavioural change.
Hypnosis is not a state of sleep or unconsciousness. Most of my client’s report being aware of everything that is being said. It is more a complete feeling of relaxation.
A hypnotic suggestion is about experiencing direct helpful ideas at a level intense enough to directly influence your emotions and behaviour. Certain emotional and psychological issues can be seen because of negative thinking, whereas hypnotherapy aims to encourage (suggest) positive ideas which lead to targeted improvement.
When you are asked a question under hypnosis you can speak easily or perhaps asked to nod if you understand. If at any moment you would like to end the hypnosis, you can simply open your eyes and say so.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner, nobody has ever remained ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. There is absolutely no way that I can secretly influence your subconscious. I will only make positive suggestions that you will have the full power to choose to accept or reject.
In the UK, where I am certified, hypnotherapy is a regulated and professionally supported.
It’s a tried and tested therapy that’s recognised as effective by the British Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the NHS’ National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE).
What are the advantages of hypnotherapy compared to other therapies?
Hypnosis has certain advantages in research as compared with other psychotherapies:
1. Hypnosis can produce immediately observable results, such as changed performance on tasks, motor movement or autonomic changes that can be measured and studied under controlled laboratory conditions.
2. Various technology can measure the immediate effects of hypnosis, such as heart rate or neurological alterations (through CT scans) making detailed, objective analysis possible to a degree not as easily reached with other psychotherapies.
3. Hypnotherapy was originally considered a mainstream treatment within general medicine; it has therefore been tested and proven helpful for a wide range of general medication conditions not normally considered treatable by other types of psychotherapy (dental anaesthesia, IBS, menopause).
4. Hypnotherapy is essentially a collection of techniques, whereas other therapies tend to be developed around a school of thought; this means hypnotherapy can be more easily defined for designing research and offers a wide range of testable actions.
Empirical investigation of hypnosis has increasingly meant that hypnotherapy has been grounded in mainstream psychology and neuroscience. There is now a true body of academic literature on the evidence of hypnotic procedures' effectiveness in treating a wide range of psychological and medical problems as well as conditions.
What is self-hypnosis?
In basic terms, self-hypnosis is putting yourself into a highly focused state. It is commonly practised to help reinforce new, positive habits or to break unhealthy behaviour patterns. Self-hypnosis can be used alongside sessions with a qualified, experienced hypnotherapist to help reinforce new ideas and behaviours, or ,once you have learnt the techniques, by yourself to try and facilitate change.