To answer the second question first, and get that out of the way. Yes, it is a safe, and natural state that we all go in and out of during our day, perhaps without even knowing it. If you have ever been driving along a road and then 'come to' and wondered who was in control of the car for the last five minutes, or been 'miles away' when someone is trying to talk to you - that's trance, and we are all very good at it.
During hypnosis I utilise this state within you to make positive suggestions to your unconscious mind, when it is in a much more receptive position. It is an incredibly effective tool, to take you towards your solution state and when combined with other tools and techniques, such as NLP can make short work of long-standing problems.
It's a little like daydreaming. Generally a very pleasant sensation where you are conscious of what is going on around you and what is happening throughout the session, but may choose to 'drift off' with your own thoughts from time to time. Most people comment on how relaxed they felt during hypnosis. This feeling often continues for sometime after the session is over, leaving you ready to continue your day.
No. You cannot be made to do anything during hypnosis that is against your will or principals. Neither can you made to say anything that you are not completely happy to do so.
You might have seen volunteers for stage hypnosis and think that hypnotherapy is similar. This is not the case. Volunteers for stage hypnosis are usually extroverts who would be happy being outrageous in their everyday life. They are the born entertainers and will do as is suggested on stage because they don't want to disappoint the crowd.
Well, actually - yes, and no!
Everyone can be hypnotised because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I am merely a guide who shows you the way to do it, but you can choose not to enter that relaxing state simple by deciding that is how it is going to be! But why would you want to resist being in such a pleasant and potentially useful state?
Anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances should not be hypnotised.
No, certainly not. You are always in control during our sessions. You cannot be made to do anything that you are not completely happy doing, nor to say something you are not completely happy to reveal. Throughout the session you can remain relaxed because you can know you are taking control of your situation to create the positive change you want.
Of course! It is quite natural to feel this way when considering doing something new. You are not alone as many new clients say the same to me. Usually by the end of the first session, any fears they may have initially had, have been laid to rest. I am more than happy to discuss our work together before you commit, so that you can be sure that my approach is right for you.
HPD - Hypnotherapy Practictioner Diploma: The modern, benchmark qualification to practice to a high professional standard. Recognised nationally and assessed independently by the NCFE.
DipCHyp - Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy: Achieved via graduation from The Quest Institute, London.
PNLP - Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming or
MPNLP - Master Practictioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Both the above achieved via graduation from The Quest Institute, London.
MNCH - Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy: One of the leading governing body of professional standards for hypnotherapists in the UK.
There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to drive as well as you always have after hypnosis. It is, after all, a natural state that we all enter many times during the day, often when we are driving anyway. However, if you would feel more comfortable not driving, perhaps you can make other arrangements.
It's true to say that there is no 'typical' client. They are students, GPs, office workers, housewives, bus drivers, children, accountants, managers, scientists, business owners, midwives, hairdressers, tradesmen, retired people, even other hypnotherapists - in fact, we see people from all walks of life. The thing they have in common is realising that they need a little help in finding a way forward in their lives, and recognising that Cognitive Hypnotherapy could offer that solution.
Cognitive hypnotherapy treats the person, not the label we give to their issue, and because everyone is an individual, each person receives a unique treatment plan. It can therefore be difficult to put an exact number on how many sessions you will need. Some people will get what they want in 2-3 sessions, others will be 8-10. Around 5-6 sessions is probably the average number of times a client will need to see a cogntive hypnotherapist. It is our aim to treat you in the shortest time possible to make the changes permanent so that you can get on with the life you want.
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