Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, if they want to be hypnotised. Since hypnosis is a natural state of mind that you enter several times a day, everyone is hypnotisable. With the assistance of a qualified hypnotherapist, anyone can achieve a perfectly adequate level of relaxation for hypnotherapy.
Will I be asleep?
You will not be asleep when hypnotised. The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep. It is a misnomer because at that time they believed that it was sleep. Scientists now know that Hypnosis is a relaxed state where you are more aware but it is not sleep.
Will I lose control?
No, nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is about working together with a Hypnotherapist so that you are more empowered, creating more positive changes in your life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. The ‘control’ misconception seems to originate from stage hypnosis which funnily enough also involves people doing exactly what they want to be doing. Contrary to what you see in the movies and stage shows, hypnosis is a consensual state. You are always in complete control the entire time and you will never do or say anything that is against your values.
Will I be aware during the session?
Yes, you are fully aware of everything that is going on around you and you cannot be made to do anything that you do not want to do. In fact your senses will be more alert that they usually are.
Will I get stuck in a trance?
Hypnosis is never about control. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do so. If the hypnotherapist disappeared or fell over and was knock out you would simply come back to full consciousness in your own time. We go in and out of hypnosis and other altered states of consciousness (e.g. daydreaming) many times a day but we always come back out of them easily and naturally.
Will I tell all my secrets?
No, you will never say or do anything under hypnosis that is against your values.
How many sessions will I need?
The aim of a good hypnotherapist is to help you in as few sessions as possible. For smoking cessation only one session is all that is required. For all other therapy you will usually feel and see the benefits in around 3-4 sessions (or less).
How will hypnosis change the way I feel?
You will be able to think and feel differently about a situation or a memory without the same negative intensity or emotion. In fact you could find that you may have difficulty remembering the negative emotions at all and be free to realise your true potential.