Being in a hypnotic trance feels very pleasant and extremely physically relaxing. Your mind will be fully alert, and you will be able to hear everything the hypnotherapist says, though you may not remember every word.
You are regularly self-hypnotised when you day dream or are engrossed in something and forget about your environment. If you do not want to be hypnotised you will not be. If you want to be, you will be.
Yes. You will remain in control at all times. This concern is often voiced by those who have watched stage shows and wondered, quite understandably, if they could be made to do that. In hypnotherapy, you and the practitioner work together to promote positive enhancements, you will only accept suggestions that your unconscious mind deems beneficial. You will not accept any suggestions that do not fit into your own moral and ethical framework.
Yes, at all times. Although your body will be relaxed, your mind will be fully alert.
Will it work for me?
How much you benefit will depend on many factors. One of the most important is that you feel comfortable with your therapist in order for you to feel motivated to follow the suggestions and work together to meet your goals.
Some people find they achieve the wonderful crystal-clear state-of-mind on their first session; others may need to experience lighter states initially in order to allow themselves to completely switch off any questioning from their conscious mind. It should be noted though that even in a very light trance you can make amazing break-through towards your goals and you can feel wonderfully refreshed after each session.
Are there side effects?
Hypnosis is completely natural, so the only side effects are the pleasant by-products of improved well-being. These normally include sleeping better, feeling more confident and having a more positive outlook.
If your problem is personal you may feel that you don’t want to give the full details. That’s quite understandable and perfectly OK. However, everything discussed is in complete confidence. As a professionally accredited hypnotherapist I’m required to adhere to a strict code of ethics which covers client confidentiality.
According to the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), it is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. Some individuals are more likely to respond to hypnotherapy than others and having confidence in the technique helps. Believing change from hypnotherapy is possible is important and if an individual is personally motivated to change, hypnosis is often more likely than if the individual relies completely on their hypnotherapist and doubts whether they have the ability to access their subconscious and make changes happen.