Questions and Answers
What is hypnosis?
Hypnotic trance is a natural and everyday situation and it could be said that people are always in a trance of some sort. For example, when someone watches a movie or plays computer games and gets very absorbed in what’s happening they go into 'trance', and may be very responsive to what’s happening on the screen. Even anger is a trance state! Recent research shows that a hypnotic trance is an accessing of the REM state, when the mind updates patterns of behaviour and can be thought of as a state of 'super-learning'. It's not weird - it's natural!
Are there any risks with hypnotherapy?
Although there are many areas in which hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it may not be suitable (contra-indicated). These could include some types of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems. In a small number of cases, therefore, you may be advised to seek the advice of your doctor before starting a course of hypnotherapy.
People are sometimes concerned that they will “lose control” in hypnosis. However, regardless of how deeply you may go in hypnosis and however passive you may appear to be, you actually remain in full control of the situation. You are fully able to talk if you wish to (or not, as the case may be) and you can stand up and leave the room at any time. Neither can you be made to do anything against your usual ethical or moral judgment or religious belief.
How can hypnotherapy help me?
Hypnotherapy is the means by which you can reprogramme your old or unwanted behaviour patterns, or create new, more positive ones. In the hypnotic state, you accept beneficial suggestions that allow you to change your attitude so that you can do the things you want to do - or not do the things you don't want to do. For example, you may wish to improve your confidence, self-esteem or your performance at work or playing sport. Or you you may wish to banish the smoking habit or conquer a fear of heights or spiders. People often seek online counselling therapy to tackle a wide range of mental or emotional problems, however counselling often takes a long period of time (over many sessions) for effective results. Hypnotherapy tends to be a very much shorter process - indeed, some issues can be dealt with by a single session! Whatever you want to achieve, chances are that hypnotherapy can help.
What happens in the session?
At your FREE initial consultation, we will discuss your particular requirements and reasons for enquiring about hypnotherapy before booking the first appointment – please note there is absolutely no obligation to proceed further if you are not entirely happy about the way forward. During our initial chat I will ask for some basic information which will allow me to prepare for the first treatment session and make the best use of the time. I will also explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works. At this point we can agree the aims and desired outcomes of the hypnotherapy, including an estimate of the number of sessions that may be required. Some issues may be resolved in just one or two sessions, whilst others will require more.
What happens then will depend upon your particular circumstances and requirements. During the first session, you may be directed through relaxation techniques, using a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviours and relieve symptoms. For example, people who have anxiety issues may be given suggestions to increase relaxation, confidence and positive thinking.
I use integrative hypnotherapy - a safe, relaxing client-centred approach which also draws upon counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) - to bring about subconscious change to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. At the end of each session, we will review progress and set objectives for any further sessions.
What issues can online hypnotherapy help me with?
People are accustomed to look for 'hypnotherapy near me' for issues such as quit smoking, weight loss, anxiety and dealing with fears and phobias. The list (below) of issues that can benefit from hypnotherapy is far from exhaustive, so if you are unsure whether online hypnotherapy can help you, please contact us.
Anxiety disorders & stress
Panic attacks - manage the physical & emotional aspects
PTSD (safe help using REWIND technique)
Driving anxiety, driving test nerves - don't let nerves get in the way of learning to drive
Public speaking, presentation nerves - for a relaxed and confident performance
Exams, tests, interviews
Social anxiety - feel relaxed in company
Stress management - tools and techniques for work and home life
Wedding nerves - be calm on the day and when giving speeches
Negative thoughts - recognise negative thinking and nip it in the bud
Relaxation techniques that you can use at home or at work
Phobias & irrational fears
Dental phobia - don't suffer by avoiding dental treatment
Needle, injection, vaccination phobia
Fear of flying - our popular ASCENT course will get you flying confidently for business and pleasure
Fear of animals – birds, snakes, dogs, insects, etc.
Insomnia, disturbed sleep
Moderate your drinking
Stammering & stuttering
Social media fixation
Stopping smoking - usually a single session is all it takes to stop smoking
Bedwetting (secondary nocturnal enuresis)
OCD - tackle obsessive thoughts and rituals
Eating & weight loss
Emotional eating issues
Weight loss (inc. hypnotic gastric band)
Healthy eating, 'fussy eating', ARFID / SED
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), indigestion
Obesity - hypnotic gastric band and weight management hypnotherapy can help
Dyspepsia (upper gut discomfort)
Self-esteem & confidence
Academic, study performance
Exam & interview performance
Creativity, artistic performance, creative 'blocks'
Sports Performance, e.g. golf ‘yips’
Pain relief and pain control
Pain management techniques
Healing processes following surgery
Sexual issues and gender
Gender identity issues & gender dysphoria, crossdressing, transvestism, feminisation hypnosis, acceptance, confidence & anxiety reduction
Psychosexual issues - low sexual drive, frigidity, impaired sexual arousal, dyspareunia, vaginismus, premature & retarded ejaculation, erectile dysfunction (temporary), sexual fetishes
Sexuality - identity, acceptance, confidence, resilience
Bereavement, loss, grief, divorce
Skin disorders with a psychological cause (such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Misophonia (selective noise sensitivity)
Past life regression, uncovering former lives
Hypnobirthing - childbirth, ante-natal, post-natal, morning sickness, bonding with baby
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