Q: What is Hypnosis?

A: Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all experience at various times and in various depths throughout the day. The experience of hypnosis has been described in many ways but is often explained as a streamlined state of focused attention. Many people describe hypnosis as feeling similar to daydreaming, when they are neither fully alert, nor asleep. Everyone’s experiences and therefore descriptions of hypnosis will vary because all trance states feel different to different people. Hypnosis is usually associated with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation and this can be part of the therapy, however not all hypnosis nor Hypnotherapy involves relaxation in the traditional sense.

Q: If I’m hypnotised, do I lose control?

A: No. Hypnosis is a streamlined state of focused attention, similar to when you are absorbed in a book, a film, a sport, or a craft. You have the ability to emerge from hypnosis at any time if you wish. Your hypnotherapist could be described as a guide taking you on a journey; they are the facilitator but any change can only be made by you. Realising that you are in control and can make changes yourself can be very empowering.

Q: Can anyone be hypnotised?

A: Yes, with a very few exceptions for very significant and unusual mental conditions. Intelligent people are easier to hypnotise, and people with ADHD, and people on the autistic spectrum, can all be hypnotised. Analytical people may find that traditional relaxation based techniques don’t work on them, and they will need to use alternative methods.

Q: Are there people who shouldn’t be hypnotised?

A: As hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy it is generally not advised for:

  • Depressive illness
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia)
  • Psychiatric Disorders

Q: Will I remember what happens in trance?

A: It varies by person – some people will be in a light trance, like being focused on a book or film, whilst others drop into a state similar to being just about to fall asleep, and still others enjoy a shallow sleep. Unless they take a nap, then they will remember what was said, but for the thereputic effects, it doesn’t matter either way, as the subconscious is listening, and will interpret the session in a way which benefits them.