Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis

Self-hypnosis FAQ

Here follows some of your frequently asked questions on self-hypnosis, hypnosis and hypnotherapy. If you have a question that isn't answered here, get in touch and I will add it to the list.

what is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a narrowing of focus - such as when you are staring out of the window, or reading a book and you are largely unaware of what is happening around you in that moment. It is often referred to as a trance state or altered state of mind. Hypnosis can occur with eyes closed and also with eyes open.

Hypnosis is a natural human ability. You experience hypnosis every day of your life - you can't avoid it! It's like daydreaming and we all know how to daydream!

what is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis as a means for change. The therapist utilizes the hypnotic state as a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. Through relaxation, suggestion and visualization techniques, desired and new ways of behaving can be established.

Hypnotherapy is a relaxing and rewarding experience.

What is The Difference Between Hypnosis And Self-Hypnosis?

These two terms are inter-changeable. Essentially, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis because an individual chooses to go into a hypnotic state or trance. It may not always feel like that is so, however in a clinical setting you do have control over the hypnotic state.

Self-hypnosis is often referred to when someone uses the self-hypnotic techniques they have learnt to put themselves into the hypnotic trance state. It is a narrowing of focus that we do naturally very frequently throughout our day.

Can You Make Me Do Things I Don't Want To Do?

No. You are always in control and can end a session whenever you choose to. This misunderstanding often comes from watching stage hypnotists. Participants in these shows are willing to take part even if it doesn't look like they are.

What Happens In A Hypnotherapy Session?

The session begins with a chat about what you want to achieve. It may also include the results you would like to see in your life and how you will know when you have achieved it. During the session you will relax with eyes closed and experience hypnosis. 

I may use a combination of techniques that I think will help you most. These include hypnosis and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) Emotional Freedom Techniques, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and other talking therapies. Before you leave we will decide when to schedule your next appointment, usually a week or two later. 

How Will I Feel Afterwards?

My clients report feeling relaxed, lighter, confident and more motivated following a session. It's like waking from a particularly refreshing sleep and feeling more positive. Some say they sleep particularly soundly the night following their session.

On extremely rare occasion where someone has touched on or is already in a highly charged emotional state, the relaxation is felt more later on. However the sessions are always moving you in the direction of what you want whether you feel it right away or later.

what happens after the session?

Sometimes I will provide exercises for you to follow in between sessions. This may also include a hypnosis audio that you can download to your device. I will give you comprehensive directions for use of the audio and any other exercises.

To get the best results I recommend that you do them as they will speed up the results you are seeking. I won't give you anything to do unless it will serve as useful. 


“Hypnotherapy enabled me to take control of my fear of flying, with successful results. I also gained a deeper and clearer understanding of myself. I have recommended it to others and would recommend it to you. The benefits and results far exceeded any initial apprehensions.”