Hypnotherapy is the psychotherapeutic technique in which suggestion and an altered state of consciousness are combined to produce change in behaviour. Here are some frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis at its best is a state of deep relaxation and mental calmness. It is a state of ‘altered awareness’, a sort of guided day-dreaming. You are aware of everything that takes place, but able to concentrate effectively withou fear and anxiety.
How will I be hypnotised?
There are many ways of inducing hypnosis but nowadays the most common way is the verbal method. You will sit or lie comfortably on a chair or couch and the therapist will give suggestions of progressive relaxation.
Are there any dangers?
No. As long as the hypnosis and therapy are carried out by a properly qualified, properly trained and competent therapist.
Will I lose conciousness during hypnosis?
Under hypnosis people are not unconcious but in a state of relaxed attention. Because of this awareness, lightly hypnotised people may not think they have been hypnotised at all. People who fall asleep may think they have gone ‘deep’, but sleep is not the same as hypnosis.
Can a recording of the session be made?
It is possible to record the session and for a CD to be made. By listening at home its is possible to practice going deeper into hypnosis and to reinforce suggestions in the subconscious mind that were given in the session.
Could I be hypnotised to do anything against my will?
Most research shows that any form of hypnosis is self hypnosis, so what happens is under your control. You have total freedom to accept or reject suggestions, but the client and therapist form a partnership in which any given suggestions are first agreed. As you are in charge of the hypnotic session you can leave the hypnotic state at any time, just as easily as you entered.