Is hypnosis like being asleep?
No, hypnosis does not involve sleep or unconsciousness. You will usually be fully aware of everything that happens and hear everything that is said to you. For hypnotherapy to be effective, you need to be aware of what is said to you, so that you can be actively involved in mental rehearsal and using your imagination in other ways.
Is hypnosis a kind of mind control?
No, it is not possible to hypnotise someone to do something they would not ordinarily be willing to do. There have been experiments to see whether this could be done, which all failed. In hypnosis, the only person in control of your mind is you. You will only respond to the suggestions made to you, which you choose to respond to.
Is hypnotherapy a quick fix?
Yes and no. Hypnotherapy is in no way a miracle cure and to be effective, you need to participate actively in the treatment and be motivated to make the changes that will help you. However, compared to some other therapies, it is quick, and you may only need 4 to 6 sessions (on average) depending on your issue. The only thing that is dealt with in one session is stopping smoking.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
If you’re able to daydream and relax a little, you will find hypnosis easy. Anyone can do it and you can learn how to become better at it with some training and practice.
What can hypnotherapy be used for?
Hypnotherapy can treat a wide range of problems successfully and is also used to enhance positive performance, such as helping sports professionals to improve physical and mental performance. The main things that hypnotherapy can help include:
- fears and phobias
- anxiety and panic attacks
- stress and stress-related conditions, such as insomnia, tension headaches, psoriasis and other skin problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- pain management, including pain in childbirth
- stopping smoking
- weight loss
- overcoming habits, such as nail biting
- lack of confidence or self-esteem
- improving business performance, such as sales and public speaking
- enhancing creativity
- improving sports performance
For more information about hypnotherapy, contact Anne Williams by phone or email.
Ask more questions by booking a free, 30-minute ‘phone consultation. Contact Anne on 0208 546 2122 or e-mail .