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  1. What is hypnosis?
  2. Who can be hypnotised?
  3. Can I be hypnotised against my will?
  4. What can hypnotherapy be used for?
  5. What do people see a hypnotherapist for?
  6. What does being in trance feel like?
  7. Can children benefit from hypnotherapy?
  8. Can I be made to do anything or say anything I donít want to under hypnosis?
  9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Am I in control?
  11. What does hypnosis feel like?
  12. Can I have someone there with me?
  13. What are the Health Benefits of stopping smoking?
  14. What if I donít really want to stop smoking?
  15. How does the stop smoking therapy work? 
  16. Why hypnosis is so successfulÖ
  17. If I stop smoking with hypnosis, will I put on weight?
  18. Will I be able to remember what happens during the session?
  19. How long do the effects of hypnotherapy last?


What is hypnosis?

It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance states often during the course of our lives. Even passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes, beneficial corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind. 

In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems. 

Who can be hypnotised?

Clinical Hypnotherapy means using hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will readily respond to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other, more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. When carried out by a professionally trained and skilled hypnotherapist, the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects. 

Can I be hypnotised against my will?

It is a fact that nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and, even when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate. Therapeutic hypnosis is a state of purposeful co-operation between the therapist and the patient.

What can hypnotherapy be used for?

Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following and more: unwanted habits - smoking, nail biting, bed wetting, weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting performance, boost self-confidence and achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress, tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, gynaecological problems - PMT, psychogenic infertility, obstetrics (painless childbirth), skin problems, pain control, minor surgery, dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and pains, some sexual problems... 

What do people see a hypnotherapist for?

Many things including: anxiety, assertiveness, audition nerves, bereavement issues, binge-eating, blushing, bruxism (jaw-clenching or tooth-grinding), bulimia, compulsive behaviour, confidence boosting, creativity enhancement, dental anxiety or phobia, eczema, emotional difficulties, exam nerves, fear of flying, headaches, improving concentration, insomnia, interview nerves, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nail-biting, nightmares, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCDs), over-eating, pain control, panic attacks and panic disorder, performance anxiety, phobias, post-operative recovery, pre-operative nerves, self-esteem enhancement, skin conditions, sleep difficulties, snoring, stop smoking, stress-related conditions, tinnitus, trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling), weight loss, writer's block...

What does being in trance feel like?

The hypnotherapist guides you into a trance state, usually by asking you to simply close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. As you become more and more relaxed you may be aware of sinking deeper into the chair. You may feel distant but you continue to hear everything that is going on around you as you pay more and more attention to the sound of the therapistís voice. The therapist then gently guides you into an increasingly deeper state of relaxation when your subconscious mind will be most receptive to positive, beneficial suggestions. After treatment you awake feeling refreshed and positive.

Can children benefit from hypnotherapy?

Yes. Children from 6 to 16 can be treated, but only with the consent and in the presence of their parent or guardian. Anyone between 16 and 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian. They can be helped with, for example, exam nerves, shyness, motivation. The number and duration of sessions will be agreed with the parent/guardian.

Can I be made to do anything or say anything I donít want to under hypnosis?

No. You are always in control and conscious of your surroundings. You hear everything that is going on; nothing happens without your consent. The hypnotherapist provides a safe, supportive environment for you while helping you relax and make the positive, beneficial changes you choose for yourself.

Are there any side effects?

Yes, you sleep better and feel more confident about everything.

Am I in control during a hypnosis session?

You will hear everything which is being said, but do not need to listen. Everything you wish to take on board you will.

What does hypnosis feel like?

People experience it differently - some feel very light, as if they were floating, others feel as if they are sinking down into the chair, their limbs heavy. Generally people feel as if every muscle in their body is relaxing. It's a pleasant, comfortable feeling. Your breathing will usually slow down, as you relax more. You can move and make yourself comfortable, even talk, in the "trance-state", although often people feel so comfortable that they just can't be bothered to move.

When you "wake" you will feel relaxed and calm, but also refreshed and energised.


Can I have someone there with me?

Yes, if you wish. Most people feel more comfortable on their own, but it is entirely up to the individual.


What are the health benefits of stopping smoking?

20 minutes........
Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal

8 hours...............
Blood nicotine & carbon monoxide halved. Oxygen restored to normal

24 hours.............
Carbon monoxide eliminated. Lungs start to clear mucus & debris

48 hours............
The body is nicotine-free. Ability to taste greatly improved

72 hours............
Breathing eases as bronchial tubes relax. Energy levels increase

2-12 weeks.......
Circulation improves

3-9 months........
Coughs & breathing problems lessen. Lung function increases by up to 10%

1 year................
Heart attack risk half of that of a smoker

10 years............
Lung cancer risk half that of a smoker

15 years...........
Heart attack risk equal a non-smoker. Lung cancer risk only slightly above that of a non-smoker

What if I donít really want to stop?

We have never met a smoker who really wanted to stop, if they did they would not need this extra help. Hypnosis can help you become someone for whom smoking is a thing of the past - it does not change your personality, or make you anti-smokers, you just stop smoking yourself. Hypnosis amplifies your willpower for an appropriate treatment for you.


How does the stop smoking therapy work?

Hypnosis works by breaking the habit. It has been established that a hypnotic state can produce profound relaxation of the brain and the whole body. It is also known that in this state the mind is capable of a very high degree of concentration focusing on one specific suggestion.

All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness, into which individuals allow themselves to enter so that the desired beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind.

Because of this, it is possible to break the habit. The existing pattern of thinking about cigarettes, wanting a cigarette and having an uncontrollable urge to light up and smoke, can be replaced with a new pattern of not thinking, not wanting, not smoking!

Why hypnosis is so successfulÖ

Because you donít have to fight the thought - you simply wonít have the thought or desire.

Because it works with your specific triggers i.e. situations/ activities which make you reach for a cigarette.

Because it reduces tension and anxieties both of which can be a contributing factor in continuing to smoke.

Because it eliminates negative thoughts and fears e.g. a belief that you will put on weight if you stop smoking.

Because it frees the individual from withdrawal symptoms by replacing them with a new sense of self-control, calmness and increased confidence.

A one-off session of hypnosis to stop smoking takes around 1Ĺ hours.

The treatment involves working with your specific habits to ensure that you not only stop smoking but that you also don't start again.

It involves treating both situation and emotional triggers and includes emphasis on any concerns that you may have about being a non-smoker, such as putting on weight or not being able to concentrate without a cigarette to hand.

You leave the session feeling fine and relaxed.

If I stop smoking with hypnosis, will I put on weight?

We use strategies that directly address this concern. In addition to the sheet of Tips for new non-smokers given out at the end of the stop-smoking session, we also provides you with written information about weight control for new non-smokers. After kicking the smoking habit using hypnosis, people can find that they are more in control of other habits too, like snacking.


Will I be able to remember what happens during the session?

Some people remember in great detail and can almost relate every word the therapist says! Some people are so relaxed that they don't bother to listen consciously to what the hypnotherapist is saying - that's fine - the suggestions will drift into their unconscious mind and affect them anyway. Many people drift in and out, their mind wanders off on to something else then they "tune in" again to what the hypnotherapist is saying, rather like turning the volume up and down on a radio.


How long do the effects of hypnotherapy last?

The effects of hypnotherapy can be long-lasting or permanent as the suggestions are made directly to the unconscious part of your mind. Your actions also contribute to your ability to make long-lasting or permanent change. You have to put into practice the new ways of thinking and doing things. Then you leave old habits behind and take on new healthier ways of thinking and behaving. The techniques used in the sessions, which you may be asked to practice between sessions, will help to make this process easier.