- Can anyone be hypnotised?
- Theoretically everyone can be hypnotised. If you can daydream, visualise or ‘think about’ certain situations (such as a garden/meadow/etc.), you should have no problem at all. However, you do need to want to work this way. If you feel unhappy or resistant, this would not be the therapy for you. A good practitioner though, would be able to offer other types of therapy, should you decide on the day you would rather not proceed. Avoid hypnotherapists that can only work this way.
- Can I be made to say or do anything against my will whilst I’m in hypnosis?
- No, not at all. You subconscious will be free to accept or reject any suggestions. A professional hypnotherapist has your wellbeing at the heart of all the work you do together and will only offer your subconscious suggestions that will benefit you.
- When I am in hypnosis am I unconscious?
- No, you are in a state half-way between asleep and awake, similar to daydreaming. You can, at any time, just open your eyes and become fully alert again if you so wish.
- Will I be aware of what is happening or being said whilst I am in the hypnotic state?
- Yes, absolutely. You will feel deeply relaxed but will never lose contact with the hypnotherapist’s voice. Often clients say they experienced a ‘heightened’ state of awareness, occasionally you may find you drift off into a light sleep, but you are never, ever, unconscious.
- What happens if I don’t come out of trance or something happens to the hypnotherapist before I am brought out?
- You can never be held in a trance state. You would simply come out of the trance naturally as the rapport would be lost with the hypnotherapist. No-one has every remained in trance indefinitely.
- Will I be able to drive afterwards?
- Yes. You will most likely be very relaxed after a session, so it’s always advisable to go for a short walk for a few minutes if you feel you need to.
Most of us at certain points in our lives would rather like to improve ourselves in one way or another. Perhaps we are struggling with anxiety, a phobia, want to lose weight, stop smoking or pass that driving test.
Perhaps you hold a negative belief about yourself that you are not ‘good enough’, ‘nothing ever works for you’, or maybe you hold a secret conviction that ‘no one really likes you’ and this has been in your thoughts as long as you can remember. These beliefs can be very debilitating.
Whether it’s building self-esteem and confidence, tackling relationship difficulties or just trying to untangle and find the ‘real you’ from the chaos that sometimes can take away our lives and our dreams, hypnotherapy is certainly a great way to make positive changes.
Of course, nowadays there is a vast array of different therapies, but given a choice, the one that offers the fastest, easiest way to accomplish the work, the one that offers the lasting changes you are looking for, is most likely is the one to choose.
Hypnotherapy is known as being exceptionally quick at tackling problems, the changes can come fast and they tend to be permanent. Rather than just deal with the symptoms, it goes straight to the root of the problem and makes changes there.
Dr. Alfred A. Barrios, a clinical psychologist (B.S. Caltech, Ph.D. UCLA), founder and current Executive director of the Self-Programmed Control Centre in Los Angeles found that:
93% of clients recover after 6 sessions of hypnotherapy
72% of clients recover after 22 sessions of behavioural therapy
38% of clients recover after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis
Many of our clients, however, often find only need a couple of sessions.
What is hypnotherapy and how does it work?
Hypnosis is the use of the natural trance state we all drift in and out of each day. (Deep in thought when driving, daydreaming, reading, etc.). When in a trance state, the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions. So, whilst the critical conscious mind switches off for a while, more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality are encouraged via hypnosis.
A highly experienced, accredited hypnotherapist (emphasis on ‘therapist’ here, someone who already has many years of in-depth therapy experience plus a lengthy training programme in hypnotherapy) will be able to make a good assessment of how you would benefit from this therapy.
Here are just a few of the areas that are regularly addressed with hypnotherapy.
- Mental and emotional health
- Resolving long-standing problems
- Addressing negative limiting beliefs
- Change your inner negative self-talk
- Develop your emotional intelligence
- Increasing your confidence and self-esteem
- Overcoming addictions & obsessions
- Tackling depression and anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Professional development
- Conquering fears and phobias
- Build resources and resilience
- Improving sports performance
- Physical well-being
- Letting go of mental clutter
- Eliminating old bad habits and developing new, healthier ones
Hypnotherapy vs Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Neuro Linguistic Programming
Let’s look at two other popular ways of working.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT) is used to change the way you think and behave. Most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression by helping you to challenge and change unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviours.
It doesn’t remove the problem, but it gives you personal coping strategies to deal with the difficulties.
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
NLP explores the relationships between what goes on in our mind and our senses (neuro), our language, both spoken and body language (linguistic) and our behaviour and emotional patterns (programming).
NLP enables people to shift from a fixed mind-set to a flexible one, from negative to positive. By doing so people can think, communicate and manage themselves, and others, more effectively
However, again, it does not remove the problem, but gives you ‘tools’ to use to deal with difficulties.
NLP often combines its techniques with hypnosis and self-hypnosis.
CBT has been proven more effective when used in conjunction with hypnotherapy.
Many famous people have used hypnosis and hypnotherapy for personal development to enhance sports performance, and for weight loss/addition). These are just a few famous people:
Aaron Eckhart (smoking and alcohol)
Adele – Quit smoking
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) known to have a hypnosis session every afternoon and his theory of relativity came to him during one of these sessions. He also used trance states to develop his ideas.
Andre Agassi (tennis)
Ben Afflect – Quit smoking
Britney Spears – Quit smoking
Bruce Willis – Overcome stuttering
David Beckham – Career success
Frank Bruno WBC Heavyweight Champion used hypnosis before beating Mohammed Ali.
Geri Halliwell (weight control)
Henry Ford – Personal development
Jack Nicklaus (championship golfer).
Jackie Kennedy Onassis used hypnotherapy to relive and let go of tragic events in her life.
James Earl Jones – Career Success and overcome stuttering
Jessica Alba – HypnoBirthing
Jimmy Connors used hypnosis prior to practicing his winning strokes before the US Open Championship.
Kevin Costner used hypnosis to cure his seasickness while he was making ‘Waterworld’.
Kevin McBride, the celebrated Irish heavyweight boxing champion works with his hypnotist before every bout.
Lily Allen – Weight loss
Matt Damon – Quit smoking
Mozart (1756-91) composed the famous opera “Cosi fan tutte” while hypnotised.
Orlando Bloom (chocolate addiction)
Sam Smith - OCD
Samuel L Jackson – Quit smoking
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (weight control)
Sophie Dahl (weight control)
Sylvester Stallone career success for Rocky in 1975.
Steve Hooker of Australia won the 2008 Gold Medal in Pole Vaulting after hypnotherapy
Thomas Edison used self—hypnosis on a regular basis
Tiger Woods uses hypnosis to block out distractions and focus on his game.
Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud developed modern psychiatry as a result of learning about and practicing hypnosis.
Lord Tennyson Alfred (1809-92) wrote complete poems while hypnotised.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) politician used post-hypnotic suggestions in order to stay awake all night, avoid tiredness during W.W.II. and handle stress.