How does hypnotherapy work?
When we are deeply relaxed, we are able to suspend the conscious, sometimes overly analytical part of our mind and engage directly with the unconscious. This is where habits and long-held beliefs reside. In this way we can begin to replace unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thought with more positive ways of behaving and thinking.
What does hypnosis feel like?
The experience is usually wonderfully relaxing and invigorating. People often describe the sensation of being in hypnosis as relaxed, focused concentration. It’s rather like being absorbed in a good book or film, where other outside distractions are tuned out and we are able to completely exist in the moment.
Can the hypnotherapist ‘control’ me?
Absolutely not. Despite the impression many stage hypnotists like to create, the client remains completely in control at all times, and is able to emerge from hypnosis at will if they choose. No one can be hypnotised against their will, and no one can be made to do or say anything against their will.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone is different so the number of sessions required really depends on the person and the issue. For simple problems, some people may feel they have results after a few sessions although four is perhaps the optimum (including consultation). On the other hand, some people may feel they need five to seven sessions to experience the greater benefit. If there are many threads to the issue, then these may all need exploring, although it would be up to you which thread(s) you want to work on according to which you think will bring you the most benefit. Taking a committed approach to the therapy – during and outside of the sessions – will help you to maximise your results.
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