Common Questions Asked
What happens at the first appointment?
Hypnosis will be explained. You ask all the questions you want to. They will be answered fully. If at this point you do not which to continue or want to go away and think more about it, you are welcome to do so. No charge is made. If you feel comfortable and want to continue, you can start therapy.
Will I be asleep?
No.Sleep is not a hypnotic state. Hypnosis is a mental state not physical. Although you may feel physically relaxed with outside influences and distractions becoming less important, you are not asleep.
What is regression?
It is the most powerful therapeutic tool available to the therapist. Using various techniques we are able to unlock experiences from within the subconscious that may be having a negative affect on your life today. Many of these experiences are blocked by your conscious mind. These experiences can be revisited in hypnosis, re-evaluated and put into perspective thus allowing you to let go of these often destructive memories. Of course it can also be very beneficial to remember again the smells, colour, sounds and emotions of a happy experience in your life.
What is a state dependent memory?
It is generally considered that we all have state dependent memories that control the way we react in situations. For example if your first three experiences of seeing a spider is fear and panic it is considered that for ever more this will be your reaction. Therefor your state dependent memory (fear and panic) will be the way you react to situations (spiders). Many therapists believe three such experiences make this a permanent reaction. These negative memories can be changed using hypnosis though. Many state dependent memories are of course of a more positive nature and enhance a persons life, such as your ability to remain calm and collected in a crises (rather than panic).
What is an anchor?
In hypnosis a client can re-experience an incident in their life. During this hypnotic state the client is given a suggestion that they can use when not in the hypnotic state. This is called a post hypnotic suggestion(please see FAQ). This suggestion says that each time they take 3 special deep breaths, this being the anchor, they will experience the same emotional state that the anchor is linked to. Any anchor can be used, and any experience.
Why do phobias seem to respond well to hypnosis?
A phobia is a state of the mind, as is hypnosis.
What is a flooding technique?
When in hypnosis a person is repeatably allowed to re experience an avent so as to relive the emotion, fear, panic etc and be allowed to change the emotion of each incident into something more comfortable. You can then, still in hypnosis, take a walk in a park and watch dogs running around and barking and simply enjoy the pleasant experience.This would have previously been an unpleasant experience. Finally the client would be able to do this at a conscious level.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
A modern psychology akin to hypnosis.
What is Time Line Therapy?
Everyone has a time line. It is where your past, present and future can be found and seen. Close your eyes for a moment and think of a past experience in your life. Note where you 'looked' for that experience ie to your left, right, or maybe behind you. That is where your past time line is. Now look for a future thought. That is where you future time line is. You can be guided to look at your past line for any incident that is effecting how you act now, or will in the future for example. Changes can very often be made quite quickly, without having to re experience the emotions of that time, as you often do in hypnosis. You can place on your future time line any goals that you wish to achieve. This can be in stages so as the outcome is achievable and not just a dream that seems forever seems unobtainable.
Is it safe?
With a competent hypnotist there is no concern. Hypnosis is a safe, natural, therapeutic therapy.