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Frequently asked questions

Will you lose control under hypnosis? 

No. This is a common misconception about hypnosis. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not about control by the hypnotist. It is about working together so that the client can be empowered to create change in his or her life. Nobody can be forced to do anything against their will. 

Will you be asleep when hypnotised? 

No. You will not be asleep. It’s like when you daydream. Hypnosis is generally a very relaxed state but it is not sleep. 

Will you be able to “wake up” and come out of the trance? 

Yes. Hypnosis is not about control. If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do that. We go in and out of hypnotise and other altered states of consciousness many times a day, but we always come back out of them easily and naturally. Such as reading a book, listening to music or driving a car.

Will I reveal anything that I don’t want to during hypnosis? 

No. You are the one in control. You cannot be forced to say or do anything under hypnosis that you don’t want to. 

Can anyone be hypnotised? 

Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Most people find they can easily go into at least a light trance, and with most therapeutic goals that is enough. Hypnosis is a very natural relaxed state which most people can achieve very easily. 

Are there any side effects from hypnotherapy? 

No. There are no side effects from hypnotherapy. The worst that could happen would be that you fall asleep. Most people easily enter a trance state and find that they are just very relaxed and comfortable afterwards.

How many sessions will I need? 

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is very powerful and effective and most clients see an improvement after their first or second session. 

How long does each session last? 

Each session will last approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours

What will happen during the session? 

The first stage of a hypnotherapy consultation will generally involve an informal chat and some questions from the therapist to ascertain the nature of the issue and agree the goals and the necessary route to overcoming or dealing with it. The next stage is hypnosis.  

After the session there is always time left at the end for you to ask questions or to discuss any experiences you had whilst you were in the relaxed, hypnotic state.