Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is a state of magnified concentration and relaxation in which we have access to the creative, intuitive part of the mind. In this state you are able to focus on and absorb positive suggestions at a much deeper level than normal while picturing yourself achieving the changes you want to make.
All that’s required of you is that you allow your imagination to go along with the suggestions I give you. Most people find the experience very relaxing and enjoyable.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. It is designed to reduce anxiety and calm the mind and does not involve analysing painful memories from the past but focuses on finding solutions for the future.
When you are deeply mentally and physically relaxed you will be more able to access the ‘back of your mind’ – your unconscious mind, where our habits, long term memories and core beliefs are stored. Positive suggestion and imagery are used to make lasting changes and resolve issues that lie beyond the reach of conventional therapy.
This state of trance is safe and perfectly natural – rather like a relaxing guided daydream. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process and it is important to understand that change happens because you want it to and because you are prepared to take the necessary steps to make it happen.
Yes, no-one can be hypnotized to do or say anything against their will. You will always be fully in control – it is impossible to get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis for positive, therapeutic benefit, you will not be under the therapist’s control in any way.
Hypnotising someone is a relatively straightforward process in that I actually guide the person into the state. I begin by guiding them through the three body changes (physiological changes) that occur as they enter hypnosis. The next step is to progressively relax the body so the person really feels the relaxation (most feel a great depth of relaxation in hypnosis while remaining mentally alert.)
Then comes the suggestions for change, including replacement reactions and/or behaviours. After the suggestions I ‘count out’ of hypnosis, using the opposite count (“0-1-2-3-4-5, eyes wide awake”) of how we counted into hypnosis (“5-4-3-2-1-0, deep hypnotic sleep.”)
Hypnosis is a pleasant and relaxing experience. There is nothing dramatic or unusual about it because we all experience trance many times each day quite naturally. It is simply a state of focused concentration.
It’s very similar to that stage at night when you are no longer fully awake but your not yet asleep. You may feel sleepy or enter a pleasant dreamlike state, but you can always open your eyes if you want to.
If you are willing, then you can be hypnotised. The only people who can’t be hypnotised are those who don’t want to be. Some people are more readily hypnotisable than others, but with practice everyone can experience hypnosis.
Hypnosis simply requires the ability to relax, focus and use your imagination – all everyday skills which can easily be improved through practice.
Hypnosis a very pleasant, often deep feeling of relaxation, but you won’t be asleep. Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness and a natural state of mind and you will be able to hear and respond to anything that is said to you. You may choose to drift off into a trance or ‘daydream’ state and so not consciously hear what is being said to you but you won’t be unconscious.
The initial consultation is free of charge and is designed to assess what you want to achieve, how hypnotherapy can help you and how many sessions you are likely to need.
Subsequent sessions focus on working together to achieve the desired changes by using Hypnotherapy (and where appropriate Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques) in conjunction with guided hypnotic trance.
The majority of my sessions last 50 minutes. I always allow space between my sessions so if we run over by 10-15 minutes that is not an issue. On some treatments, a longer session might be required. This will be discussed during our initial consultation.
The number of sessions required varies depending on the issues you wish to resolve, but in general Hypnotherapy is relatively short-term and achieves good results in only a few sessions. The number of sessions can usually be predicted at the free initial consultation.
The initial consultation is free. For a more detailed price list please see my session rates for more information.
I run my practice from my office in Dunfermline where you can come to see me for an in person Hypnotherapy session.
I also offer virtual sessions online using Zoom. It’s important that you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible to aid hypnosis and I find some people like to have a session online from the comfort and privacy of their own home. The choice is completely up to you.