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Frequently asked questions about Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

If you're like many people, then your perception of what hypnosis is, may have come from TV, Films or the stage,and as such, you may have some questions you want answering.

Below are the answers to some of these questions, should you have a question not listed or would like to discuss how I can help you, please email me or phone me on 01772 439046 because "it's good to talk"

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a pleasant relaxed state of consciousness, which opens up your imagination and increases your mental awareness. Memory retention and suggestibility are also increased.

Most of us use between three and five percent of our mental capacities and through Hypnosis, we begin to use more of our mind, to accomplish personal goals.

In Hypnosis, we can allow positive, life affirming and healthy suggestions to enter the subconscious mind which will lead us toward positive life changes, such as stop smoking, lose weight or increase our feelings of wellbeing.

All hypnotic suggestions are accepted or rejected by the client, at their personal discretion.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that enables a client to enlist the help of his unconscious mind to bring about therapeutic changes. A therapist will help you to access your inner resources to achieve realistic goals. He will normally do this by inducing a 'hypnotic trance', which is simply a state of altered awareness, not sleep or unconsciousness. Trance may be described as a natural learning state.

Can I be Hypnotised?

Everyone can be Hypnotised. We experience this relaxed mental state every day, just before waking in the morning and just as we enter slumber at night. For hypnosis to take place you have to want it to happen, expect it to happen and allow it to happen.

What does trance feel like?

As there is no specific hypnotised feeling, everyone experiences trance differently. Most people experience a very relaxed, lethargic and pleasant state of mind, similar to that miles away feeling you probably find yourself in from time to time when you let your mind wander and are surprised at how normal and natural hypnosis feels. It's an entirely natural state; every time you get absorbed in a book or a TV programme you are in trance.For some of my clients, it's the most relaxed they have felt for years.

What Can Hypnosis Do?

Hypnosis can allow us to speak to our deepest inner self, or allow the inner self to speak. It allows usto make beneficial, life affirming positive suggestions directly to the sub-conscious mind for positive change.

What Can't Hypnosis Do?

Hypnosis cannot cause us to act in a way that would contradict our moral or ethical values. Hypnosis will not cause us to reveal secrets, betray confidences or act in an irrational or immoral manner.

Will I be able to move?

Yes. It is important that at any time during hypnosis you may do anything that will help you to feel more comfortable - for instance you may need to move position or cough, that is perfectly OK, just go ahead.

Will I lose control?

No, absolutely not. You are always in complete control.

Will I get stuck in the hypnotic state?

No. Nobody has ever got stuck in a hypnotic state. Even if you fell asleep your natural body clock would wake you.

Is it confidential?

The information disclosed to the therapist within the sessions is confidential. Information will usually only be passed to a third party if it is part of an agreed referral to other health professionals that will help the client. However, there may be a legal obligation on the part of the therapist to pass information to the relevant authorities concerning criminal activities or if there is a concern about potential harm to others.

It should be borne in mind that therapists have a responsibility to the community at large, as well as to individual clients. Call me on 01772 439046 or email me by clicking "here"if you would like to discuss any of these points or have any unanswered questions about hypnotherapy, my services and how I can help you achieve personal positive change.

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Chris Gelder is a registered hypnotherapist at the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), 
the government backed UK regulatory body for complementary healthcare practitioners