Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that human beings have an ‘in built’ ability to utilise, so the vast majority of people are more than able to benefit. All you need to benefit from hypnosis is the desire and curiousity to experience it.
Hypnosis is a very pleasant, relaxed state in which you are more aware of your internal experience than the world around you. It feels similar to that day-dreaming feeling when you get really absorbed in a book, a hobby or a film, except what you are becoming really absorbed in is you!
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon, or state of mind, which allows positive change, recovery and healing processes (mental, emotional and physical) to occur more easily than the normal busy ‘daily life’ brain can often allow.
A bit like the clutch on a car, it allows changing to a better gear to be considerable easier and smoother than trying to change gear without it!
When you are in a state of hypnosis, you will find
• Your conscious ‘thinking’ mind becomes more relaxed and ‘out of the way, allowing your subconscious mind to become more open and receptive to positive changes and suggestions which are designed to help you. These positive suggestions ‘stick’ more easily in hypnosis than in the normal waking state.
• It can be easier to recognise your true feelings, motivations, needs and desires so that you can take the appropriate action.
• You have greater access to the wisest parts of yourself and your inner healing resources, allowing you to find new creative solutions more easily to problems that may have been a struggle in daily life.
• We can often get to the root cause of a problem or a symptom more easily, allowing this to be resolved at a deeper level and more rapidly than therapy without hypnosis might allow.
Hypnosis is not actually a therapy in its own right, but is better thought of as a set of techniques that a skilled therapist can use to help bring about change. Many professionals believe that you should only consult a therapist who has a prior qualification in a medical or psychological specialty before you use hypnosis - just like a surgeon should know how bodies work in health and disease before diving in with a scalpel!
No, although some clients who relax deeply may feel as if they drift in and out of sleep momentarily, hypnosis is actually a very mentally active state quite different from sleep. Most people remain fully aware of their surroundings and can recall each session.
Hypnosis is a totally natural brain state that is well recognised as a highly effective tool for safe therapeutic change by psychology, dentistry and the medical profession. Clinical hypnosis isn't magic, although the results may seem like magic!
Most clients will consciously remember the vast majority of what goes on during hypnosis. There may be times when your unconscious mind, or me as the therapist, may delay your full recall for your benefit and best outcome. You will remember only what you are ready to remember.
‘Hypnosis’ refers to the natural phenomenon itself, whereas ‘Hypnotherapy’ is the use of hypnosis within a therapy experience to help clients make positive changes and resolve difficulties in a lasting and safe way. Just being in hypnosis isn’t enough without the skills of an experienced, interventional therapist who knows how to best use your hypnotic state to effect positive change.
No. I work with adults aged 21 years and over.
Private face-to-face sessions are held in person at my own discrete private consulting rooms in Hoole, Chester, Cheshire.
Coaching is available in person in Chester, telephone or online.