Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is a natural, pleasant, relaxed state in which you are more aware of your internal experience than the world around you.
We are all unique and so every person will experience hypnosis in their own way.
For some people it feels like a day-dreaming feeling such as when you get really absorbed in a book, a hobby or a film, except what you are becoming really absorbed in is you! For others, they can feel more powerfully relaxed or sleepy than they expected. Some feel just pleasantly relaxed and at ease.
What's important to know is that how you feel isn't an indicator of how effective hypnosis is. Regardless of what it feels like - its working!
Contrary to popular belief results using hypnosis do not depend at all on 'going deep' and are not reserved only for those who can be deeply hypnotised. Only a very light trance is required for phenonemal results.
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, allowing your subconscious mind to become more 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 intuitive, wisest parts of yourself and your inner 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.
You can read more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy here https://www.chesterhypnotherapy.co.uk/hypnotherapy
No, although clients who relax deeply into hypnosis may feel as if they drift in and out of sleep momentarily, hypnosis is a very mentally active state, quite different from sleep. Most people remain aware of their surroundings and can recall each hypnosis session.
(If you do fall asleep whilst listening to your hypnosis recording at home, this is no problem. The positive suggestions are still absorbed)
Yes most clients will consciously remember the vast majority of what goes on during hypnosis.
‘Hypnosis’ refers to the phenomenon itself - the state of heightened suggestibility where the subconscious mind is 'closer to the surface' and the conscious mind, which is often busy and thinking in day-to-day life, is more peaceful.
‘Hypnotherapy’ is the use of hypnosis within a therapy experience to help a person make positive change safely, effectively and often rapidly.
Private 1-to-1 appointments with me are offered via live online video therapy for your convenience. You remain in the comfort of your own surroundings and can join our meetings via your computer, iPad or smart phone.
Live online video therapy is very easy to use and free to access. You are able to see and hear me, and I you, just as if we were in the room together. All you need is a private room, an internet connection, maybe a set of headphones and a quiet comfortable place to sit, recline or lie down.
I have been successfully offering online video therapy since 2015 and find it just as effective in person sessions in fact often more so.
Benefits of live online video therapy include:-
- You can work with me wherever you are based in the UK (or beyond *)
- It is discrete, secure and confidential
- Highly convenient, easy to use and accessible
- Green and ecologically friendly (no petrol miles!)
- No more wasted travel time, worries over directions, parking or overnight stays
- You can feel more relaxed and comfortable in your own environment
- Many clients report finding it easier to open up by video therapy than they feel they might have done in person
- You can relax ahead of your session and straight afterwards (no driving) which aids integration of the session and new learning
- Zero risk of transmission of Corona virus and no chance that your treatment will be disrupted in the future by a second wave/lockdown
I do appreciate that if you have not worked via live video therapy before it can seem daunting or you may feel it won't be for you. Please can I reassure you that most people who express these reservations initially absolutely love its convenience.
For me, your results, safety and well being will always be my overriding concern. If online video therapy was not effective, I would not offer it.
Working online is slightly different than working in person. It is really important that you do work with a therapist such as myself who is trained and very experienced in offering therapy and hypnotherapy safely and effectively online. This is especially the case for medical issues.
You will receive all the technical information you need to attend and make the most of your online therapy sessions ahead of time.
Yes, you can be hypnotised online. I have been providing online services via video conferencing to clients throughout the UK and beyond for several years. It's completely safe and just as effective as if I was in the room with you.
Unfortunately, although I have specialist training and experience working with children and young people using hypnotherapy, my practice now specialises exclusively in working with adults over 18 years only.
Yes, hypnosis is a natural process that human beings have an ‘in built’ ability to enter, so most people are more than able to benefit. All you need to receive the phenomenal benefits of hypnosis is the ability desire and curiosity to experience it!
Some people can enter hypnosis more quickly than others, but the ability to enter the hypnotic state is a skill that you can learn by practice. It gets easier, the more you practice!