What does hypnosis feel like?
The hypnotic experience differs from one person to another and from one experience to the next. Generally speaking, the trance state is similar to the day-dreamlike state; a feeling of being completely absorbed as well as deeply and pleasantly relaxed and calm. This is a natural state we all experience many times a day, while getting lost in a film, a piece of music, reading a book, staring at the clouds or at beautiful scenery.
You will not be asleep, but actually in a heightened state of self awareness and focus.
You will always still be aware of what’s going on and you can come out of it at anytime you wish or need to – in the same way you can ‘wake’ right out of a vivid daydream if anything at all made you feel uncomfortable or perhaps you knew you ‘needed’ to as you had other things to get on with.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes. The hypnotic state is a natural one we all enter on a regular basis many times during the day, only we are sometimes unaware of this or we don’t utilise it to our benefit in the way that hypntherapy does. It’s a ‘normal’ state that’s readily available to us at any other times we wish to access it.
Anyone who is wanting to be hypnotized and is open to the experience will be able to enter the guided trance state. howeve if one seems ‘unable’ to experience this, it’s probably because they are holding on to some resistance for some reason, whether as a result of misconceptions about hypnosis creating certain beliefs or fear around it, lack of genuine desire or motivation to face particular issues or to make change, or lack of good rapport with the therapist, making it difficult for the client to feel at ease.
Will you lose control? / Is it safe?
Hypnosis is completely natural and safe.
You are the one allowing yourself to enter the hypnotic state, with the guidance of the therapist, and you will only go as deep as you will feel comfortable with. You will feel relaxed, but although the conscious mind is relaxed, it’s not asleep. You will always be aware of what is happening and in control at all times.
Hypnosis is a collaborative process. Nothing is ‘done to you’ but rather in order for it to work, it relies on your ‘participation’. It’s a fundamental and perfectly natural human experience, and a powerfully effective way of you gaining more, not less, control over your mind and your life.
Feeling safe, comfortable and secure with your therapist is highly important for entering the hypnotic relaxation state and for gaining successful outcome to sessions - and you are never under any obligation to proceed with hypnosis following our initial discussion nor with any further sessions unless you wish to.
Will you remember everything?
Different people remember different things. In general, you will usually be able to recall the process or certain parts of the process, although maybe not all details.
Sometimes people believe they remember everything but are unaware of information they have consciously forgotten. Total amnesia for the entire hypnotic experience is unlikely, although can occur when experiencing a very deep level of trance, which sometimes is mistaken for falling asleep.
In any case, your subconscious mind is aware and will remember all that is important for your successful process and change, even if you do not consciously remember.
Can you get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?
No. In the same way you will never get ‘stuck’ in a daydream – it’s just impossible. The worst that could ever happen is that you would fall asleep and either wake up in the normal way, or be woken up by your therapist.
Will you tell me all your secrets?
No. Hypnosis doesn’t make you blurt out any secrets or even relevant personal information you’re not ready and willing to share. You are aware of everything that’s going on, you’re in control the whole time and you will only share what you’re comfortable with. In fact, it’s also possible to lie when in the hypnotic state and ‘construct’ stories, especially as the imagination is more vivid and creative. While ‘lying’ is probably not beneficial to therapy, sometimes constructed imaginary stories, when used appropriately, can be very useful as they contain and provide important information and messages from our subconscious.
What happens in a hypnotherapy session?
In the initial consultation, details will be taken of your circumstances. Goals for therapy will discussed and agreed on, and a full explanation of hypnosis will be provided. Any questions or misconceptions about hypnosis will also be dealt with; please feel free to ask!
If you were interested in the Sedona Method and it was felt and agreed it would suit your needs better at this point, an introduction and the basics of the method would be provided, and hypnotherapy would possibly be used in subsequent sessions.
During the first session I will usually also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis; this way you are empowered to practice this on your own, and the more you use this, the more rapid and powerful the results you can expect.
Sometimes I will also give you ‘homework’ assignments…
The first session usually lasts one and a half hours, with subsequent sessions an hour. The length of treatment would depend on your individual circumstances, but usually requires only a small number of sessions. This will be possible to assess at the first consultation.
Your progress will be reviewed at every session and feedback is encouraged!
Sessions are available in London as well as Brighton & Hove.
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