What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis (ie not for someone else’s entertainment or amusement). Hypnosis describes the deliberate focus of attention on a specific idea or scenario under the guidance of a hypnotherapist who uses suggestions that the individual client can choose to adopt in their imagination. These suggestions are designed to bring about rapid, and beneficial, changes in thoughts, beliefs and emotions. In this way, hypnosis can help reduce anxiety, stress and worry and increase confidence that we can cope in adversity. If you can daydream you can be hypnotised.
Is it safe?
It is a perfectly safe process. And it’s a very natural feeling. At Headnosis we have over 20 years’ and thousands of therapy hours experience conducting clinical hypnosis to the highest standards and adhering to the codes of conduct of governing bodies. The unconscious protects you. That is what it is there for. If the unconscious hears something negative, manipulative or potentially harmful it will close down and the conscious will become alert once more. For further reassurance read about Hypnotherapy on the NHS website; the NHS says “You're fully in control when under hypnosis. Hypnosis doesn't work if you don't want to be hypnotised.”
What if I don’t like it
If you decide this is not for you just open your eyes and press the stop button.
Are there reasons why I shouldn’t listen?
If you suffer from epilepsy or you are currently taking medication for a psychotic illness or have been diagnosed by your GP as having a personality disorder then you should not listen to hypnosis. If in any doubt please consult your GP or health advisor.
Does it work for everyone?
It can work for everyone. Remember it is a process and you do have to start the process open to the idea of change. Some people are more receptive to suggestion than others, but even if you are the most analytical or cynical person, repeated listening will start to influence the negative or unwanted beliefs in your subconscious.
Will I be out of control?
You will be in full control of this process at all times. You will accept the suggestions you want to adopt and reject those that you don’t. Even in a daydream state you would still be aware of negativity or manipulation.
Will I fall asleep?
You may fall asleep, you may think you’ve been perfectly conscious, it doesn’t really matter. But it is good to listen in a place where it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep
When should I listen?
You can listen at any time but it is recommended that you listen when you are already programmed to relax. If you listen at bedtime you may find yourself falling asleep before you get to the end which is very effective.
When should I not listen?
You need to close your eyes, so you must not listen whilst driving or if you are undertaking a task that requires your full attention. You should not listen whilst jogging or in a place where you may be vulnerable to someone taking advantage of you.
How often should I listen?
You can listen as much or as little as you like. Frequency and repetition are good for reinforcing a positive message but remember it’s better to do it once when you are in a relaxed mood and in a comfortable place than 10 times when you are distracted and uncomfortable
When will I notice any changes?
The changes that occur are likely to be very subtle at first. There will not be an epiphany or any tangible change in the first instance. However as your perspective changes it is likely that the stress chemical in your body will reduce so you feel calmer and more relaxed.