Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness during which our subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions that are given. We drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day, absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as at a conscious one. It’s a dream like state. Your hypnotherapist will work with your imagination to help you achieve your goals.
Every individual is unique and different. Some people say that their body feels like a dead weight, others say that they feel as though they’re floating away. Most people will agree that it’s a lovely feeling because they are more relaxed than they have ever been before.
You will be aware of everything that is happening and being said the whole time, however you will be so relaxed that you may find yourself drifting into different levels of awareness. You may forget some of the things said to you consciously, but your subconscious mind remembers everything it needs to. Your subconscious mind is active throughout and it is this that your therapist is working with.
That depends on how deep in hypnosis you are, but generally most people do remember either everything or certain parts of the experience. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious mind after your hypnosis session. These will be the thoughts that produce changes in your behaviour or way of thinking and feeling.
Not necessarily. If the cause of your problem is a repressed memory (one you are unable to remember consciously), then bringing it back to conscious awareness can help you to view the problem from a different perspective and feel differently about it. If you find the idea of revisiting old memories painful then your therapist can help you to dissociate from them. You can then remember the experience without experiencing the emotions associated with them.
No, you won’t say or do anything at all that you don’t want to. If you were given suggestions that you did not morally agree with or were against your values, you would come out of hypnosis and disregard the suggestions.
No one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. Even if something were to happen to the hypnotherapist halfway through your session, you will still ‘come out’ of the trance once the rapport is broken.
The only side effects are the beneficial ones of feeling more relaxed afterwards and feeling more positive about whatever you sought hypnotherapy for. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state.
Hypnosis requires cooperation between two people. Your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if you want to go there or not. Anyone can resist hypnosis during a session and then it won’t work. If you are not prepared to accept that hypnosis could benefit you then you are not ready for it yet.
Your hypnotherapist holds an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and is on the General Hypnotherapy Register of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. They hold fully comprehensive Professional Indemnity Insurance.
You can, if they are related issues. However, because hypnosis requires a complete focus of attention it is better to concentrate on one problem at a time. People wishing to lose weight (for example) would be given suggestions for nutritional motivation and exercise. People wishing to stop smoking (for example) who are afraid of doing so in case they gain weight can be helped with the correct approach.
It depends on the issues that need to be addressed. Smoking cessation normally requires a single session which would cost €200 for a weekday appointment. Weight loss programs vary depending on the individual client. Therapies for fears, phobias, anxiety and other personal issues are charged at €85 per hour, usually two sessions of one to one and one half hours. Where the client requires multiple sessions, these can be purchased in advance with an agreed discount.