Understanding Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?


In certain circumstances it may be necessary to consult with your GP before Hypnotherapy can be undertaken. You will be advised if this is the case.


Hypnosis refers to any method of inducing trance, which we experience naturally many times throughout the day without even noticing:

  • when deeply engrossed in a film or book
  • as we daydream of that holiday in the sun
  • when drifting off to sleep
  • when we drive and don’t remember all of a repetitive journey
  • through the practice of relaxation or meditation
  • when our attention is diverted for safety reasons
  • unfortunately anger can also focus the attention


Finding such a relaxed state has many benefits, and as the body slows down the mind begins to follow.


How does Hypnosis work?


Hypnosis within therapy works with the unconscious part of the mind which stores beliefs, memories, habits and the automatic processes of the body. While light trance is a common everyday experience, the process of hypnosis can be used to induce a deeper state of focused concentration. When relaxed the unconscious mind is more receptive to change and is able to learn new behaviours that are for your benefit.


What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?


Being able to relax and have someone listen to your concerns is where the therapy begins. Having a basic understanding of why we feel and behave the way we do helps the process of change to take place. You will relax in a comfortable chair and headphones will be provided to make your experience more enjoyable. As hypnosis will already have been discussed, you will be familiar with the process. The aim is for you to relax, feel comfortable and to allow your mind to open to the possibilities for change. Using a range of techniques, your therapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal. Your therapist is a guide and will help you on a journey, but changes can only be made by you.


How will I feel?


Hypnosis is a natural state of mind where you may hear every word that is spoken. Or, if you allow your relaxation to deepen you may feel like you do when you’re not quite asleep but drifting somewhere between. You may experience a feeling of lightness or heaviness as your muscles begin to relax or you may feel absolutely nothing. It’s a personal experience and one that can be learned and enjoyed and may vary from session to session.


What can Hypnosis be used for?


Hypnosis can be used to help treat a wide range of issues that may be troubling you.