Frequently Asked Questions on Hypnotherapy
Over the years I have been asked many questions about hypnotherapy and how it works, so here are the most commonly asked questions to assist your understanding of the amazing benefits hypnotherapy can give:
“Does hypnosis work?”
Yes it does. Hypnosis is very successful in helping you overcome anger, stress, anxiety and to stop bad habits e.g. smoking, overeating, insomnia and procrastination. Hypnosis will install positive habits and increase optimal performance behaviours.
“Can I be hypnotised?”
That will depend on whether you want to be hypnotised! A lot of people think they will ‘lose control’ and this is simply NOT true. I cannot make you do anything that you don’t want to do.
An experienced hypnotherapist will help you feel comfortable, and explain everything as well as tell you that you are completely safe and you are in control of the hypnosis experience. I do find that once my clients are put at ease they are pleasantly surprised at how wonderful they feel when they come out of hypnosis.
“What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?”
I am a Clinical and Registered Hypnotherapist and I use hypnosis in a therapeutic context to assist my clients in overcoming adversities, from anxiety, addictions to trauma.
Hypnosis is the process of gaining complete relaxation with the conscious mind, and then giving suggestions to the unconscious to help them to get their desired results. They may stop smoking or lose weight or decrease their anxiety. However, these hypnotically suggested changes may be temporary, and this is one of the reasons that hypnosis has a reputation of not having long lasting results. Hypnotherapy is Therapy. Julie Mac is highly qualified and uses many modalities to ensure that the CAUSE of the problems receive attention and the change is long lasting.
“What does it feel like?”
The experience of hypnosis will feel vaguely familiar to moments in your life where you feel completely absorbed into a ‘zone’, or lost in thought – like when you find yourself gazing out the window, or even when in meditation.
Typically, you will be aware of sounds around you and you usually experience a sensation of your mind ‘floating’ in and out of hearing my words.
The depth of the hypnotic state will vary from person to person – it can be a light or very deep. Once you feel comfortable and at east, you will be willing to ‘let go’ and you can experience the special and unique rewards of tapping into the power of your mind.
Above all, my clients will always say how relaxing the experience is – almost a euphoric state of peace and calm.
“Will I reveal any of my inner deep secrets?”
Not unless you want to – once again, I cannot get you to or make you do anything that you don’t want to do. You, my client, are in complete control – during hypnotherapy I am only guiding you to achieve and have the changes you desire.
“How does hypnosis work?”
Hypnotherapy is like a guided meditation where the you are taken on a journey, using your imagination to help you release/overcome your issues.
Hypnosis works by bypassing the critical conscious mind (usually through relaxation or linguistic techniques), and speaking directly to the unconscious in a language which it understands – such as stories, language patterns and association.
Hypnosis works with your unconscious mind – this is the part of your mind that controls all the autonomic process e.g. your heart rate, your blood pressure, your immune system and so on. THIS is where your thoughts, memories and accumulated experiences (your past) are housed. It also controls your emotions, our responses to the world and your habits.
The unconscious mind processes about two millions bits of sensory information every second of our day. Whilst the conscious mind deals with only about seven.
The conscious mind is more logical, critical and analytical – it is constantly making judgments. And try as we might, by saying statements like “I’m going to lose weight” try as you will, it’s simply not the conscious part of your mind that is keeping the habit of overeating active.
So, it makes sense that if you are wanting to overcome bad habits or limiting behaviours, hypnotherapy is efficient, quick and effective.
“Can I get stuck in hypnosis?”
Hypnosis is a natural state and it is much like day dreaming so you can awaken yourself anytime you want by simply deciding to do so..
Do you still have a question about hypnosis or hypnotherapy that wasn’t answered here? Then just fill in the email here and I’ll answer your query personally.