So just what exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process whereby you become deeply or lightly relaxed, guided by words, phrases, suggestions and imagination. Hypnotherapy is often one of the most effective ways that we work with a client to help them. There are a host of techniques that can be used, from direct and indirect suggestion through to indirect metaphor. All techniques have been proven useful, though as some people respond better than others, we tend to blend them to do our best to ensure rapid, positive results. Your unconscious mind is immensely powerful and very capable of change.

Hypnotherapy is a very effective means of bringing about the changes you want to. Whilst in hypnosis your conscious mind (the mind you are reading and thinking with now) is temporarily bypassed and you work directly with the unconscious mind.

What Is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. During the session, we work with how your thinking creates your feelings, because it’s your feelings that influence what you are, or are not, capable of doing.

We look and listen to the way you think, and help you change so you achieve the results you want. We do this by working with you to ensure that you begin to experience more choice in the way that you think. There’s no struggling with complex ideas, you simply sit and relax and allow your mind to be educated into being able to think differently.

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is simply hypnosis used in a therapeutic context rather than, for example, stage hypnosis, which is designed to entertain audiences usually by requesting the participants to do something silly.

Will hypnotherapy make me fall asleep?

No. Hypnosis is just about being relaxed; the level of relaxation varies from being light through to very deep. Hypnotherapy works equally well in all levels of relaxation.

Will I lose control?

No. You remain in control the whole time and you will only take on board those suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Almost anyone can be hypnotised, hypnosis is a 100% consent state, and as long as you want to be in hypnosis you will allow it to happen. Remember it’s just relaxation and we can all do that.

What does hypnosis feel like?

It is simply a state of relaxation, you are aware of everything that is going on around you. Have you ever gazed out of a bus or train window and not actually seen what you have passed by? You were in self-hypnosis. When going to see a therapist just expect to feel relaxed, let the therapist be your guide and follow the instructions allowing things to happen and change to take effect.

I have tried hypnotherapy before and I didn’t go into hypnosis

The level of relaxation experienced differs, as we are all individuals our levels of co-operation and curiosity are all different. Those who have experienced hypnosis before will often go deeper as they know what to expect. Also the therapist will often decide which level of relaxation is appropriate for the client and the chosen therapy.

Might I say or do something I don’t want to?

No. In hypnosis we cannot and would not make you say or do anything you do not want to. Your conscious is always present, and remember your unconscious mind is your protector and will not take onboard anything that is inappropriate to you.

Will I remember what went on in the session?

Consciously there may be some details that you don’t remember; in the same way that you don’t remember all the details of a film you have watched. Your unconscious mind remembers everything and may, at a later time, share further memories of the session with you.

Is everything I say confidential?

Yes. Merseyside Hypnotherapy abides by the code of ethics set out by the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH), International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA)

Can a person be too intelligent (or too strong-willed) to have hypnotherapy successfully?

No. You can actually use your intelligence/determination to assist in the process. You have made an appointment so hypnotherapy can help you in some way. Just allow yourself to become relaxed.

Are there any physical side effects with hypnotherapy?

No. The effects of hypnotherapy on the body may resemble waking from a deep sleep.

Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis creates a state of relaxation. This can be light to very deep. Should you need to, you can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.

Can hypnotherapy be used for physical conditions?

Yes. Hypnotherapy can be used to help a wide range of conditions that some people may think are purely physical, including IBS, dizziness, migraines, tinnitus, impotence, physical twitching, facial ticks and many others*.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions can differ greatly from client to client so it is very difficult to predict how many session a particular client will need. As an indication only I normally recommend 3 sessions for most situations with the exception of weight loss, where I would recommend an initial investment of 4 sessions*.

How do I know hypnotherapy will work for me?

Nothing in life comes with a guarantee, hypnosis included. Success is dependent upon you having a positive mental attitude. To get the best results it is important that you believe in what you are doing.

What is a phobia?

A phobia is an extreme form of fear. If someone breaks into a cold sweat, trembles, screams or has any other distressing symptoms at the sight of a mouse for example, he or she is probably suffering from a phobia. Hypnosis combined with NLP techniques can be most effective in releasing these unhelpful negative states.

Why do people develop phobias?

Clients often say that nothing has happened to cause their phobia. It is simply something they’ve either always been afraid of or that just occurred for no reason. The phobia may have arisen because of exposure to an event in the past. The response to the event becomes an embedded trigger, and the unconscious mind represses the initial event. Sometimes the phobia has been picked up passed on or learnt from a parent or other authority figure earlier in life. People don’t become afraid without reason. The originating event might not have been particularly traumatic at the time but is likely to have caused an emotional conflict, or been anchored by a negative response. Phobias can also occur spontaneously following losing someone close or during periods of extreme stress.

What is Life Coaching?

Life Coaching is very different from counselling and therapy. Life Coaching is about helping people identify and remove the stumbling blocks that stand in the way of achieving what they want in life, and ensuring a balance in all areas of their life. Merseyside Hypnotherapy’s approach can be adapted to help you to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Can hypnotherapy help with self-esteem and confidence?

Yes. Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective ways of building your confidence and self-esteem. Hypnotherapy for lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem seeks to address what the cause is at the root level, so the issues are resolved and you can live you life how you want to*.

Confidence and self-esteem problems affect many people in their daily lives. Low levels of self-confidence can be very restrictive. Building self-confidence is an important task.

*Disclaimer. As people vary, so will the result for all therapy, and no positive results can be guaranteed. Any reference to possible therapeutic outcome and length of treatment should only be taken as a guideline or example.