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Questions & Answers
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Is hypnosis Dangerous?
The answer is no. Hypnosis is a phenomenon that was utilised by the Ancient Egyptians in their ‘Sleep Temples’. It has been recognised, approved and used by members of the British Medical Association and the American Medical Association since the 1950’s.
It is a well-established branch of complementary medicine, recognised by the medical profession for the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders and is acknowledged as being 100% safe.
Will I lose control?
No. You remain in control at all times and only assimilate those suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you. No hypnotherapist can make you do anything you don’t wish to do.
Is it possible to become stuck in hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we experience often without realising it. Nobody has ever become ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. If anything happened to the hypnotherapist you would simply emerge from hypnosis feeling absolutely fine.
Will I remember everything that went on?
Yes, although there may be some occasions that you don’t recall all the details in the same way that you may not remember certain aspects of a film you watched, a football match that you have been to see, a dream that you may have experienced or a meeting that you have attended.
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes! People of normal intelligence, who are willing to follow instructions can experience hypnosis and use it to enhance their life if they choose to.
It’s easy to enter hypnosis because it’s a natural state of mind that everyone has experienced in everyday life. You see, hypnosis occurs on a daily basis such as when you’re driving down the road and lose track of time, or when you’re focusing on a book or television programme and you fail to notice something that’s going on around you. In fact, hypnosis is such a normal state, most people usually don’t even realise that they are hypnotised.
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a pleasant state of deep relaxation where the subconscious mind comes to the fore.
Contrary to popular belief you do not go to sleep, pass out, black out, blank out or become unconscious. Put quite simply, hypnosis is a focused state of mind state that you allow yourself to enter. It’s very similar to that ‘miles away’ feeling you probably find yourself in from time to time when you let your mind wander. An example of this would when you are physically at home washing the dishes but your mind is recalling and re-experiencing the time when you were strolling along a sun drenched beach in Hawaii.
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis works by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind is readily accessed. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the client’s behaviour and physical state to alter.
For example, a client who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.
The fundamental value of hypnosis lies in the fact that it works with the subconscious mind to bring about change on a deep and permanent level.
What is meant by hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the practice of promoting healing or positive development utilising the ability of hypnosis to access the subconscious mind. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.
Hypnosis per se is not hypnotherapy. The fact that some-one has mastered the techniques of hypnosis does not necessarily mean that they are qualified or capable of working as a hypnotherapist. There is far more to helping someone bring about a resolution of their problem than simply giving hypnotic suggestions.
What occurs during a hypnotherapy session?
At the start of your first session you will be asked to complete a confidential form that provides Stan with a basic outline of your medical history and why you have come for hypnotherapy.
You will talk confidentially with Stan to discuss the issues that are affecting you, and what you hope to achieve from therapy. Stan will answer any questions or concerns that you may have about hypnosis and will outline the therapeutic procedure that he proposes to undertake. Once that’s completed, the first hypnosis session begins.
You sit comfortably in a recliner and when you are ready to go into hypnosis, advanced therapeutic techniques are employed to start the healing process. When the session is over and you have been brought out of hypnosis you are invited to discuss the experiences you underwent during your session.
You will remember everything and you will be fully aware of all that happens in the session. You and Stan work as a team to resolve your issues, thus communication is important for the success of the process.
Is everything I say confidential?
Stan subscribes to and is bound by the strict code of confidentiality and ethics of the various Associations to which he belongs. This means that you can talk in confidence about sensitive, private issues that you may not wish to share with family, friends, colleagues, or GP.
Everything you say will be treated in the strictest confidence with the following exceptions:
Self-Harm: Stan may need to contact your GP if it appears that you are suicidal or intend to carry out serious self-harm.
Abuse or Injury to a Minor: Stan is legally required to report any abuse towards a minor to the appropriate authorities should you divulge any such information to him.
Can you guarantee success?
The majority of people who enter into the therapeutic process with Stan achieve genuine and permanent change. However, not everybody can or will achieve the outcome they desire due to the simple fact that people are individuals, and not machines. Consequently individual outcomes will vary.
To be truly effective the therapeutic process has to be dynamic, interactive and vigorous. At times it can be quite intense and requires you to actively engage in the process in order to bring about the change you seek. To achieve success therapy usually involves giving expression to, and the releasing of, long suppressed emotions. It is the ‘cathartic release’ of these suppressed emotions that underpin the therapeutic process. Hypnosis, like any other therapeutic intervention, relies on consent. The choice of releasing suppressed emotions is down to you.
Not every person is able, capable or willing to commit themselves to therapy at the time they seek help. Although hypnotherapy is a rapid and effective means of change for most people, it is not suitable for everybody as there may be contraindications as to its use. Not everyone responds to treatment.
Are there any contraindications to undertaking hypnotherapy?
All clients are required to complete a short questionnaire requesting disclosure of certain medical information before embarking on hypnotherapy. This is a brief and simple procedure.
Whilst hypnotherapy is very safe, it is not considered a suitable form of treatment for persons who are undergoing psychiatric treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and those exhibiting suicidal tendencies or have a pathological personality.
A doctor’s referral is required when working with pain and certain medical conditions such as epilepsy or serious heart conditions.
Should hypnotherapy prove unsuitable for any individual, this will be discussed and therapy may be either postponed or terminated at Stan’s discretion.
In the same way that GPs and dentists have the right to refuse or accept a patient into their practice, so Stan reserves the right to refuse or discontinue to treat any client or potential client without explaining why. Therapy requires the full consent and commitment of both client and therapist
What if I have to cancel my appointment?
Your attendance at the appointment is part of your commitment to the on-going treatment. However, due to unforeseen circumstances there may be times when you just cannot make it to your appointment. As long as you give us a minimum of 24 hours’ notice, which enables us to book another client into your time slot, no charge will be made.
Clients giving less than 24 hours are, however, liable to pay for missed sessions.
What do you expect from me?
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and NLP are all treatments that rely on commitment and motivation from both the therapist and the client to achieve the best results.
Stan undertakes to treat you with respect and not to abuse the trust you place in him. In return, you undertake not to harm yourself, or any other person, including Stan, or any property belonging either to him or any other person.
As the client, you are expected to fully engage with the therapeutic process and complete any homework that you are given.
You agree not to attend sessions whilst under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, except those medications prescribed by your doctor. If you do come to sessions under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs or demonstrate violent/abusive behaviour, Stan reserves the right to cancel the session and refuse any further therapy sessions.
What is the length of the sessions?
Each standard session lasts approximately one hour. However, because each session is specifically tailored to the individual’s needs, session length may vary from time to time, with some sessions being a little longer and others a little shorter.
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and NLP are effective forms of treatment, however, no therapist or therapy can give you a 100% guarantee of a cure. The medical profession cannot guarantee that you will recover from illness or injury and driving instructors cannot guarantee that you will pass your driving test. Please be wary of any therapist or therapy that claims 100% success rate. Full client commitment is important.
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