What is Hypnosis?

For centuries, hypnosis has been shrouded in mystery and was viewed suspiciously by many, and yet it has also attracted the fascination of legendary researchers and scholars including Sigmund Freud. In recent years, hypnosis has been given recognition for its healing and treatment capabilities.

Hypnosis is a natural state that many of us have experienced at one time or another. Have you ever experienced driving home and reaching your destination and thinking “how did I get here?”. You can’t recall the drive because you were on automatic pilot. This natural hypnotic state also exists when you are deeply engaged with a book, a movie, sewing, painting or any other focused activity where you intensely concentrate. You may not hear someone talk to you when you are concentrating so hard. This is because you were doing your activity unconsciously, that is, on autopilot. It’s a lot like daydreaming where you alter your state of consciousness.

Hypnosis is a technique to assist you reach this altered state of consciousness. We all have an unconscious (subconscious) mind; a mind that is deeper than our conscious mind. It holds our values, memories, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings and because these elements are unique to you, everyone responds to hypnosis differently.

When experiencing a hypnotic state, your brain waves are relaxed and it’s possible that suggestibility is heightened. This means that your mind is open and sensitive to suggestions. If positive and healing suggestions are made, they may assist you to overcome unwelcome habits and behaviours along with building self-confidence, addressing fears and phobias, improve memory and develop healthy lifestyle habits.

Why Have Hypnosis?

I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t want a rich fulfilling life. Hypnosis helps to gain these things, no matter how simple or profound your goals are, hypnosis can help people get their life back on track. When in the state of hypnosis, I will direct your attention to specific goals, and to achieve those goals.

Fears About Hypnosis

Sleep: Hypnosis is not sleep. The client remains awake while relaxed at all times. The client can speak, scratch themselves, shift to be more comfortable, wipe their nose or open their eyes whenever they wish.

I won’t wake up: As mentioned above, you are not required to sleep. Reorientation from hypnosis is easy and doesn’t require a person invite you to ‘wake up’, although most people prefer to remain in a relaxed state until asked to sit up.

I’m not hypnotisable: All people are able to be hypnotised at some level. Whether your experience is a light relaxed state or a deep relaxed state, it is possible to provide you with suggestions to improve your life that may appeal to you. Studies have shown that approx. 10% of people are highly hypnotisable, and 10% of people are lowly hypnotisable leaving 80% to be normally hypnotisable.

Will you make me do things I don’t want to do? Unfortunately, stage hypnosis has degraded the health and wellbeing effects of clinical hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is based around people who are willing to be asked to quack or bark or do other funny behaviours. The people involved are willing to participate and play the game that the stage hypnotist wants them to play. Participants give themselves permission to be silly in front of others.

So, the straight answer to this question is no, you will never do, or be asked to do, anything that you don’t want to do.

Will I lose control? You are always in control while in hypnosis. You still have the ability to think, disagree, agree, move, and awaken and you will still maintain your moral values.

The Process Of Hypnosis

For your first hypnosis session we will talk about your personal worries and concerns and get a feel for how they impact your life.

If you choose to progress with hypnosis, you can elect to remain seated or lay down, whatever is most comfortable for you. I have both a recliner and chaise lounge where you can make yourself comfortable.

Once you are comfortable, I commence with “An Induction”. This is where you are invited to relax and listen to my voice. You don’t need to do anything, just listen, and focus on your breathing to help yourself relax. Becoming hypnotised is a simple way to focus your attention intently on stories that I tell and suggestions that are offered. I will guide you the whole way.

Once I notice that you are relaxed (and not asleep) I will tell you stories of success and give you suggestions on how you to will be successful if you commit to improving your lifestyle. I talk with you for about 20 – 40 minutes depending on the issue you’ve come to see me about.

After the main part of the hypnosis is over, I invite you to open your eyes, ready to share your experiences of the session. Alternatively, you can keep your experiences and thoughts private if you wish to.

Finally, we discuss if you’d like to make another appointment for positive reinforcement and further suggestions for change.

How Long Will It Take To Work?

Suggestions that are made to you during hypnosis need to be repeated until a change in behaviour or thought processes is made. To make the process more affordable, it’s worthwhile bringing your mobile phone to record the session so that you can listen to it often until we meet again.
NOTE: Never listen to the session while driving or as a passenger in a car, or while working.

Most of the habits, feelings, and behaviours that you want to change have been a routine for a long time (sometimes for years) and have become ingrained in your subconscious mind. There is no way to predict how long you will take to make a change. It depends on your motivation and commitment to transform.

When Won’t Hypnosis Work?

  • Loud music, a lot on your mind, severe stress, lots of distractions, being in pain, being drunk or otherwise ‘under the influence’, falling asleep. All of these can have an effect on an unsuccessful hypnosis session.
  • When you’ve been told to come by someone else indicates a lack of motivation to engage in self-development. Someone asked you to do it.
  • When you’re not motivated to change and are looking for a quick fix, you’ll find that hypnosis requires more than one session and a bit of work from your side to be successful. (I don’t have a magic wand).
  • If you have a psychotic illness, hypnosis is not recommended because it can exacerbate your symptoms.