So the question is always.. What exactly is Hypnotherapy? And is this dangerous?
Have you ever had a daydream? Been so focused in your own imagination, dreaming about being on that holiday? So much so that you can imagine so clearly and its almost real. Then found that you were completely oblivious to the real world around you? This is very similar to hypnosis. Hypnosis is you being focused, clearly and intently on one idea, in a relaxed and imaginative way. The job of the hypnotherapist is to guide you through these imaginations. Yes, it is a bit more complex than this and hypnotic trances are often more vivid and seem more real than a regular day dream, but in essence, that’s what hypnosis is.
So is hypnotherapy dangerous?
TV has popularised the idea that hypnosis is control, which is inaccurate. You, the client, are always in control, it is always the client’s choice to be hypnotised at a subconscious level. But can you get stuck in hypnosis?? The worst that will happen is that you may fall asleep, not in a hypnotic trance, really asleep. Then wake up. There is no being stuck in a trance forever.
Often the most dangerous thing that will happen, is that you are so relaxed and enjoy the experience so much, that you don’t WANT to come out of trance. Which again is not really dangerous, as you will either fall completely asleep or, in this case, reluctantly come out of trance.
Many of the individuals who experience a hypnotic trance, facilitated by a trained hypnotist, report that it is the most relaxed they have felt in a long time. So if you get a chance to try being in a hypnotic trance, facilitated by a trained hypnotist, I encourage you to try it.
If you are still curious about what hypnosis is, or have questions about being placed into trance, or any other question, you can always email me, and I will reply as soon as I can.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Hypnotherapy suits most people. However there are some clients who can be resistant to hypnosis, and this could be for many reasons. For this reason I always provide a free consultation where we can place you into a light trance to see that it works. If you are one of the few that are resistant to hypnosis, you have found out for free and I can advise on potential referrals to help with your situation.
It is also important to be aware that not all conditions and situations are suitable for hypnotherapy. A list of conditions that I treat can be found here. If you come for a consultation and I think that your situation, or condition, would suit another therapist or even another therapy, I will advise and provide you with a referral to an appropriate therapist. Again, this will be explored in the initial consultation which is always free of charge.
So which therapist is right for me?
Firstly you should always seek a therapist with qualifications and who is registered with a professional members association. For example these are popular and common governing bodies:
You will see either a mixture of a single membership of these professional organisations, but being registered with one of these is an important factor to look for as this means that they meet and follow industry professional standards.
You can also ask to see a therapists qualifications and insurance for evidence that they are legitimately practicing.
Secondly its important to understand that some therapist work in specific areas of interest, such as weight loss, trauma etc. Those who do will usually mention this on their website or profile.
Most importantly, you should choose a therapist YOU feel comfortable with. Often discussing such private matters, it is vital that you feel at ease with your therapist. This will always be beneficial for you in making the changes you want.