Frequently asked questions
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not a therapy per se. Instead it is a vehicle through which therapy can be delivered. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness involving focused attention, in which you are able to absorb suggestions at a deeper level than in your normal state of consciousness. This means that whatever therapy is used, it is usually more effective (some experts estimate up to 10 times more effective) and more time efficient than the same therapy used without hypnosis.
What does hypnosis feel like?
The subjective experience can be vastly different from person to person, but it usually entails a very deep and pleasant state of relaxation and comfort. “I’ve never been so relaxed my entire life” is a very frequent comment after the first hypnosis session.
Is hypnotherapy effective?
A rapidly growing body of research is demonstrating that hypnotherapy can be very effective in treating a wide variety of psychological and physical issues, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, phobias, PTSD, procrastination, pain management, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and many other conditions. To find out more, check our research page.
Will I still be in control of myself? Am I surrendering my free will if I get hypnotised?
Absolutely not. When you are in a ‘hypnotic state’ you are more aware and more focused on yourself than you are in a normal state. You are not giving up your free will or allowing anyone to turn you into a “zombie” that will do their bidding. Despite what you’ve seen in the movies, hypnosis doesn’t make you a puppet of the person hypnotizing you. You are still conscious, but your conscious mind is extremely relaxed. No one can take over control of you and make you do stupid things.
Can I be hypnotised without my consent?
No, it is impossible to be hypnotised against your will.
Is it possible to be stuck in hypnosis?
It is impossible to be stuck in hypnosis. You are not unconscious at any point during the hypnosis, you are simply in a deeper but fully aware state of consciousness. You can come out of that state any time you choose.
Is hypnosis just New Age rubbish?
No, hypnosis is a scientifically tried and tested method to deliver effective therapy. It has been fully recognised by conventional medicine since the 1950s. There is a great deal of highly credible research supporting the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. For more information see our synopsis of some of the research findings.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnosis is perfectly safe. Hypnosis is a normal, naturally occurring, healthy state of mind. It is totally DRUG FREE. There has never been a single documented case of harm resulting from the use of hypnosis .