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There are lots of common misconceptions regarding hypnosis so you might be surprised to hear that you can't be made to dance around like a chicken or blurt out your deepest secrets. In fact, the most common misconception is that you somehow lose control. This is completely untrue. You remain conscious and completely in control at all times and you can NEVER be made to say or do anything you do not want to.

Below are some common questions people have regarding hypnotherapy and what happens during a treatment.  If you have any other questions, however, please feel free to contact Gaynor to ask her directly.


What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind where you feel deeply relaxed, and far from being asleep; your mind simply concentrates on a single idea or thought.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, everyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be. It is impossible to be hypnotised against your will.

Will I lose control?
Absolutely not. You remain fully in control at all times; the hypnotherapist has no power over you and is there to help guide you. It is impossible for you to say or do anything you do not want to.

What about the things Iíve seen on TV?
A hypnotherapist is nothing like a stage hypnotist. The stage hypnotist uses hypnosis for entertainment and very carefully chooses volunteers who want to perform for the audience.

What is a hypnotherapist?
A hypnotherapist works with their client when they are in hypnosis, and strives to help them make positive changes which will improve their lives.

What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels wonderfully relaxing. It is a totally natural state that you often slip into during everyday life, when engrossed in a book or film, or when daydreaming, for example.

Will I be aware of what is happening?
Yes, you are fully conscious and aware at all times and in control of what is happening. The hypnotherapist will help guide you through the process with instructions and suggestions which you can choose to follow or not, it is completely up to you.

Will I remember everything?
Yes, normally people remember everything, but just like in everyday life, a few details may be forgotten. It is also quite common for the session to feel much shorter than it actually was, usually because it is so relaxing and enjoyable.

Will I be asleep?
No, you will be awake at all times, just very relaxed.

Can I get 'stuck'?
It is impossible to get 'stuck' in hypnosis because you are always in control, and just like when daydreaming, you can snap yourself out of it whenever you choose to.

Is it a group or one-to-one session?
All our sessions are one-to-one, private and confidential.

How long is the session?
The session lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours.

How does hypnosis work? Our minds work on two levels - the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. The subconscious mind controls our habits and our emotions. In hypnosis we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.

Can everyone be hypnotised? Generally speaking everyone of normal intelligence (with an IQ above 70) can be hypnotised. In fact, every time you daydream you are in a form of hypnosis.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was created back in the early 1970's by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. NLP has been described as the modelling of excellence. In practical terms it consists of a number of procedures that one can use to create a positive change to one's behaviour.

Advanced hypnotherapy integrates successful elements of hypnosis, NLP and other therapies as appropriate.

Science vs Therapy

Within science, there is no debate as to whether hypnosis exists or works.  Science simply cannot agree on what it is and how it works, although as The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:

"In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist."


These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves.   Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people's minds.  In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything.  It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis.  A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience - hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.  If someone tells you they can hypnotise you to do something, ask them to hypnotise you to rob a bank, and when they can't, ask them to stop making ridiculous claims. The following four extracts from Dr Hilary Jones' book, "Doctor, What's the Alternative?", provide an accurate and accessible wonderful description of what hypnotherapy is, how it works and how hypnotherapy can help you change and grow.





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