Frequently asked questions for hypnotherapy
Will I cluck like a chicken and give away my secrets?
That title is in tongue in cheek but at the same time it is a concern for some. Due to television and various forms of media, hypnotherapy has been given a bad rep’. Typically depicted in the a television program with a swinging pendulum and the person made to give out their secrets.
It’s not like that.
If I asked a client to cluck like a chicken during hypnosis, they would most likely wake up because it isn’t conducive to their reason for coming and I’ve broken the trust because of that suggestion. The reason they would wake up is because the subconscious mind is always aware.
What happens if I don’t wake up?
From time to time, I get asked a few similar based questions:
- “What happens if I fall asleep?”
- “What happens if I don’t wake up?”
- “Is hypnosis sleep?”
Something the television shows did get right is that hypnosis can look like someone is sleeping or in a deep relaxation. It is a natural process that we go into every day. The brainwave state known as Theta, is just above the sleep state (Delta). The Theta brain wave state is hypnosis. With it being a natural process, you will wake up. To reiterate, hypnosis is not sleep however it can sometimes look that way.
If you’re curious, here are the brain wave states
- Beta 14 – 40 Hz.
- Awake, alert and conscious state
- Alpha 9 – 13 Hz
- Relaxed, calm and lucid state
- Theta 4 – 8 Hz
- Deep relaxation, meditation, trance state
- Delta 1 – 3 Hz
- Sleep state
How does it work?
You may have heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or that after childhood that your brain is hard wired and can’t change.
That simply isn’t true and research has shown otherwise through the process call neural plasticity.
The brain changes through what we think, feel and do.
With hypnotherapy we can help process things in a different way so it literally changes the brain.
Additionally the brain can’t tell the difference between fact or fiction. There most likely had been times when you had thoughts in the future that you became excited for and felt that excitement. That is because the brain has released chemicals attributed to excitement and you felt the excitement within you. We can use this to our advantages and use feelings in hypnosis also to help process things differently too.
There is a study mentioned in the book called Psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz (a great book). It talks about 3 group of basket ball players practicing free throws.
- Group 1: Threw 20 minutes everyday for 5 days, their scores were measured on the 1st and 5th day.
- Group 2: These were the control group and only threw on the 1st and 5th day with their scoring measured. They did no practice between.
- Group 3: This group threw physically on the 1st and 5th day having their scoring measured. On the 3 days between, they did 20 minutes of mental rehearsal.
I can’t recall the exact figures however I remember the difference which blew my mind
- Group 1: Improved their scoring by 20%
- Group 2: Had no improvements
- Group 3: Improved their scoring by 19%
Mental rehearsal compared to physical rehearsal in this study was only 1%. There is so many sport professionals using mental rehearsal to improve their performance. Just like sport professionals we can do the same for you too with mental rehearsal as well as using other hypnotherapy techniques to help achieve your goals.
Qualifications and regulation
It’s important to know that hypnotherapy in this country is an unregulated industry. Finding a therapist you gel with and trust is important.
Here is a little bit more about me so you can make an informed choice before booking in for a free discovery call.
- 2018 passed my in person hypnotherapy course with Innervisions. UK’s biggest hypnotherapy school.
- At the same time, I completed an online hypnotherapy course.
- Joined the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) which is a hypnotherapy board based in the UK.
- To keep my membership, I have to do their minimum amount of continuous professional development hours. Regularly in some way shape of form I am expanding my knowledge in hypnotherapy.
- End of 2018, became an AnxetyUK approved therapist.
- I’ve made a personal requirement and that is to have monthly supervision sessions on a group basis as well as regular individual 1 to 1 supervision session with my supervisor.
- If you’re unaware, a supervision session is to discuss any challenges that a therapist may be having with a client.
- I attend the group one regularly because I think there is always more to learn and I may learn from someone else regardless if I need advice or not.
- Another personal requirement I have is to have regular therapy sessions myself to keep on top of my wellbeing.
- Additionally, if I don’t feel I am suitable to help the client or if another therapist may be more suitable to help. I will refer on to a therapist friend, whether that is another hypnotherapist or another therapist with a different form of therapy.
I hope this section has helped you to have more clarity on not only hypnotherapy but myself as a therapist too.
Please note I am pausing taking on new clients. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. I wish you all the best.
Benefits of online hypnotherapy
I'm currently only offering online hypnotherapy. I have seen wonderful results with clients having online sessions
Some of the benefits to online sessions are that it can save money, save time, greater privacy and greater comfort.
This gives you the opportunity to see if I'm the right therapist for you and that hypnotherapy is the right choice to help you to move forward with.
The consultation is in depth and we go through the myths and misconceptions of hypnosis. I'll also go through with you how hypnotherapy works to help create a positive change. Then we go into what you're currently experiencing and more importantly would you would like to achieve and succeed in.
To learn more of the process please click this link: The process of hypnosis