1. What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique. It is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
2. What is Hypnosis and how does it work?
Hypnosis is a natural altered state of mental and physical awareness, which occurs when brainwave frequency slows down. It is a state that we all experience frequently, when we daydream or just before and after we sleep.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient's behaviour and physical state to alter.
3. What’s the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
The word hypnosis refers to the inducing of a passive state of mind, or trance, that promotes better communication between the conscious and the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is the psychological healing process that uses hypnosis to achieve a desired result (self-improvement/resolution of issues/pain management/freedom from fears etc).
Mastering the techniques of hypnosis does not necessarily mean one is qualified or capable of working as a hypnotherapist.
4. What can Hypnotherapy help me with?
If you click on the tab at the top of the page entitled ‘Anxiety’, this explains just some of the issues we at Birmingham Hypnotherapy Experts can help you with. If you would like help with something not listed, this doesn’t mean that we can’t help you. Please Call us on 07956074830 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a free informal chat about how we can help.
5. Can I be Hypnotised?
Yes! You may be surprised to know that you already have been… Hypnosis is a normal, natural state of mind that everyone experiences. For example, when you’re driving a car and you think you’re on ‘autopilot’, when you’re out for a run, when reading a book or focusing on the TV.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis – without your cooperation, you will not be hypnotised.
Many people believe such myths as only unintelligent and weak people can be hypnotised, but actually, the induction of hypnosis requires concentration and focus so intelligence is actually an advantage.
6. Will you be in control of my mind?
No. You remain in control the entire time and also have the ability to accept or reject a suggestion. In fact, hypnotherapy can help you gain control – of your moods and emotions, respiration, heart rate, blood pressure etc.
7. Why do some people have doubts about Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a much misunderstood phenomenon. Many people draw conclusions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy from TV programmes yet it is important to understand that stage hypnotism and hypnotherapy are 2 very different things. Stage hypnosis is not the kind of hypnosis practiced by a professional, properly trained and qualified hypnotherapist.
Aside from this, historically hypnosis may have been associated with witchcraft, spiritualism and various other similar practices. These have nothing to do with hypnotherapy! Now, hypnotherapy is based on neuroscience and has very firm scientific research on which to base therapeutic evidence. Hypnotherapy is now widely recommended by various institutions for IBS, tinnitus, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, migraines, cancer support amonst many more.
8. Do I have to remember everything that was said in my session?
No! And you probably won’t anyway. Just like you don’t remember every aspect of your day, or everything that happens in a film you watch. Don’t worry, this isn’t a measure of the success of your hypnotherapy.
9. Are my sessions confidential?
Registered Professional Hypnotherapists are bound by a specific code of conduct which includes keeping sessions 100% confidential.
10. What if I have to cancel a session?
If you have to cancel a session, we ask that you give us 48 hours notice so as not to be charged. If you give us less than 48 hours notice but we fill your space with another client, we won’t charge you either (We will try our hardest). If we can’t, you will be charged the full price of the session.