Hypnosis is a completely natural, normal waking state that we expereince whenever our attention is fully focussed on one thing.
Have you ever experienced driving home on autopilot and then suddenly wondering how you got there? Or being so absorbed in a movie or activity that you were able to block out other noises and things going on around you? These are examples of hypnotic states.
Hypnotherapy is effective because under hypnosis you are more open and receptive to change. By bypassing the analytical 'thinking' mind and quieting the 'mind chatter', you are more accepting to suggestions and rewiring your thoughts to create the changes you truly desire.
The initial session is usually a little longer and may take up to 1.5 hours, with subsequent sessions around 1 hour.
No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. With clinical hypnosis you are always in control of your thoughts and actions and can come of out hypnosis at any time on your own.
The therapist simply guides you into a relaxed state so you can communicate more effectively with your subconscious mind.
Absolutely not! Contrary to popular belief you cannot be made to do anything against your will. Clinical hypnotherapy is worlds apart from stage hypnosis or what you may have seen on TV.
The therapist simply guides you into a deeply relaxed state, and you simply cannot be made to do or say anything you do not want to do.
Simply put, don't expect to feel hypnotised, but do expect to feel relaxed. Hypnosis has been described as similar to daydreaming, or being immersed in a good movie or book. It's a state of inwards focussed attention and concentration and you're tuned out to the rest of the world. It's just a very natural state that we go in and out of every day.
Everyone's experience is a little different, not everyone experiences deep relaxation, however this does not affect the efficacy of the session.