Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is Hypnosis?
Answer: It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis, the hypnotist merely acts as a guide, this allows the patient to focus on the task at hand. Contrary to what you may have heard, hypnosis is quite natural, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, and because of this, is able to concentrate entirely on the hypnotist’s voice. Hypnosis gives access to the subconscious mind, by-passing the conscious, critical part of the mind, thus allowing the therapist to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle changes to the patient that will become firmly planted.
Question: What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the “skill” of using hypnosis to alter or remove unwanted habits, behaviour and emotions at a subconscious level.
Question: What is a “Clinical Hypnotherapist”?
Answer: A “Clinical Hypnotherapist” is a trained therapist that uses the tool of hypnosis.
Question: What is a “Stage Hypnotist”?
Answer: A “Stage Hypnotist” is an entertainer that uses the tool of hypnosis to entertain people in pubs, clubs and other social venues.
Question: Can anyone be hypnotised?
Answer: Yes, as long as they are willing to be hypnotized. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so.
Question: Are there any situations where hypnosis should not be used?
Answer: My personal opinion is yes, there are times when hypnosis might not be appropriate.
1 When someone has a psychosis. 2 When hypnosis is against an individuals’ religious beliefs. 3 When someone has previously suffered from head trauma (unless hypnosis takes place with the supervision of their own doctor). 4 People that have absolute fear of hypnosis. 5 People that suffer from epilepsy. 6 When someone hasn’t given their consent to be hypnotized.
There will always be unique circumstances which may prevent the use of hypnosis, if anyone is in any doubt at all they should always consult with their own doctor first.
Question: Will I be “under” hypnosis?
Answer: I personally don’t like the word “under” hypnosis, it suggests that the patient is under the control of the hypnotist. The reality is that because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis a patient can enter hypnosis when they choose to and also exit hypnosis if they wish. The hypnotherapist simply acts as a guide or instructor, who works together with the patient to achieve the outcome that is desired.
Question: Is hypnosis sleep?
Answer: No, hypnosis is not sleep, hypnosis is a heightened state of conscious awareness.
Question: Will I remember everything?
Answer: The vast majority of people are aware of everything that is taking place. Occasionally I do come across a patient that remembers very little about the session. This type of patient is known as a somnambulistic patient, they can easily enter a deeper state of hypnosis, which is a euphoric experience and superb for physical healing.
Question: What is the subconscious mind?
Answer: The subconscious mind is the deeper part of the mind where all of our good, bad and automatic (instinctive) habits, behaviours and emotions are stored. This is also the part of the mind where the Imagination and permanent memory reside. The subconscious mind records all of our daily experiences, what we feel, taste, smell, see and hear. Its second job is to protect us from anything that it detects as being a possible threat to our existence (real or imagined).
Question: I’m very analytically minded and struggle to switch off my thinking mind, does that mean that I can’t be hypnotised?
Answer: Anyone can be hypnotised. Analytically minded patients are fantastic people to work with, in my experience incredible results can be achieved. I tend to use more “rapid” or “shock” inductions with this personality type because they tend to think fast and want things to be done efficiently and quickly in life, if a slow progressive relaxation induction is used with this personality type there is a tendency for them to become bored and naturally exit hypnosis.
Question: Can I be forced to do something that I don’t want to do?
Answer: Absolutely not! Since hypnosis is a natural heightened state of awareness, if you were given a suggestion that was against your morals, religious beliefs, or went against something that you felt strongly about, you would automatically exit hypnosis.
Question: Is hypnosis relaxation?
Answer: Hypnosis is not relaxation. Since hypnosis is natural, it effects us all, whether we are physically relaxed or not.
Question: What are the physical signs that hypnosis is taking place?
Lacrimation, or a build up of fluid in the eyes. The whites of the eyes tend to go pink in colour. Rapid eye movement. The temperature of the body rises. Dilation of the pupils. Relaxed muscles.
Question: What is self-hypnosis?
Answer: Self-hypnosis is hypnosis you would perform on yourself, to access your own habits, behaviour and emotions with a view to changing the ones that are no longer required. Self-hypnosis in many cases is used to facilitate self-development and/or self-improvement.
Question: What is “waking hypnosis”?
Answer: “Waking hypnosis” or “conversational hypnosis” is a very light state of hypnosis which can be utilized effectively in general conversation with a patient. Many hypnotherapists underestimate the power of “Waking hypnosis”, missing out on a fantastic opportunity to complete much of the work required, whilst the patients’ analysing, thinking mind is already by-passed.
Question: What can hypnosis be used for?
Answer: Some of the more common uses for hypnosis are to stop smoking, lose weight, remove a phobia or to help with pain management, panic attacks and much more. Hypnosis can also be used for personal development and to increase confidence.
Question: Can hypnosis be used to cure cancer?
Answer: In my opinion the answer has to be no, but cancer sufferers find that hypnosis can be used to alleviate pain and suffering, which is an invaluable way to help them.
Question: What is gastric band hypnosis?
Answer: I first noticed “gastric band hypnosis” being offered by hypnotherapists on the Internet about two years ago. The idea was to get patients that wanted to lose weight to believe that they had gone through an operation to have a gastric band fitted. I have to say that I have never yet seen any evidence where this procedure has been clinically evaluated by the professional medical community. As a professional hypnotherapist, I personally won’t use any procedure that has not been clinically evaluated and proven to be safe to use.
Question: Is stage hypnosis safe?
Answer: For most people the answer is yes. Most professional stage hypnotists are exceptionally knowledgeable about hypnosis. My only concern is that when a stage hypnotist is using group hypnosis to single out the most suggestible people for the show, how do they know that someone in the audience does not suffer from a psychosis?
Question: Can hypnosis stop me from smoking when I really enjoy it?
Answer: The answer is no. Hypnosis is not a magic wand, although sometimes the results are incredible, if the person deep down doesn’t really want to stop smoking, then it doesn’t matter how good the therapist is, they won’t stop. Quite often I hear, “the doctor has told me to stop”, “My wife’s nagging me to quit smoking”, “I need to stop for health reasons, but I like the smell”. I will ask these types of patients to go away and have a think about what we have discussed and come back when they are really ready to give up smoking for good. patients that I hear saying “I’m sick of smoking”, or “I’m fed up of cigarettes controlling me”, these are the patients that have incredible success when they come to my hypnotherapy clinic.
Question: Will I reveal any secrets when hypnotised?
Answer: No, not unless you want to.
Question: Can hypnosis be used to get the truth out of someone?
Answer: No, hypnosis can’t be used in that way, because the individual wouldn’t allow hypnosis to happen in the first place.
Question: Is hypnosis dangerous?
Answer: No, in the controlled environment of a hypnotherapy clinic there is nothing to fear. Having said that, in a normal day, we all enter hypnosis from time to time. we’ve all experienced driving along when suddenly we realise that our mind has wandered, and we seem to have totally missed our turn off, or we arrive home and can’t remember most of the journey. It’s quite amazing we manage to survive from week to week at all.
Question: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
Answer: No, you can’t get stuck in hypnosis. Even people that experience euphoria when in deep hypnosis, after a period of time will become bored and exit hypnosis.
Question: What does hypnosis feel like?
Answer: The feelings of hypnosis are different with each individual, most patients feel extreme physical and mental relaxation. some can feel really heavy or light, as if they are floating or drifting, while some experience tingling sensations in their arms and legs. Some patients feel totally indifferent even though natural hypnosis is taking place. Somnambulistic patients however, who experience the deeper levels of hypnosis, will often visualise beautiful colours and experience feelings of absolute tranquillity, bliss and peacefulness.
Question: Is hypnosis safe for children?
Answer: Yes, hypnosis is safe for children. Children are naturally very susceptible to hypnotism and can draw great benefit from it.
Question: What is forensic hypnosis?
Answer: Forensic hypnosis describes the method of using hypnosis on a patient to draw out memories of a past event, where the normal conscious memories are vague. In the somnambulistic, subconscious state of hypnosis, all of the event can be viewed as if it were on a movie screen, so that minute details can be recovered.
Question: When choosing a hypnotherapist what questions should I ask?
What professional qualifications do you hold? How long have you been qualified? Are you in full time practice or part time practice? Have you got professional indemnity insurance? Are you a member of a professional hypnotherapy organisation? Do you work from home or from an office? (A neutral environment like an office is far better for the patient). Do you offer any guarantees? If the answer is “yes”, give them a wide berth, there is no such thing as a guarantee.
If the therapist is not happy about you asking lots of questions then they really are not the right therapist for you. Any professional therapist will take all the time that is necessary to answer any questions that you have.
Question: Are headphones and recording equipment necessary for a hypnosis session.
Answer: Not necessary at all. Although some patients like to listen to soft music in the background.
Question: What is an abreaction?
Answer: An abreaction in an hypnosis session can occur when the mind regresses back to a traumatising event that took place in the patient’s past, when this happens, quite often there are lots of tears and sobbing, plus a little bit of physical shaking.
Question: Are hypnosis sessions via Skype safe?
Answer: I suppose the answer would be yes and no. I don’t do it. My concern would be if an abreaction occurs in a session, what does the therapist do if they loose the Internet connection?
Question: Are hypnotherapy downloads, DVDS or CDS safe?
Answer: For the vast majority of people yes. The therapist should also provide the user with a list of people that shouldn’t be using them (you should see this in the disclaimer). If you are in any doubt at all consult your GP first.
Question: Does a hypnotherapists have to use an hypnotic voice?
Answer: No, therapists should (in my opinion) communicate with a patient the way that they would if they were speaking to them normally. It should be easy enough for the therapist to slightly alter the tonality of certain words they wish to emphasise to the subconscious mind.
Question: Can hypnosis be used for pain relief?
Answer: Yes, hypnosis has been used to relieve pain and suffering for thousands of years.
Question: What is an “instant, or rapid induction”?
Answer: An instant or rapid induction is an hypnotic induction which can be achieved in under four minutes or less. An experienced practitioner should be able to use one of these inductions to acheive hypnosis in under one minute.
Question: What is a “shock induction”?
Answer: A shock induction is an instantaneous hypnosis induction which by-passes the critical factor of the analysing mind.
Question: How much does a session of hypnosis cost when going to see a professional hypnotherapist?
Answer: The cost of a hypnosis session varies from therapist to therapist because they all set their own prices. If the therapist is based in an area like London, then you should expect the price of a session to be set according to the high cost of living there. The cost of the session is also based on the experience and qualifications of the therapist. If you are considering hypnotherapy, just ask yourself “how much would I have to pay a solicitor for an hour?”, and then ask yourself, “how much would I pay to change a problem I have had for many years?”. In London you could pay £200 – £500 per session, whilst in the North East of England £85 – £200 per session would be more usual.
If you are looking for advice, or information about the problem that you have and you are looking for a rapid, effective solution, pick up the phone now and call me at the Quays Clinic of Hypnotherapy.
Karl Belshaw / Clinical Hypnotherapist
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It is understood by both the Therapist and Client that no absolute cure can be offered or guaranteed. The Therapist will maintain client confidentiality, except in cases where the Client or another person’s welfare or life is at risk of injury or death.
The Client agrees to disclose any and all information regarding past and present medical symptoms, medication, differing from usual physical or mental abilities, which may or may not have a bearing on the treatment given. In the event of medication or conditions not being disclosed by the Client to the Therapist, no responsibility for any side effects will be taken by the Therapist. The Client agrees to pay the Therapist all fees due at the end of the session by cash, or Credit Card. In the unlikely event of a treatment not being effective no refunds will be given as the Client is paying for the Therapists time not the treatment outcome.
Clients under the age of 18 must provide written consent by a parent or legal guardian to use any services provided by the Therapist.
The Therapist makes no expressed or implied guarantees of results following a session. The Client is duly informed that as individuals vary, so do results, and that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Results are ultimately achieved through the Client’s own personal efforts at applying these techniques over time for which the Client accepts full responsibility. Legal Disclaimer: Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, TFT and Self-Hypnotic Techniques are not in any way meant as a substitute for standard medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment for serious or life-threatening conditions, such as medical trauma, surgical emergencies, bacterial infections, bodily dysfunctions and thought disorders such as psychosis or schizophrenia. These techniques are an adjunctive/complementary alternative for self-healing, self-help, and behavioral modification.
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Cancellations: If you wish to cancel an appointment, or are otherwise unable to attend, you will need to give at least 24 hours notice otherwise the full cost of the session will be payable.
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Self Harm: I may need to contact your GP if it appears that you are suicidal or intend to carry out serious self harm. Abuse or Injury to a Minor: I am legally required to report any abuse towards a minor to the appropriate authorities should you divulge any such information to me. Standards of Behaviour: I undertake to treat you with respect and not to abuse the trust you put in me. I will use best practice at all times in our mutual interest. In return, you undertake not to harm yourself, or any other person, including me, or any property belonging either to me or any other person. You agree not to come to sessions under the inﬂuence of alcohol or recreational drugs, except those medications prescribed by your doctor. If you do come to sessions under the inﬂuence of alcohol or recreational drugs or demonstrate violent/abusive behavior, I reserve the right to cancel the session and refuse any further therapy sessions.
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