What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed, focus attention.   This is a completely safe and natural process.  We all go in and out of trance throughout each day.

You may have experienced the same sensation when engrossed in a book or when watching a film or a TV programme. It’s like when realising you’ve not remembered where you’ve been when driving on a familiar route!

As a hypnotherapist I guide you to this focused state, where your subconscious is then responsive to suggestion. Nobody can make you do something you don’t want to do or hypnotise you against your will.  You remain in control.

What does hypnosis / a hypnotic trance feel like?

Experiences of hypnosis can vary greatly from person to person, but there are some common sensations and feelings that people often report:

  1. Deep Relaxation: Hypnosis typically induces a state of deep relaxation. You might feel very calm, almost like you’re drifting into a dream-like state, it may feel like day dreaming.
  2. Increased Focus: While in hypnosis, you may experience heightened focus and concentration. Your mind might feel clearer, and you may find it easier to tune out distractions.  If there is a sudden noise, you may not notice!
  3. Heightened Imagery: Some individuals experience vivid mental imagery while in a hypnotic state. This can be useful, as a therapist I can guide the client through visualisations or mental exercises. Don’t worry if you don’t think you can visualise as the process also uses language to engage other senses such as hearing or touch.
  4. Emotional Release: Hypnotherapy can sometimes bring up intense emotions or memories. This can be part of the therapeutic process, as it allows you to process underlying issues.
  5. Physical Sensations: Some people report physical sensations.  You may experience tingling, heaviness, or lightness in certain parts of the body.
  6. Time Distortion: Time may seem to pass differently while in hypnosis. What feels like a few minutes may actually be a longer or shorter period of time.

Most clients report feeling very relaxed and enjoy the experience!

Do we need to talk about past experiences or problems during this therapy?

No we don’t! Rather than focusing on your problems or past experiences I will encourage you to think about how you want things to be.

At the Initial Consultation I will ask some questions about what you would like help with and what you would like to achieve from the sessions.  I will ask you for some background information and basic medical information.  Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be effective even if I don’t know what the problem is and we don’t need to know how it arose.

This is a very positive and forward focused therapy. At subsequent sessions, we follow a standard format of talking therapy which includes identifying small positive actions before the relaxing hypnotic trance.

If you have any questions about how hypnotherapy can help you or what happens in a typical session – please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone, e-mail or through the contact page   Contact