Hypnotherapy facilitates mindfulness and attempts to address an individual's subconscious mind, using the power of hypnotic suggestion for beneficial change. Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to give relevant, positive beneficial suggestions to help an individual bring about the change they desire.
Although hypnosis is not the same as sleep (the individual will still have awareness and control), hypnotherapists often guide the client to a deeply relaxed state to enable them to use their imagination fully. For this reason, it’s imperative that the individual feels completely comfortable with their hypnotherapist.
Hypnosis is a different state of consciousness from being awake or asleep, and many people compare the deep, relaxed state of mindful hypnosis to daydreaming.
Yes. It is important that at any time during hypnosis that you may do anything that will help you to feel more comfortable - for instance you may need to move position or cough, that is perfectly OK, just go ahead.
Yes! You are always in control. There are three criteria that must be in place for the client to be guided into the hypnotic state. The client must; want it to happen, expect it to happen and allow it to happen.
In fact many theorists believe that all hypnosis is actually self-hypnosis and that the therapist is merely your experienced guide in this process. The idea is for you to follow the suggestions of the therapist when you are in the relaxed state of hypnosis as this will be the basis of the agreed programme of therapy.
However, if there is anything that you do not want to think about, imagine, do or disclose you will retain the ability to choose not to do so. People usually remember most, if not all, of what they experience during hypnosis.
No. At the end of the session the therapist will ask you to open your eyes and be fully alert again. This is something you actually do for yourself so really, at any time, you will be able to open your eyes and end the hypnosis session if you choose to do so.
The information disclosed to the therapist within the sessions is confidential. Information will usually only be passed to a third party if it is part of an agreed referral to other health professionals that will help the client.
However, there may be a legal obligation on the part of the therapist to pass information to the relevant authorities concerning criminal activities or if there is a concern about potential harm to others. It should be borne in mind that therapists have a responsibility to the community at large, as well as to individual clients.