On this page I answer some of the FAQs that people ask me.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is the study of human excellence and success, how we do what we do. Did you know that when you change how you think you can change what you think – and in changing how and what you think, you can dramatically transform the results you create in your life. The modern and highly effective NLP techniques can be used with, or as an alternative, to hypnotic trance work. NLP can assist you to develop and maintain a high level of motivation for achieving your goals, and can help convert barriers and obstacles into doorways to success.
Why is it called Neuro Linguistic Programming?
Neuro: Is a reference to how we organise our thoughts through our five senses.
Linguistic: Is a reference to the language we use to communicate with ourselves and others.
Programming: Is a reference to the way we organise our ideas and actions to produce results.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a very specific process that enables a person to experience a trance with purpose. Trance is our natural learning state and when experienced with a purpose it’s amazingly effective at helping people create creates in thinking, feeling and behaviour.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis. Today, hypnotherapy is a widely accepted alternative to conventional treatment for a range of problems.
This short video produced by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, shows a client discussing her experience of Hypnotherapy: What happened, how she felt and how it works.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Almost anyone can be hypnotised provided they fully and actively engage in the process and want to experience trance. All you need is an average attention span and the willingness to follow simple instructions.
There are other factors that can affect your hypnosis session like whether you are at ease with the hypnotist and the setting. If you are overly preoccupied you may not be willing or able to follow the hypnotist’s instructions.
What is it like to be hypnotized?
It is a very focused and pleasurable experience. Most people describe it as very, very enjoyable. Once in trance, you’ll be guided through a mental process that will enable you to update habits, behaviors and beliefs that, because you’ve become unconsciously competent at them, operate at a sub-conscious, out of conscious awareness level. The hypnotist will use suggestions, metaphor and instructions to help you make the changes you desire.
How can I best prepare for my session?
The best way to prepare is to know exactly what you want to achieve and be ready to give you full attention to the hypnotist’s instructions.
Is trance like sleep?
No. When you are experiencing trance, you are aware of everything that is going on around you. It’s a bit like a state of daydreaming where you are relaxed but always still fully aware. Many people don’t realise that we experience trance states every day and throughout the day. Have you ever gazed out of a bus or train window and not actually seen what you have passed by?
Everyone’s experience of trance is different, because we are all individuals and our levels of engagement in the process and our ability to actively imagine differs.
Will I lose control?
No. You remain in control the whole time and you will only take on board those suggestions that are useful and appropriate for you. The hypnotist will make positive suggestions to your unconscious mind but you choose what you will take in and use.
Might I say or do something I don’t want to?
No. In hypnosis a professional hypnotist would not make you say or do anything you do not want to.
Will I remember what went on in the session?
Consciously there may be some details that you don’t remember; in the same way that you don’t remember all the details of a film you have watched. At a sub-conscious level you will remember everything and may, at a later time, share some aspects of the session with you.
My session is over – why haven’t I noticed any change?
Change starts from the moment you decide to change and change can be happening even when we think it isn’t, so there’s no need to feel disappointed when, as occasionally happens, a hypnosis session doesn’t seem to have made any difference at all. Change can be instantaneous or it may take a few days to achieve the result you desire, or a week, or a month, or perhaps longer. It depends on what the desired result is.
In the meantime, notice what you notice. Clues that you have moved, or are moving, toward the desired outcome will emerge, so be alert for even the smallest things that you’re doing differently.
Are there any physical side effects with hypnosis?
Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis creates a state of relaxation and focused attention. This can be light to very deep. It is literally impossible to become “stuck” in a state of relaxed, focused attention. Can you imagine getting “stuck” in reading an absorbing book or watching an enjoyable film? Should you need to, you can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any time.
Can hypnotherapy be used for physical conditions?
Yes. Hypnotherapy can be used to help a wide range of conditions that some people may think are purely physical, including IBS, migraines, tinnitus, impotence, physical twitching, facial ticks and many others.
A growing body of research now supports hypnotherapy, as an effective tool in the treatment of a variety of problems, from anxiety to chronic pain. For more information about clinical hypnotherapy and research that supports its efficacy click here – Hypnosis Research.
How do you protect my privacy?
I am bound by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) Code of Conduct which specifically requires me to respect the confidentiality of my clients. A copy of the Code is available here http://www.hypnotherapists.org.uk/about-nch/code-of-ethics/. I also work within the code of ethics of the New Zealand Association of NLP (NZANLP). A detailed copy of this Code is available should you request it.
I only collect the minimum amount of personal information I need to help you achieve your therapy outcome(s). You have a right to see the information I hold pertaining to you. At any time you can ask for a copy of all the information I hold on your file.
When it comes to handling your information, I comply with the Privacy Act 1993. The Privacy Act controls how “agencies” collect, use, disclose, store and give access to “personal information”.
Unless authorised by you, I will not disclose information pertaining to you, to a person or body or agency unless I believe, on reasonable grounds that the disclosure of the information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to your life/health or that of another individual. Confidentiality is also subject to the requirements of the law.