|Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnosis?
What is Hypnotherapy?
Who can be Hypnotised?
What level of trance is required in order to achieve
a beneficial outcome?
- What is Hypnosis?
All hypnosis is in fact self-hypnosis and we are in trance-states
at varying times during the average day. For example, can you
think of a time when you were driving a car, but don't remember
the journey between various points. Your subconscious was in control
of the car, while your conscious mind was left free to wander
elsewhere: i.e. day-dreaming. Hypnosis is similar to this in that
you are completely aware of what is going on around you, but your
mind is focused on a particular area. The therapist acts as a
There is something of a myth surrounding hypnosis and this
partly stems from the result of stage-hypnosis shows, where
members of the audience are induced into making fools of themselves.
To achieve the level of trance required, the stage hypnotist
must carefully select his targets, as only about 10% of the
population are able to reach the depth of trance required. Therapy
only works at the light to medium trance level, so that the
client is fully aware of the surroundings and is capable of
The advantage of hypnosis is that it makes the client more
susceptible to suggestion and change. This enables the therapist
to help the client to break the old unwanted habit and introduce
the new desired state. Also, hypnosis is extremely effective
in the management of pain.
- What is Hypnotherapy?
Psychological therapy and counselling (sometimes referred to as
the "talking cure") is the treatment of emotional and
psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings,
using psychological techniques alone. The aim of all such therapy
is to assist clients in finding meaningful alternatives to their
present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving.
Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both
of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal
development and unlocking inner potential. There are many forms
of psychological therapy, but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that
it attempts to address the client's subconscious mind.
- Who can be hypnotised?
The answer to this question is undoubtedly "virtually everyone".
This claim must, however, be qualified by the observation that
some are more readily hypnotisable than others and that it will
also depend upon the individual's willingness to be hypnotised
at the time. This willingness will itself depend upon a number
of factors, not least of which will be the strength of the person's
particular need and their trust and confidence in the therapist
- What level of trance is required in order
to achieve a beneficial outcome?
Although there remains some disagreement over the answer, most
researchers concur that the actual level (or depth) of trance
obtained does not relate to the beneficial results that might
be obtained. In practice, this means that even where a person
feels that they have not been hypnotised, given time (and this
is a very important factor), the desired outcome of therapy might
yet materialise.. Hypnotherapy can be extraordinarily effective
but it is not magic.