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 facilitator.

    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 resisting instructions.

    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 concerned.

  • 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.