Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnotherapy
Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is not dangerous, it is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. You may be watching a film that you are engrossed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood or engrosses you, all these are examples of hypnosis. We experience hypnosis every day and don’t even know it.
Can the hypnotherapist make me do something I would not ordinarily do?
This is probably the biggest myth regarding hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotised, but the truth is these people feel they have a duty to comply or have a desire to be outrageous.
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes, you can teach your body and mind to go into trance, and get better at it as you practice. Almost everybody can be hypnotised if they want to be, except perhaps those who are unable to focus their attention for prolonged periods of time, such as the very young or very old, or those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Will I know that I have been hypnotised?
You may not even realise that you were hypnotised. Some people know that they were because they feel they have been in a very relaxed trance state for only a few minutes and after they are awakened have found that it is actually 30 or 40 minutes (this is known as time distortion). Once you begin to see positive changes in the way you think and feel, you will know that you have been hypnotised.
Could I get ‘stuck’ in trance?
No. It simply doesn’t happen. You are able to come out of the session at any time – all you have to do is tell yourself to do so.
Does hypnotherapy really work?
There have been many research studies done showing how effective hypnotherapy can be for many types of problems and conditions, for example, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), phobias, smoking, weigh loss hypnotherapy has proven to have one of the highest success rates over other treatment methods even in very severe cases.
Who should not receive hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is contraindicated for individuals who are paranoid, psychotic, delusional, or hallucinatory. If in any doubt, please consult your doctor.
Record Keeping and Confidentiality
The content of your life coaching, CBT or hypnotherapy sessions are confidential, however in order to enhance the quality of therapy being offered to you, your hypnotherapist may discuss your case on a confidential basis with their clinical supervisor. This process maximises the therapist’s therapeutic effectiveness and ensures that professional and ethical standards are adhered to. If your hypnotherapist considers that you are at imminent risk of causing serious harm to yourself or others, they may seek additional assistance on your behalf or on the behalf of vulnerable others. Your therapist will talk to you about their concerns and endeavour to gain your consent before doing this. In the case of a disclosure concerning acts of terrorism or drug trafficking your hypnotherapist is legally obliged to break confidentiality and pass such disclosures onto the relevant authority.
Your therapist will make brief notes after each session, the notes will be securely stored and you cannot be identified from them as your name will be omitted. Notes of sessions are kept separately from personal details in order to protect your anonymity and maintain confidentiality.
Much preparation occurs before the arrival of each client and, within a period of two working days, the session becomes non-transferable. When you make an appointment we reserve the whole session for you. I will need at least two working days notice (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays) if you wish to cancel or reschedule an appointment otherwise you will be liable to pay the full session fee.
If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, it will usually not be possible for me to make use of ‘your time’ by filling your session with a different client. Thus a missed session represents a lost opportunity for another client and a lot of wasted preparation.
More than two late notice cancellations may prompt your therapist to consider withdrawing our service altogether, in order that your time-slot may be offered to someone else.