FAQs about Hypnosis


Every day, Hypnotherapy Clinic Newcastle receives lots of emails and phone calls from people interested in undertaking hypnotherapy sessions to treat a wide range of challenges.

There are a few questions which are asked more than others though, so it may be helpful for you to see what the most frequently asked questions are to see if they can help you to make the best choice for yourself.

After all, knowledge is power, so having all of the information you need right at your fingertips will leave you feeling much more capable of making a well-informed, positive decision that will impact your life for the best.

What is Hypnosis?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions.
The exact definition as to the term “hypnosis” varies as to whom you ask, but there are certain facts about the natural state of hypnosis that you should be clear about:

  • It is NOT a trance state;
  • It is NOT a sleep state, though many participants look like they are sleeping during sessions;
  • It is a natural mental state of mind;
  • It is a very important thing to be integrated into everyday life;
  • Whenever the mind is focused on something specific, wanders off or when we are daydreaming, it is in a state of hypnosis. Undertaking official hypnosis is no more dangerous than being focused on reading a chapter of your favourite book;
  • Brain scans show that the activity of the brain seen on participants undergoing hypnosis is almost identical to that of people who meditate.

Does submission occur when Hypnosis occurs?

When you participate in a hypnosis session, you do not give up your power. Hypnosis is a trance-like state of which you are able to prevent from happening and can come out of if you so desire.

Whomever it is that hypnotises you, you are always able to resist. You are no more submissive than when you are reading a book or watching a film.

You always remain in full control which means that you are able to decide how deeply your hypnosis goes. The hypnotherapists’ job is not to remove control from you, but instead, it is their job to act as your guide and to help you on your hypnosis journey. As you are the one in charge, changes can only occur when you allow them to.

The majority of people undergoing hypnosis find it very empowering to discover that they are in full control at all times. As the frequency of your hypnosis sessions increases, the easier you will find it to let go. This is because it is easier to relax when you trust the fact that you are in control, and can prevent the sessions from occurring if you wanted or needed to.

It is a common belief in the hypnotherapy world that, as humans, we are always in some form of trance-like state. This will be discussed with you during your initial consultation as openly as you would like it to be. Depending on how deeply you would like your hypnosis to occur, the hypnotherapist will:

  • Alter the patterns of their language to suit you;
  • Use your previously discussed goals to make suggestions;
  • Use your aims to make judgement calls.

All of the above points are able to occur without you being induced into any kind of trance.

What does Hypnosis feel like?

  • It is a natural state of mind;
  • You are not put into a trance;
  • You can hear every word that your hypnotherapist says through your session;
  • You could get up and walk out if you wanted or needed to;
  • It is a similar sensation to drifting off to sleep;
  • Some people feel weightless others feel heaviness as their muscles relax;
  • Hypnosis is different for everyone;
  • If / when you enter a deeper state, you just seem deeply relaxed;
  • It is your therapist’s job to help you relax and enjoy your session.

What can Hypnosis treat?

There are a wide range of issues that hypnosis has been proven to be very effective at helping, like:
  • Anxiety and stress;
  • Fears and phobias;
  • Fertility;
  • Insomnia;
  • Lack of confidence;
  • Panic attacks;
  • Physical conditions, eg. IBS, migraines and skin conditions;
  • Tinnitus.

Hypnosis can also be used as a tool to:

  • Improve birth outcomes;
  • Improve performance in sports scenarios or in the workplace;
  • Manage pain.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?

  • Your chosen hypnotherapist will require a detailed history from you about any previous conditions;
  • Your hypnotherapist may ask for your permission to contact your doctor just so that they are aware you are undergoing hypnotherapy treatment. They must have your permission to do this;
  • Together, you will make a list of the goals you have for hypnosis to achieve and make note of how you want to feel once your sessions have been completed;
  • The hypnotherapist will use multiple different techniques designed to relax you during your sessions. They want you to be comfortable and achieve your set goals;
  • At the end of a session you will feel relaxed, and often uplifted and lighter in yourself;
  • The hypnotherapist works with your subconscious mind, so changes are subtle in how you feel or see things. Generally, all you will notice is that you are feeling much more positive.

How do you choose the Hypnotherapist?

  • Make sure that you are looking for a hypnotherapist who is registered with an independent Professional Body so that you can rest assured that they have ample training;
  • The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) recommends that you choose a hypnotherapist who is registered with the CNHC;
  • Once you have made sure that the hypnotherapists you are deliberating over are safe and qualified thoroughly, it is more about personal choice and what suits you best. You may want to consider things like what their specialisms are, if they work out of hours because you work full time, and, whether they practice close to your home. These are just examples for you to be aware that there are many different options for you to consider;
  • Hypnotherapists are always happy to talk things through with you, so why not get in touch with a hypnotherapist either by phone or email and put your mind at ease. This way, you will always be aided in finding out whether or not your personality is compatible with that of the hypnotherapists’ in question.

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