First of all, being in hypnosis is a completely natural state similar to when you are day-dreaming or when you awaken in the morning but ‘doze’ for a while before becoming fully awake. In addition it brings with it a feeling of very pleasant relaxation and usually there is a feeling of well-being.
What happens during the session?
Once I have all the information I need about your personal situation, we can discuss the best way forward to address your situation. If this is the first session and you haven’t yet been in hypnosis, we can talk about that and you can ask any questions. If you wish to proceed, you will be invited to make yourself comfortable and I will simply give you instructions which when followed will help you to relax physically and mentally. As we progress, you will will become very pleasantly relaxed and are likely to experience a state of ‘well-being’. You will remain completely conscious throughout. As you become sufficiently relaxed, your mind becomes open to positive suggestions that are given to you relative to the reason for the hypnosis. For the session to be successful, we depend on you being comfortable with what is going on.
A common misconception about hypnosis is that the hypnotist is somehow dominating the subject. This couldn’t be further from the truth. For hypnosis to occur, we rely upon the willingness and cooperation of our client to follow the instructions we give. If the client does not want to be hypnotised, they won’t be. He/she is always in control.
In the same way, you won’t become unconscious. If you did you would be unable to respond to the therapy.
The process is very similar to guided mindfulness meditation, but incorporating positive suggestions that are carefully crafted to appeal to the deeper part of the mind, helping you to make the change(s) you require effortlessly.
Sometimes, as part of the treatment plan, I will record a session for you to use at home. Your sessions are designed for you to listen to privately in a place where you can be undisturbed for about 30 minutes – earbuds/headphones are best. Because you will be encouraged to close your eyes and relax, it is imperative you only listen where it is safe to do so – do not listen whilst driving.