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What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. You are not unconscious but in a trance, much the same as a deep daydream. It can be very effective for habits, addictions, fears and phobias. It can also help with stress management.
Can anyone have hypnotherapy?
Anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to be. A hypnotherapist can't force you to go into hypnosis against your will. You are perfectly safe as hypnosis is a naturally occurring process anyway.
However, those with epilepsy, weak hearts, or a fear of losing control should avoid this treatment.
Will I remember the session afterwards?
You will remember some things but not all of them, however you will remain in control at all times. The hypnotherapist does not have control over you and if you decide to get up and walk out, then you will.
How many sessions will I need?
This all depends on the problem or change that you want to make. For stopping smoking it is usually one session lasting about an hour and a half. For anything else it can range from one to 10 sessions.
If you require two or three sessions the hypnotherapist will normally see you once a week. However some clients see the therapist once a fortnight or even once a month depending on their circumstances.
Does it work?
Generally, yes, although you do need an open mind. When we are in hypnosis we are more relaxed, physically and mentally. When this occurs our mind operates more efficiently and effectively. It's a similar principle to what happens when you've had a name or word on the tip of your tongue but you just cant get to it, but after you stopped trying, later the name comes back to you.
When the mind and body are relaxed we have better access to our memories. Sometimes we need to return to a memory in order to resolve what happened for our peace of mind before we can move on in the future.
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