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What to expect during a Hypnotherapy consultation or treatment session?

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What to expect during a Hypnotherapy consultation or treatment session.

This will vary a bit from therapist to therapist, but basically you’ll be invited in to their consulting/treatment room, and asked to sit down and make yourself comfortable. Some therapists will offer you a drink and maybe explain where the loos and exits are. Then they’ll ask you what it is you’d like help with – why you chose to come and see them.

This is the point at which you start to explain what your situation is and what you’d like to change about it. It’s very much a two-way conversation, and the therapist is most likely going to ask you for clarification on a few points you mentioned. Don’t worry if you have difficulty explaining things – some things are very hard to be precise about and put into a verbal form. Your therapist will be used to this though, and be able to help you with the process.

He or she will ask you to complete a record form at some point, usually a pretty simple one, and he or she will make additional notes too, all of which will be part of your treatment record. It may involve questions about any medication you take, any major medical treatment you may have had in the past, or are awaiting, any allergies and so on. You might also be asked if you have experienced hypnotherapy or other alternative medicine treatments. All this is completely confidential, and your therapist should never reveal this to anyone unless specifically obliged to by law – just like any other health professional. Also, everything you verbally tell your therapist is also completely confidential. You understand that what I say here only applies to therapists who have agreed to abide by the code of ethics set by one of the professional governing bodies, such as the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, for example.

There are a lot of other questions which could be asked.

In my case, for example, I like to know if the client has any fears or phobias – perhaps nothing to do with what they came to see me about, on the surface.

Your therapist will probably then ask if you have any further questions you would like to ask him or her, either about the treatment, the process, what you’ve been discussing up ‘til now, or anything else that you haven’t covered between you. The next question will be about how you actually feel now, and how you’d like to feel after treatment – in other words, what you’d expect and want the treatment to achieve.

Assuming everything has been covered to your satisfaction, and the therapist thinks they can help you, and that you are willing for them to do so, some treatment will be suggested or recommended, and if time permits, it will usually start straight away. Failing that, another appointment will be made.

When treatment does start, you’ll normally be invited to make yourself comfortable either in a chair or on a treatment couch, and the hypnotherapist will start to talk to you. Maybe there will be some soft background music too, but that’s not always the case. You’ll likely be invited to close your eyes, but again, that’s not universal.

What happens next sounds very simple. The therapist will continue to talk to you, and you will relax more and more until the therapist forms the impression that you are in a good frame of mind for beneficial suggestions to be introduced into what he or she is saying. You will not fall asleep – if the therapist thinks you are falling asleep, they will very likely say something to raise your consciousness level a little from that state.

You’ll hear what the therapist is saying quite clearly, although you may not consciously hear all of it as your attention may wander considerably – this is intentional – and what the therapist is saying may not always make sense at the time. This is because he or she is phrasing things in such a way as to generate acceptance by your unconscious mind, which prefers things put in a certain way. On occasion the therapist might ask you a question. If they do, you’ll find that you can respond quite easily.

This process will continue until the therapist considers enough has been done in this particular treatment session, at which point they will start to conclude what they’re saying. Then they’ll verbally ease you from your relaxation, and welcome you back to normal day-to-day life. Session over. You will almost certainly feel very relaxed and content after the treatment.

If a single session has been enough, you and your therapist will part company at this point.

If not, you will arrange another mutually agreeable time for your next session, and go on your way until then.

This is quite a long post. Your brain’s reaction to the session is a different discussion, so watch this space, and I’ll come back to it another time. Therapists also have different styles and ways in which they approach their treatments, so I’ll deal with that another time too. The purpose of this post was just to allay any apprehension you may have had about what goes on when you go to see a hypnotherapist. I hope I’ve answered my initial question “what to expect during a hypnotherapy consultation or treatment session”, and I hope you found it helpful. By all means contact me with any queries you may have, or ask about anything I haven’t covered.


What does Hypnotherapy feel Like?

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What does hypnotherapy feel like?

What does hypnotherapy feel like? Hypnotherapy feels a lot like dreaming, but it’s a bit different for everybody.

And contrary to popular belief, you’re not asleep. You may well have your eyes closed – almost everyone does during a hypnotherapy session – but even that is not essential. Have you ever been daydreaming at work, at college, on the train or bus? You didn’t have your eyes closed there, did you? But you were still in a dreamlike state. And what happened then is a really good example of your unconscious mind doing its job very well indeed.

Your unconscious mind (some say subconscious mind) was busy looking after you and making sure you were safe, while your conscious mind was off doing something else. Your conscious attention was taken up by a problem, perhaps, or something interesting your memory had thrown up – maybe something you saw had triggered a particular train of thought. However, your unconscious mind is always on guard and does its best to protect you.

It will draw your attention to anything it regards or suspects of being a threat to you, even a small threat. It’s constantly comparing all it knows (which is a lot as it never really forgets anything) to whatever is going on around you at the time. And if it comes across something it’s unhappy about, it prods your conscious mind to get it to make a decision about that. This goes on all the time, and a lot of that time you hardly even notice.

So once again you might ask “what does hypnotherapy feel like?”

But this time you have something you know you can compare it too – daydreaming. And that’s not the only similar feeling.

Every day you go through the feeling at least twice anyway, once when you drop off to sleep, and again when you start to wake up. It’s that pleasant state, where you might feel you’d quite like to go back and finish off that dream instead of having to get up. Or that feeling where you suddenly feel nice and cosy and very, very comfortable, but you’re not quite asleep yet, but you will be in a minute.

So I suppose when you as the question “what does hypnotherapy feel like?”, then that’s the wrong question. What the question should be, and what you probably really mean is “What does hypnosis feel like?” which is what I’m answering above. Hypnotherapy is what takes place during a hypnotherapy session, after hypnosis has been induced or achieved. It’s the introduction of beneficial ideas and suggestions to your unconscious mind, aimed at helping you change your behaviour in some way.

When this is happening, you hear those suggestions at both a conscious and unconscious level, depending on what is required and the skill of the hypnotherapist. Then your unconscious mind analyses what’s been said, makes personalised sense of it to suit you, and passes appropriate signals and messages to your conscious mind to act on.

If you feel you could benefit from Hypnotherapy, you’re probably right. You know the next step, don’t you?

When you’re ready, that’s the time to contact me on 01256 704769 or email me at missionhypnotism@btconnect.com

What can Hypnotherapy cure?

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Well, this is an interesting one.

What can hypnotherapy cure? Hypnotherapists never claim to “cure” anything, any more than does a reflexologist, acupuncturist or homeopath, for example. The reason for this is that hypnotherapists do not have a medical practitioner licence from the GMC, as they are not medically trained.

What hypnotherapists (and other alternative therapists) do is to “treat” various conditions to help alleviate, reduce or eliminate them. And of course, we as hypnotherapists treat many things that traditional medicine doesn’t deal with – fear of flying, confidence issues, driving test or exam nerves, and all sorts of other things. It’s worth considering at this point that traditional medicine doesn’t “cure” these things at all. You might be prescribed some tranquilisers for fear of flying, say, or nerves on your driving test, but that just masks things, it doesn’t cure you of them. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, works by helping you change your attitude and approach to these things, so you simply no longer feel frightened, agitated or worried by them.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that hypnotherapy can’t help with physical illnesses too – it can. Irritable bowel syndrome often responds well to hypnotherapy, as can acne and psoriasis. It is often very useful in enabling pain reduction for many clients. Migraines can be dealt with, and of course a favourite candidate for successful treatment is weight management. High blood pressure too, is another physical condition that often responds well. People could be forgiven for thinking that there’s a hypnotherapy cure for all those things.

Let’s also mention that perennial problem, smoking.

Smoking has four main features that make it addictive. It’s chemical, due to the toxins released into your bloodstream when you take in the smoke. It’s habitual, to the point that people often say they wouldn’t know what to do with their hands if they stop. It’s done to a large extent unconsciously – people do it that way when they’re bored or concentrating – they hardly realise they’re doing it. There’s an element of peer pressure or social pressure too. And it has a “feelgood factor” in that the sugar release which happens at the same time as the intake of chemicals and toxins when you inhale gives you a temporary high, in much the same way that children can become unbearably hyperactive after too many sweets!

Hypnotherapy in very effective in helping people who want to stop smoking – better than almost any other way, in fact, when handled correctly.

You should actually beware of any hypnotherapist who claims to be able to “cure” you. The chances are that he or she does not belong to one of the voluntary regulatory bodies who oversee good ethical practice among the therapists – the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, for example, or the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. These bodies even can be counted on for advice in what can and cannot be said in advertising carried out by their members.

There we have it for this post. I may not be able to offer you a miracle hypnotherapy cure, but I can almost certainly help you make significant improvement with any number of things, as a look around my websites will confirm. I can’t mention every condition I can help with on there, so a phone call is all it’ll take to reassure you that effective and rapid help is at hand.

Where to learn Hypnotherapy?

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learn hypnotherapyExcellent question – where CAN you learn hypnotherapy?

In the UK, there are actually a surprising number of places where you may be able to learn Hypnotherapy. Notice it is regarded as an art, not a science. The thing is though, do you want to learn it properly, to a professional standard, or do you just want to do it as a novelty – a hobby if you like.

There are vastly varying courses and “seminars” on offer,and isolated individual techniques and “protocols”. There are short courses from as short as three days, a week, two weeks, three weeks etc. etc. How much do you think you can learn about a discipline that is used to change peoples lives in a few days? Ask yourself “would I personally be happy to be treated for – say – depression, by somebody who had only had a week’s training?” Well? Would you?

Surely you’d want to consult some who had been trained to full Professional Diploma level, wouldn’t you? Such training enables the student, when qualified, to be listed on the General Hypnotherapy Register, which is in turn administered by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. This is the largest governing body for Hypnotherapists in the UK. Members have to be trained to their professional standards. They also are unlikely to have any problem obtaining public liability and professional indemnity insurance, which is pretty reassuring, don’t you think?

Their members are also eligible to join the listings of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council,  another extremely well known and recognised organisation, and one which Therapists from many different alternative therapies also join.

So, what to do? My recommendation is that you look around for a training school that will offer training to full professional level, so that you will emerge on successful completion of the course with easily enough knowledge and practice, both theoretical and practical, to enable you to enter professional practice immediately. You will have the confidence to do so, secure in the grounding you have had on the course, and ready to become a proficient professional among your peers.

There are a few of these schools around where you can learn hypnotherapy, so don’t rush into it. Check exactly what’s on offer. Download the prospectus of one you like the look of. Check the length of the course or courses, and how much they will cost, although cost should not be your only concern. Check also what payment methods they accept or require – with some, you must pay the full cost in advance – others offer payment by instalments, credit card payments, etc.

Check on the course dates too – will they suit you? Find out where they are, and what sort of surroundings you will be training in. How convenient and easy is it to get to the venue? What about train links, car parking, nearby accommodation if that’s going to be necessary for you? In deciding where you want to study hypnotherapy, consider whether the training done “classroom style”, or in more relaxed and less formal style? Try to get a “feel” for all this through the websites.  And don’t forget to check that the training offered is fully Accredited by a recognised regulatory body like the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. Don’t waste your cash training to a standard nobody’s ever heard of and which Insurance companies don’t accept.


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Questions and queries

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Many thanks to all who have come up with a few questions and queries. I hope I’ve answered with enough information for you. There’s usually enough info in the relevant pages, but if you’d like anything clarified or want to comment on anything, please use the Contact form to do so. Or jus give me a call!