Bill Noon Healing Freedom

Questions often asked about Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy


What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the process of inducing a trance, it is a relaxed state of concentration and lets your conscious, critical mind slow right down so that you can receive positive acceptable thoughts that can help you.  Whilst your conscious mind may hold negative tendencies your unconscious mind is more open to acceptable suggestions. This means that suggestions can be accepted and acted upon often leading to long lasting changes. When you are in a hypnotic trance, you will be aware of your surroundings, alert and likely that you will feel deeply and pleasantly relaxed.

Although the terms hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used interchangeably they are not the same thing.  Where hypnosis is used to help you make changes to your thoughts and behaviour it is rightly known as hypnotherapy.  It is the therapeutic use of a hypnotic trance which is described as hypnotherapy (therapy is used whilst you in a trance).


What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses a hypnotic trance to introduce therapy to the client (hypnosis + therapy = hypnotherapy). Therapy deals with the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.

The conscious is the intentional things we act out, we are rational and mostly aware, these are the awake and watchful elements of our personality and behaviour.

The unconscious mind is hidden beyond our awareness and is more positive and yet it is the source of our habits, impulses, irrational thoughts and some illnesses it is the source of undercurrents that influence our automatic behaviour that shapes our character.

The conscious mind, whilst rational, is often defensive and challenging, it can be critical with negative thinking, is cynical and often doubts new ideas which makes most types of therapy and subsequent suggestions difficult to accept.

Once you are in a Hypnotic trance the therapist can work with your unconscious mind with the intent to create a deep-rooted and lasting change of old habits, behavior, thoughts, pains, memories, emotions, etc. Hypnotherapy is a straightforward partnership between you the client who wants help, is motivated and looking for change and a therapist who can use their resources and skills to help you through the process.

What is a trance?

It is likely that at some time or other most of us will have experienced an involuntary hypnotic trance where we doing something and we are not really aware of our actions or of things happening around us, have you ever had a day dream?

You become engrossed in a book or film and unaware of anything else happening around you.

You get talking to someone and become deeply engaged in the conversation and lose track of time.

You drive home from work on a road well known to you once home you cannot recollect passing any of the familiar landmarks.

Daydreaming while performing a repetitive task such as mowing the lawn or carrying out other work.

You’re watching a sporting activity and your mind drifts away only to be alerted when an exciting event occurs.

The examples above are of natural trance states that anyone can experience. A hypnotherapist brings about this pleasant relaxed state deliberately so that suggestions and acceptable changes can be introduced to the alert your unconscious mind while your conscious mind ‘drifts’ away into the background.

Does hypnotherapy work?

It works for most people and most problems most of the time. A hypnotherapist cannot cure you; any suggestion that they put you into a trance, snap their fingers and you are cured belongs to the stage and religious cults. Hypnotherapy is very much a partnership with the therapist acting as a facilitator – helping you into a voluntary trance, offering you suggestions while you are in trance and generally empowering you to achieve your goals and bring about the change you desire.

How long will it take for Hypnotherapy to work?

Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy, results are often noticed after the first session and far fewer sessions are generally needed than with other psychotherapy approaches.  Unfortunately there is no average course of treatment and your number of sessions will depend on you and the nature of your problem(s) and what your aims are from Hypnotherapy. Other factors can arise during therapy that can affect the planned course of your treatment. Everyone is different and respond differently to hypnotherapy. Therefore each plan of therapy is tailored to you the individual and it’s difficult to state a standard fixed number of sessions for therapy at this stage. Each course is based around you your needs and differences with the aim of reaching a lasting solution. To help give you an idea of course length a lot of issues take between 3 and 6 sessions, as stated above the number will depend on you and your circumstances, see it as an investment in your future happiness and well being. Ending therapy is a negotiated decision between you and the therapist (this is done at the earliest opportunity in line with ethical guidelines laid down by the NCH  (National Council for Hypnotherapy) you are free to terminate therapy at any time should you want to end it sooner.

How long does each session of hypnotherapy last?

A normal session lasts around 60 minutes the initial session make take a little longer depending on what information is generated. Time is valuable to us all and sessions are managed carefully to provide you with a professional dedicated service in the agreed time period.

If you want to stop smoking often a one off 2 hour session is all that is required this enables work to be done to give you the the best chance of stopping.

How new is Hypnotherapy?

There is nothing new about Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy the history attached to hypnosis goes back a great many years in fact in has been around as long as the human race. Folklore from ancient cultures is the first recorded evidence of hypnosis in use. There are many books written on the subject with wide ranging accounts of the history and its development to the present. Unfortunately some accounts focus on its association with magic, the occult and supernatural phenomena. Throughout the centuries there have been some intelligent people who have used hypnosis to improve the health and well being of their patients often hypnosis was used as a form of anesthesia and is still used in certain circumstances today.

The Wall Street Journal, 7th October 2003 featured an article under the heading of “Altered States: Hypnosis Goes Mainstream”, indicating that major hospitals in the USA are now using hypnosis in the treatment of fractures, cancer, burns, pain relief, gastrointestinal disorders, childbirth etc. (Battino & South, Ericksonian Approaches, 2nd. Ed.).

How long do the effects of Hypnotherapy last?

As with all effects of hypnotherapy it depends purely on you, the relaxed feeling after therapy can last for hours some clients have mentioned to me that they always enjoy a great nights’ sleep after therapy and wake up feeling energetic, again, this is down to you the individual. There are ways that the client can be equipped to revisit these feelings whenever they feel the need.

The effects of therapy can be long, often lasting a lifetime. Getting down to treat the problem and not the symptoms generate a lasting effect, deep emotional problems can take time to be understood and once overcome the effects of hypnotherapy can reach many areas of your life. The occasional re occurrence of problems can normally be put down to new problems new pressures or events in your life. There is no dependency to rely on hypnotherapy to maintain your new found self.

Is hypnosis safe?

The use of Hypnosis and being in trance are 100% natural and safe –  do ensure your Hypnotherapist holds a recognised qualification(NCH Dip) are fully insured are a member of a professional body and adhere to their code of conduct and ethics. There is no risk of being stuck in a trance as is often suggested, should for example, the therapist disappear you would return to a normal level of consciousness quite quickly.

Does the Hypnotherapist have hypnotherapy?

This hypnotherapist shares reciprocal treatment with a colleague often to aid relaxation and to break down any everyday stresses that I may be encountering. I find this helps clear my mind and lets me enjoy a great night’s sleep and be more helpful and positive when helping others.

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