Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis can be described as ‘being in a state of awareness dominated by the subconscious mind’. This is not as strange as it might sound; almost everybody enters a state of hypnosis several times a day, quite easily and naturally. Think about that lovely fuzzy feeling you have just before you fall asleep at night or when you wake up in the morning. You are in a state of hypnosis. Do you daydream or lose track of time when you are doing something? If so you are in a state of hypnosis. When you are in a hypnotic state he conscious mind, which is the logical, critical part of the mind is ‘switched off’, allowing the subconscious to take over. In this subconscious state of awareness, or trance, there is increased concentration of the mind and increased relaxation of the entire body. There is also an increased susceptibility to positive suggestions, and during hypnotherapy this is used therapeutically for the benefit of your health.


What conditions can be helped by Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be used to help a wide range of conditions. Here are just some of the more common ones:

Exam nerves
Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS
Lack of confidence
Low self esteem
Pain control
Smoking cessation
Weight management
Fears and Phobias
Skin conditions
Nail biting

Is Hypnotherapy safe?

Yes. Hypnotherapy is safe and effective. It does not involve the use of any kind of medication and there are no side effects. Hypnotherapy can be used alongside other treatments. Please note that it should not be regarded as a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis, or treatment, and if you are already taking medication you should continue to do so.

Can I be made to give away my secrets?

No. You will be able to talk, but you cannot be made to reveal anything against your will.

What happens in a session?

In the first session the therapist will ask you questions about the history and nature of the problem you have brought to therapy and how it is affecting you. Questions may also be asked about your health and what you want to achieve through the therapy sessions. This information will help the therapist discuss the best treatment plan with you.

When hypnosis or ‘trance’ is used you will be asked to make yourself comfortable sitting or lying down and the therapist will guide you into a trance and give suggestions to help with the problem.


Is it confidential?

Yes, however the therapist will explain very occasional exceptions to this rule.

Can anybody be hypnotised?

Almost anybody. There are a few examples of groups of people who find it very difficult: those with very low IQ, people suffering from certain mental illnesses, those under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and those who do not want to be hypnotised or refuse to follow the therapist’s instructions.

How many sessions will I need?

This question asked very often and the answer depends on a number of things such as the severity and complexity of the problem, how you respond to the therapy, and whether or not you follow instructions for practice of self hypnosis between sessions. Generally hypnotherapy is considered to be a “brief therapy” which can bring about change more quickly than other therapies but your therapist should be able to give you guidance on this.

How much is a session of hypnotherapy?

This will vary with the location, experience of the therapist, and perhaps with the condition being treated. It’s best to compare fees in your local area. Be sure to ask your therapist before commencing therapy.

SHF therapists are often willing to give a discount to certain groups of people such as carers, veterans, or those on low income, so it would be worth asking your therapist.