There are many misconceptions regarding Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and before you embark on a treatment programme I will try to answer some of the questions that you may have:
Q. What is Hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness you enter and leave naturally all the time during your day-to day experiences. It feels very much like day dreaming, or the state between sleeping and waking. The therapist will assist you to reach this state in a relaxed and easily attain
Q. How does it work?
A. While in this relaxed state, your conscious mind is still completely aware of what is going on throughout the session, but your subconscious is free to accept positive thoughts and ideas much more readily. This enables you to change fixed negative ideas into strong positive attitudes about yourself and your surroundings, and is the essence of Hypnotherapy.
Q. How long does it take to produce a result?
A. It depends on far too lient. A responsible, properly trained therapist will never keep a client in therapy longer than necessary.
Q. How does Hypnosis feel?
A: Since everyone has experienced light levels of hypnosis at different times, don't be surprised if you don't "feel" hypnotized. All that is required to be hypnotized is a motivation to be hypnotized, concentration, imagination, relaxation, and the willingness to respond to suggestion. During hypnosis, you will always remain conscious of your surroundings.
Q: Will I go into a 'trance'?
A: A 'trance' is nothing more than a state of peaceful and extremely pleasant relaxation. The 'depth' of it will vary greatly from person to person, and may change each time you experience it It is important to remember that you will remain in completely in control and you can easily terminate this state at any time you wish to.
Q. What is self-hypnosis?
A. All hypnosis is really self hypnosis and in many ways is identical as that induced by a therapist. With the guidance of a trained Hypnotherapist of course it is certainly easier to relax more quickly, but self-hypnosis is an extremely valuable method of maintaining the effectiveness of therapy.
Find out more about Self Hypnosis here.
Q. Can people be made to do things they don't want to do when they are hypnotised?
A. You cannot actually 'make' anybody do anything in hypnosis. If you approach hypnosis with an open mind and a belief that it will help you, you will soon demonstrate to yourself that you are not giving anything up at all - on the contrary, you are gaining a great deal. Any suggestion made under hypnosis that was in any way against the nature, moral code or will of the client would simply never work.
Q. Can anybody be hypnotised?
A. It is very rare for someone to experience absolutely no change from their normal state, even if it is very slight. Certain individuals who insist that 'my mind is too strong for me to me hypnotised' are generally speaking with an anxiety around the subject. It is after all, quite easy to 'resist' being hypnotised and if there is resistance, it will just not be effective.
Q: How does the medical community feel about hypnosis?
A: The American Medical Association recognized hypnosis as a "viable therapeutic modality" as early as the mid-1950s and in the UK hypnotherapy is now widely recognised therapy. Indeed, some GPs will refer smokers to a hypnotherapist as their first choice of smoking cessation methods, as well as for stress management and anxiety control.
Q. Can you get 'stuck' in hypnosis?
A. Urban myth! (Possibly a suburban one too for that matter). It is simply impossible for this to occur. Occasionally, some people will fall into a deep sleep, but there are many straight-forward methods of waking them up. A "permanent" trance just can't happen.
Q: Will our session be confidential?
A: All treatment is carried out in accordance with a strict Professional Code of Ethics, and with complete client confidentiality and data security. My practice is also registered under the Data Protection Act.
Q. Where can I see you?
A. I have consulting rooms in many different locations for your convenience. These are in Highgate (Details Here) in North London, Radlett in Hertfordshire (Details Here); as well as in The City of London (Details Here).
Q. How do I get in touch with you?
A. You are welcome to call my direct line: 0844 736 1438 at any time; or you can use the CONTACT page on the website. Remember that I am happy to
Q. What are your fees?
A. Please refer to my Hypnotherapy Fees page
Paul Levrant is a Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners and is also a Visiting Lecturer at Roehampton University.