Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in our professionally controlled Advanced Hypnosis sessions. We would like to dispel some of the myths and answer some of the most frequently asked questions (faq) about hypnosis…
Please contact us should you have any queries that are not answered here and we will be able to answer any questions that you have.
- What is hypnosis?
- Are there any people who can’t be hypnotised?
- Are any drugs, tablets or wires used for Advanced Hypnotherapy or NLP?
- Will I remember what has happened?
- Am I asleep during the process?
- Are there any causes for concern?
- Can I speak whilst in hypnosis?
- What if I find it difficult to relax under normal circumstances?
- How many visits will I need?
- Can I be influenced to do anything against my will – will I be under the control of the hypnotherapist?
- What does hypnosis feel like?
- What can I use hypnosis for?
- Does hypnosis work for everything?
- How safe is hypnosis and what is it?
- Myths about hypnosis
- What can I use hypnosis for?
- Hypnotherapy: changing your life through your subconscious mind
- Change your life by changing core beliefs held in your subconscious mind!
- Uses of hypnosis in medicine and psychotherapy
- More on myths about hypnosis
- When will hypnosis be beneficial?
- More definitions of hypnosis
- Another definition of hypnosis
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness. It is a non-addictive and is a natural state of mind that happens throughout daily life. Over the last few days you will have been in a hypnosis state of mind many times. The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning ‘to sleep’, but contrary to popular belief it is not sleep. By the time the early users of hypnosis realised this and tried to change the name, it had already stuck.
Are there any people who can’t be hypnotised?
No. Except those with learning difficulties. The only other everyday exceptions would be persons ‘high’ on the effects of alcohol or mind-altering drugs. The degree of hypnosis varies from person to person and the skill of the hypnotherapist that they choose to work with.
Will I remember what has happened?
Yes. Most people are surprised to find that they remember everything that happens during the therapy. It is a state of heightened, not diminished awareness. See how our clients describe hypnosis.
Are there any causes for concern?
None whatsoever. Hypnosis is a proven therapeutic aid. The only time hypnosis could prove dangerous is whilst driving or using machinery. The Three Counties’ ideal office environment and hypnosis chair are designed to be both safe and comfortable. See how our clients describe hypnosis.
Can I speak whilst in hypnosis?
Yes, if you feel the need to speak or are asked any questions, then you will be able to speak normally. Hypnosis is just deep relaxation. In fact, you can do whatever you would normally be able to do during a normal waking state.
What if I find it difficult to relax under normal circumstances?
Like any other skill, relaxing properly can take a little knowledge and instruction. You will find that, after a session with us, you will have the skills to relax any time you want to – easily. Many people find that having being shown how to relax, it then becomes very easy and enjoyable. Read the testimonials.
How many visits will I need?
Simple problems such as smoking, phobias and other related areas require only one session in almost all circumstances. Our success rates are incredibly high. Other areas like weight loss and deep-rooted nervous disorders normally require 2-3 sessions spaced out over a period of time. In these cases, the number of sessions are agreed at the outset and reviewed after each session. We make positive changes happen quickly and easily using Advanced Hypnosis.
Can I be influenced to do anything against my will – will I be under the control of the hypnotherapist?
No, you remain in full control at all times. One of the things that people find very reassuring is that they cannot be made to do anything against their will. See What does hypnosis feel like?.
What does hypnosis feel like?
If you have not already experienced hypnosis, it can be similar to waking up before the alarm clock and being very relaxed. You are aware of movements and sounds around you and you feel able to get up and speak, but you want to stay in bed a bit longer, as you are enjoying the relaxed feeling. With Advanced Hypnosis this feeling is increased. Read the testimonials.
What can I use hypnosis for?
Hypnosis is beneficial and can be used in so many ways. At Three Counties Advanced Hypnotherapy Centres we use Advanced Hypnosis to help our clients in the following ways:
- Stop smoking
- Easy weight loss
- Phobia and fear removal
- Relaxation and stress management
- Compelling goal motivation
- Improved sports performance
- Building your business
- Powerful advertising
- Confident presentations and public speaking
- Effective selling skills
- Business goal setting and achievement
- High achiever modelling
- Key executive stress management
- Business coaching
If what you are looking for does not appear in the list above, please contact us.
Does hypnosis work for everything?
No. We would not be so naïve as to say that it is a cure for everything. Hypnosis can help many things, but it is not a cure for everything. However, we are often amazed by how many positive effects hypnosis can and does have on people’s lives. Read the testimonials.
- You find yourself day dreaming.
- You are driving on a road and you find yourself so focused in something in your mind that you missed your exit, or you arrived home not remembering every turn and manoeuvre you made to get there.
- You are watching a film and you are crying, getting scared or experiencing any kind of emotion related to it.
- You are looking for an object which is within sight, but you can not see it.
Hypnosis is safe – over 200 years of experience in the Western World and there have been no cases of someone hurt by hypnosis. The British Medical Association accepted and recognised hypnosis in 1959.
All hypnosis is fundamentally self-hypnosis, as one of the real pioneers of modern hypnosis Dr. Milton Erickson stated many years ago. Hypnosis is defined as a state of heightened suggestibility and you must be willing to follow the suggestions, or there is no so-called trance state. Only you decide when you go into hypnosis – no one has the power to hypnotise you against your will! Your hypnotherapist is simply a guide who helps you use these human abilities to make the changes that you want. For example, breaking bad habits, overeating, smoking, etc.
Myths about hypnosis
A hypnotherapist has magical powers: Myth
This is completely false. A hypnotherapist is an ordinary human being. Just as in any other profession there are good and unfortunately poorer or just inexperienced hypnotherapists. We recommend that if the issue you want to deal with is important to you than you choose carefully. Our advice is simply this: If for any reason you feel in any way uncomfortable with the hypnotherapist than you must terminate the session before therapy begins.
You can be hypnotised and do things against your will: Myth
Absolutely false. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will. You must be 100% cooperative in order to be hypnotised. Under Hypnosis you can choose to accept or reject any suggestions given to you by the hypnotherapist.
Only weak minded people can be hypnotised: Myth
In fact the opposite is true. The more intelligent you are the easier it is to be successfully in hypnosis. Unfortunately, in certain cases of mental debility, hypnosis is not possible. You can be hypnotised only if you want to be AND agree. Advanced Hypnosis can help you make all the changes you want – quickly, easily and permanently.
Under hypnosis you are unconscious: Myth
Not true at all. Under Hypnosis you are awake, completely aware and also very relaxed. Even people who normally find it difficult to relax find it very easy, once shown how.
You can get stuck in hypnosis: Myth
Completely false. Even if the hypnotherapist dropped dead after putting you in deep Hypnosis, you will either open your eyes after not hearing his voice for a while or you will slip into a brief sleep and awaken normally.
Advanced Hypnotherapy does not utilise deep hypnosis – you stay in control.
What is hypnosis used for?
Hypnosis is beneficial and can be used in so many ways; at Three Counties Advanced Hypnotherapy Centres we use Advanced Hypnosis and NLP technology along with many other tools to help our clients with issues such as:
- Stop smoking
- Lose weight
- Eliminate unwanted habits
- Achieve self acceptance
- Build self confidence
- Build self esteem
- Enjoy public speaking
- Excel in sports
- Improve grades & reading skills
- Improve memory
- Increase concentration
- Manage stress
- Overcome exam anxiety
- Overcome fears
- Remove panic attacks
- Sleep well
- Stop nail biting
- Unleash sales ability
- And much more.
Hypnotherapy: changing your life through your subconscious mind
Have you ever tried to change some behaviour through willpower, only to end up stuck and frustrated? Have you ever tried to achieve your dreams and goals – only to end up disappointed? If so, your core negative beliefs may be holding you back. Advanced hypnosis gets to the point of the problem and helps you to make positive changes, fast.
Change your life by changing core beliefs held in your subconscious mind!
The problem is like a weed in your garden! Pretend for a moment, that your mind is like your lawn in the garden of your home. Even some of the best cared-for gardens, if you look close enough, are going to have a couple of weeds! Weeds are interesting because they are so persistent. You see, most of the garden is made up of good green grass, shrubs, and flowers (the good things about yourself). The grass, shrubs and flowers have good roots, but the weeds roots go much deeper. That’s why, if you try to remove a weed by cutting it off or pulling it up, you don’t get all of its roots and it is very likely to come back, sometimes bringing more weeds with it (your personal challenges and symptoms).
Taking this example a little further, you could imagine a picture of the weed and divide it up into three distinct areas:
- Root area: – Here is the area where the root is. This is equivalent to the subconscious mind, the part deep inside.
- Ground Level: – Here is the area where the grass is. This is equivalent to the conscious mind, the part that is easy to see.
- Leafy part: – Here is the part that sticks up into the air for yourself and everyone else to see, the weed, the part of yourself that you don’t like.
The part we don’t like may be a bad habit like biting your finger nails, or something more serious like smoking, a phobia, stress or eating issues etc.
By using Advanced Hypnotherapy we help our clients remove the problem at the root. When the root is removed, then the problem ceases to exist!
- Gastrointestinal Disorders (Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease).
- Dermatologic Disorders (Eczema, Herpes, Neurodermatitis, Pruritus [itching], Psoriasis, Warts).
- Surgery/Anesthesiology (In unusual circumstances, hypnosis has been used as the sole anaesthetic for surgery, including the removal of the gall bladder, amputation, cesarean section, and hysterectomy. Reasons for using hypnosis as the sole anaesthetic may include: situations where chemical anaesthesia is contraindicated because of allergies or hyper-sensitivities; when organic problems increase the risk of using chemoanesthesia; and in some conditions where it is ideal for the patient to be able to respond to questions or directives from the surgeon).
- Pain (back pain, cancer pain, dental anaesthesia, headaches and migraines, arthritis or rheumatism).
- Burns: Hypnosis is not only effective for the pain, but when hypnotic anaesthesia and feelings of coolness are created in the first few hours after a significant burn, it appears that it also reduces inflammation and promotes healing. We believe that a second degree burn can often be kept from going third degree if hypnosis is used soon after the injury.
- Nausea and Vomiting associated with chemotherapy and pregnancy (hyperemisis gravidarum).
- Childbirth: Based upon our members’ anecdotal evidence, approximately two thirds of women have been found capable of using hypnosis as the sole analgesic for labour. This eliminates the risks that medications can pose to both the mother and child.
- Hemophilia: Hemophilia patients can often be taught to use self-hypnosis to control vascular flow and keep from requiring a blood transfusion.
Other areas of successful application include: Allergies; anxiety and stress management; asthma; bed-wetting; depression; sports and athletic performance; smoking cessation; obesity and weight control; sleep disorders; high blood pressure; sexual dysfunctions; concentration, test anxiety and learning disorders.
More on myths about hypnosis
People often fear that being hypnotised will make them lose control, surrender their will, and result in their being dominated, but a hypnotic state is not the same thing as gullibility or weakness. Many people base their assumptions about hypnotism on stage acts, but fail to take into account that stage hypnotherapists screen very carefully their volunteers to select only those who are fully cooperative, with probable exhibitionist tendencies.
Stage acts help create a myth about hypnosis which can sometimes discourage people from seeking legitimate and successful hypnotherapy.
Another myth about hypnosis is: People lose consciousness and have amnesia. A small percentage of subjects, who go into very deep levels of trance will fit this stereotype and have spontaneous amnesia. The vast majority of people remember everything that occurs in hypnosis. This is beneficial, because the most of what we want to accomplish in advanced hypnosis may be done in a medium depth trance, where people will tend to remember everything.
In hypnosis, the patient is not under the control of the hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. A hypnotherapist simply serves as a facilitator to guide them.
Advanced Hypnotherapy does not utilise deep hypnosis.
More definitions of hypnosis
Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully.
Everyone has experienced a trance many times, but we don’t usually call it hypnosis. All of us have been so absorbed in thought – while reading a book, watching TV, taking the bus or driving to work – that we fail to notice what is happening around us. While we were not fully concentrating, another level of consciousness, which we refer to as our unconscious mind, takes over. These are highly focused states of attention similar to hypnosis.
Clinical hypnotherapists do essentially three things with hypnosis. They encourage the use of imagination. Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. The mind seems capable of using imagery, even if it is only symbolic, to assist us in bringing about the things we are imagining.
Another basic hypnotic method is to present ideas or suggestions to the patient. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the patient wants seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind.
We can enlarge upon the idea as follows: Normally, the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind work independently from each other. Conscious wishes and thoughts, which are for the “here and now” and which are probably responsible for what we might consider to be our human-ness, may easily be at odds with subconscious processes based on forgotten experience and deep-rooted instinct. As a result, the two parts will often be in conflict, and the more able we are to bring them into alignment, the more powerful the resultant state will be. This is why the strongest minds do it best. The hypnotherapist can only show the client how to do it – it is the client who must actually perform the task.
It’s a bit like a series of square and round pegs in one part, locating with a series of square and round holes in the other part, allowing the two to lock together and work in unison. This connection allows a fluid interchange of thoughts, ideas and information in both directions – from the conscious mind into the subconscious, so that we can help beneficial change to occur; and from the subconscious to the conscious, so that we might be able to more easily recall things that are relevant to our state at the time, or find a way to resolve any conflict that may be made suddenly visible.
Of course, you cannot feel hypnosis, because both parts of the mind are still only doing the things they normally do – it’s just that now they’re both doing the same thing at the same time. You are still aware of the conscious thoughts, but you will always remain unaware of the subconscious processes. So it feels the same as normal.
Looked at in this way, it is possible to recognise that an induction does nothing more than present a series of ideas to both conscious and subconscious that will focus the interest of both in the same way and at the same time – that is, without stimulating conflict yet without boredom allowing a drift of conscious concentration.
Horizon Radio Interview January 2004
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