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Smoking Cessation What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is often referred to as an altered state of consciousness. Throughout the day we enter different states of mind to deal with the task in hand. The state of consciousness required to play a game of chess, read a book, enjoy a telephone conversation with a friend or attend an interview all call for different states of mind. We automatically enter different states of mind to deal with the task in hand, it is a natural process. Entering hypnosis is to enter an altered state of consciousness.

Hypnosis is a tool, or a technique, used in therapy to develop communication with the subconscious. This line of communication allows therapy to be conducted at a considerably deeper level.

What is it like being in hypnosis?

In hypnosis you enter an increased state of relaxation and become more receptive to suggestions delivered by the therapist. Contrary to popular belief you actually become more aware rather than less aware of what is going on.

Imagine sitting comfortably in the garden on a pleasant summer’s day, close your eyes and enjoy a pleasantly dreamy relaxed state. While relaxing in this way you remain aware of everything going on around you, aware of your inner thoughts while feeling distant and dreamy. This calm state is similar to being in hypnosis. It is a very pleasant experience. In itself it is a tonic to mind and body.

In hypnosis am I asleep or unconscious?

No you are not asleep or unconscious. You are in an altered state of consciousness fully aware of everything being said, aware of your inner thoughts and aware of everything going on around you.

Am I being controlled in hypnosis?

At all times you are in control. You would not say anything that you did not want to and you are able to come out of hypnosis when you choose to do so.

Will I remember what happened afterward?

You will be aware of what is going on through the session as you are actively involved in the process of change. You will also remember it afterward.

After a session will I be fit to drive?

You will be able to drive just as well as you did before the session. There are no ill after effects of being in hypnosis. After hypnosis it is very common to feel refreshed and brighter, as if having enjoyed a very good sleep.

Would I talk out loud about something if I didn’t want to?

As you remain in control you would not talk out loud about something if you did not want to.

Can everyone enter hypnosis?

No. There are three categories of people who would not be suitable for hypnosis. People who do not want to enter hypnosis, very young children and someone unable to understand what I am talking about. Everyone else can achieve hypnosis if they want to and are willing to cooperate with the therapist. It should be remembered that all hypnosis is self hypnosis and is not forced upon a person against their will.

How do I go into hypnosis?

If you have not used hypnosis before I will guide you by using a hypnotic induction.

A hypnotic induction is a series of suitably worded suggestions delivered to help you relax deeply and comfortably. People who have used hypnosis before find it easier because they are familiar with the process.

How will I practice hypnosis at home?

I will record the hypnotic induction used during the session on to a cassette tape so that you can take it home and work with it. Each time you practice you become more familiar with the exercise and naturally your depth of hypnosis becomes deeper.

Are there different depths of hypnosis?

Yes. The first time you enter hypnosis you will probably achieve a light level. With practice it becomes easier and each time you work with me personally your hypnotic relaxation becomes deeper.

What if I am disturbed half way through a hypnotic relaxation and are there any ill effects?

Apart from the inconvenience factor there are no ill effects. If you were taking a nap and your doorbell rang you would be aware of it, open your eyes, get up and answer the door. Similarly, in hypnosis you remain aware of all going on around you. You would hear the doorbell and then, if you wanted to, you would open your eyes and go and answer the door.

Why do you provide an exercise for home use?

Most clients I work with come into hypnotherapy for the first time and are often unfamiliar with relaxation techniques. If I did not provide the exercise for home use the client would come back for session two no more familiar with hypnosis than they were at the end of session one. I have found it helps to speed up the process of therapy and therefore can cut down on the number of sessions required.

I have been in counselling but it didn’t stop my panic attacks and how is this treatment going to work, what makes it different?

Counselling is suitable for a wide range of conditions such as bereavement or marital problems. It is an excellent approach that helps many people every day move through difficult periods of their life. However, when dealing with emotionally based problems counselling alone may be ineffective. Combine hypnosis with counselling and it becomes possible to work at a considerably deeper level and overcome panic attacks.

Are there side effects to hypnosis?

Yes and everyone is beneficial. Improved sleep, a greater sense of well being, improved concentration; a welcome calmness and a stronger immune system are reported side effects. I regard hypnosis to be a tonic to mind and body.

Can you make people go into hypnosis against their will?

No, all hypnosis is self hypnosis and is not forced upon anyone.

How long have you been working as a Hypnotherapist?

I began my career in hypnotherapy in 1986.

I see you are also qualified as a Counsellor and is this relevant to Hypnotherapy?

Yes it is. You see hypnosis is a technique, a state of mind, used to develop communication with the subconscious. In itself it is not a therapy approach. By combining counselling with hypnosis I have developed an approach that is suitable for dealing with emotionally related conditions. I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 1998 and in 2003 submitted my dissertation for my Masters and was pleased to hear I received a pass. (M.Ed. 2003 “Counselling and Hypnosis an Integrative Model” S Owen).

So what is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis + Therapy = Hypnotherapy. It is not sufficient to guide someone into the state of hypnosis and expect change to happen by itself. Using hypnosis to access the unconscious mind allows deep level therapy work that would not normally be possible.

How long do Sessions last?

Sessions last between 75 to 90 minutes.

Before I make an appointment would it be possible to ask a question?

You are welcome to telephone me on 01492 593518 (office hours please) or Email me on

When I make an appointment what happens next?

When you make an appointment you will be sent a letter of confirmation, my pamphlet and directions

What happens if I am late?

When you make an appointment you enter a contract where you are booking my time. If you are late the end time remains the same because it would not be fair on the client after you. If you need to cancel an appointment you should give at least 24 hours notice or you are liable to pay the full fee.

How do I Pay the Fee?

Payment is made at each session. Cheque with a banker’s card or cash. For the Smoking Cessation Programme the fee is payable at Session One.

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