Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation where the mind becomes more focused with a heightened concentration. It is a very simple and safe procedure and can be compared to when you are absorbed in a TV programme or reading a book and are oblivious to your surroundings. Most people naturally have mild hypnotic experiences several times a day, daydreaming and remembering past experiences can bring about hypnotic states.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy. It uses the induction of hypnosis to lead a person into a pleasurable relaxed state whereby the conscious mind can be partially bypassed, thus allowing access to the inner self or subconscious. Hypnotherapy stimulates the subconscious in order to bring about beneficial change to many physical, psychological and emotional disorders.
What are the Conscious and Subconscious?
The conscious mind contains all that we are explicitly aware of at this moment. For instance, if we are thirsty we will get ourselves a drink. However, everything in the conscious mind must also be in the subconscious mind so, the type of drink we choose, lemonade, water, tea, etc., will be guided by our subconscious mind telling us what we want to drink.
Therefore, the conscious is tiny compared to the subconscious. Freud described it as like the tip of an iceberg visible in the ocean. The conscious mind is responsible for 5% of our working minds and is able to deal with 40 bits of data per second. Therefore, the subconscious is responsible the other 95% of our minds and is able to deal with 11,000,000 bits of data per second.
The subconscious contains everything we know but are not explicitly aware of at this moment. You might not be thinking about the name of the street you live on, but the information is there in your subconscious. The subconscious stores all our experiences, although some are harder to extract than others. It also contains all our skills, habits, beliefs and attitudes as well as controlling our automatic body functions like breathing and heart rate.
Can I be made to do things I don't want to?
No, is the answer to that. You remain in complete control. You can accept the suggestions you want and reject the ones you don't. You can get up and walk out if you want to. When you see the stage hypnotists making people do silly things, the reality of this is that the people on stage want to be there.
Can I be hypnotised?
The only people who don't go into hypnosis are the ones who, for whatever reason, don't want to. Everyone can be hypnotised if they want to be and as it is a perfectly natural state, that we experience most days, most people can benefit from hypnotherapy.
The exceptions to this are those who are drunk, drugged or suffering from certain mental illnesses. You cannot be hypnotised against your will.
How many sessions will I need?
Some treatments only take one session, some will take longer. For example, weight control can take several sessions, with two or three sessions to get you started then follow up sessions when you see fit. Whereas stopping smoking takes place in one two hour session. We work up to the point where you feel you have done enough.
What is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is a way of looking at how the world works and how success is and can be achieved in everyday life. NLP pays a lot of attention to people's thought patterns, the self-talk we all use and physical and emotional sensations.
For example, people who are anxious about life and situations tend to imagine failure accompanied by negative internal dialogue. NLP believes that this can change if they adopt the mental processes and habits of well motivated and successful people.
Perhaps you would like to improve your communication techniques, have better relationships, an improved social life, a more desired or more successful career, abolish phobias and burdensome habits or just get to know yourself better.
If so then NLP could work for you because it will provide you with a series of techniques to remove your personal barriers and move you towards success. NLP describes this as the journey from the present state to the desired state. This journey starts in the conscious mind but it is the subconscious mind that learns the new way of doing things and produces new behaviour.
Because NLP works by retraining the subconscious, this is why it works so well with hypnosis, but it is a stand-alone therapy within itself and can be used on its own without hypnosis.
Even if you are successful in conventional terms, NLP can be used to help you feel happier and more fulfilled and it can be used in business for improved communication, sales and presentations and much more besides.
Past Life Regression Therapy
There are many reasons people come for past life regression; often, they are just curious to investigate the possibility of what's gone before. At times, regression can result in names, dates and places that are traceable to people in history. That said, the lives that are discovered during regression are, on the whole, normal everyday existences. It is highly unlikely that you will unearth a past life as Cleopatra or King Henry VIII.
Other times, people come to be regressed because they are on a journey of spiritual self-discovery and wish to know their soul's progress and life purpose. Some people have a recall to a life lived before; whilst some have an inexplicable leaning towards a time in history or a place or person.
People also come for past life regression because they believe their physical and emotional problems are a result of events experienced in a previous existence. The regression therapy releases these negative thoughts and blocks to progression and brings about beneficial change. There are many possible explanations for what past life experiences can be.:
The belief that we return to the world many times in order to evolve the soul through our experiences during many lives.
A concept believing that part of our subconscious exists outside of ourselves and is therefore shared by everyone.
This theory suggests that our memories are passed down through the generations through our DNA. However, this theory doesn't explain why people often regress back to many different cultural backgrounds.
Fantasy: Is it all just made up?
An easy theory, but there is another side to of this to consider. If it is all made up, where do the images and information come from? If we are just constructing a past life as we go along, instead of discovering one, why pick the ones that are usually narrated. As highlighted before, most past lives are pretty ordinary.
Do we need to believe in past lives in order for it to work? Put simply, no. We can debate the metaphysics of past life regression forever, but, it is a useful form of therapy, albeit an unusual one. The issues and experiences can reflect upon the life problems we are experiencing now and therefore they can give us a different perspective with which to approach our current problems. If you can uncover, deal with and gain a beneficial outcome from problems you're facing by using past life regression, then it is a successful therapy and more fun than usual ones.
What happens during a past life regression session?
Regression is a safe and harmless procedure so at the beginning, in order for you to feel relaxed about the procedure, we will discuss why you have come to explore past lives and what you hope to gain from it. You will then be guided into hypnosis; a gentle and relaxed but conscious state and we will start to uncover the images and sensations you experienced in a past life.
You will be in full control of all your current physical and emotional faculties and you will be aware of everything that is still happening around you in this life. I will take notes during your recollections and you can take these with you after the session, should you wish.
Choosing a Therapist
This is an important decision and can be a minefield. You need to be able to rely on your therapist to provide professional guidance and offer choices that suit your needs. Your relationship needs to be one of mutual trust and understanding. Therefore, your therapist needs to be properly qualified for the treatments they are offering.
Unfortunately, many therapists are poorly qualified and have collected unrecognised and unaccredited certificates of qualification after only a few days training or have never worked with a client.
Here are a few questions you should ask before choosing a therapist.
Where, with whom and for how long did they train?
Can they provide contact information for their training provider and was their training course externally validated?
Do they abide by a written code of ethics?
Are they members of a recognised and contactable professional body?
Do they have professional indemnity insurance?
Do they appear more interested in their financial success than helping you?
If you would like to book or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
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