Spring is a time for new growth, a time when things come back to life after the short, dark winter days. It can also be a time to think about our own personal development. How has life been? Do you want to try something new? What do you want more of? What do you want to leave behind? Coaching and hypnotherapy can help you break old habits, change unhelpful thoughts and feelings, discover new options, and take action to improve life and work. Although a number of people know about coaching, I am often asked many questions about hypnotherapy. Here are some FAQs:
- What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to induce a state of deep mental and physical relaxation, during which beneficial changes can occur. The aim of hypnotherapy is to help clients find meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. It also helps clients become more accepting of themselves, and can unlock their inner potential. As a coach, hypnosis is one of the tools I use in conjunction with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
- Is there any scientific evidence that hypnotherapy works?
Evidenced-based research supports the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. The British Medical Journal states that:
- ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations such as receiving chemotherapy.’
- ‘Hypnotherapy is also effective for panic disorders and insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive therapy.’
- ‘A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety.’
[BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349 ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ Vickers & Zollman]
- How many sessions does it take?
Typically, hypnotherapy takes between four to six sessions; however, everyone is unique.
- Will I be unconscious during hypnosis?
No. You will be aware of what is going on, however you will focusing inside. One of my clients described the sensation as a very comfortable, relaxing state that allowed him to shut off everyday sights and sounds so that he could really focus on what he wanted to achieve.
- Will I be made to do something I don’t want to do?
No. Contrary to what you might have seen in stage shows or on TV, you cannot be made to do anything you don’t want to do during hypnosis. You always have full control and can break out of it at any time if you are uncomfortable.
- I don’t know if I can be hypnotised. Does it work for everyone?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, depending on their willingness. Some people find it easier than others to be hypnotised initially, but with practice and a personal approach, hypnotisability can be greatly increased.
- What is CBT, and how is it used with hypnosis?
CBT focuses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Negative thought patterns can affect the way you feel, which in turn affects how you behave. CBT can help change negative thoughts and feelings, resulting in different behaviour. For example, I have used CBT with hypnotherapy to help many clients overcome issues such as a fear of public speaking, lack of confidence, and stress.
Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out how I can help you become more of the person you would like to be.