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Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

  • Can hypnotherapy reduce anxiety?

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    Yes, hypnotherapy can help with anxiety. Research shows that hypnotherapy helps overcome irrational fears and reduces anxiety. Of course there are some times when fear is a good thing – for example we should be afraid of forest fires, burning buildings or wild animals – that natural, rational fear helps us escape to safety. But irrational fears hold us back and prevent us from living our lives to the full. And anxiety is a byproduct of those irrational fears about the future. Hypnotherapy, hypnosis and self-hypnosis help reduce irrational fears, and unnecessary anxiety about the future, without compromising the necessary and natural fears that we need for our survival.

  • Will I remain in control while hypnotized?

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    Yes, you will always be in control. Whether you are hypnotized by a hypnotherapist or through self-hypnosis, you will always remain in control. You will always be able “come out” of a hypnotic trance, because it is always your choice to “go into” a hypnotic trance in the first place.

  • Are some people immune to hypnosis?

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    Most people can be hypnotized even though they may think they can’t. Everyday activities can put us in a “trance” without us recognizing it as hypnosis.How many times have you been lost in your own thoughts, maybe while travelling on a bus or train, and then suddenly “come to” to realise that it’s your stop? Some people will subconsciously “resist” hypnosis and for those people getting into a relaxed state – which is key to hypnosis – can be a challenge. But for anyone who wants to be hypnotized, they can be.

  • Can I be hypnotised against my will?

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    Maybe … ? There is some evidence that some people have been hypnotized against their own will, without them being aware of it. But those – alleged – examples are very, very few. No more than a handful of cases in the past 100 years. It is a tiny number, compared to the millions of people who have willingly undergone hypnosis and benefitted from hypnotherapy.

  • Can hypnosis help tackle insomnia?

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    Yes. People can learn to relax their mind and body and drift into a restful sleep by training their mind and body through self-hypnosis. With the appropriate self-hypnosis technique, people can fall asleep when they want and improve the quality of their sleep.

  • Can hypnosis help me become stronger at the gym?

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    A: Hypnotherapy is often used by top athletes and sports people to help them achieve their best possible performance. Our mental state has a huge effect on our physical performance.Hypnotherapy can influence our mental state so we are in the best possible frame of mind, to produce the best possible physical performance.

  • Can hypnosis help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ?

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    Research has found that hypnotherapy can reduce the primary symptoms of IBS. There is evidence that IBS is an autoimmune disorder,and autoimmune disorders or conditions associated with overactive immune systems such as eczema and allergies – do respond well to hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy may also help relieve other indirect IBS symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, backache and insomnia. According to NICE (National Institute For Health and Care Excellence) – the body that recommend treatments for NHS patients in the UK, “Hypnotherapy … should be considered for people with IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile.

  • Can hypnosis help with alcoholism?

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    Scientific studies show hypnotherapy has helped alcoholics change their drinking behavior.
    How does this work? One explanation is, because addicts sometimes use alcohol (or other substances) to “block out”, or “deal with”problems, hypnotherapy offers a different way of dealing with those problems.Hypnotherapy allows the patient to use different techniques to address their problems, so they don’t feel the need to turn to alcohol (or other substances) to deal with their problems.

  • Can hypnosis help with studying and exams?

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    Yes. Exam performance can be hugely affected with your emotions. Some emotions will help your exam performance and some emotions will make it worse. Hypnotherapy can help control or discard any harmful emotions, and help you hold on to emotions that improve your performance.

  • Can I become more confident through hypnosis?

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    Yes, but perhaps not is the way most people would expect. It’s not about giving people more
    confidence – it’s about removing the limiting beliefs that prevent a person’s natural self-confidence from shining through.

    For example, pretend you are driving a car, but you have one foot on the accelerator pedal and the other foot on the brake pedal. Any driver knows this is not a way to drive! If you wanted to go faster, you could press harder on the accelerator. This may make you the car go faster, but it will put a huge strain on the mechanics of the car. A much better option would be to take your foot off the brake. Hypnotherapy is like taking your foot off the brake pedal, allowing you to drive at any speed you want, without damaging your vehicle.
    In my experience, my clients already have enough confidence.

    Not every car is a Ferrari, but even a Volkswagen goes well enough, once you take your foot off the brakes!

  • Can hypnotherapy cure my fear of public speaking (glossophobia)?

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    As with many phobias, glossophobia (fear of speaking in public) can be treated effectively with hypnotherapy.
    Glossophobia isn’t something you can control consciously. Although your friends may tell you “just relax– you’ll be fine”, but this usually has very little effect. This is because the symptoms come to your unconscious mind, creating that feeling of anxiety. Hypnotherapy helps get to the root of that unconscious anxiety so that understanding where that anxiety comes from, it can be dealt with and reduced. Some anxiety, when making a speech, is a good thing. The adrenaline increases the heart rate, which increases the blood flow to the brain and helps quick thinking. So a little bit of nervousness before making a speech usually improves performance.

  • Can I “get stuck” in a hypnotised state?

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    No, you cannot “get stuck” in hypnosis, just as you cannot “get stuck” reading a book, or “get stuck” watching TV. In one famous case, a hypnotherapist helped his client go into a trance, and then,unfortunately, the hypnotherapist suffered a heart attack! After several minutes of silence, the client opened her eyes, to see the hypnotherapist unconscious on the floor. She phoned for an ambulance and saved his life. So even if your hypnotherapist does gg silent, (maybe because of a sudden heart attack), you will still be able to come out of the trance whenever you want to!

  • Can I hypnotise myself?

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    Yes, self-hypnosis can be taught. Being Able to use self-hypnosis can be very beneficial, especially for situations where you feel your need to take control of your emotions, such as overcoming social anxiety.

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