Insight Clinical Hypnosis

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy uses a range of techniques to enable clients to overcome difficult problems, habits, and the negative influence of past events through the power of their own creative mind. Although hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to induce a relaxed state, it is a thousand miles away from the showbusiness of ‘stage hypnotism’. Hypnotherapy works to a strict code of ethics, always respects the dignity of clients and never puts them in a position where they feel uncomfortable or out of control.

Hypnotherapy uses the amazing creativity and healing power of the subconscious mind to allow an individual to re-evaluate past events and behaviour, and install new, more positive, thoughts, feelings and habits. This is done through the use of creative visualisation, talking therapy, and trance work guided by a trained practitioner. Through working with a qualified hypnotherapist you can learn how to free your mind from past restrictions, and gain fresh insight and understanding into who you are, what your goals are, and how to achieve them.

Common myths about hypnotherapy

What if I can't be hypnotised?

Everyone can be hypnotised. Or at least we've found that the only people who can't be hypnotised are the very young, the very old, and the psychotic. If you've ever found yourself becoming 'lost' in a book, or in a film, or found that you've become so deeply lost in thought during a car journey that you don't really remember making the trip, you've been in a trance state. Hypnosis is just another way of inducing that trance state, deepening it, and then using it for constructive purposes. The only reason someone couldn't go into trance would be because they had chosen not to - you can't be *forced* into trance, but if you choose to work with the hypnotist you should find yourself easily drifting into a comfortable trance state.

What if I'm made to do something I don't want to do?

Hypnotists absolutely *cannot* force a client to do something they don't want to do. Whilst under hypnosis you will be *fully* aware of everything you do, and say. If you are given a suggestion that you object to you will either just ignore it, or bring yourself straight back out of trance. Your judgement will kick in immediately if you are asked to do something you don't wish to.

What if I reveal secrets whilst under hypnosis?

As above, you'll be fully aware of everything you say, and you won't say anything you don't wish to say. Hypnotherapists are sometimes asked to deal with quite intimate, and difficult, details of people's lives, which is why everything that happens during a session is dealt with in strict confidence, but this is entirely under a clients control. If you don't wish to talk about something, whether in trance or out, you simply won't.

What if I get 'stuck' in trance?

This can't happen. Everyone always returns from trance - the only reason that people are occasionally a little slow to return is because they are enjoying it so much they'd prefer not to come back right away. But as soon as they want to wake up, they wake up. Even in an extreme situation - the hypnotist falling unconscious, say - one of two things would happen: either the client will bring themselves out of trance, or they'll fall asleep for a while and then wake up naturally.

What if I don't enjoy being hypnotised?

I've never known anyone not enjoy being hypnotised. It is a very, very pleasant state to be in. In fact, one of the best things about training to be a hypnotherapist is that I've now been hypnotised many times. It is an incredibly relaxed, calm, and pleasant state to be in. Studies have found that the brain waves of a person who is in a hypnotic trance are very similar to a person who is just about to fall asleep. If you remember how it feels to be very calm, very warm, with your body feeling heavy and relaxed, just before you fall asleep: that’s how it feels to be in a hypnotic trance. It’s very pleasant indeed.