FAQ Frequently Asked Questions – All you need to know about Hypnosis

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

 Hypnosis - what is it ?

Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention. Even though it’s 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis - called by different names in different cultures and times - has been recognised for thousands of years, and is used for many purposes.

When we enter into the absorbed state of hypnosis, we can use our thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to us. With the help of a trained professional, we can develop innate, individual abilities that enable making desired changes in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour possible. For reasons that aren’t yet clear, a focused state of mind intentionally induces automatic outcomes  or changes that we would not make in a conscious state of mind.

What Happens During Hypnosis?

A Clinical Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to enable the client to achieve a state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation.

When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows an individual to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious (sometimes referred to as the unconscious mind), and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

Because we are all unique, everybody experiences hypnosis in their own unique way. It has been likened to the feelings we experience just before waking completely from sleep, or just as we drift off to sleep. Some people say it feels like daydreaming.

When in hypnosis, people experience a state of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. In itself, this is a very healing state. Dr Milton Erickson, a leading American hypnotherapist, described the process of clinical hypnosis as “a free period in which individuality can flourish”.

How Does Hypnotherapy Help?

The ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions is a latent talent within every human being. Hypnosis is the most functional and reasonable way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents, the conscious mind is unable to change.

Can Anyone Be Hypnotised?

Virtually anyone can be hypnotised – some more easily than others. Like anything else in life, the more that people practice self-hypnosis, the more easily they can slip into that wonderful relaxed state. The depth that people reach in hypnosis varies between individuals. It is not necessary to achieve a very deep level of hypnosis to bring about change to habits or conditions that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically.

A common myth about hypnosis ability is when a person says, “No one can hypnotise me, and I’m too strong-minded”. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A person goes into hypnosis because they choose to. So, strong - minded individuals are really good candidates for hypnosis, provided they are committed to wanting it to work for them.

Are Any Abilities Enhanced During Hypnosis?

Yes – these are:

  • The ability to IMAGINE
  • The ability to REMEMBER
  • The ability to BE CREATIVE
  • The ability to RESPOND POSITIVELY to suggestion

How hypnosis can help

Here are some examples:

The ability to IMAGINE: People in hypnosis respond extremely well to the use of imagery techniques which have powerful benefits for change. Brain scans taken of people in hypnosis show increased activity during hypnosis, particularly in the motor and sensory area relating to heightened mental imagery. Under hypnosis, the powerful benefits of imagery can be used to treat a wide range of conditions.

The ability to REMEMBER: People in hypnosis experience a heightened sense of recall. For example, in some instances, hypnosis is used by the police to assist witnesses to recall car number plates or describe people at a crime or accident scene.

The enhancement of the ability to remember in hypnosis enables a client and the therapist to explore the origin or cause of the symptoms that may be causing a client's distress, and enable them to take an appropriate course of action.

The ability to BE CREATIVE: By having access to increased creativity in hypnosis, people are able to allow themselves to be much more creative in their thinking, thus enabling them to more readily explore options and solutions to issues that are troubling them. People can also utilise the benefits of self-hypnosis in all areas of their lives that involve creativity, such as painting, writing, music, etc.

The ability to RESPOND POSITIVELY to suggestion: Working as a team, the client and clinical hypnotherapist agree on what outcomes the client is wishing to achieve. Heightened responsiveness to positive suggestion in hypnosis means that the clinical hypnotherapist can reinforce the changes which a client requires in their life. This reinforcing under hypnosis is at the subconscious (or unconscious) level, which is much more powerful than making the suggestions to the conscious mind.

Can Hypnosis Force Me To Do Something Against My Will?

This is one of the common misunderstandings associated with hypnosis. This is probably tied in with another misconception that the hypnotherapist has control over the client’s mind. This is not the case. People will not do or say anything under hypnosis, than when they would in a conscious state. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis – you cannot be hypnotised against your will. This is a common misconception, which could be due to our exposure to TV shows and performances by stage hypnotists.


When I’m Hypnotised, Am I Unconscious?

No. When in hypnosis, the conscious mind takes a rest.

What is Self-Hypnosis?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The Clinical Hypnotherapist facilitates the process using a range of techniques, which may differ from client to client. A Clinical Hypnotherapist can teach you to use self-hypnosis, thereby giving you a lifelong skill.

How Many Sessions Will I Need ?

The number of sessions needed for successful treatment varies from client to client. However, most clients report experiencing changes in their lives within three sessions.

How Do I Choose A Hypnotherapist?

It is recommended that you choose a Hypnotherapist who is a full member of a recognised association, such as The Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists.

Is A Doctor’s Referral Necessary?

A referral is usually not necessary. A medical check is advisable before therapy in cases where the problem may have a predominantly physical cause. Given the fact that some problems can best be overcome through a joint effort, the Hypnotherapist will need to work collaboratively with your Doctor in such instances.

In What Areas Can Hypnotherapy Be Successfully Used?

Hypnotherapy can help with: smoking cessation, over eating, nail biting,  insomnia, headaches, exam nerves, pain, anxieties, panic attacks, phobias, bulimia, depression, mood swings, alcoholism, hostility, anger, resentments, worry, guilt, grief, blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, and compulsions.

Hypnotherapy has been a great help in improving: exam performance, memory recall,  sport focus, public speaking, personal growth, pain control, assertiveness, childbirth, communication, relaxation, counselling, confidence, releasing the past, personal power, and goal setting.

Hypnosis can be utilised in the treatment of most disorders, whether mental or otherwise, whereby the relaxation response promotes the person’s attitude. For example, with a physical injury, the person’s mental resources can be enlisted to aid in managing the subsequent discomfort, allowing for some rest and hence lessening the associated emotional trauma. It must be noted that Hypnotherapy is not a replacement for medical treatment from your doctor.

Will My Personality Be Changed?

Hypnotherapy will bring out the best in you. This means that you will change by leaving behind any habits or baggage you no longer need or want, and therefore become a stronger and happier person. It will help you to unlock your true potential. It just helps you to uncover those positive qualities which you may not have been aware of possessing.

How Safe Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a normal, naturally occurring,  healthy state of mind. It is totally DRUG-FREE. There has never been a single documented case of harm resulting from the use of hypnosis.