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FAQ – Hypnotherapy

FAQ – Everything you should know before signing up for a hypnotherapy session

by Ewa Wolańska

Q: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is a calm and pleasant state of focused consciousness in which one is more responsive to suggestion.

Q: What’s the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
A: Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to achieve beneficial outcomes.

Q: Is hypnosis safe?
A: Yes, hypnosis is safe. You are all the time in control and can stop the process anytime. I often tell my clients that hypnosis reminds a little riding on the back seat of your car. Your subconscious mind is driving, following the hypnotist’s instructions but you have the power to stop and take over the wheel whenever you want to. Also, it is impossible to hypnotise someone without their consent.

Q: What does hypnosis help with?
A: Hypnosis is beneficial for a variety of conditions. It helps with weight loss and addictions (smoking, drinking etc.), it can be used to overcome fears and phobias (including e.g. fear of public speaking, fear of flying). It is also an approved treatment for the relief of pain and anxiety. Hypnosis is used in sports to boost resilience and improve stamina. It can help one deal with various life challenges (heartbreak, depression) and improve overall mood.

Q: Is this scientifically backed?
A: Yes, there is a lot of research covering the phenomenon of hypnosis. Hypnosis has been proved to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety levels and help deal with stress. Research shows that when psychotherapy (such as CBT e.g.) is combined with hypnosis, treatment success rate increases significantly. Interest in hypnotherapy is growing every year, so we might expect more findings in near future.

Q: How many sessions are necessary to see results?
A: This varies from person to person and many factors should be taken into account. It is important to remember that hypnotherapy is not some kind of magic but simply an alternative therapeutic tool. Like with any inner work sometimes change is very quick, while in other cases it takes longer time to manifest. Client’s attitude and determination play a big role here. There are however some hypnotherapy effects that are almost always instantly visible regardless of the aim of the session, these usually are an enhanced mood and an overall feeling of relaxation and inner peace. The quickest results and most spectacular changes are usually observed in case of weight loss and sugar addictions as well as smoking cessation. For example, after a weight loss session many clients describe an instant redcution in sugar cravings that usually varies from 50 to 90%.

Q: How do I know if hypnotherapy will help me?
A: Whatever the challenges you are facing, we always talk about it before confirming the appointment.

Q: Who invented hypnosis?
A: It’s hard to answer this question as hypnosis seems to have been known to mankind for ages. There is evidence that many ancient cultures were exploring different states of consciousness and their possible use in treating both physical and emotional pains. Interest in hypnosis re-emerged in 18th century, however, it was not until the work of Dave Elman and Milton Erickson in 20th century that things gained some momentum. It is interesting to note that initially hypnosis was usually researched by doctors who were seeking new ways to improve the well-being of their patients.

Q: How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?
A: Choose someone you trust with whom you will feel safe. It is best if you like this person’s voice. Look for some additional psychology or general therapy training, besides a standard hypnosis certification as that usually adds to the overall quality of the sessions. I personally think that creativity and imagination are also important. Each client is different and a good hypnotic session requires from  the therapist a highly individual and creative approach.

Thanks for your interest in hypnotherapy!

Questions? Write to me.