Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, you'll find the most frequently asked questions

Should you have a question that is not answered here, or if you'd like further information, please don't hesitate to email me at success@nlphypnotherapymanchester.co.uk.

1. WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

Have you ever been so involved with a task that you have lost track of time? Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived safely, but not remembered the journey? Have you ever read a book and become so involved with the plot you can see scenery and hear characters speak? Have you ever day-dreamed? These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness. Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness-one which can be used for self help. It is a perfectly natural state which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially in the symptoms induced by or aggravated by stress. The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms. It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do. Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe. There are no harmful side-effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Hypnotherapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. During hypnosis, you will be aware of what is happening: most people do not "feel hypnotised." You are still in control.

2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STAGE HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTHERAPY?

Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment, traditionally employed in a club or theatre before an audience. Stage hypnotists select their subject out of the whole audience who would willingly perform embarrassing acts, while the audience watches. The effects of stage hypnosis are due to a combination of psychological factors, participant selection, suggestibility, physical manipulation, stagecraft, and trickery. Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapeutic intervention. The therapist leads the patient to positive change while the patient is deeply relaxed in a state of heightened suggestibility called trance. Hypnosis can be a highly effective form of treatment for many mental, psychosomatic, and physical disorders. During hypnosis, the patient is not unconscious, does not lose control of his or her faculties, and does not do things under hypnosis that he or she would be unwilling to do otherwise.

3. IS HYPNOSIS SAFE?

Hypnosis is safe when a competent and qualified hypnotist practices it.

4. WHO CAN BE HYPNOTISED?

Anyone who wishes to be hypnotised can be. Generally speaking, all people with at least average intelligence, who are not suffering from any mental health issue (eg. psychosis) and can concentrate will be able to achieve a hypnotic trance state. No one can be hypnotised against their will and you are always in control when you are in hypnosis.

5. WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?

Hypnosis is a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. It is similar to that moment between knowing you are awake and going into the sleep state. Daydreaming is also a hypnotic state.

6. DO PEOPLE HAVE TROUBLE COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS?

There has never been a documented case of someone unable to come out of hypnosis. Everyone comes out of hypnosis. You will enter hypnosis willingly. So, just as you decided to go into hypnosis, you will decide to come out of it as well. Remember that you will be always in control.

7. WHAT IS CONSCIOUS MIND?

The conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning. When I ask you about the sum of three and four, it's your conscious mind that you use to get the addition done. When you decide to take any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg, it is done by the conscious mind. So, whenever you are aware of the thing you're doing or want to do, it's done with your conscious mind; whenever there's logic or reasoning to be done, you use your conscious mind.

8. WHAT IS SUBCONSCIOUS MIND?

The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary actions like emotions, your heart beat or your breathing rate. Your subconscious mind is also the storage room of all your beliefs and memories. That’s why changing beliefs and unwanted emotions can be done through hypnosis; sending suggestions to the subconscious mind.

9. HOW LONG DOES A HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION LAST?

Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy sessions last for one & a half hours.

10. HOW LONG DOES THE FIRST SESSION LAST?

The first session lasts for two hours.

11. HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

In most cases, somewhere between 2 and 6 sessions are all that's required, but this does depend on the individual and the issue being treated. In your initial consultation, Humaira will assess your situation and give you a realistic appraisal of the number of sessions you may require.

12. WILL EVERYTHING BE CONFIDENTIAL?

At Advanced NLP Hypnotherapy Manchester, the information shared by the client with the therapist in the course of treatment is not shared with others. We are bound by the strict code of confidentiality and ethics of the General Hypnotherapy Register. However, there are important exceptions to confidentiality, namely where it conflicts with the therapist’s duty to warn or duty to protect. This includes instances of suicidal or homicidal ideation, child abuse, elder abuse and dependent adult abuse. Also if a legally constituted Judicial Court issues a subpoena then the therapist has no alternative but to release the records.

13. WHAT IF I CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?

We fully understand that life doesn't always go as planned and that there may be times when you just cannot make it to your appointment. On such occasions please give us a minimum of 48 hours - TWO working days' notice, which enables us to book another client into your time slot, no charge will be made. Clients giving less than two working days – 48 hours- are, however required to pay for missed sessions.

14. DO YOU GIVE A GUARANTEE?

No therapy can give you a 100% guarantee of a cure, therefore, beware of therapists who give guarantee. Effect of therapy may differ for different individuals. What we can guarantee at NLP Hypnotherapy Manchester is the best service. We guarantee that we’ll use up to date knowledge and appropriate techniques for you and your situation.

15. WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?

Hypnotherapy is therapy that utilises hypnosis: as simple as that! Therefore it is important that a hypnotherapist is properly trained, as our members are, in therapy as well as being competent in hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is mostly used in cases where a client is wanting to make a change, or to achieve a goal. Examples include:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight Control
  • Career Goals
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Sports
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Fears and phobias
  • Medical issues
  • Study skills
  • Confidence issues
  • Sleep

Sometimes clients are unsure of why they have a particular problem or cannot achieve a goal. It can then be useful to use analytical age regression techniques to have a look back and discover what occurred in the past that has lead to the current situation. There are a few critical factors in analytical hypnotherapy:

  • Causes are often in childhood, and re-examining them with your adult mind can help resolution
  • You may or may not already be aware of the cause; even if you are you may not realise all the factors involved and analysis can help you get a clearer more complete picture
  • There is no need to “re-experience” bad times: it can be as though you are simply observing

Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe. There are no harmful side-effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Hypnotherapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. The British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy as a valid medical treatment in 1955 and the American Medical Association followed in 1958.

16. WHAT IS HYPNO-PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Hypno-psychotherapy is an extension of hypnotherapy into the realms of psychotherapy, based on integrative theories. It is utilised for deeper problems than would be addressed by someone purely qualified in hypnotherapy. Examples include depression and dealing with trauma or abuse.

17. WHY HYPNO-PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Although the development of chemical anaesthetics displaced the use of hypnosis in surgery, and Freud's use of psycho-analysis began to displace it in psychotherapy, the benefits and uses of hypnotherapy are such that it remains a popular and adaptive form of therapy. Hypnotherapy may be used on its own, as simple relaxation therapy, or it may be integrated with any of the great schools of psychological thought. This integrative approach, termed hypno-psychotherapy, has very wide therapeutic applications. If only simple relaxation therapy is required, then someone with a basic hypnotherapy training should be able to help. However, more complex emotional, psychological or physical problems require the help of a fully qualified hypno- psychotherapist who will have the skills to recognise and treat a wide range of disorders and conditions.

18. WHAT ARE THE USES OF HYPNO-PSYCHOTHERAPY?

In addition to treating disorders of mood, thought or feeling, hypno-psychotherapy can help with a wide range of psychological problems including habit disorders, social difficulties such as lack of confidence, exam/driving test nerves, phobias, panic attacks and depression. It is also widely used for enhancing sporting performance, creativity, memory and concentration. Hypno-psychotherapy also has other clinical and medical applications including pre/post-operative treatments, anaesthesia and pain relief strategies. Many stress-related physical problems such as skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome, also respond well to hypno-psychotherapy. Only a small selection of the many problems posed by our society and the way we live are mentioned here.

19. IS HYPNO-PSYCHOTHERAPY A SAFE FORM OF THERAPY?

In the right hands, hypnotherapy is a safe and beneficial therapy. There are some instances where the use of hypnosis is not recommended, or where it should only be used with care. A competent hypno- psychotherapist will be aware of such contra-indications and may recommend an alternative form of psychotherapy or modify their technique.

20. WHAT THE PUBLIC ARE LOOKING FOR?

These days, the general public is ever more aware of what should be expected from a complementary medicine or psychotherapy practitioner. When they are looking for a reputable hypno-psychotherapist people will, increasingly, need to be assured that the practitioner has completed an accredited training and belongs to a recognised professional association which requires members to adhere to a Code of Ethics and carry appropriate insurance. The informed potential client will know that a well-regulated professional body should have a complaints procedure and will require members to be in ongoing supervision/peer supervision.

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