Claire E. Cross   Clinical Hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy to make positive life changes

Frequently asked questions about hypnotherapy


What sorts of habits can hypnosis help to change?

Virtually any. Some of the most common uses of hypnotherapy include helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, or conquer other seemingly insurmountable problems. It can also be used effectively to manage stress, anxiety, fears and phobias, or depression.

How does hypnosis work?

Whilst in a light hypnotic trance, clients explore their unconscious thoughts to allow them to find solutions to difficulties. I use a mixture of visualisation techniques, positive suggestions and, when appropriate, an analytical approach, looking for the root cause of problems. It is a remarkably effective method of self-healing.

Are there any adverse side-effects to hypnosis?

There are no adverse side-effects to hypnosis. Hypnosis is used to facilitate positive change and its benefits can be experienced immediately. You are in complete control throughout the hypnotic state. You cannot be made to do anything that you do not want to do and will not accept any suggestions which would not be acceptable to your conscious mind.

How will I feel during hypnosis?

You will feel pleasantly relaxed, as though you are in a trance-like, dreamy state; a bit like daydreaming, as I stated earlier. Feelings of euphoria are common, but you are unlikely to feel `hypnotised’. Many people sit during the hypnotic state `waiting for it to happen’ since they expect to be asleep during this or to feel differently. However, as stated above, the opposite is true. During hypnosis you are in a state of increased awareness. You may experience bodily changes as you enter the hypnotic state. You may be aware of your eyelids flickering (Rapid Eye Movement). Your body may feel unusually light or unusually heavy. You may experience a warm tingling in the hands or feet. Sometimes you may have the strange sensation that you cannot feel your body at all. You may even experience a combination of some or all of these. This is due to the transition from the conscious state to the subconscious state and the release of tensions from your body. However, it is to be remembered that whatever you experience is perfectly natural and always a most pleasant experience. You may feel as though you do not want to move even though you know you can, because you have a sense of coming out of the pleasant relaxed state that you are in and do not wish to do so. Time may also appear to pass very quickly.

What if I cannot be hypnotised?

Anyone can be hypnotised providing that they want to be, the exceptions being those who are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, whom the therapist would not even attempt to hypnotise anyway! Please be aware that whilst in hypnosis you may feel differently to what you expect. People often expect that they will be asleep and unaware of anything going on around them, but the opposite is true. You are fully aware throughout and could easily stop the session at any time.

Will I remember what has been said to me?

As hypnosis is an increased state of awareness, the majority of clients remember everything that is said to them during hypnosis. The hypnotic state is very similar to the way you feel just before falling asleep, when you’re totally relaxed but fully aware of everything around you. You are neither asleep nor fully awake. If there were unfamiliar noises you would open your eyes and deal with the situation -the hypnotic state is very similar, as you hear everything around you.

Will you make me do silly things?

The answer is NO! Whilst in the hypnotic state you would never do or say anything which you would not normally do and which went against your moral code. It is the stage hypnotists who encourage people to do silly things for entertainment value. Usually the participants have an idea of the tasks that they will be asked to perform before going on stage, and are therefore prepared to do silly things and to let themselves go on stage. However, you are choosing to undergo hypnotherapy for therapeutic reasons and therefore there is no need for you to behave in any way that is silly or `entertaining’.

Will I lose control during the session and become trapped in an hypnotic state?

No. You are in complete control throughout and can stop the session at any time. During hypnosis you will be fully aware and hear everything that is said to you, as you are in a state of increased awareness. All you have to do to bring yourself out of hypnosis is to count up from 1 to 5 and say to yourself: “Back to Normal Wakeful Awareness”. A hypnotherapist can never gain control over your mind but will assist you, through suggestions, to take control of your life and the habits that you wish to change. My role as your hypnotherapist will be to guide you into the hypnotic state and continue guiding you throughout the treatment, but whether you choose to follow is entirely up to you.

Is hypnosis safe for children?

Yes it can be used effectively with children of all ages to help with a wide range of issues. Children tend to be very receptive to hypnosis which incorporates relaxation and visualisation techniques with the power of positive suggestion.

What is hypnosis and what makes it so powerful?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which we all naturally experience on a daily basis, for example when we’re engrossed in a book, or emotionally involved in a film, or simply daydreaming. Everyone’s had that experience when you’re driving along and your conscious mind is miles away. You suddenly arrive at your destination and you have no idea of how you’ve got there! What’s happened is that you’ve done the journey so many times that your subconscious has driven the car whilst the busy conscious mind has taken a back seat for a while!

And that shows just how resourceful our subconscious mind really is. This is what makes hypnotherapy so powerful, as while you are in this pleasant relaxed state you are able to access your subconscious mind and your inner resources, so you can resolve conflicts and make the changes you want. It can help you take back control of your life and become more relaxed, confident and happier.

The therapist’s role

My role as your therapist is to guide you into hypnosis and to help you discover these inner resources, so you can resolve for good whatever problems or issues you may have. This process will enable you to become the person you really want to be and to achieve your full potential!

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