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Hypnosis is more like a form of daydreaming rather than natural sleep. This has been proved by EEG traces taken of people in hypnosis, compared to various stages of sleep.
Think of a time when you were reading a good book and your imagination carried you away as you read on. Or you were a car or train passenger and as the scenery went past you were caught up in a pleasant drift of ideas. You weren't asleep, but you were in an pleasant altered state of awareness where you were relaxed and focused on your thoughts. TV ads use “waking hypnosis”.
Someone might be skilled in hypnosis but do they know what to do properly with anxiety or depression for example? These usually need the more advanced skills of analytical hypnotherapy (or hypno-analysis).
The ability to do self-hypnosis is often a key skill needed and is something I train people to do for certain problems.
Taking a problem away is one thing; but it can also be important to learn skills or techniques through counselling, coaching and reading.
Q. Will I go "under"?
A. "Under" is usually thought to be "unconscious and out of control". The short answer is no.
Q. Is it like stage hypnosis?
A. Hypnotherapy’s purpose is to help, not entertain.
Q. Does it conflict with my moral or religious beliefs?
A. Not unless you feel that way. And I am not here to judge your views.
Q. Will I reveal things I don't want you to know?
A. You'll only talk about things if you want to.
Hypnosis is not something done to you. You remain in control and are allowed to go at your own pace. Only with your agreement can you make progress.
Registered therapists are bound by a strict code of ethics and confidentiality. I subscribe to the NCH and GHR Codes of Conduct - a condition of membership
A professional therapist proceeds on the basis of a sound understanding of their client’s case.