FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of some typical questions I’m frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn’t, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Who is hypnotherapy for?
Hypnotherapy is for absolutely anybody of sound mind.

Is there a conflict between religion and hypnosis?
No, none whatsoever. Hypnosis does not involve religion in its application, and there is nothing in the use of hypnosis that might go against one’s religious beliefs regardless of what that religion might be.

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis refers to the actual state you will enter. Hypnotherapy refers to the work done by the therapist to help you overcome your issues and fulfill your aims and ambitions.

What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy (the practice of Hypnosis) is a natural state of heightened awareness, frequently associated with relaxation, where the hypnotist enables you, if you wish, to open yourself to hypnotic suggestion and where you can make use of your imagination to help effect positive changes in your life. I practice Hypnotherapy in Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton areas, I do have a range of Mp3 downloadable products in my store Here!  If you need a face to face and are unable to travel to me then there are many reputable therapists throughout the country.

Hypnotic or suggestive therapy is the oldest of all healing techniques. Unfortunately, in the past, it’s been cloaked in mystery and mysticism. It’s easy to visualise the image of a showman swinging his watch in front of a helpless victim – look into my eyes. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The actual experience of being hypnotised is very difficult to describe. The patient is neither asleep nor awake, but in a deep, pleasant state of relaxation. But there’s no watches and definitely no victims.

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for treatment and relief of a variety of problems. Nobody can be hypnotised against their will and, even when hypnotised, people can still reject any of the suggestions given if they are not appropriate or against their will.

Hypnosis is a genuine physical state of deep relaxation allowing access to the unconscious mind so that desired changes can be made. The unconscious mind is where our memories, thoughts and beliefs are stored and where most of our brain functions quite automatically. The sub-conscious is also the source of your emotions and therefore directs nearly all your behaviour.

Hypnosis enables the hypnotherapist to communicate with the unconscious mind so that therapeutic work can be carried out. The subconscious mind is extremely powerful and if you wish to change there is no limit to what it can achieve…..change that is quick, lasting and effective. By using hypnosis you are empowering yourself to take control of your life and to unlock your full potential.

Remember: All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

What is the subconscious mind or unconscious mind?
These are two interchangeable names for the same thing. What the unconscious/subconscious mind is, is the part of your mind that is in charge of keeping all the bodily functions going – e.g. heart beating, lungs breathing as well as storing all your memories in a Time Line and storing all your information and knowledge. It is programmed to keep you alive and moves you away from what it perceives as a threat. All habits are programs for behaviour stored at the unconscious level and so for lasting changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviours the unconscious mind needs to be reprogrammed.

How is the subconscious program ‘de-programmed’?
It is replaced by a new program that gives you the feelings you desire, rather than the ones you don’t.
This is done by repetition and practice in hypnosis. Guided by me, you practice experiencing the new positive feelings in hypnosis using your imagination. We can all imagine how we’d like to be and with practice, simply imagining this can allow us to become that way.

How can this be? I hear you say! Well- it’s like this: the subconscious doesn’t discriminate between what’s real and what’s imagined. if you imagine something that scares you, you feel scared even when it’s not happening. This is good because it works for imagining positive things too. In hypnosis, every time you repeat the new positive program (e.g. feeling good around spiders) your subconscious then files this new program- and so when you encounter a real Spider, it searches out the files in the program that’s been most recently, strongly used. Which is the new, good, positive one installed in hypnosis!

What is the Difference between Meditation and Hypnosis?
Both techniques will take you into the meditative state. However, in meditation the goal is to remain there, while in hypnosis you use this state to change thought, ideas, and behaviors.

Are the Results of Hypnosis Permanent?
Suggestions stay with some individuals indefinitely, while others need reinforcement. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative: The more the techniques are practiced and post-hypnotic suggestions are brought into play, the more permanent the results become. Self-hypnosis training and reinforcement tapes for home use also provide additional help.

Are you a psychologist or mental health counselor? How is hypnosis different?
No. While I am trained in various hypnotic techniques, I am neither a psychiatrist nor a psychologist. I do not engage in the diagnosis or treatment of medical or mental disease. All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. As a hypnotist, I will help guide you into the hypnotic state and help you use your natural abilities to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior.

Is it officially recognised?
‘Hypnotism’ is legally acknowledged and defined by the Hypnotism Act 1952, in the UK Book of Statutes.

In their 1892 Hypnotism Report, the British Medical Association (BMA) officially recognise the hypnotic trance: ‘The Committee, having completed such investigation of hypnotism as time permitted, have to report that they have satisfied themselves of the genuineness of the hypnotic state.’  The Committee also acknowledged that ‘as a therapeutic agent hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments’ (BMA, 1892).

In 1955 a follow-up report was commissioned which endorsed the findings of the original 1892 Committee, and added the conclusions that ‘hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases of so-called psycho-somatic disorder and psychoneurosis. It may also be of value for revealing unrecognised motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behaviour. […] In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour.’ (BMA, 1955)

In 2002, Skills for Health, an organisation licensed by the UK Government to act as the Skills Sector Council for the health sector, published a set of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Hypnotherapy, developed in collaboration with lead bodies in the hypnotherapy field.

Why don’t more people use self-hypnosis or get hypnotherapy sessions?
Why don’t more people take their vitamins? Or exercise? We KNOW what’s good for us but that doesn’t mean we’ll do it. We’re busy. Most of us barely keep up with all the things we feel we HAVE to do, let alone all that stuff that seems “optional.” The other reason, I believe, is that hypnosis appears very simple. So simple, that when people first try it,  they think it’s too easy to do any good. So they stop, thinking either it doesn’t work or they’re not doing it right. The truth is, an activity does not need to be complex in order to be beneficial. (Consider sit-ups and flossing and swallowing those vitamin pills!)
Our society is very geared toward DOING. Most of us are not comfortable with just BEING. Practice sitting quietly on a daily basis for even 5 minutes. You’ll be surprised how challenging this is!

Can hypnosis hurt me?
In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.

What happens if there is an emergency whilst I am in a hypnotic trance?
You would simply snap out of the trance and be able to open your eyes and behave as normal.

Is hypnosis a 100% consent state?
If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.

What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask you GP. The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time, it tends to “potentiate” medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favour it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.

Can hypnosis be used to reduce pain and/or suffering from illness?
Yes, hypnosis can be very effective in alleviating unwarranted pain in the body and discomfort from many ailments. It is important to realise though that pain is a warning that something needs attention with the body, and it needs to be diagnosed in writing by someone qualified (doctor / specialist / consultant) to do so. Any competent hypnotherapist knows the importance of requiring a written referral from an examining physician before ever using hypnosis to reduce pain or other physical symptoms.

What is hypnosis like?
The experience of being in hypnosis can be likened to the relaxed feeling you have when you are day dreaming or drifting off to sleep. You will feel very relaxed and will hear every word that is said.

How does Hypnotherapy work?
The role of the hypnotherapist is to help people to make positive changes in their lives through the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis originally came from the Greek “hypnos” to sleep but as stated above, the patient in hypnosis is awake, but in a relaxed state. In fact, in our everyday lives we enter into hypnosis without really knowing about it. For example : it is possible to be engrossed in really a good book or TV show so that you become so fully absorbed you are unaware of someone speaking to you. Another example of a natural trance state is when you are watching a film – we know that it is not “real” but we still experience emotions as if the situation was real, with tears or being frightened out of our wits! Many experience a trance-like state while driving a car – the journey is often made on “automatic pilot” mode, the mind being totally occupied by other matters. How many times do you “switch off” in the middle of a boring conversation or lecture, and daydream…

In hypnosis you are aware of all physical sensations around you, noticing sounds you wouldn’t otherwise be aware of. After a traumatic incident such as a car accident or violent robbery, a subject under hypnosis may be able to recall with extreme accuracy car numbers, details etc that their subconscious mind has remembered but their conscious mind has overlooked.

Does the hypnotherapist just “wave a magic wand” and make it all better?
Past or Present the Choice is YoursHypnotherapy is a very powerful way to help people heal and grow, but it is not magic. You can think of your hypnotherapist as a guide in the mountains. The guide can tell you where the right trail is, and how to find the best spot to camp. But the guide can’t force you to go. The guide can accompany you every step of the way, but you will have to walk the trail on your own if you are going to get there. When you combine your energy and determination to heal with your hypnotherapist’s guidance and skill, the resulting changes in your life can be dramatic and powerful. Sometimes, a single session and direct suggestion to the subconscious mind can have a dramatic effect that seems like magic. Other times, it may take several sessions of intense exploration just to find the cause of the problem, and additional work getting all the parts of the mind to work together in harmony. In either case, the critical success factor is your willingness to explore your mind and make changes.

Can you really hypnotise me?
Lots of people worry that they can’t be hypnotised or, worse, set out to positively resist hypnosis. Everyone who is willing to relax and enjoy the benefits of hypnosis can be hypnotised.

Some people can’t be hypnotized
The only reason you can’t be hypnotized is if you are incapable of paying attention due to extremely low IQ or brain damage. That’s not to say that every hypnotist can hypnotize you however. The more flexible the hypnotist, the more effective he she will be with the largest number of people.

Hypnosis is something weird that other people do to you
If you couldn’t go into hypnosis, you wouldn’t be able to sleep, to learn, or get nervous through ‘negative self hypnosis’. (You know when you imagine things going wrong and it makes you feel anxious? Well that’s self hypnosis!) Hypnosis is simply a deliberate utilization of the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or dream state. We’re not giving people medication here – if it wasn’t a natural ability, hypnosis wouldn’t work!

Will I be unconscious?
There is a lot of confusion about the word unconscious. Because hypnotherapy deals with the unconscious mind this leaves a realm of ambiguity around the word unconscious. If you were unconscious you would not be able to hear the suggestion from the hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy is a state of calm, relaxed, focused attention creating suggestions and commands directed to your unconscious mind for conscious change.

How much will I remember?
You’ll remember everything–everything I say and everything you experience or everything you need to remember. However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process. I often encourage you to write your experience down as soon as possible. As with any experience, it’s not unusual to lose the subtler details with the passage of time, and some of the patterns you uncover may not “click” into place until much later.

How deep will I go?
Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realised that depth (or not) has little bearing. My view on this is that my clients go as deep (or stay as light) as they need to and what is appropriate for them, and we still get good results.
It is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state.
It is a skill and like all skills – improves with practice.

What does hypnosis feel like … or … How can I tell if I’m hypnotised?
Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while being given a good sermon at church, listening to some good music on the radio, reading a gripping novel, or even while watching TV! Here are some personal feelings one may but not necessarily experience when in a hypnotic state:

1.Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).Therapy
2.Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.
3.Mental relaxation.
4.General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.
5.Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).
6.Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.
7.Eyelids locked together, unable to open.
8.Jaw muscles relaxed.
9.Teeth unclenched.
10.Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.
11.Dryness in mouth.
12.Desire to swallow.
13.Moisture at corners of mouth.
14.Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.
15.Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.
16.Euphoria (state of well-being).
17.Tingling or numbness in any portion of body.
18.Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.
19.Desire to laugh, smile, giggle, or cry.
20.Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).
21.Body warmth or chill.
22.Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.
23.Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.
24.Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).
25.Voice sounds fading in and out.
26.Letting go as if falling asleep.
27.Occasional involuntary sigh.
28.Feeling of lightness.
29.Feeling of floating.
30.Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there.

So I am not asleep then?
Not at all. You will just be very relaxed and your awareness will be enhanced, not dulled. Often you may feel as if you have not been “under” although in actual fact you have been hypnotised in the session.

Does the hypnotherapist have to touch me?
The vast majority of therapists are ethical. If they need to touch you they should first seek your permission. Then, they should only touch you on the neck, the forehead, the wrist, and the back of your hand or your knee.

My willpower is enough to help me make the changes I want to make isn’t it?
Imagination will always win over willpower i.e. the subconscious mind will always win over the conscious mind. For instance pretend you have a piece of delicious chocolate cake in front of you. You consciously think to yourself “I don’t want that cake, I’m on a diet and it’s full of calories”. At the same time your unconscious mind is imagining how good it will taste….. all those lovely chocolatey tastes swirling round your mouth. The result being that you eat the cake. For this reason most diets are a waste of time…it is the imagination you have to employ to achieve what you desire. Imagination is the language of hypnosis and is an amazing self help tool that once you have mastered you will never look back. What you imagine and how you imagine it will bring you the performance and outcome you want. This is where hypnosis comes in -it is the key to reprogramming the subconscious mind.

Why would I need a therapist? Can’t a good friend help me?
Several reasons. First your friend is not trained to deal impartially with such problems. Any hurt or upset or problem you have may also affect your friend, who being close to you, would not have the detachment necessary to help you to deal with the emotional content of the problem professionally. Also a good hypnotherapist works at your deeper psychological levels in order to deal with the problem at deeper levels.

Will I be totally under your control? Can you make me do things against my will?
Absolutely not. Hypnosis works on the basis of positive suggestions. Whilst you may fall into a dreamlike state, your mind is still in control and will reject any suggestions that you would normally consider inappropriate. Stage performers may have people barking like dogs but this is because they are willing, fun-loving volunteers who actively try to take part in his shows. So don’t worry, I won’t have you barking or clucking. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Do I need Hypnotherapy?

Confidentiality?
I personally value confidentiality very highly. The information that you give me will remain confidential, unless I am required to disclose it by law, or in the unlikely event that not disclosing it could endanger someone else.

Can Everyone benefit greatly with hypnotherapy?
The association between the mind and body is a powerful one.Your mind influences your health, behaviour and performance. With hypnotherapy there is no limit to what you can achieve. Our minds are so powerful and so under utilised.  People from all walks of life use hypnotherapy to improve performance, reduce stress, get rid of unwanted habits, gain confidence, overcome fears and phobias, stop smoking, lose weight, improve sleep, pain management and more.

What is Hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnotherapy may be used for a wide variety of problems, both emotional and physical.

Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects, but results vary from one client to another.

Can hypnosis help me lose weight or give up smoking?
Yes. People can overcome all manner of addictions and phobias.

Do people get “stuck” in a trance?
No this is impossible, you are only in a state of very deep relaxation and you can leave that state whenever you want to.

Having seen hypnosis on the stage, will I be programmed to do things I don’t want to?
You are not in anyone’s power and you cannot be controlled in any way. The people you see on stage shows are all “willing volunteers” whose eagerness to entertain others is the basis of their apparent “programmed behaviour”. As I say above, you cannot be made to do anything against your will. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

My problem is quite personal and I don’t want to give away too many secrets?
You will not disclose anything you do not want to. In fact, most of the hypnosis is done content free so that the therapist does not need to know what the problem is. In fact, you may not be aware of some of the problems yourself but your subconscious mind will.

Can I carry on taking medication whilst having hypnotherapy treatments?
Yes – medication should only be stopped with the GP’s consent.

What is Hypnotherapy used for?
Hypnotherapy may be used for a wide variety of problems, both emotional and physical.

What is NLP?
Some people call NLP the study of excellence. It began with the work of highly talented and successful therapists such as Milton H Erickson and Virginia Satir and others have developed it further. NLP offers many tools to make fast, comfortable and effective changes to match your needs in the areas you wish to address – changes which will assist your personal growth and above all enhance your place in the world and your role in life now and in the future. Therapy using NLP and the power of hypnosis enhances the speed of your desired changes, making them both comfortable and empowering. Your unconscious mind can only work in your best interests and safety and when we work with this your limits are limitless. Freeing you of phobias, fears, unwanted habits such as smoking, eating disorders slimming, insomnia and anything you wish to be different we at HypnoFix will work with you, guide you and support you to change quickly and comfortably. The speed at which you change, to be the you that you desire, will be as quick as you are able to do so.

How quickly will I experience results from hypnosis?
There’s a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there’s your motivation level and commitment. If you’re “trying” to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you’re not really all that motivated yourself, now are you?

My advice there: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There’s no such thing as “trying to quit.” You’re either ready to be a non-smoker or you’re not. Same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you’ll likely experience  results straight away or very quickly. If it’s low, you may stop going to the hypnotherapist or stop listening  to that new tape long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotherapist you’re working with, as well as the regularity of your hypnosis sessions.

Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill. Sorry!

You will actually have to do some WORK along the way, such as attending your  hypnotherapy sessions or listening to your self-hypnosis tape on a daily basis. If you are expecting to be “put to sleep” and awaken “never wanting to eat chocolate again,” you’re probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn’t happen that way. On the other hand, I have many clients who quit smoking after my one smoking session, they were what I’d call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT.
Have you?

Many people expect to be rich by not doing anything to make it happen!

Can My Phobia Be Conquered?
It’s called desensitization training, and it’s one of the things hypnotism does well. It can be very successful with most phobias. Some phobias take longer than others though. The fear of open spaces, going outside the house, and of crowds, are related, and are among the phobias taking the longest to desensitize.

Can you guarantee me a cure?
Nothing in life is guaranteed, and it is not professional to offer one. However, you can be assured that as a professional I can indeed guarantee that I will bring all my skills, knowledge, experience and ongoing training to bear in bringing you lasting relief in your problem.

Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects, but results vary from one client to another. Hear what a typical client has experienced, this is video shows a typical of the clients who has under gone hypnotherapy.

By clicking on the blue link you can see a video interview of a client. See an NCH National Council for Hypnotherapy video of a typical client discussing their experience with hypnotherapy. Most first timers find this both useful and informative in breaking down preconceived ideas bought about by stage Hypnosis.

Is all hypnosis is the same?

As with anything, hypnosis can be good, bad or indifferent. The most common is old-style authoritarian hypnosis of the type “You are getting sleepy, you are feeling confident”. Unsurprisingly, this sort of hypnosis doesn’t work well with many people. Good hypnosis uses subtle psychological principles and advanced communication patterns.

It’s like the difference between a football coach who thinks you’ll perform best if he yells at you, compared with the more elegant style of a great leader who knows that to get the best from his people, he needs to understand motivation, to cajole, encourage and reward.

How can I be sure that the therapist I am going to see would be the right one for me?
You can first be assured of the integrity of my therapy, I believe in being both personal and professional. That is why I suggest you should always meet in person first at the first consultation.  Then you give yourself the chance to think it over, if you wish, before finally making up your mind. It is absolutely essential that you and your therapist have excellent rapport. A good therapist will respect all of this.

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What a typical Hypnotherapy Session entails
To some extent it depends on what you want it to consist of, but in general a session works best if some time is given over to speaking about various issues and some time to the actual hypnotherapy. This way the hypnotherapy can be more targeted. A 50:50 split works well. At the initial consultation, the appropriate treatment will be explained to you. All you will be asked to do is to relax, listen to relaxing music and listen to my voice – it won’t matter whether you hear what I say or not, but the unconscious mind will listen and taken any suggestions on board. At the end of the treatment, you should display the desired behaviour to a greater or lesser extent.

How much does it cost?
Consultations depend on the nature of the particular problem and vary in the length of session and the number of sessions required. There is an introductory consultation when we discuss your problem and gain a greater understanding of the procedures before embarking upon the therapy. Hypnosis will not be used or demonstrated during this initial consultation which usually takes about ½ -1 hour. However, costs can vary depending on time and location. Please contact me initially for a brief discussion and appropriate prices. Take a FREE guided imagery session on me, yes its FREE, no obligation to see if you are relaxed. That’s the quickest way to know if it’s for YOU!

Tel: 01384 621857

How many sessions would I need?
It is best if we discuss this issue towards the end of your first session when you have had some experience of meeting me and of how we work. Together, we can look at how many sessions you feel it will take for you to change or improve the issues you are working on.For some issues, a single session is sufficient. For others 6-10 sessions is a more appropriate number. It will be your choice however, exactly how many you wish to come for.

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