Questions & answers
Q: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is a naturally occurring mental and physical state which we all experience on a daily basis. It is a relaxed and focused state and can occur when you are deeply involved in an activity such as watching a film or reading a book, or whilst daydreaming. It feels as though other everyday thoughts have faded away whilst you are concentrating solely on what is happening in the moment.
Q: What is hypnotherapy?
A: During hypnosis the mind is inwardly focused, rather than preoccupied with the outside world, and more open to new ideas and positive suggestions for change. The creative power of your imagination is also more accessible. Hypnotherapy is designed to gently guide you into hypnosis and then to use this relaxed but focused state to help you make the changes that you want.
Q: What if I can’t be hypnotised?
A: As long as you are willing to do so, anyone can enter hypnosis as it’s a naturally occurring state. Sometimes if your mind is overly busy, it may take a little longer to relax into the experience. Your hypnotherapy session can be recorded onto CD so that you can practise with it at home, enabling you to relax more deeply and gain confidence with using hypnosis.
Q: Can I get stuck in hypnosis or be unable to come out of it?
A: Because you remain in control at all times, you can choose to open your eyes and return to your everyday, outwardly focused state at any time.
Q: Will I lose control or be made to do things I don’t want to do?
A: You remain aware and in control throughout the hypnotherapy session. Any suggestions made during hypnotherapy will be designed to help you move towards the positive changes that you want. Your mind would automatically reject any suggestions that it felt were not helpful or beneficial, although no hypnotherapist should ever suggest anything that isn’t acceptable to you.
Q: What does hypnosis and hypnotherapy feel like?
A: Everyone experiences hypnosis in their own unique way. Physically, the body usually becomes relaxed and comfortable with breathing and heart rate slowing slightly. The mind may initially be quite busy and also curious about the experience, but gradually calms and becomes more occupied with internal thoughts and images. You may find there are times when you are listening very closely to what is being said and other times when your mind has drifted into a daydream, and this is fine and entirely normal.
Q: Will I get upset or have to re-experience painful memories
from my past?
A: It is important that therapy should be a positive experience for you, enabling you ultimately to feel better, not worse. It is not always necessary to re-visit the past in order to feel better in the present. However, there are times when it can be helpful to address memories that remain disturbing or traumatic and which the mind has not been able to fully process. Such memories can leave us feeling afraid and unsafe and lead us to hold unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and the world. Using more recently-developed therapeutic techniques, it is now possible to successfully process such memories in an effective way without having to talk about them in any detail if you choose not to.
Q: How long will treatment take?
A: Length of treatment depends on what you wish to achieve and the degree of complexity of the problem you are experiencing. Our aim is to keep treatment as brief as possible and to review progress with you regularly to ensure it is meeting your needs.
People come to therapy with a vast array of strengths and resources, some of which they may not be fully aware of. The approaches we use aim to build on those strengths, harness the natural ability of the mind and body to get back into balance, and remove any obstacles to change. Many of these techniques can be self-applied, so that with a little practise between appointments you can build on the progress you are making and keep appointments to a minimum.
Q: Why do you offer more than one therapy?
A: Everyone is unique and some people respond better to one approach than another or prefer a combination of therapies. Individual treatment is always flexible and we will work out a treatment plan which is tailored to your needs and wishes. For details of the therapies offered click here.
Q: My problem isn’t mentioned on this site, does that mean you
can’t help me?
A: For full details about the range of problems treated click here, but this list is by no means exclusive. Do contact Rachel to discuss your individual situation in confidence.
Q: My particular problem means I’m unable to leave my home.
Can you do home visits?
A: Home visits can be arranged in certain circumstances although an additional charge may need to be made for travelling costs, depending on the distance. Do contact us to discuss your requirements.
Q: How do I know your therapist is properly qualified?
A: Rachel has completed training which is recognised and approved by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC), one of the main regulatory bodies for hypnotherapists in the UK, and has been awarded the Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice in recognition of her level of experience. She remains registered with the GHSC. For full details of her qualifications, registrations and experience click here.
Q: How long are appointments and how much do they cost?
A: Each appointment lasts up to 90 minutes and costs £60. Your initial consultation is always free.
Q: I’m not sure yet whether this is for me, I just want to find out more.
A: That’s fine, you are always welcome to email, phone or come for a free initial consultation with no obligation to go ahead with treatment unless you want to.
Tel: 0789 0499 365
23 Crownhill Park
Devon TQ2 5LN
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