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What to expect from Hypnotherapy

Updated: Jun 7


For most people stage hypnosis is the first thing that comes to mind when you say “I’m a hypnotherapist” which often gets followed up with the question “are you going to make me cluck like a chicken”. Well in answer to that question it really depends on you.


The reason I say that is that hypnosis is not mind control, as a hypnotherapist I can only make suggestions. Now if your open to the idea of clucking like a chicken then yes you will, but if you are of the mindset that there is no way you would embarrass yourself like that, then no I certainly can’t make you cluck like a chicken or do anything that is against your morals or free will.


While stage hypnosis has its place in entertainment, its far from what you can expect from a therapeutic hypnotherapy session. Hypnotherapy enables you to access your subconscious mind, to learn new ways of doing things. I firmly believe that you hold all the answers, after all only you know what’s right for you. I like to think of the conscious mind as the overthinker, the mind that comes up with more questions than answers sometimes. On the other hand the subconscious mind is more direct, it brings clarity to the direction you want to go in.


So what can you expect a typical hypnotherapy session to look like? While some interventions are done in an awake but relaxed state, others are done in what we refer to as trance state. While that may sound scary to some, in reality it’s a state of mind that we experience regularly. Put simply it’s a relaxed state. This state of mind allows your subconscious mind to take control while your conscious mind drifts off. Just like when you’ve driven along a familiar journey and suddenly you don’t remember a section of it, or when you’ve zoned out in front of the television.


Once you are in the trance state the hypnotherapist will work therapeutically, making positive suggestions to your subconscious mind. For example, if you are working on a phobia they might talk about how relaxed and calm you will feel next time you encounter that specific situation, that what once scared you before will now relax and calm you.


It is usual to use a combination of intervention’s and scripted suggestions to achieve your desired outcome and is often done over several session. Like anything its not a quick fix and you need to be willing to but the work in to change your mindset especially if it is something deep rooted. Even though the issue may be unwanted there will be a positive intension for doing it. For example if you have panic attacks they may be providing you with safety. If you have a panic attack it gives you a reason not to do something outside of your comfort zone and so puts you safely back within what can be a very limited comfort zone.


Your hypnotherapist will work with you over the period of your treatment to break down what may seem like a mountain of change in to manageable steps, and so together you begin to climb one step at a time. The only step you need to take on your own is to make contact and start your journey.


To find out more about how hypnotherapy can help you, phone: 07305015289 or email: laura@hypnogoals.co.uk.


I look forward to hearing from you.

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