What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply very deep relaxation. Although there are many slightly differing theories as to just why hypnosis works as well as it does, it is agreed that hypnosis is a state where people can more readily accept suggestions about the changes they wish to make. Because you are so relaxed, your mind is quiet and calm, and so is much more able, than usual, to focus on the suggestions being made to you, without distractions. Because you are so deeply relaxed, the analytical part of your mind is also relaxed, meaning that you are much more receptive to the suggestions made to you and far less likely to reject them (for example by saying to yourself “oh no, that wouldn’t work for me”) than if you were in your normal alert state. Because the suggestions being made will be specifically tailored to whatever you want to achieve, there is nothing to fear. If any suggestion were to be made which you did not want to accept, then you would simply ignore it.
Will I be asleep? Hypnosis is not about being asleep, unconscious or even unaware. You’ll relax on a sofa, or chair if you prefer and notice a very comfortable feeling of relaxtion. We are all in a ‘trance like’ state many times a day without us even being aware of it and it is a very safe and natural state that can be successfully untilised to help you achieve your goals.
How long will a session last?
I offer a free 60 minute initial consultation prior to any treatment, all subsequent sessions last from 60 to 90 minutes – I don’t work strictly to the clock, unless you ask me to!
How many sessions will I need? Everyone is individual and makes change at their own pace, however, following the initial consultation I will be able to give you an idea of the number of sessions that you may required and this will be jointly reviewed at various stages of the treatment.
Is it possible to get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?
No, you can’t get stuck in hypnosis, you are fully in control throughout and will naturally return to normal awareness at the end of the session.
Will I say or do things that I don’t want to say or do?
No, you are completely in control throughout the session, you won’t reveal anything about yourself that you don’t want to. We will have discussed in detail your aims for the session prior to hypnosis.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
There are very few people who can’t be hypnotised and that is because all hypnosis is in fact self hypnosis. You can only be led, or guided, into trance if you’re willing to be, no one, not even a good therapist, can actually make you go there! A common myth is that only weak willed, unquestioning people can be hypnotised where as, very often the best subjects are imaginative, intelligent and self aware. Most of us have the ability to enter hypnosis if we chose to.
“After at least ten years of yo-yo dieting, binge eating and feeling like I was addicted to chocolate and cakes, I decided that I’d had enough and that I wanted to take control of my eating but couldn’t face another diet and for the first time, really wanted to make a change not to loose weight, but for my long term health. I’d thought about hypnotherapy before but had never done anything about it but after my initial consultation with Anna, I was so inspired and truely felt it was the right thing for me. I now feel confident to say that I’m fully in control of my eating and no longer ‘have’ to eat cakes and chocolate ‘because they are there’. I also have the motivation to do the things that I just didn’t have the energy to do before.”