HYPNOTHERAPY FAQS:-

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Our mind is our most powerful tool and its power should not be underestimated.

It is believed that our mind operates on two levels:

  1. The upper level being the conscious mind
  2. Below or behind that the subconscious mind (unconscious)

The conscious mind is the part of the mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning – “the thinking mind”. The conscious mind controls all the actions that you do intentionally whilst being conscious. For example when you decide to make any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg, getting up from a chair, taking a sip of tea etc.

So whenever you are aware of the thing that you are doing, you are doing it by instructions from your conscious mind. It is responsible for pretty much all of your day-to-day decisions. Your conscious mind is logical.

The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary automatic actions, things that you don’t really take decisions about.

Your breathing rate and heart beats are controlled by your subconscious mind. Your imagination, dreaming and emotions are also controlled by your subconscious mind and it is the place where your memories and  beliefs are stored – “the feeling mind”. Your subconscious mind stores information that the conscious mind uses to make its decisions. The subconscious mind has no logic.

A lot of the issues that result in people seeking therapy start in the subconscious mind such as habits and behaviours we carry out repeatedly or as a result of experiences we have had throughout our lives. Over a period of time they become automatic so we don’t even think about it when we are doing them.

The results can be seen perhaps when they result in reacting in a certain way in response to certain situations such as phobias, over eating, smoking or biting your nails when anxious or stressed.

At other times information stored in your memory is misunderstood or out of context. As a result your conscious mind can’t make its decisions rationally because the information it is basing its decisions on is either unreliable or unhelpful.

A phobia of cats for example can make you feel afraid even when you know logically that they are fluffy and harmless. The fear is controlled by your subconscious mind which has no logic.

Hypnotherapy can help you to become aware of and then change  emotions and beliefs controlled by the subconscious mind which in turn can facilitate changes on a conscious level releasing feelings of conflict, tension, stress and anxiety and making you happier, more confident, more positive and feeling a sense of control over your everyday life.

Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that can help you change negative patterns of behaviour and thinking and improve your physical and mental health and general well being.

The British Medical Association (BMA) recognise hypnotherapy as a complementary treatment.

A few sessions of hypnotherapy can address issues that clients may have battled with for many years such as stress or anxiety in certain situations, phobias or fears of any type, long standing behaviours that are causing upset or annoyance, or general habits that clients want to break.

Hypnotherapy can also help you to relax. Regular relaxation or self hypnosis can be hugely beneficial for your general health and wellbeing. Relaxation should not just be for weekends or holidays. I can teach you simple techniques which you can easily incorporate into your day to day life and that will provide you with the ability to relax whenever you feel the need.

DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?

Hypnotherapy enables you to access your subconscious mind to make all the changes you want to see on a conscious level. Hypnosis is not a weird or trippy experience and contrary to popular belief it not a state of deep sleep.  During any session, you will feel deeply relaxed but will remain in control at all times.

It does involve the induction of a trance like condition but when in it, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the therapist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.

In this state, suggestions are then made to the subconscious mind to help change beliefs and negative patterns of behaviour and thinking which in turn will help the conscious mind make better decisions.

Many people ask why willpower alone is not enough to make the desired change.

Willpower requires conscious thinking. The problem with this is that true, lasting change can only take place at the subconscious or “feeling” level.

When change happens at the subconscious level, it happens easily and naturally, eliminating the frustration and focus required when “trying” and “struggling” with conscious decision making.

What needs to happen is that new, good habits need to be formed by changing deep-rooted beliefs, values and expectations at the subconscious or “feeling” level.

If your conscious and subconscious minds are not working together you will never be able to get the results you want.

Hypnosis enables us to “rewrite” underlying ideas, illusions and beliefs that we have about ourselves in order to affect the programming within us in a positive way and achieve our goals.

The goal of the hypnotherapy sessions is to help you identify what precise changes you want to make and over what time frame and then find ways in which we can work together to enable you to achieve this.

A variety of techniques will be used in your bespoke sessions and you will be asked to carry out tasks or practice between our sessions.

Hypnotherapy is a process not an event. I cannot wave a magic wand and effect change. The process requires 100% commitment from the client.

Successful change involves us working together and you playing an active and fundamental role in achieving your goals.

If you are committed and WANT and feel ready to change there is every reason to be confident that hypnotherapy will work for you.

The success of hypnotherapy depends on you being willing to make different choices from those you have made in the past. Hypnotherapy is a powerful yet gentle tool for helping people make extremely positive changes to their lives. It allows you to leave behind unwanted patterns of behaviour and achieve the changes that you want to make.

Invest in yourself – make the rest of your life the best of your life.

CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTISED?

Hypnosis is a state of narrowed focused concentration. The vast majority of people are hypnotisable whether they recognise it or not.

Some people are however more susceptible than others. As long as  someone is open to the idea there is no reason why a hypnotic trance cannot be achieved.

Often when between sleep and wake or wake and sleep we actually pass through a state which is very similar to hypnosis.

You actually go into trance automatically many times during the day, for example, on the journey to work when you suddenly remember that you can’t recall passing a particular landmark, or when reading a book and realising that you haven’t taken in a single word on a page.

You were totally focused all the time, just on something other than the main activity of the moment.

During hypnosis/trance you are perfectly safe. As soon as your conscious attention is needed, then you are “there” instantly.

WILL I LOSE CONTROL?

This is an issue which worries people the most. Hypnotherapy is however not mind control.

You are not in anybody’s power and remain in control of your own thoughts and actions at all times during hypnosis.. Your conscious mind is just very relaxed and allows your subconscious mind to come to the forefront. Your attention is focused very narrowly on my voice. You will be fully aware and hear everything that is said. Although you are aware of your surroundings you may not pay as much attention to them as usual due to your narrow focus on my voice.

Your mind will not accept any suggestions that it doesn’t want to. The suggestions that I make are what you want and what we have already discussed and agreed.

You can voluntarily leave the hypnotic state whenever you choose.

CAN YOU BE HYPNOTISED AGAINST YOUR WILL?

Absolutely not.

IS IT SAFE?

Yes, hypnotherapy is very safe for most people and there are very few contraindications. Contraindications means situations in which hypnotherapy should not be used. I might not be able to work with you if you:

  • have a diagnosis of any psychotic illness or severe depression
  • use or are addicted to ‘hard’ drugs
  • have diabetes or epilepsy which is recently diagnosed and/or not effectively managed
  • have a recent history of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
  • have a recent history of hospitalisation for eating disorders
  • have a serious heart condition
  • have a developmental/learning disability or a medical condition (e.g. Alzheimer’s) which affects your understanding, especially of language

Information on this page is a guideline and is not intended to replace medical advice. If you have symptoms which might indicate any condition needing medical diagnosis and treatment you should first visit your GP for advice.

HOW DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL?

Hypnosis is a truly natural state of mind and body. It is a very pleasant and relaxing experience. Many of my clients compare it to a thoroughly relaxing mental and physical massage. In this natural state of relaxed focus you are able to access your subconscious mind.

A person in hypnotic trance might experience the following, though few notice all of these:

  • feeling extremely relaxed physically and mentally
  • feeling heavier or lighter than usual
  • a change in body temperature
  • feeling a tingling sensation in the hands or feet
  • spatial distortion
  • heart rate slows
  • slower deeper breathing
  • attention wanders
  • vivid daydreams or imaginings
  • time distortion
  • amnesia
  • internal monologue
  • other physical sensations

Many people find getting into and going deeper into trance gets easier with practice.

Many people find hypnotherapy a gentle and very effective way to treat their problems.

CAN YOU GET STUCK IN HYPNOTIC TRANCE?

No – if you were to drift deeper you would just fall asleep. If you are asleep you are not really aware of what is going on around you. If anything is obvious enough for you to notice, you wake up. If not you would just wake up normally.

WILL I REMEMBER THE SESSION?

Most likely yes. Even if your conscious mind drifts during the session, which is completely normal, your subconscious mind will still be open to all of the suggestions and work being done.

HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?

Your initial assessment will be around 1 ½ to 2 hours in length. Subsequent sessions are around 55 minutes each?

WHERE IS THE CONSULTATION HELD?

Your consultation will be held at The Heights, Heights Lane, Bingley unless a home visit has been pre-arranged.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A CONSULTATION?

Feeling relaxed is paramount for clients. Please wear something that you feel comfortable in.

WHY CONSIDER HYPNOTHERAPY?

My client’s consider working with me to be an investment in the most important thing in the world – themselves.

Most people spend their money on things that bring transient happiness such as meals, clothes, holidays etc. Hypnotherapy is an investment in something far more fundamental and rewarding – your life.

A few sessions of hypnotherapy costs significantly less than a holiday, smoking or a couple of nights out at a decent restaurant but it has a much longer term effect on your happiness and wellbeing.

Please note that I don’t choose to work with everyone who approaches me. I keep my client numbers low so I can offer the most dedicated and tailored experience to those people that I see.

I require a full commitment to change and to getting the most out of your life – this involves a high commitment from yourself and your investment reflects this.

“ The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates.

Hypnotherapy can help people reduce anxiety, respond more creatively to stress, and get rid of phobias and unwanted habits or behaviours.

Living with these problems has a huge negative impact on your life.

Once the anxiety and stress have reduced or gone you may find that you have more energy, time, focus and head space to devote to other things.

Hypnotherapy can also help reduce symptoms of physical problems like irritable bowel syndrome and for some people it can help to control the pain of conditions like arthritis.

Reducing stress and anxiety has a huge impact on your physical health, as does relaxation, losing weight or quitting smoking, all lifestyle changes which can be supported by hypnotherapy.

People’s emotional problems have a knock on effect on their relationships, family and work.

Resolving these issues makes life easier for the individual and the whole family.

Investing in hypnotherapy and the potential health and wellbeing results it can bring really are invaluable.

What price do you put on changing something someone has spent 10,20 or 30 years suffering with?

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

The number of sessions required will vary according to the individual, the complexity and depth of issue.

Most people have between 4 and 6 sessions to really tackle a problem and to make long lasting changes rather than secure temporary relief.

The sessions are bespoke to you so you see the benefit in as little time as possible.

A structured programme is offered to those wishing to quit smoking, manage weight or work with irritable bowel syndrome.

Contact Philippa

Contact me on 07762 962109

Hypnotherapy Treatments

Anxiety
Children and teenagers
Confidence and Self Esteem
Fears and Phobias
Habits
High blood pressure
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Menopause
Pain management
Pregnancy and childbirth
Relaxation skills
Sports performance
Stop smoking cigarettes or ecigs
Stress management
Weight control and management
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Qualifications and Memberships

GHSC Accredited ( General Hypnotherapy Standards Council )
GHR Registered ( General Hypnotherapy Register )
GHSC award ' The General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice ( GQHP ) '
CNHC Registered ( Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council )
Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy ( Dip. CHH )
Certificate of N.L.P. Skills ( Cert. NLPS )
Certificate of Training Winning Weight Loss Practitioner
Diploma in Personal Injury Law ( Dip. PI )
LLB ( HONS ) Degree in Law