Hypnosis Facts – What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is considered by most to be the oldest psychotherapy.
In recent years the integration of CBT approaches with traditional hypnotherapy have ignited a renewed interest in its practice.

Meta-analysis of research data recently concluded Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy* was more effective than CBT alone for 70% of participants treated.

Hypnosis Myths & Misconceptions

Clients often ask “can a hypnotist make me do or say things against my will?”.

The answer is no. It is important to understand that you will be in complete control of your experience.
If for example you want to take a break during hypnosis you can simply choose to open your eyes.
It is your experience and you are in control, no one can make you do or say anything you do not wish to.

What does hypnosis feel like?

Many people ask “What does it feel like to be hypnotised?”.

Hypnosis is subjective in that everyone has their own experience.
Some people report feelings of dissociation, perhaps like daydreaming or that moment just before you drift off into a light sleep.
Although often associated with sleep, hypnosis is definitely not sleep.
You will be aware of the things you hear and many people notice a heightened awareness of the senses or focus of attention.
Often people report a feeling of being deeply engrossed in the experience, like being absorbed in a good book or film.
Others simply report feeling deeply relaxed.
You may find you experience one or more of these sensations or something entirely different.

During hypnosis we can anchor thoughts and feelings in much the same way as we have all experienced a thousand times before.
An example of this is when a song comes on the radio and you instantly re-experience related feelings.
Hypnotherapy can anchor beneficial feelings, thoughts and behaviours, which we can re-experience whenever we choose.

Can everyone be hypnotised?

Many people state “I don’t think I can be hypnotised” or ask “Can everyone be hypnotised?“.

If you have the ability to focus your attention (such as getting absorbed in a good film or book) or you can engage with your imagination (can you picture your front door, if you try?) then you have already shown a good level of hypnotisability.
However, for the therapeutic work we offer in our Southampton centre you will not be required to be a good hypnotic subject.

As our programmes are designed around you the client and are made up of a variety of therapeutic approaches, we ensure all of our programmes are available with or without the use of hypnosis.

Hypnosis is not magic, however, it can help you make positive changes in your life and achieve your therapeutic goals.


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*Hypnosis is not suitable for all clients and results vary person to person. Where hypnosis is not suitable, alternative therapeutic approaches are available.