Our UK colleague, Laimis Andrijauskas has assembled a great compilation of FAQ on typical hypnotherapy session, which he kindly allowed us to use as a base:
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and focus. You experience it daily when you “space out” and don’t notice what is happening around you.
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes – a hypnotic state is something all of us can experience every day. A hypnotherapist only acts as a guide and as a facilitator. You can only be hypnotized if you allow yourself to be, so all you need to do is to let go and allow yourself to be gently led into a state of relaxation.
Does hypnotherapy work on everyone?
While hypnotherapy is a powerful tool, it is still a form of therapy. The success of the treatment relies heavily on the willingness of the client. Some issues may require a different form of therapy, so it is important to keep an open mind until you find an approach that works best for you.
What does hypnosis feel like?
It depends on each person and the level of depth achieved. You may not feel any differently. You may feel as if you are just about to fall asleep. You may feel your body becoming heavy, numb, or experience tingling sensations or waves of warmth through your limbs. One of the most common effects, however, is altered perception of time – often a session that takes a few hours feels like 20 minutes.
Will I remember what happened?
Most often, yes. Hypnotic amnesia does occasionally happen, especially in deeper levels of hypnosis. However, complete blackout is rare. An audio recording of the session is always provided just in case.
Will I lose control?
No. You are always aware of what you are doing, and where you are. No one can make you do or say anything you do not wish to do or say. This form of therapy is heavily dependent on mutual trust and openness. If you feel like you do not wish to proceed, you can always open your eyes and get up.
Can I be possessed?
Some claims have been made that meditation, yoga, and hypnosis are somehow “negative” and can be a gateway to possession. While it is possible to experience channeling, it can only happen if you choose to have such an experience. In addition, a powerful release of past trauma may include sensations of energy moving in your body, emergence and release of suppressed emotions, nausea, and others. However, this is a part of the healing process rather than negative energy entering your body and taking control over it.
Should I do anything to prepare for the session?
The best thing you can do is to have a clear goal and an open mind. If possible, it is recommended to have some free time before and after the session to prepare yourself mentally and integrate the experience without having to rush off to work, run errands, etc.
How many sessions will I need?
It depends – no two cases are identical. Some people come to their first session ready to embrace the healing. Others, however, may have a more difficult time letting go of their analytical mind, trusting their experience, embracing their emotions, etc. This could result in various roadblocks during the session which would first have to be dealt with before continuing, thus lengthening the treatment.
In general, however, hypnotherapy is considered to be an intense, short-term treatment, so it usually requires only a few sessions as opposed to years of therapy.
How does it work?
Hypnotherapy begins with an initial session and a discussion during which the process of hypnotherapy is explained, common myths dispelled, and the client’s questions answered. It also helps the therapist to find out more about the client so that the session may be adapted to the individual’s needs. Once a clear goal for the session is established, the therapist explains the procedure and techniques that may be used, as well as the rationale behind the treatment. After the first session the therapist and the client would review it and agree upon a further course of action.
Why do I need an initial consultation before the therapy?
The initial consultation is arguably the most important part of the therapy, as it is used to make sure the treatment progresses as smoothly as possible. During the consultation, mutual trust is established and a connection between the client and the therapist is built, goals for therapy are defined and the best approach for treatment is decided. Starting the therapy without any of this would be like looking for something without knowing what it is, or what to do once you find it.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy is very flexible in terms of what it can be used for – from treating fears, anxiety, and depression to letting go of the past. It may fix behavioral patterns and allow you to connect more to your inner self. Usually therapists tend to have their own areas of specialisation. Therefore you are encouraged to first get in touch with the therapist to discuss your treatment and any potential concerns.