Will I lose control?

No. You remain in full control and will even be able to talk if you wish. Acceptance or rejection of any of the given suggestions is fully within your control. The therapeutic hypnosis is a state of purposeful co-operation.

Is hypnotherapy ever contra-indicated (considered inappropriate)?

Yes. There are areas where hypnotherapy is contra-indicated. This could arise in some cases of depressive illness, psychosis and where patients are under the influence of mind-altering drugs. Also, there are some techniques which would be contraindicated in epilepsy. In the first session a detailed case history is taken so as to identify any situation where hypnotherapy would not be appropriate.

I have impaired hearing. Can I be hypnotised?

Yes. Clinical hypnosis can work for you. In many cases, those with impaired hearing are ideal candidates for hypnosis as other senses, such as sight and feeling, are heightened. It is important for patient and therapist to meet before initiating therapy.

How long will the therapy take?

This will depend on the presenting symptom (the problem). In some cases, all that is needed is a simple “get-back-on-track” therapy where the desired outcome can be achieved very swiftly – perhaps a maximum of three sessions. In more severe cases, the number of sessions required may be greater. The expected duration of the therapy will be discussed with you in your first session and will be reassessed throughout the course of therapy.

Must I be taken back (regressed) to the source of my problem?

Whilst regression to earlier events can be useful in dealing with persistent problems it is by no means necessary and in some cases is definitely ill-advised. Generally, hypnotherapy focuses on your feelings in the here-and-now.

Will hypnotherapy be effective?

Hypnotherapy may even succeed where other, more conventional, methods of treatment have not produced the desired results. With a realistic goal, a willingness to find a solution and a professionally-trained and skilled hypnotherapist in whom you trust and have confidence, you can achieve your desired result.

Will the benefits wear off?

The benefits of hypnotherapy can be long lasting and even permanent.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

It is a natural state and is completely safe with no harmful side effects.

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