FAQs about hypnosis

Stage hypnosis and media portrayals of hypnosis have led to some misunderstandings about using Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help with life’s problems.  Common queries include

  • Does hypnosis mean I will be controlled by the hypnotherapist?
  • Will I be made to do or say things that I wouldn’t normally do?
  • Will I be able to be hypnotised?
  • Can people get ‘stuck’ in a trance, unable to return to normal?

People are reassured to discover that

  • All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, so you are always in control of going into a hypnotic trance. 
  • Trance is an everyday experience for most people.  If you’ve ever been totally absorbed in a book or film, or daydreamed during a meeting or lesson, then you have been in a trance.  
  • Once you have chosen to go into trance, you might be surprised to find you are completely aware of everything that is happening inside yourself and of everything that I say.
  • It is impossible to get stuck in a trance, either you fall asleep and wake normally later on, or you return to normal awareness.
  • You always have a choice about what you do or say.  If you prefer not to go into detail about past experiences, Cognitive Hypnotherapy can work just as effectively.