What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Despite the word hypnosis being derived from the Greek "hypnos" which means sleep, and contrary to popular belief, you are not asleep during a hypnotherapy treatment. Instead you are in a wonderful deep state of relaxation where your unconscious mind becomes more open to suggestion. Hypnotherapy works so well as most of our thoughts, behaviours and attitudes are motivated by our unconscious mind and as we can access this during hypnotherapy, we can offer it suggestions to change the beliefs that are driving these thoughts, behaviours and attitudes.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Most people can be hypnotised but nobody can be hypnotised against their will.
What does it feel like?
You will feel relaxed and comfortable, you may find your thoughts drifting off in to a dream like place. Some people remember everything the hypnotherapist says and some don't, it doesn't matter because your unconscious mind will remember even if your conscious mind does not and that is how I help you to make changes.
Will you be in control of me?
Not at all. Nobody can be hypnotised to do something they don't want to do and your unconscious mind will simply reject any suggestions that do not fit with your goals. Suggestions that lead you towards your goal will be embraces by your unconscious mind and shape your thoughts and behaviours going forward.
What is hypnotic "trance"?
Trance is the term used for the comfortable and pleasant state of deep relaxation a hypnotherapist will help you achieve in order to access your unconscious. People, generally, go in and out of trance all the time in regular life. That lovely feeling just before you fall properly asleep is a form of trance. If you have ever driven somewhere and suddenly realised you were there but can't remember the journey; you were in a trance state.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be fully conscious throughout, able to speak and respond to your hypnotherapist.
Can I get stuck in trance?
No. Before the end of every session you will be brought back to full alertness by your therapist. Even if the therapist were to leave the room and never come back, you would come back to full alertness by yourself when you were ready.
"I approached Karen to help me overcome my fear of public speaking as I felt it was holding me back in my career.. Despite attending lots of training over the years to develop presenting skills, I couldn't get past the fear that always stopped my in my tracks when I started to speak. After an introductory discussion where we talked through the issue and related reactions she then guided me through several deeply relaxed sessions to take control of my emotions and develop coping techniques.
The changes since my sessions have been numerous, not only have I reduced my fear around speaking to large groups of people at work, I have become more confident and my sleep has improved through practising self hypnosis. I would definitely recommend Karen for her professional, knowledgeable and caring approach, she has had a hugely positive impact on me."