It is understandable that, many people may find taking part in any form of therapy somewhat daunting; even when confident, that it is going to be of significant benefit. Naturally, for some their minds are full of questions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy undoubtedly evokes curiosity, similar to many areas of psychology, psychotherapy, physiology and related fields.
The following are some questions, which newcomers might ask:
Am I still in control?
Yes. The client remains aware throughout the session. Television and theatrical performances can be misleading and result in misconceptions, which can in fact be a hindrance when an individual is seeking treatment. Click here to read my article which serves to demystify Stage Hypnosis, differentiating clinical hypnotherapy from the illusion and deception employed by stage performers.
Will the Therapist have power over me?
No. The client is aware of everything, which is being said at all times. Hypnosis is not a state of mind control; you could quite literally decide not to focus attention on a suggestion and if so wished, simply stand up and walk toward the door. In essence, you choose to be in hypnosis, you also choose how deeply you experience hypnosis. It is completely safe when used in a professional context.
Will I divulge a secret or embarrassing information?
This is a common myth. You cannot be compelled to give the therapist information or blurt out information that you would prefer to keep private. You are in control of your responses, even at the deeper levels of hypnosis. You cannot be made to do something against your will or which is objectionable to you. You will not be forced to say or do anything that is in conflict with your moral, personal or ethical standards.
Will I get stuck in a hypnotic trance?
No. It is completely safe when used in a professional context. If you wished you could simply open your eyes and walk out of the room, as you could when in a daydream or engrossed in your imagination. I have written an article on the topic of 'trance' and 'altered state of consciousness', to read more, please click here.
Are only those who are gullible or 'weak minded' capable of experiencing hypnosis?
No. Quite contrary to this assumption, those who are more responsive to hypnosis are individuals who have a strong, dexterous mind. Concluding from psychological investigation, those who respond well to hypnosis are those who have an active, strong mind and are well capable of imagination.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
Click the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) video below to listen to the comments made regarding one person's experience of hypnosis. This is an example of a typical newcomer to hypnotherapy.
Note: Hypnosis is an individual experience and can vary from person to person.
Regarding this video, one might ask the following questions:
What is the subconscious? Is hypnosis an altered state of consciousness?
It is understandable, that many people use terms which they have heard on tv, on stage, in film or read in 'pop' psychology books. These areas receive a significant amount of attention and media coverage. If you would like to find out more and read about what rigorous research and evidence based findings reveal, please click here to read my article 'Altered state of consciousness' versus the 'nonstate' theory of hypnosis.
Is hypnosis like being asleep?
No. In hypnosis, you are mentally awake, generally aware and understand everything that is happening. While the body may feel very relaxed, the mind is awake. It is a very pleasant and inspiring experience, providing you with helpful insights.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is an evidence-based psychological therapy. A substantial amount of empirical (scientific) research has investigated CBT disclosing the significant impact our cognitions have on emotion and the effectiveness of CBT intervention particularly in dealing with anxiety. The emphasis is on recognising and modifying negative, unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. Cognitions is the term used to refer to thoughts, thought processes and beliefs. Modifying cognition and behaviour results in changes in what is known as 'affect'. When we talk about 'affect' we are referring to emotions, feelings, bodily sensations as well as other symptoms of emotional difficulties.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is essentially a cognitive (thought) process. Hypnosis utilises naturally occurring physiological and psychological processes. In principle, anyone can be hypnotised. Anyone can be hypnotised because we all have the ability to use our imagination. Through the guidance of your therapist, you are directed in using the imagination to evoke realistic, positive, productive thoughts and emotions.
There are those who are exceptionally good at hypnosis and self-hypnosis. This is either due to a natural talent they have or as a result of patience and practice. It is noteworthy to mention that anyone can learn how to enhance his or her ability with instruction, guidance and a little practice.
How long does Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy take?
That depends on the individual and their needs. It will be determined during ones initial consultation. The average number of sessions is six.
Should you have any further questions you would like to ask before starting a Hypnotherapy Course please contact me Amanda and I would be happy to answer any of your queries.