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What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours. Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal.

The aim of each session is to facilitate deep relaxation and create desired change in subconscious beliefs or behaviours. Suggestions related to deep relaxation are given to activate the parasympathetic nervous system responsible for the stimulation of “rest and digest” and slow down breathing, digestion and heartbeat. Once this desired state of relaxation has been achieved, the Conscious Critical Faculty (CCF), often described as a filter between our subconscious and conscious mind, can be bypassed.

Our belief system is stored in the subconscious mind and comprises of all the information and experiences we have had since birth. This information stored may be rational or irrational and shapes the way we think, feel and behave. A hypnotherapist's aim is to facilitate deep relaxation to bypass the CCF and use skilled communication to assist you in achieving your desired change or goal.

  • Is hypnotherapy safe and suitable for everyone?
    Hypnotherapy is generally very safe for everyone and suitable for everyone who is willing to experience it. Many people think hypnotherapy is magical but it takes willingness to achieve your goal and commitment to the process that makes hypnotherapy powerful and effective. Some medications may inhibit the ability to relax and there are a few conditions which are contra-indicated including psychosis and epilepsy. If you have a condition which you are concerned may be contraindicated, we will discuss this before your first session.
  • What will happen if the internet connection breaks?
    If the internet connection drops, in most cases it will reconnect within a few seconds. In the unlikely event that the internet connection breaks during a session, you will become aware of this and will be recontacted immediately. Should your own internet connection break, you should attempt to re-establish the connection and the meeting as quickly as possible or contact us by telephone. An ethernet cable connection is less likely to break in comparison to a wifi connection. If a wifi connection is the only option, you may want to improve your connection by turning off other devices sharing your wifi and ensure you are not seated too far away from your router for the duration of your session.
  • Can I get stuck in a trance?
    No, you cannot get stuck in trance. Hypnotherapy is a deeply relaxed state similar to daydreaming where you remain in control. If you become so deeply relaxed that you fall asleep, the hypnotherapist bring you back to the desired state. In the unlikely event that you fall asleep and the internet connection breaks simultaneously, you will simply awaken as you do naturally after taking a nap.
  • What are the benefits of Life Coaching?
    A Life Coach can help you live in alignment with your values, take self-responsibility, identify your goals, actualise your skills and talents, support you in overcoming barriers, unlock and maximise your full potential, motivate and support you to achieve your aims and enhance the quality of your life.
  • Will I lose control?
    No, regardles of how deeply you relax, the general consensus is that you remain in control at all times. You will still be able to talk or stand up and walk away if you choose to do so. In the unlikely event that a suggestion was made which conflicted with your values, religious or moral beliefs, you would simply discard it. The concept of losing control has originated from stage hypnotism where volunteers give their consent to entertain the audience.
  • What does hypnotherapy feel like?
    Hypnotherapy is sometimes described as being between awake and asleep. You will feel deeply relaxed, your mind might wander, your body may feel heavy and moving may take effort but you will be fully aware, more focussed and in control at all times.
  • What happens at the free consultation?
    Clients have the option of calling to arrange a suitable date and time for an online consultation meeting lasting up to 20 minutes. Your free Zoom consultation provides an opportunity to discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired, your previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for your treatment plan. It also provides an opportunity for you, the client, to ask questions, raise any concerns and decide whether online or in-person sessions are the best fit for you. In-person hypnotherapy sessions are available in The Village, East Kilbride and Glasgow City Centre. Once a convenient date and time has been agreed, a confirmation email containing a link to your Zoom meeting will be forwarded. The easiest way to join a Zoom meeting is to click the invitation link. For more information on Joining a Zoom Meeting, please copy and paste the link below into your browser.
  • What is Emotional Freedom Technique?
    Gary Craig founded the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in 1995. In it’s basic form, EFT is the Continuous Tapping of acupuncture points in a specific sequence whilst reciting The Basic Recipe which is a personalised series of statements related to the condition that you want to alleviate. EFT can be applied to any negative emotional state or physical symptom. It has successfully alleviated anxiety, panic attacks, nightmares, OCD and addictions to name a few.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    24 hours notice is required to cancel, postpone or change an appointment. A charge will be made if less than 24 hours notice is given. In cases where clients arrive or connect 15 minutes later than the scheduled appointment time, this is considered a non refundable cancellation. In cases of emergency situations, this will be taken into account at the following session.
  • What is Neuro-linguistic Programming?
    NLP is an accumulation of techniques, strategies and models that can be used to change our thought patterns, behaviour and communication skills to achieve our highest potential. It was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s. Their work was derived from the models used by psychiatrists, hypnotherapists, linguists and philosophers. NLP techniques and models have been used to overcome negative mindsets including limiting beliefs and fears and instil positive thought patterns, improving confidence and helping people achieve their goals.
  • Can I drive or work after a session?
    Yes, you can work or drive after a session. Generally, the beginning of a session will invoke deep relaxation however towards the end of the session, the hypnotherapist will use suggestions and techniques to ensure you feel alert, refreshed and re-energised.
  • How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions required will be discussed during your consultation. As everyone is different and everyone has differing goals, treatment plans can range from one to 6 sessions. If for any reason a client feels additional sessions would be beneficial, this may be considered.
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