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1. Will I be able to be hypnotised?
Yes, anyone can be hypnotised as long as they want to. The only people who cannot be hypnotised are those who do not want to be. A hypnotherapist cannot force you into hypnosis against your will.

2. Will I lose control?
No. This is a very common misconception about hypnosis. The hypnotherapist has no control over you & cannot compel you to do anything. Your subconscious mind is there to protect you & would not allow you to do something against your will, morals or beliefs. You choose to enter the hypnotic state & you can leave it at any stage.

3. How can hypnotherapy help resolve problems?
During hypnosis we are mentally & physically relaxed. This in itself is highly beneficial as a stress reliever. This relaxed state results in our minds working more efficiently. In hypnosis, there is a reduction of critical analysis, so we are more susceptible to beneficial suggestions & other techniques, that we may have dismissed at a conscious level, due to a lack of self confidence or self belief. This increases the level of success tenfold. It is also in this relaxed state that we can gain insights & obtain resources used in the past, or acquire resources from the future to help resolve problems.

4. Will I go to sleep?
No. ‘Hypnotic sleep’ has no resemblance to normal sleep. Your body & mind will be deeply relaxed but you will be fully alert, with a sense of heightened awareness. You would not able to learn very much, or tap into resources if you were asleep.
A hypnotherapist may use the word sleep during a session which triggers the body & mind to relax very deeply.

5. Are there any side effects?
There are absolutely no negative side effects from hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a totally natural, safe process. You will leave the session feeling very relaxed & confident.

6. How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person depending on the problem. Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy. You will not need to see a hypnotherapist for months on end. Sometimes one to three sessions are sufficient. For others 4 - 8 sessions may be needed. Some people stop smoking after just one 90 minute session, for others, it takes a bit longer.

7. What is being in hypnosis like?
Given that we are all unique, people experience the hypnotic state differently. However, the most common theme reported is pleasant, deep relaxation. Some people report being in a hypnotic state as being the most relaxed they have ever been. This natural, altered state of awareness, allows you to become oblivious of external distractions & get in touch with the inner powerful you, which has the solution to all your problems.

8. Can I get ‘stuck’ in a trance?
Again, this is a very common myth about hypnosis. It is impossible to get stuck in a trance. You are free to come out of the hypnotic state at any time you choose. You are in control of your own experience. Some people find that they are so deeply relaxed & comfortable that they do not want to leave the state at the end of the session. You will always leave the session feeling fully grounded & alert.

9. I have seen people do embarrassing things during stage hypnosis on the television. If I come to see you, will you make me dance around like a chicken?
Only if that is your hearts desire! On a serious note, stage hypnosis & clinical hypnosis are completely different. Stage hypnosis exists purely for entertainment value. People who perform on stage do so because they want to. These people are generally extroverts who enjoy entertaining an audience. They are frequently hand picked for their out-going nature. It is impossible to compel someone to do something in hypnosis because they would come out of the hypnotic state. Remember, your subconscious mind is there to protect you & would not let you do anything against your will.

Clinical hypnosis is induced for therapeutic purposes so people can resolve problems & make positive changes in their lives. The two serve totally different purposes. Clinical hypnotherapists consider it unethical instigating such situations.

10. What sort of problems can hypnotherapy treat?
For a list of common symptoms effectively treated with hypnotherapy please click on the link below.

11.Will I remember what happened?
Yes you will. However, like anything hear or learn you will retain some of the information not all of it. This is true of any lecture/talk you may attend. You hone into the speakers voice & are able to recall the majority of the information, but are unable to remember absolutely everything mentioned.

12. What is the difference between hypnotherapy & hypnosis?
Hypnosis refers to the ‘state’ that the person experiences, whilst hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat medical & psychological problems.

13. What does a typical session entail?
An initial session commences with a confidential, detailed discussion outlining the issue(s) causing you concern & your goal of the therapy. You are free to ask as many questions as you like to put to rest any further misconceptions you may have about hypnosis. A course of treatment will be recommended & you will then be gently guided into hypnosis by me. It is said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis & you will remain in control of your experience at all times
Subsequent sessions consist of a split between discussion & hypnosis.

14. Can I hypnotise myself at home?
Absolutely. Self hypnosis is an invaluable tool that you can keep for life. A brilliant de-stresser which has the capacity to greatly reduce anxiety & boost confidence, is a self-empowering tool that everyone should acquire. Self hypnosis is normally taught in the second session.

Caring, professional Hypnotherapy & NLP sessions are available with
Marilyn Harvey on the numbers below:

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