Hypnotherapy is often an overlooked form of therapy that doesn’t always spring to people’s minds straight away when they are looking to solve a problem in their life. If you are beginning to consider hypnotherapy as an option, there are probably lots of questions that you would like to know the answers to, so here are just a few to get you started on your hypnotherapy journey.
- What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis where a hypnotherapist will lead you into a trance-like state in order to communicate with the subconscious of your brain.
- How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy works by changing your state of consciousness in order to turn off the analytical left-hand side of the brain and heighten the non-analytical right-hand side of the brain. This allows suggestions to be made to your subconscious which could not be made when you are fully alert. The subconscious is reprogrammed to alter your instincts in order to achieve whatever outcome you like.
- Can hypnotherapy work on anyone?
The short answer is, yes. Hypnotherapy CAN technically work on everyone, but in some cases not everyone will benefit from hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy will only work on those who are receptive to hypnotherapy; if you don’t want to be hypnotised, the process will not work. Therefore, you cannot be hypnotised against your will. Hypnotherapy will also not work if you have trouble concentrating, or if you have a mental disability, attention deficit disorder, dementia or a head injury.
- Do hypnotherapists need to be certified?
Currently, there are no guidelines in place in regards to the training, certifications and qualifications that a hypnotherapist must have in order to practice. Therefore, it is difficult and important to find a hypnotherapist who has the experience to help you. To help with this, industry guidelines recommend that hypnotherapists should have completed a course or diploma that involves a minimum of 450 learning hours (including 120 face-to-face hours).
- How many sessions will I need?
This is a tricky question to answer, as everyone is different. Depending on what you are undergoing hypnotherapy for, how deeply rooted the problem is and how receptive you are to the therapy, you may require one session, or ten. Basically, you will require as many hypnotherapy sessions as it takes. Some hypnotherapists will also teach you some self-hypnosis techniques which you can use at home.