Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is an entirely natural phenomenon that we all experience every day. It is that deeply relaxed state that we enter just before we fall asleep or immediately on wakening in the morning. Ever driven along a familiar route, got to your destination and thought "I don't actually remember anything of that journey?". That is a well-documented phenomenon called "highway hypnosis". Other naturally occurring hypnotic states include daydreaming or becoming so totally engrossed in a book or tv programme that we are totally oblivious to what is going on around us.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterised by profound physical and mental relaxation. In this very pleasant, deeply relaxed state our minds become more focused and we can access the subconscious mind allowing us to change harmful patterns of behaviour eg stopping smoking.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat physical or psychological problems. Many people have found tremendous relief from a variety of problems using hpnotherapy - often when other forms of intervention have failed. Continuing research contributes to our understanding of what conditions may benefit from hypnotherapy. For example there is a considerable body of evidence supporting the benefits of hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and for childbirth.
Can everybody be hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, provided they want to be.
Will I be asleep?
No, you will not be asleep. You will feel deeply, deeply relaxed but be aware of what is happening around you.
Will I lose control?
No, you will remain in control at all times. In hypnosis nobody can make you do anything that you don't want to do.
Can I get "stuck" in a trance?
No, just as you choose to enter into hypnosis, you can choose to emerge from a trance at any stage. (Remember you are in control.)
How long does a hypnotherapy session last and how much does a session cost?
Hypnotherapy sessions are charged at €65 per hour session or €120 for a two hour session. Results are generally seen faster with two hour sessions, however the long session may not be suitable for everybody and this is something that would be agreed before the first session.
Will I have to have treatment for years?
No, the beauty of hypnotherapy is that it produces results very quickly. Hypnotherapy is not a magic cure-all and some issues will take longer to work on than others but I am very solution focused and will aim for a resolution of your particular issue as quickly as is professionally possible. Clients will be taught self-hypnosis so that they can continue to work on the problem at home in between sessions. Clients can also avail of personalised hypnotherapy cd or audio tape recordings to listen to at home.
Can hypnotherapy be used with children?
Yes, children make excellent use of hypnotherapy because of their wonderful ability to use their imaginations. Hypnotherapy can be used with children for bedwetting, nail biting, fears and phobias (eg fear of dentists) among other conditions.