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hypnosis and hypnotherapy faqs

Common questions about hypnotherapy and hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is probably one of the most misunderstood therapies, and there are many myths and misunderstandings on the subject of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The answers to some of the more common questions can be found below:

What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is a completely natural feeling. There are lots of common myths around how hypnosis feels. Many people believe they’ll feel different, expect to be unconscious, ‘go under’ or emerge from it not remembering or have a feeling of being controlled.

This could not be further from the truth. There’s no real feeling in hypnosis, but it’s more of an after fact. When you go into first hypnosis you don’t really feel anything, but when you come out, you often realise how relaxed you have been.  A daydream is a form of hypnosis, and coming out of hypnosis similar to snapping out of a daydream.

Will I be asleep or unconscious?
No. The word hypnosis derives from the Greek word for sleep ‘hypnos’, however hypnosis is NOT sleep, but a heightened state of awareness and your senses are even sharper than usual.

In hypnosis, you are aware of everything that’s happening around you. Conversations, the telephone ringing and any other noise are heard – it’s the same as if you were daydreaming. If anything untoward happened, such as a fire alarm going off, your subconscious would give your conscious a signal and you snap out of it immediately. Because your inner mind has this inbuilt safety device, it will not take on board any suggestions that you do not want to accept. All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis – the therapist is there to guide you – and therefore you remain fully in control at all times.

Can I be hypnotised against my will?
No. The process of going into hypnosis is a partnership between the therapist and you. It requires your willingness and ability to follow a set of simple instructions given by the hypnotherapist. Therefore, it is your choice whether to go into hypnosis or not.

Can I be made to do something I don’t want to?
You are fully aware and alert during hypnosis.  You know exactly what is going on, therefore, you will not do anything under hypnosis contrary to your moral principles.  You are fully in control, so you could never be ‘forced’ to do something against your will.

Will I remember everything?
Yes, normally people remember the session, but just like in everyday conversations; a few details may be forgotten. It is also quite usual for the session to feel much shorter than it actually was.

Can I get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis?
As you’re always in control, it’s impossible to get ’stuck’ in hypnosis. It’s a bit like when you’re daydreaming, you can snap out of it if you want or need to.

Can anyone be hypnotised?
Anyone who is conscious with the motivation, willingness and ability to concentrate on and follow simple instructions can go into hypnosis. Hypnosis is not suitable for people who have difficulty following instructions, such as those with severe brain damage or a low IQ (under 80). However, that does not mean to say that every hypnotherapist can hypnotise everyone. Advanced hypnotherapists have a set of skills and techniques that can hypnotise most people who wish to be hypnotised.

Is it only weak willed people who can be hypnotised?
Not at all, often strong willed and determined people make the best ‘subjects’ because they are generally highly motivated to improve and change their situations.

Are people just pretending to be hypnotised?
Research has now proven hypnosis as a phenomenon that exists. Hypnosis has been documented in many studies as a successful alternative to anaesthetic in major surgery. Painless surgery cannot be faked!

Do I need to be very deeply hypnotised?
Depth has little to do with the effectiveness of hypnosis. People often think that if they didn’t go into a deep hypnosis that they were not in hypnosis. You are either in hypnosis, or you are not. It is like being pregnant. You can not be a little bit pregnant, you either are or not. Many excellent results are obtained when clients are only in a state of light hypnosis. Depth of the hypnosis varies between individuals, but the more often someone practices hypnosis the deeper they go.

Is hypnotherapy safe?
The British Psychological Society (BPS, 2001)¹ concluded:

“Hypnosis is generally a benign procedure and consideration of potential risks resembles those for other similar psychological methods.”

BPS (British Psychological Society), 2001

The Nature of Hypnosis: A report prepared by a Working Party at the request of The Professional Affairs Board of The British Psychological Society.

If you are going to be hypnotised, ensure your therapist is fully trained and qualified, insured and registered with a recognised body such as the General Hypnotherapy Register.

Will it work for me?
Thousands of research studies across a wide range of different conditions have shown advanced hypnotherapy, which includes regression, is highly effective. However, although the results can seem magical, hypnosis is not a magic wand. Hypnotherapy is not something that is ‘done’ to you. It is a two-way process, where we work in partnership with you. Our expertise combined with your full commitment to resolving your particular issue and the ability to follow instructions given and complete any “homework” set during sessions are all essential to the therapeutic process.

How many sessions will I need?
We normally offer a treatment programme to cover you for all the sessions you would require. Most issues require 4-6 sessions to complete the full regression therapy, however, each client is individual and this would be discussed during your consultation. Exceptions to this include Stop Smoking, which usually only takes one hour, although a backup session is included within the therapy.

How long is each session?
Sessions last between 50-60 minutes, with the exception of the stop smoking back up, which takes up to 30 minutes.

What happens during the therapy?
The initial part of the therapy is explaining how it works and the rest is actually doing the work in hypnosis. During your first session, the whole process is explained clearly and any questions answered before any hypnosis takes place.

Do you offer group or individual sessions?
Giving you the best possible service and opportunity to succeed is our priority and therefore we do not offer group work for specific problems with individual clients. Quite simply success rates drop when working with groups because problems are not tackled at an individual level, plus group members can unintentionally sabotage others efforts. Our self-hypnosis based courses are the exception, as these are carefully structured group sessions are designed to give you the tools to practice self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques at home.

Is hypnotherapy expensive?
Persistent problems can cost people thousands of pounds over the years… diet products, quick fix solutions, over the counter remedies, prescriptions, junk food, cigarettes, alcohol and time off work to name just a few. When you consider the annual and lifetime financial, emotional and time costs associated with long-standing issues, your investment in a course of advanced hypnosis is minimal.

Do I need to tell my doctor?
Hypnotherapy is completely safe for the vast majority of people. However, some people such as those suffering from low blood pressure, epilepsy, clinical depression or any other physical condition should seek medical advice before undergoing hypnotherapy.

Do you share my details with other organisations?
No. All individual therapy is private and confidential. Your details are kept confidential and not shared with other organisations without your expressed written and signed permission. (The only exceptions to this would be for legal reasons where non-disclosure would cause danger of serious harm to the client, therapist and/or others or in criminal/civil court cases where a court order is made).

Where is your hypnotherapy clinic?
We have two main locations;  South Molton Street, Mayfair in London and Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.  We are also able to offer a limited number of appointments in Bedfordshire.

How do I book an appointment?
Please contact Katie Glen or Jenny O’Kelly on 020 8712 5981 or email us at to book your appointment.

If I cancel an appointment, will I be charged?
We do require at least 72 hours notice to make a cancellation without charge. If less than 72 hours notice half fee applies, then full fee if less than 24 hours notice. See booking conditions for full information.


Please call contact Katie Glen or Jenny O’Kelly on 020 8712 5981 or email us at with any questions or for more information. We will be more than happy to discuss any questions on your particular needs and how advanced hypnotherapy could help you.

(Please note that if we are working with clients, we may not be able to take your call immediately, but please do leave a message and one of us will get back to you, usually within 4 working hours).


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