ABOUT MY CLINICAL HYPNOSIS / HYPNOTHERAPY
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
If your question or concern is not listed or answered here, please feel free to contact me (Jeana) at Barnsley Hypnosis,
Counselling and Coaching. I am happy to answer any and all questions, concerning my professional practice methods within Clinical
Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy and NLP. I have also included common questions and answers to help you learn and
understand how the subconscious and conscious parts of your mind work.......
QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL
(OR THE OTHER TYPE OF HYPNOSIS -
'ENTERTAINMENT / STAGE' HYPNOSIS)
How does my subconscious work in simple language?
How can it drive my negative thoughts
and behaviours on a daily basis?
The deep subconscious part of your mind is where you store negative and
positive thoughts and feelings. Most people coming to my practice have many old, out-of-date, negative thoughts,
feelings, emotions, which then drive automatic daily negative behaviours and actions. During my professional
Clinical Hypnotherapy, I will safely bypass the conscious part of your mind which acts as a strict 'gate-keeper'.
During a deep, relaxing, Hypnotic Trance, gentle, safe, reassuring suggestions and dream-like stories are told to you,
which helps and supports you towards rapid, safe, positive and happy changes. Although you are not actually asleep,
you should feel deeply relaxed, calm, dreamy and really enjoy this very pleasant, deeply relaxing trance. The
old, negative, out-of-date thoughts and feelings and emotions are exchanged for new positive, happy ones, this new
stored information is stored deep in your subconscious. Then your improved subconscious drives you forward with automatic
positive thoughts, feelings, emotions, behaviours and actions. It is like before you were trying to put together a jigsaw
puzzle with parts that don't fit anymore, as if they belonged to another puzzle. But now you have the right
pieces and it goes together easily and quickly without effort or anxiety. So you now feel positive, calm, relaxed and
What really is Hypnosis?
is a natural and normal state of the mind, in which the body experiences a state of deep physical relaxation, while the mind
remains clear, alert and focused. In this altered state of awareness, the inner subconscious mind becomes open and suggestible.
A person naturally enters this state many times during a normal day - just most of us are not aware that it is happening.
How many times have you been thinking about something while driving your car and suddenly realised that your exit was 3 miles
back? Most of us go to the movies and get so caught up in the drama of the story, we forget that we are only watching a movie.
Most of us daydream from time to time. All of these are examples of a natural state of hypnosis called "environmental
Can I myself really be Hypnotised?
course you can! You already have been. It’s easy to go into Hypnosis because it’s a normal state of mind
that everyone has already experienced. In fact, Hypnosis is such a normal state of mind, most people usually don’t
even realize that they are Hypnotised. You see, Hypnosis occurs every day – when you’re driving down the
road and lose track of time, for example, or when you’re focusing on a book or television programme and you don’t
even notice something that’s going on around you. When you come in for , Clinical Hypnotherapy all you need to
do is to be able to follow the instructions of the professional Hypnotherapist and you can put the power of Hypnosis to work
How can I tell when I'm hypnotised?
It depends on each unique individual.
Some people are more aware of changes felt in their bodies than others. It also depends on how deep into the hypnotic
state the person has allowed himself to drift. You may experience sensations of: feeling very light or floating, very
heavy arms or legs, tingling sensations, gentle pleasant spinning, dry mouth, or just very pleasantly relaxed.
does it feel like to be Hypnotised? - Does it feel good?
It feels really great and relaxing! Put
quite simply, Clinical Hypnosis is a state of focus that you allow yourself to enter. It’s very similar to that
‘miles away’ feeling you probably find yourself in from time to time when you let your mind wander. Most
people will experience different bodily sensations ranging from a dry mouth, limbs feeling very heavy or light, or tingling
sensations, or lovely pleasant, floating, dreamy sensations. Most people feel so wonderfully relaxed and really
enjoy the calming hypnotic state very much. Many refuse to be counted back up at the end, prefer instead to
experience another 10 minutes of this powerfully relaxing experience, when all their anxieties feel dissolved anf their
goals are more focused.
Can anyone be Hypnotised?
Yes, any person of at least
average intelligence and ability to focus and concentrate can go into hypnosis. The better that one is able to concentrate
and focus and the more intelligent a person is, the easier it is for him to go into the hypnotic trance. Above all,
the person must be willing. No one can hypnotise you if you
don't want to be hypnotised, as your natural defences
in your mind will prevent this from happening.
Will I be asleep, or will I know what is going on around
No, you are definitely not asleep, though to an observer, your body appears to be sleeping because
you are in a state of deep physical relaxation. You are completely awake and aware of your surroundings. You hear
everything. Since all your sense are magnified 8 times, you are actually more alert and aware while
you are in
hypnosis than you are in your normal waking state.
How does a skilled professional Hypnotherpaist
put someone into Hypnosis?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and the power comes from within the mind
of the person being hypnotised. The hypnotherapist is merely the guide who directs and leads the person into the hypnotic
state. The Hypnotherapist induces the hypnotic trance by using certain words and phrases the subconscious mind understands,
as well as using various techniques like deep breathing, imagery, plus a slow and gentle tone of voice.
Is Hypnosis dangerous?
No, hypnosis in the hands of a highly skilled professional Hypnotherapist is
not dangerous. It is just a natural state of the mind, utilised by the Hypnotherapist to help the individual change
certain old negative habits or patterns of behavior. The subconscious mind has natural defenses built in which will
automatically reject any suggestions it deems harmful.
Is Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy "mind
No, not at all, Hypnosis is not mind control. All types of Hypnosis are
really self-hypnosis, because without your direct wish and agreement, you cannot be put into a safe, relaxing, Hypnotic
Trance. The professional Clinical Hypnotherapist cannot make you do or say anything you ordinarily would not do, unless
you really did want to. You always remain completely in control and are awake and alert yet so deeply relaxed, the
Will I lose control when I'm under Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy?
you will not lose control while you are in Hypnosis. You are fully conscious and very aware of what is being suggested.
You are always in control and the mind will immediately reject any undesired suggestions automatically.
people who can easily be Hypnotised just gullible, stupid, weak-minded?
Quite the opposite ideed!
A gullible, unintelligent or weak-minded person is incapable of maintaining the necessary focus and concentration necessary
to go into the deeply relaxing and rewarding Hypnotic state.
Won't being Hypnotised make me become
weak-minded, or cause me to develop a "weak will"?
No, not at all, in fact the opposite,
as Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy is used often to boost a person's concentration, will power, motivation and
How much will I remember when I wake up?
Will I forget everything that went
on? Most people remember everything that went on while they were in Hypnosis, but sometimes, if they went into a particularly
deep state, they may choose to forget what happened. Sometimes the Hypnotherapist will suggest that they will forget
what happened and they do. Other times people have the misconception that they are supposed to forget everything, so
they do - because they gave themselves the actual suggestion to forget!
How deep into a trance will I go?
That depends entirely upon the unique individual themself as to how willing they are to enter
into the Hypnotic state and how far they are willing to let themselves go. Some people are naturally able
to enter a deeper 'theta' hypnotic state (somnambulists), while others are capable of entering into deeper states
because the have been hypnotised in the past, or practice yoga or meditation. It is not important how deep
go, just that you are willing to give Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy a chance to work.
professional Hypnotherapist have any special "powers"?
Absolutely not! The highly skilled
Clinical Hypnotherapist is just an ordinary person like you or me. However, they have special training, continuous
assessments and supervison, to learn how to speak directly to your subconscious mind in a way it understands. There are
no Swengalis or Hypnotists like you see in the movies, that's just fanatasy created for comedy or entertainment.
The professional Hypnotherapist has no mystical or supernatural powers. Anyone with the same training, qualifications
and supervision can learn to safely Hypnotise for therapy and personal improvement.
Can the skilled
Hypnotherapist make me do things against my will - like in the movies?
No, not at all! A professional
Hypnotherapist cannot make you do anything against your will, morality or
ethics. What you have seen in the movies
is pure fantasy, total make-believe. A trained Hypnotherapist cannot call you up on the telephone and order you to rob
a bank or murder someone, (unless you already wanted to do that.) Your mind has natural very strong defences against
harmful suggestions. It will always protect itself if it is not totally and completely sure.
I wake up afterwards - What will happen if I don't?
Yes, without doubt, the majority of people who
are Hypnotised will come safely and fully out of the state, when brought out by the highly trained and skilled Hypnotherapist.
On occasions, someone will themselves choose to remain in the deeply relaxing hypnotic state, for a few minutes longer.
This is because they either entered a particularly deep state, or it feels so very good they want to remain in Hypnosis a
little while longer. They may choose to drift into a natural sleep state and wake themselves up naturally,
a little later than initially planned. It's a little like the time when you decided to stay in bed just 10 or 15
minutes longer, yet you still wake up safely and even more rested and refreshed.
What can Clinical Hypnosis
/ Hypnotherapy be used for?
Hypnosis can be utilised in many ways, although the hypnotic state
may not always be called "Hypnosis." Hypnosis is sometimes used for entertainment, fun or comedy purposes
(stage shows). Or as in my own professional practice, Hypnosis is used only within a clinical setting such as in
Clinical Hypnotherapy, to make rapid, safe, positive changes in a person's life. It is also used often in the medical
and dental fields, for its anxiety, anaesthetic and/or pain control benefits. It is also used by Psychologists
and Psychiatrists as an adjunct to their Psychotherapy, Counselling or medication. Self-Hypnosis is an integral component
in yoga, bio-feedback and meditation. Top athletes are reguarly using self- hypnosis on a daily basis, when they
focus during competition to "get into the zone."
Can hypnosis really help me, I'm not
Yes, it definitely can and will! Hypnosis can be used to make positive changes in your
life. Some well kmown and widely researched examples are: stop smoking, lose weight, stop/reduce drinking alcohol,
stop using drugs, remove fears / phobias, reduce / remove stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem and confidence, improve
sales ability, improve sports perfomance, increase memory retention. Practically any negative, bad or destructive thoughts,
feelings, habits or behaviors can be removed via Clinical Hypnosis / Hypnotherapy. It can help improve love,
work, family or friend relationships and communication - the list goes on and on and on. Please see my full, long
A to Z list of Challenges / Problems, plus my A to Z list of Phobias / Fears, just click either of the 2 left navigation
Can I learn Self-Hypnosis?
Yes, anyone can learn to do Self-Hypnosis
since you naturally do it anyway. Most of the time, however, we are giving ourselves repeated negative, unhappy suggestions
(self-talk) instead of positive, uplifting, happy ones. You can learn Self-Hypnosis from a trained, highly skilled
Clinical Hypnotherapist, like myself. When you come for Hypnotherapy I will also make personal CDs for you to listen
to at home, which speed your therapy along quicker, therefore saving you time and money.
many Clinical Hypnotherapy sessions will I need?
In most cases, somewhere between 2 and 6 sessions
are all that’s required, but this does depend on the individual and the issue being treated. For example simple
Phobia’s or Fears, most often respond to a minimum of sessions, while more complex, long-standing and multi-faceted
issues (e.g. depression, or panic, or anxiety, that has lasted for years) obviously require longer. In your initial
consultation, I will assess your situation fully and give you a honest, realistic appraisal of the number of sessions
you may require. Sometimes just a few sessions are needed to treat the outward symptoms, but on other times more sessions
are needed to go back and re-programme the memory of the distressing root cause(s).
does a Clinical Hypnotherapy session last?
My own Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy sessions usually last
for one & a half hours, each session costs Most other therapists only offer 45 or 50 minute sessions, so beware if
you are only comparing a session cost. However, because each session is specifically tailored to the individual’s
needs, my session lengths may be even longer than this for 2 hours. When you are nearing the end of a larger set of
sessions, I often just ask you to attend 1 hour or 45 minutes and only charge you half price.
if I have to cancel my appointment?
I fully understand that life doesn’t always go as planned
and that there may be times when you just cannot make it to your appointment. As long as you give me a minimum
of 48 hours – TWO working days’ notice, which enables us to book another client into your time slot, no charge
will be made. Clients giving less than 48 hours – two working days – are, however, normally required to
pay for a missed session. But, if you are genuinely sick and you re-book at the same time I may not charge the cancellation
fee. On the rare occassions that a client keeps cancelling I may ask for a deposit before booking and risking a further
Your professional fees / charges – How much does it really cost?
is your investment for a permanent, positive change, in how you act, think, feel and behave, not only towards the world around
you, but towards yourself? Your brain is like the biggest computer in the world and carries an enormous record
of both 'negative' and 'positive' thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours. Now you can
invest some money to re-programme the subconscious part of your mind, for the cost of from: 'a weekend away', or
a completely new outfit, up to the cost of 'a weeks holiday'. Unlike a new outfit or a new holiday,
the effects of your changed and more positive mind don't 'wear out' or 'wear off' quickly.
Counselling, Coaching* sessions are: £60 for each 90 min session.
*Hypnotherapy, Hypno-Gastric-Band* sessions: £360 upfront for
block of 6 sessions.
/ Quit Smoking* complete therapy is: £120 in total, for 1 or more sessions.
** £15 OFF YOUR 1st SESSION OF 2 OR MORE, (NON-SMOKING).
THIS DISCOUNT ALLOWS YOU TO DISCOVER EASILY & SAFELY, HOW MY POWERFUL THERAPIES CAN BENEFIT YOU RIGHT NOW!
How do I learn to Hypnotise someone and become
a Stage Hypnotist?
Where can I learn more about Comedy Hypnosis / Stage Hypnosis?
Do you use Hypnosis
for fun or entertainment and can you teach me?
Here lies the enormous difference between the
fun, comedy, entertainment Hypnotist and the more serious and more highly-trained Clincal Hypnotherapist. Most
leading professional and highly-skilled Clinical Hypnotherapists will not become involved in fun Hypnosis under any circumstances
at all. Plus, the leading and more stricter UK Professional Associations they belong to would not allow these
two completely different areas to be combined by the same person. Most Hypnotists perfoming on stage, just belong
to overseas Stage Hypnosis Associations. For example a Stage Hypnosis course might be only 1 or 2 days maximum,
or might even be just a few hours totally online via a PC, or reading a small Manual and watching a DVD. Yet
myself as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, I have a 2:1 Honours Psychology & Counselling degree (3 years), plus Post-Grad
Diploma in Psychotherapy / Counselling (2 years), before I even started my first Clinical Hypnotherapy course.
I then did a Hypnotherapy Certificate (6 months), then a Hypnotherapy Diploma, then an Advanced Hypnotherapist Diploma.
During this time I submitted client case studies, had to pass exams and also continuous observed practice sessions in class.
Following these courses I then attended and still attend continuous Training Courses in Hypnotherapy, Counselling,
Psychotherapy and Life Coaching, to update my skills. Plus, I attend continuous Supervision Sessions to
ensure I practice at peak perfomance.
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