What is Hypnosis?  How does it work?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state we experience daily much like daydreaming, being absorbed in a good book or sometimes driving when we haven’t been aware of the journey for a while.   It is an altered state of awareness.   In this state, our minds become more sensitive to positive suggestions, allowing communication with both the conscious and the unconscious parts of the mind.

During hypnosis you will remain in control at all times and your unconscious mind will retain the ability to disallow suggestions which are not in line with personal aims.  You will only accept what you wish to accept.  Therefore, a real desire for positive change is a pre-requisite for a successful trance.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis for the treatment of a wide variety of conditions and symptoms.  Hypnotherapy can make dramatic changes in a relatively short period of time in comparison to other treatments and it is often successful where other methods of treatment have failed.

The British Medical Association approved hypnotherapy for medical use in 1955 and it has been widely and successfully used for many different conditions since.   Recently it has enjoyed a more widespread use based on evidence based research studies.

All ages respond equally well to hypnotherapy.

How does it feel to be hypnotised?

Most often relaxed and calm, with a feeling of tranquillity.  Your limbs may feel a bit heavy during hypnosis.  You will be aware of your surroundings.

Can anyone enter the hypnotic state?

It is estimated that around 90% of the population can be hypnotised.  Those that do not want to be hypnotised simply will not be, because they do not want to be.  Clients suffering from psychosis should seek alternative methods of treatment.

Will I get stuck in hypnosis, will I lose control?

You are in control at all times.  If you want to come out of hypnosis you simply choose to do so.  You can open your eyes when you like and return to trance.

Your unconscious mind will only accept suggestions that are beneficial to you.  You will not accept any suggestion that you do not agree with or be motivated to achieve.

The question of control is often asked by those who have witnessed a stage show which is all geared around having fun and is a very different arena to the consulting room.  In a consulting room a professionally trained hypnotherapist helps you to achieve your personal goal.

So, far from losing control, you actually gain control of your life in a way that empowers you and enriches your life.

Are there any side effects?

The only side effects are beneficial ones.  You’ll be feeling more relaxed afterwards with an improved sense of well-being.  Often people feel more confident, sleep better and have a more positive outlook to life.  Some may not have experienced this level of relaxation for years.

How successful is it?

We can now view with certainty the increased activity occurring in the brain during hypnosis using brain scan equipment.  The brain activation in this state is quite different from that seen in normal waking or sleeping.  Increases in motor and sensory areas suggest heighted mental imagery.  Hypnotherapy is therefore now a highly evidenced treatment which is now approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – as a method of treating a wide variety of issues.    We know that hypnosis is particularly effective when working with a stress based issue.

Key factors which account for good results using hypnosis are:

• Therapists skill

• The Therapeutic relationship

• Motivation to achieve your goal whether that is relaxation or something else – on a scale of one to ten your motivation should be at least an eight.

How long is a session and how much will it cost?

• £50 for an hour….. £75 for an hour and a half

• Smoking £165 (2 Sessions)

Cancellations or rescheduled appointments to be notified no less than 48 hours notice to avoid charge.

Payments for sessions can be made on the day by cash or cheque or beforehand via Paypal.

Will I reveal private issues under hypnosis that I would otherwise not want to say?

No, most definitely not – you remain in control at all times.  Far from taking away your control, hypnosis allows you to take control of your life in a very positive way.  It is actually the reverse!

How many sessions will I need?

It depends on the scale and type of problem…  usually 2 to 5 sessions.

Generally Hypnotherapy is a brief treatment in comparison with others, most people have between 2 to 4 sessions.  Some people prefer to work at a more gradual pace which is fine and some techniques, for instance Virtual Gastric Band Surgery will require more sessions, usually around 5.


Let go and kick back this Winter!

Life’s stressful, life’s busy.  Come along for a relaxation session(s) or treat someone to them.

You can book one to five sessions by clicking on the Fees and Payments section.   Or you can phone me on 07824 900981

And, if you are interested in learning about self-hypnosis, I can teach you how to do this so that you are able to relax yourself at any given time.

This is just what we need in our busy and stressful lives.

The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

Contact Kerrie Ballantyne

Clinical Hypnotherapist and EMDR Therapist

07824 90 09 81