FAQs

FAQs

 What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a completely natural state, a combination of deep relaxation, focussed attention and imagination.

We enter hypnosis lightly many times a day when we are daydreaming or completely focussed on a task to the exclusion of everything else, such as being immersed in a good book or film. Can you think of a time when you have arrived at your destination after a long drive and can’t recall how you got there? Or you were staring out of the train window and the next thing you know it’s your stop? These are all light hypnosis states.

Your subconscious mind is the deeper most powerful part of your mind. It is here where all your life time’s conditioning resides- beliefs, habits, behavioural patterns etc. It also contains infinite wisdom and a deeper level of intelligence, where our creativity, imagination and true potential reside.

Using hypnotherapy and NLP, it is here where we can change habits and behaviours and at the same time, tap into the deeper intelligence and creativity.

 

FAQsYour subconscious mind is the seat of all your emotions and so directs nearly all of your behaviour. It also runs your body’s autonomic nervous system which controls breathing, circulation, heart beat, stomach and intestines and some of the muscles within the body.

When you go into hypnosis the subconscious mind is highly responsive to suggestions of change from your therapist.

When you are hypnotised the conscious part of your mind takes a back seat from its normal busy day to day thinking. This allows positive hypnotherapy suggestions to be successfully installed into the subconscious mind. Rather like erasing an old MP3 recording and making a new one.

Unfortunately, popular ‘stage hypnosis’ has given hypnotherapy a bad name as this is what most people associate with hypnosis. However, as a therapeutic tool, its effectiveness is profound though often undervalued, due largely to such misinformation.

What is the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is the simple process of putting someone into a trance. As described above, we go in out of trance states throughout the day anyway.

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy, which uses hypnosis as a powerful tool to bring about positive change along with solutions focussed psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis – but hypnosis is not hypnotherapy.

What Is Integrated Hypnotherapy?

My training was in solutions focussed integrated hypnotherapy.

This combines the best of Hypnosis, Solution Focused Psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic-programming (NLP) and Life Coaching skills. It enables both the conscious mind and subconscious mind to work together instead of against each other.

For example, habits reside in the subconscious mind and drive your behaviour. Will-power is a function of the conscious mind, so you can actively make a decision to change your behaviour (eg stop smoking).

However, will-power only lasts for so long, before the subconscious habit takes over again.

By getting these two aspects of yourself working together, the chances of success are much greater.

Is It Safe?

Hypnotherapy and NLP are very safe. In fact most people find it an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable experience and look forward to another session!

Hypnosis is a natural state, and all hypnosis is basically self-hypnosis.

Your hypnotherapist makes therapeutic suggestions and guides you, but you are in control at all times. It’s impossible for you to do anything that you do not want to do. You can always bring yourself back to a waking state any time you feel you need to.

What if I Can’t Be Hypnotised?

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As hypnosis is a natural state, nearly everyone can be hypnotised.

Some people find it hard to relax which can make it a little more difficult, but it is also something you can practice and get better at. The more times you enter trance, the easier it becomes to do so.

With hypnotherapy, only a light state of hypnosis is required for it to be effective.

Also, people who go for hypnotherapy are motivated because they have a problem that they want resolving. They are therefore more likely to go along with the process.

Will I Remember My Hypnotherapy Session?

You will remember most of the hypnotherapy session, and some of it you will not remember. You may even just have a ‘sense’ of the session, without the detail. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember, as the therapeutic suggestions have been installed into your subconscious mind.

What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

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When you enter hypnosis you feel a deep sense of relaxation. Your body may feel lighter or heavier or floaty, but essentially just very relaxed. You are not asleep, you have awareness, rather like when you are daydreaming.

For some, hypnosis can feel like being in a film, but instead of just a visual experience it can be a total sensory experience.

Your awareness of your body changes and you are no longer constrained by it. There’s just a deep sense of comfort. Occasionally, if you are really tired, you may nod off briefly! This is not ideal, so the therapist will gently bring you back.

What is NLP?

NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It is an exploration of how we think, communicate and behave, so that we can model a better way and so improve ourselves.

Neuro – The thinking element, how we think and how we make sense of the world. This is different for everyone. We all have our own ‘maps of the world’ shaped by our upbringing, life experiences and the way we filter information through our five senses. For example, person A may see an event as a fun positive thing, whereas person B will see the exact same event as scary and worth avoiding.

Linguistic – The way we talk, our language and how we use it and hear it. If we use negative language patterns, then this influences how we see things and so how we feel about things, as this feeds back negativity to the brain. “Oh no it’s Monday tomorrow, I hate Mondays” or “Oh it’s Monday tomorrow, the start of a new week, I wonder what’s new this week?” Feel the difference?

Programming – The way our brains catalogue everything and our habitual patterns of behaviour. Using NLP we can recode the way our brain responds to things that happen to us.  This then leads us to new and better behaviours. Neuro-Linguistic Programming often incorporates hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help achieve the change (or “programming”) that is wanted.

With NLP you can get your conscious and sub-conscious mind to work as a team and be clear about what you want and how you are going to achieve it.

When will I experience the changes I want?

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You may find changes happen gradually or even straight away.

Depending upon your problem and how long you’ve been carrying it around, changes can be subtle and then you realise that you no longer have the problem without really noticing. Or changes can be profound!

In some cases, just one or two sessions is all that is needed. Other clients may need more sessions, depending upon how deep rooted their problem is, but no more than 4-6 sessions in succession are normally needed.

What happens in a session with you?

In the first (and longer) session we will have a confidential conversation and I will ask questions to enable me to build a picture of your concerns and of where you want to be. Often this conversation can give you insights and new strategies that hadn’t occurred to you before.

I abide by a strict code of ethics and I will never sit in judgement of you or criticise you. I am there to help and support you and I believe that you are not just your problem, you are so much more.

We may then do some NLP work which will usually involve you closing your eyes and following my instructions whilst you use your imagination. I may also utilise CBT work within the sessions depending upon what I feel is appropriate at the time.

The sessions will always end with hypnosis, where you will relax back, close your eyes and enjoy a deeply relaxing experience. Nothing is required from you at this point, other than to lie back and listen to my voice.

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At subsequent sessions we will review any changes and where you are. The session will then follow a similar format as above.

I may also give you some ‘homework’ between sessions.  This could be a simple task/activity/applying different thinking patterns or self- awareness. I may teach you some self-hypnosis to do at home.

But don’t worry it’s not like being at school! I won’t chastise you if you don’t do it. I also won’t ask you to do anything that you are resistant to. Any tasks set are for your benefit and when you buy into the process, your success comes more easily.

Disclaimer:

As a professional, qualified and accredited practitioner, Linda takes her responsibility to her clients seriously and works towards the best solution for them as best she can.

However, the information or advice on this website is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat or otherwise replace treatment or advice from a qualified Medical Professional. Linda will work along side any medical professional involved with your care and take advice from them prior to and during any therapy work with her. She may also request a medical referral or consent before any treatment begins.

Inflow Hypnotherapy does not guarantee the effectiveness of any treatment, as individuals respond in different ways and Linda is never in control of the client. For any therapy to make a difference, the client must be committed and open to change in order for them to benefit fully from the therapy sessions.

If Linda feels that a referral to a medical professional or other professional therapy practitioner is more appropriate, she reserves the right to refuse treatment and refer you on or to seek other advice.