Manchester Hypnotherapy FAQs

Hypnotherapy FAQs

Here are my most common Manchester Hypnotherapy FAQs. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.

What does ‘being hypnotised’ involve?

You may have certain ideas about what hypnotherapy involves, including what it feels like to be hypnotised. My sessions are very conversational and you might be surprised at how normal it feels. There will be times when I help you feel more relaxed, or ask you to imagine things with your eyes closed. I call this being in a ‘light trance’ because your mind may be in the past, future or somewhere completely imagined. But if you think about it, how often do you actually spend in the here and now? We daydream and think about the past and future all the time so really trance is an everyday state for all of us.

Is it like stage hypnotism or TV?

Stage hypnotism and hypnosis on TV is nothing like a hypnotherapy session (if you are seeing a competent, professional hypnotherapist). There are no swinging watches, clucking chickens or being made to do something silly or embarrassing. The aim of stage hypnosis is to entertain. My aim as a cognitive hypnotherapist is to help you get to where you want to be as quickly and comfortably as possible.

When I’m being hypnotised will I lose control?

Absolutely not. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist only work with clients in a light trance (see above). You will always stay in control and there’s no way in which I can ask or make you do or say anything that you would not want to. You could have your eyes open throughout the session and the treatment would still be effective. Most people find it helpful to keep their eyes closed to enable them to relax and keep themselves distraction-free.

How is Cognitive Hypnotherapy different from traditional hypnotherapy?

The key differences between Cognitive Hypnotherapy and traditional hypnotherapy are:

  • Traditional hypnotherapy usually relies on set scripts delivered to the client. As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I tailor positive suggestions to your personal goals and I am also able to draw on a range of therapeutic tools including EMI, positive psychology and NLP.
  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy does not rely on you going into a ‘deep trance’ for it to be effective.
  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy is the only model of hypnotherapy that is supported by an evidence base for anxiety and depression.
  • Cognitive Hypnotherapy allows for greater flexibility because it incorporates different therapeutic tools. This allows me to provide a completely bespoke treatment plan because your beliefs, memories and values are completely unique.

How many sessions will I need?

I always wish I could provide a fixed answer to this. But the reality is that it varies as problems differ depending on factors such as complexity, the person’s commitment and readiness to change and how many things they want to work on. As a general rule of thumb most of my clients experience a significant shift in 4-6 sessions. For some it will be longer and for some it will be shorter. What’s important is to allow you enough time for you to make positive and permanent changes in your life.

What is self-hypnosis?

Self-hypnosis refers to techniques that can help you change your emotional state to the one you desire when you are out living your normal life. They are quick and straightforward to learn and don’t necessarily require you to close your eyes when you use them. I teach you these techniques in our sessions together so that you will be well prepared to use them in between sessions. Clients who take the time to practice self-hypnosis techniques usually see results more quickly.

I’m nervous about opening up about my problem. How do I decide who is the right hypnotherapist for me?

It’s completely natural that you might feel anxious about telling someone about your problem. In order to choose the right hypnotherapist in Manchester for you, I recommend doing the following:

  1. Have a chat with them. Most hypnotherapists understand that it requires courage to get in touch and will offer a free, no-obligation chat over the phone or face-to-face. I offer both, so if you want to discuss what you would like help with feel free to give me a ring or contact me via my contact form and I will give you a ring back. You will usually get a good idea of whether you would be happy opening up to someone once you have a chat with them.
  2. Make sure they are registered with a professional regulator/membership organisation like the CNHC or the NCH.
  3. Ask about their qualifications and where they trained. There is a real range in the quality of training and qualifications in hypnotherapy, so satisfy yourself that they are sufficiently qualified.
  4. Consider their location and availability. Would you prefer to see someone local to your home or your workplace?

If you want to explore the benefits of hypnotherapy and hypnosis in Manchester City Centre then why not get in touch for a free, confidential chat with no obligation.