If I’m hypnotised do I give up control?
No. Hypnosis is a streamlined state of focused attention, similar to when you are absorbed in a book, a film a sport or a craft. You have the ability to emerge from hypnosis at any time if you wish. Your hypnotherapist could be described as a guide taking you on a journey; they are the facilitator but any change can only be made by you. Realising that you are in control and can make changes yourself can be very empowering.
The more often you choose to go into hypnosis the easier it is to relax into the process, secure in the knowledge that you remain in control and can end a session of hypnosis at any point should you wish to. As most people find hypnosis deeply relaxing and a very pleasant experience they rarely choose to do this, but they are aware that they could if they so chose.
How does hypnosis feel?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, similar to daydreaming. People are often surprised that they can hear what is being said and can move or speak if they want to. Everybody’s experience of it is different and how an individual feels may vary each time they go into hypnosis. Some people describe hearing every word the therapist says, while others find their mind wanders; many people lose track of time when they are in hypnosis. How aware or unaware you are during the process is unimportant and does not affect the efficacy of the session. Relaxation isn’t essential to hypnosis, but most people describe being very relaxed during and after the session and more enjoyable than they expected.
Does online hypnotherapy work?
The coronavirus has required a widespread shift to online working and therapy is no exception. The research base on online therapy methods has grown considerably over the past two years and shows that therapists have adapted well to this mode of provision. A recent New Scientist article highlights the positive shift in public attitudes towards this mode of therapy and the way online methods can build rapport in new ways.
In 2018 a large-scale study comparing online and face of face hypnotherapy in the treatment of clients with irritable bowel syndrome showed a good level of effectiveness of online approaches.