It’s understandable that you’ll have questions about hypnotherapy. Here are some questions that people often ask. If you have a question which I haven’t covered here, please get in touch. I’m always happy to have a free no obligation chat with you.
What is Cognitive Hypnotherapy?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a modern form of hypnotherapy which is based on the current understanding of how the brain works. It is a safe, effective and incredibly powerful solution to a number of common problems. Problems such as anxiety, stress, phobias, weight loss and lack of confidence. The list goes on! Hypnotherapy can help is so many different ways.
What does it feel like?
I would say it’s a bit like daydreaming or being in a meditative state. You are very relaxed but are still aware of what is going on around you. You will be listening to me and answering questions throughout the sessions. In fact, you often need to answer questions while we are working, as most of the techniques require your participation.
I’ll design each session specifically for you. So each session can be different, but often there will be some element of being in a ‘trance’ state. By that I mean that we will be getting your unconcious to do the work. A bit like when you drive a car, your unconcious does the work because you know how to do it without thinking about each step of the process.
Will I lose control?
No. You will stay firmly in control. It’s not possible to ‘hypnotise’ anyone against their will. Hypnosis can’t make you do or say anything you don’t want to. When you are in trance, you will still be fully aware of what is going on. You will be able to talk to me while we are working together. You also can’t get ‘stuck in a trance’.
How long does a session last?
Face-to-face sessions usually last around 45 – 60 minutes. However our first session together is often longer – a can be up to 90 minutes. That’s because I really need to understand how your issue is impacting on you. When we are working together you’ll be aware of everything that is going on. I can’t ‘make’ you do anything. This is about us working together to find your solutions.
Afterwards I’ll often create a personalised MP3 recording for you to use in between our sessions. These recordings are created just for you, based on our work together. These are tailored and personalised for you in order to incorporate your language, your model of the world and your unique desired outcome from the therapy.
This is designed to help you consolidate (and make permanent) the changes that you’ll have made during the therapy session. They also help you to notice and understand the changes you are making in between sessions. Helping you to take back control of your life, make the changes that you want to make and achieve the things you want to achieve.
How does it work?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is safe and natural. It really is a bit like having a conversation, while you relax and start to understand the changes that you can make.
I combine this relaxed state of mind with a variety of techniques to guide you to reach the solution that you want to achieve. Because everyone is unique, I use techniques that are specifically chosen to suit you from a wide range of successful therapies. This can include Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and traditional hypnotherapy, to name a few.
It can sometimes to be hard imagine or believe that you can control anything about your life that you choose. If at the moment you don’t believe this, the video below explains more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy and how it works. This was made by my tutor and founder of Quest, Trevor Silvester.
How is it different from traditional hypnotherapy?
Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) is different from traditional hypnotherapy because it is an evidence based approach. In 2011, QCH launched a unique research project, using a team of QCH therapists, clients with anxiety and depression were assessed using the same outcome measures currently used to assess the effectiveness of talking therapies within the NHS. The pilot study was published in the Mental Health Review Journal in 2015. It recorded that, using 118 cases measuring the effectiveness of Cognitive Hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety, 71% considered themselves recovered after an average of 4 sessions. This compared to an average of 42% for other approaches using the same measures (like CBT). To our knowledge, this is the only hypnotherapy approach to have been validated in this way.
If you’d like to know more about the research project and pilot click on the link below.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy Research – Evidence it works
Details of the research project that outlines the genuinely evidence based approach that is Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy: www.qchpa.com/what-is-cognitive-hypnotherapy/research/
If you’d like to know more, I offer an initial free phone consultation where we can discuss the best way forward for you and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is not for you, then you pay nothing.
Contact me today to book your free phone call.