The idea of being hypnotised frightens me

Many of my patients are very nervous when they arrive as hypnosis is currently seen as a strange process which has been portrayed in a variety of ways on TV, in books and in films, often negatively.

The trance state induced in hypnosis is the same as is experienced when going into and coming out of sleep, the so-called hypnogogic and hypnopompic states respectively. Similarly, when driving a familiar road and 'forgetting' much of the journey, being engrossed in a book, TV programme or daydream are also trance states.

In hypnosis you will remain in control and will usually be aware of what is going on around you. Prior to your first hypnotic trance experience we will talk about your life experiences and current health and interests before talking about the issue you wish to have addressed. You will be given some information about what to expect to feel in trance and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

On waking from a hypnotic trance for the first time most people feel wonderfully relaxed and often a little tired. Patients often remark on how well they slept after their first experience of hypnosis. Afterwards it is not unusual to become a little bit reflective as processing of what came up during therapy continues. Following treatment you will be asked not to discuss the therapy with anyone until you have had a night's sleep during which time the suggestions given in therapy will be consolidated.