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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
What is hypnotherapy?

As a clinical hypnotherapist with 31 years of experience, I can tell you that hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It involves the use of hypnosis, a natural and relaxed state of focused attention, to facilitate therapeutic interventions.

How does hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy works by guiding individuals into a state of deep relaxation and focused attention, known as a trance. In this state, the conscious mind is less active, and the subconscious mind is more open to positive suggestions and therapeutic techniques. This can help address various issues, such as stress, anxiety, phobias, and unwanted habits.

Is hypnotherapy safe?

Yes, hypnotherapy is considered safe when conducted by a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. It is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to addressing various psychological and emotional issues. As the President of the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH), I assure you that I adhere to the highest professional standards and practices.

 
Can anyone be hypnotised?

Most people can be hypnotised to some extent, although the level of susceptibility varies from person to person. Factors such as willingness, trust in the hypnotherapist, and the individual's ability to relax and focus can influence the effectiveness of hypnosis. With my extensive experience, I tailor my approach to each individual to ensure the best possible outcome.

 

What conditions can hypnotherapy help with?

Hypnotherapy can be effective for a wide range of issues, including:

 
How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions required depends on the individual and the specific issue being addressed. Some people may experience significant improvement after just one or two sessions, while others may require a series of sessions to achieve their desired outcomes. I normally recommend starting with a 90-minute session. This helps us to get right into dealing with the issues. During your initial consultation, I will work with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that suits your needs.

 
What can I expect during a hypnotherapy session?

During a hypnotherapy session, I will guide you into a relaxed state, often through progressive relaxation techniques. Once in a hypnotic trance, I will use various therapeutic techniques, such as positive suggestions, visualisations, and guided imagery, to address your specific issues. You will remain fully aware and in control throughout the session and can emerge from the trance at any time.

 
Can hypnotherapy make me do things against my will?

No, hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything against your will. You are always in control and can choose to accept or reject any suggestions made during the session. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process that relies on your willingness and participation.

 
How do I choose a qualified hypnotherapist?

When choosing a hypnotherapist, it is important to look for someone who is certified and has undergone professional training. You may also want to consider their experience, areas of specialisation, and client testimonials. As a member of recognised professional organisations, such as the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH), I ensure that I provide

the highest level of care to my clients.

 

Additional Resources

For more information about hypnotherapy and how it can help you, visit the following pages:

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