Frequently Asked Questions
about Phobia Treatment and Hypnotherapy
Cambridge Phobia Treatment
How can I be sure a hypnotherapist is properly trained?
Sadly, hypnotherapy is not yet a profession with one unifying body recognising qualifications. If seeking a hypnotherapist, look at the qualifications they claim and then google that qualification to make sure you can find that it exists. The Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy which I hold, along with the Master Practitioner in NLP, are both well respected qualifications. Your phobia treatment should be in the hands of a well qualified practitioner.
What happens when someone is hypnotised?
Hypnosis, sometimes called a trance, is simply an altered state of awareness and our awareness changes throughout the day even without hypnosis. Driving is a common example - we often reach a familiar destination without remembering the journey because we have gone into an altered state of awareness.
How do you know if you are in a trance?
There is no moment when you will think ‘I’m in a trance now’. Assuming that you enter trance state at all, and not everyone does, you will simply feel very relaxed. It’s a wonderful feeling.
What groups of people cannot be hypnotised?
The short answer is "those people who don't want to be hypnotised", but it's worth clearing up a few misconceptions. Scientists measure hypnotisability on a continuum - it's not that someone can or can't be hypnotised. Another way of looking at it is to ask "how hypnotisable is this person?". Hypnotisablity follows a normal bell curve distribution, so a small proportion of people are 'highs', a small proportion are 'lows', and most people can experience some effects of suggestion in hypnosis. If you don’t want to be hypnotised, just don't allow yourself to be hypnotised - nobody can be hypnotised against their will. Interestingly some drugs such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), seem to increase hypnotisability. It depends on the drug though, others such as diazepam don't seem to have any effect. (This answer adapted from www.hypnosisandsuggestion.org)
I’m scared of not being in control.
This is a common fear. However, you will still be in control and your hypnotherapist will discuss with you beforehand the types of techniques to be used.
How quickly can I expect to see results?
For treatment for phobias, while there are no hard and fast rules, you can often find your phobia is cured in just one session. However, it varies from person to person and phobia to phobia. Some phobias, such as social phobia may take longer because of the number of issues involved.
What other issues can this type of treatment help with?
Hypnotherapy is also helpful for issues such as:
- Confident Childbirth
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- Public Speaking Fears
- Social phobia
- Obsessive/compulsive disorder
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight loss
See www.stressandphobiasolutions.com for more details or call Patricia on 01223 565474 or 07983 647 261 to discuss your needs further. Or email now.