Very nice! A relaxed and peaceful experience, almost like a 'day dreaming' state, except that it's not dreaming!
Yes absolutely. Your Subconscious mind is your protector at all times. Should your attention be required or if you needed to respond to any situation or occurrence during the session, then your Subconscious mind would automatically release you from the hypnotic state.
Absolutely not! The word Hypnosis was coined, in error, by a Scottish Physician named James Braid. He was so convinced that what he saw was actual sleep, that he used the word 'Hypnos', the Greek word for Sleep, to describe it. By the time it was generally accepted that nothing could be further from the truth, it was all too late and the word had been accepted. Braid then lengthened it to 'Hypnosis' in an effort to gain some scientific & medical credibility.
There are a few exceptions due to the attention span required. It is generally accepted that it is not advisable to attempt Hypnosis with children below the age of 7, and with adults, anyone who is delirious as a result of excessive Alcohol or Drug use.
The technique that I use is called 'Conscious Hypnosis'. 80% of clients are able to recall everything that is said during the session, and also describe the associated thoughts and feelings that they experienced as the session progressed.
Whilst you may recall all or only part of the session, your therapist will know exactly when the Hypnotic state is reached. As a rule of thumb, the client's perception of how long the session lasted (time distortion), is a very good indicator that the client entered, and was safely released from the Hypnotic state.
Only good ones! Usually following a successful session you will find that certain aspects of your day that previously were a cause of stress or irritability, seem much easier to deal with. You may also find that your sleeping pattern improves, and that there is a sustained feeling of calmness and well being within you.
There are many NLP exercises that are very similar to those used in Hypnotherapy so the two are perfectly compatible. In fact using NLP as a tool within Hypnosis can enhance the results profoundly.
Allow yourself a good hour for each appointment. You don't want to arrive feeling rushed and anxious. There is always time allocated at the beginning and the end of each session to ask questions and discuss progress, etc.
Yes, The final section of each session 'the release' will ensure that you are returned to your normal full conscious self in every way. You will probably feel slightly more relaxed than usual, but you will be fine to go about the rest of your day as you would any other — drive the car, return to work, collect the children from school, etc.
All qualified, Registered and Insured therapists, regardless of the professional organisation that they represent, will have undertaken to uphold a 'Duty of Care' to each client as part of their 'Code of Ethics and Professional Standards', which ensures complete confidentiality.
At The Balanced Life Health Centre, your name will never appear on any formal documents that are kept with your notes and file under lock & key. Instead, you will be assigned a unique Client Reference Number for the purpose of note taking etc.