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Questions that people ask about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

I've been using the power of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to change the lives of others for many years. But when I started learning about hypnosis I had lots of questions I wanted to ask but no one to ask them of.

This page will, I hope, answer many of the questions that you may have about hypnosis and hypnotherapy. There is no 'silly question' so if I have not answered your question here just send me an email and I'll reply by return.

Take some time to read down through the questions and if you haven't yet watched the video please make some time and take a look now. It will answer many of the commonly held concerns about the beneficial use of hypnosis in a 21st century setting. If you would rather experience a hypnotic relaxation directly and for free, then put your name and email address in the contact box at the bottom of the page.

Learn more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy by watching the short video above.

Frequently asked questions about hypnosis

What is Hypnotherapy?
A form of therapy involving both Client and Therapist that allows you to make positive changes in your life by using hyposis to directly access the power of the subconscious (often called the unconscious) mind.

What is Hypnosis or Trance?
A useful model for Hypnosis is to consider that the conscious mind is completely focused on just one thing. While the conscious mind is focussed on this one thing, which in a therapy setting this would normally be the Therapist’s voice, the subconscious mind (the root of all memories and emotions) may be addressed directly.

Is it dangerous?
Absolutely not. We all enter a light state of Hypnosis from time to time. Sometimes this will be when drifting off to sleep where the mind begins to wander. Daydreaming is often a similar, trance like state.

Will I lose control?
Hypnosis will enable you to enter into a deep state of relaxation and comfort in which you will become even more aware of your inner self and what you are doing. You always have the ability to stop the process or leave the room but you stay to finish the journey. It's much like staying in the cinema to watch a film, you could leave at any time but you would rather stay and see the end of the movie.

What if I don't come out of hypnosis?
This is just not possible - remember control stays totally with you. You will simply return to your normal alert state feeling refreshed and often with a great sense of achievement. The old Svengali idea of being stuck in hypnosis only exists in Hollywood film scripts.

Will I reveal private issues during hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy is all about the Client regaining control in their life. It is not possible to force anyone in hypnosis to act against his or her will. You will only reveal that which you wish to. To achieve the changes you want it is always best to be completely open with the therapist. As a member of the Hypnotherapy Society, I am bound by the code of ethics which assures you of complete confidentiality.

Will I be forced to do things against my will?
No! Your subconscious mind will always be looking after your best interests. If a suggestion was made that was not in your interest it would be rejected and you would very likely come out of hypnosis.

Will I be asleep?
No, you will often be very aware of what is happening although clients are often very relaxed. One helpful definition of hypnosis is “complete concentration on a single thought or idea”. During a session, you could at any time open your eyes if you wanted to. However, clients often report feeling very relaxed at the end of a session. It has been known for client during an evening session to become so relaxed that they drift off into sleep. If this happens a slightly different approach can be taken (sitting upright rather than reclining for example.)

How long does it take?
A typical session lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour, a quit smoking session may last up to two hours. (Quit smoking is normally a two session program). Most Clients will have between two and four sessions depending on their needs, but frequently, positive results are felt even after the first session. On average I'll see a client three times. Some clients return for more sessions to work on other areas in their life once an initial issue is resolved.

What makes Hypnotherapy different?
Hypnosis allows you to access your subconscious mind; the root of emotions and behaviours. Normally the subconscious is inaccessible and this helps to explain why it can be so hard to change an unwanted habit or behaviour, even when consciously trying to achieve a goal (giving up cigarettes for example). Other “talking therapies” are carried out at a conscious level that can sometimes make it much more difficult to achieve a desired change.

What can Hypnotherapy help with?
| Weight Control | Self Confidence | Fears & Phobias | Blushing | Panic Attacks
Driving Exam Nerves
| Stress Management | Nail Biting | Anxiety About Driving | Dentist Fear | Goal Achievement | Social Phobias and many other things besides. Some more unusual things include boosting confidence in singing, improving golf skills, improved motorcycle racing and job interview confidence!

What is the most common reason that people have for using hypnotherapy?

Anxiety is the number one reason why people call for hypnotherapy. I see anxiety as a symptom of an underlying issue that has not yet been resolved. So although anxiety is given as the reason to attend the sessions, the underlying reasons for the anxiety are many and varied. There is no one standard solution, I'll use a range of techniques to best match the needs of the client.

I'm already taking Prozac/Anti-Deppressants, can Hypnotherapy help me?
You may have been prescribed Prozac or a similar anti-depressant medication to help you deal with the effects of your current circumstances. Often these medications can provide some 'breathing space' as you re-assess your life or the situation in which you find yourself. Hypnotherapy can provide a valuable tool for resolving the underlying issues that led to feelings of anxiety, despair or depression. In these circumstances we would work together only with the written permission of your Doctor or GP. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical care but a powerful and valuable complement to it.

What do the Medical professions say?
Hypnotherapy is now widely recognised and accepted by the medical professions who understand that the mind and body are closely linked. Many (but sadly not all) GPs actively support the use of Hypnotherapy to achieve persoanl change.

Hypnotherapy works on the subconscious level of mind and conditions that have a psychosomatic element can often be quickly and easily dealt with.

The BMA acknowledged the usefulness of Hypnosis for pain control, insomnia and other conditions in a report written as long ago as 1892. Hypnotherapy was recognised as a valid therapeutic treatment by the British Medical Association in 1955.

My church forbids the use of hypnosis and says it opens you to evil
This view can really only come from the perspective of not knowing what hypnosis is about. When you recall that we enter hypnotic states all the time, especially when watching films or television, this idea that hypnosis can be some portal to an evil realm seems far fetched. Whether you have a faith or not, hypnosis can be a useful tool for you.

Is there something you'd like to ask that I did not cover? Then email your question to me and I'll provide a personal answer. Use the email link at the bottom of this web page.

As well as hypnosis, I sometimes make use of a change method called Emotional Freedon Technique (EFT)

What is EFT?

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is based on a new discovery that has provided thousands with relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues. Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture except needles aren't necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says...

"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."

And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true...

"Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases."

If you would like to find out more about EFT, I suggest you visit the Emotional Freedom Technique web at It has an enormous amount of information to discover and read.

What does a client say about John Burns of Somerset Hypnotherapy

Straight talking, non-hippy type Hypnotherapy. John stopped my compulsion to smoke within 1 hour session. Hypnotherapy... hypno rubbish or so I thought; whether it be for smoking, weight loss or indeed working with John to help unleash your ability in business. I recommend you take him up on his free consultation . Thanks John in helping me avoid an early grave!

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