Naturally, some people have concerns about hypnosis, what it is and how it works. These concerns are usually brought about after seeing stage hypnosis shows or films with hypnosis in them.
If you are uncertain about trying it out, hopefully the answers to these frequently asked questions will help put these concerns to rest.
What is hypnosis and what does it feel like to be in it?
It may surprise you but being in hypnosis is a perfectly normal and relaxing state. In fact, we all naturally go into hypnosis many times throughout the day - it’s a bit like daydreaming. Many of us have experienced it when reading a book or watching TV and didn’t realise someone was talking to us because we were so engrossed. Or if you’ve ever wondered how you got from A to B whilst you were driving your car, you were probably in hypnosis! When you go into hypnosis, you are fully aware of where you are and what is happening, but at the same time your awareness is focussed internally. Essentially you could describe hypnosis as a state of heightened awareness, whilst your body remains relaxed and calm. In this state, we can access our subconscious mind, the part of our mind that stores all our learnt behaviours, the part that is responsible for all those things we do naturally. By accessing those deeply embedded thoughts, emotions and habits, and bypassing the analytical conscious mind, we can align and update our subconscious to suit our current goals.
Many professional people use hypnosis to help them to reach peak performance or feel confident speaking publicly – for example sportsmen and women, actors, business leaders and politicians.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is classed as a complementary therapy that uses hypnosis (an altered and natural state of consciousness) to help people make positive changes within themselves. It is a completely safe process that has no harmful side effects. An experienced hypnotherapist will use positive suggestion, visualisations and a variety of other verbal hypnosis techniques to encourage a subconscious change to a person’s thoughts, feelings and behavioural patterns.
Is it safe?
As hypnosis is a naturally occurring state, it is safe to experience when directed by a professionally qualified hypnotherapist.
Contrary to how hypnosis is sometimes portrayed in movies or on TV, you don't lose control over your behaviour during the process and because you are fully in control, you don’t have to take the suggestions being made if you don’t want to. Because you are still awake, you generally remain aware of and remember what happens during hypnotic trance. If necessary, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state, so if an emergency occurred whilst listening to an audio, you would awaken and deal with that emergency accordingly.
Hypnosis is not appropriate for a person who suffers psychosis or other serious mental health conditions, psychiatric or dissociative disorders. You should not listen to the audios if you suffer from epilepsy. Remember, hypnotherapy is a complimentary therapy and not a replacement for medical treatment. If you are unsure, always consult with a medical professional first.
Do not use hypnosis whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Do not listen to the audios whilst driving or operating machinery. If you are using hypnosis for pain control, it should only be after a doctor has evaluated you for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment.
Does hypnotherapy work for everyone?
Most people can use hypnosis successfully and you don’t even need to be in a ‘deep’ trance for it to work effectively. It is simply a way of focussing the brain and using your imagination. Nevertheless, results can vary from person to person because everyone is unique and has their own unique set of circumstances, so your experience will be exclusive to you. It is for this reason that no warranty is ever given, expressed or implied, for satisfactory results from hypnotherapy. So, whilst none of the audios on this site can guarantee the resolution of your presenting issues, as long as you are willing to listen and follow the instructions for the required amount of time, you will generally experience the benefits you are looking for.
However, hypnosis does not work if you don't want to be hypnotised.
How do stage hypnotists make people do all those silly things?
It is thought that only 10% of people in the audience of a stage hypnosis show will be suitable to take part. A stage hypnotist uses several tools to skilfully identify who would be willing to participate. Firstly, if he/she will identify if you are able to stay relaxed and are less inhibited – sometimes the alcohol consumed at these events helps. Usually the people chosen don’t mind a ‘bit of attention’ and are happy to go along with it. Add to that the excitement of the occasion and audience expectation and you have a recipe for success.
Is Rebecca Donoghue a trained professional hypnotherapist?
Rebecca Donoghue is a fully qualified and experienced hypnotherapy practitioner registered with both the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (an authoritative national body committed to maintaining standards in hypnotherapy) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists). As a member of these professional organisations, she is committed to continued professional development and promote best practice at all times.
Please refer to our success stories page https://www.easeyouranxiety.co.uk/testimonials to gain an insight into the positive changes she has helped her numerous clients to achieve over her years in practice.
How do the downloads work?
Once you have ordered and paid for your track(s) it/they will be instantly available in your inbox for you to download and listen to. When you are ready to give the track your full attention, you should make sure you are sitting or lying somewhere comfortable where you won’t be disturbed. It’s a good idea to go to the toilet beforehand and also not to consume too much caffeine in the hours leading up to listening as this could affect your ability to relax. For best results, listen through headphones where possible. It is advised not to listen to more than 2 recordings in one day and leave a few hours between each one to make sure you are getting the full benefit.
When you start the recording you will hear Rebecca’s voice and she will guide you gently into hypnotic trance using a series of breathing techniques, hypnotic deepeners and visualisations – you just need to listen and follow the instructions she gives you with your imagination. Once you are relaxed, the track will focus on whatever it is you are looking for help with by using a variety of targeted hypnotherapy exercises that are developed to bring about the positive changes you are looking for. If your mind wanders off at any point, that’s ok, just make sure you take your attention back to the voice on the recording as soon as you realise. The more you listen to the recording, the easier you will find it to stay focussed on it.