Mind Body Matters




Caroline Cunmming

BA (Hons)

Clinics in Blackwall/Woy Woy NSW, and in Nambucca NSW

Mob 0404 399 644

FAQ - HYPNOSIS

1. Is hypnosis and hypnotherapy safe?
2. What does hypnosis feel like?
3. Will I go to sleep in hypnosis?
4. Will hypnosis make me lose control of my mind?
5. So why does it seem that way on stage shows when people act like chickens?
6. Will I be able to be hypnotised?
7. Can I get stuck in a hypnotic trance?
8. Are there any side effects from hypnosis?
9. Will hypnosis uncover something in my mind or past that I would rather not know about?
10. Will hypnosis change my personality?
11. What professional method do you use?
12. How long is a session of hypnosis and how many sessions would I need?
13. Any other questions?

1. Is hypnosis and hypnotherapy safe?
Yes - in the hands of a fully qualified and professional therapist! Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is widely regarded as one of the safest ways to make lasting positive changes to your health and wellbeing. Hypnotic states are very natural states that you enter into all by yourself at least once a day - when you daydream, are engrossed in a film or book, just before you go to sleep at night and you experience that drifty feeling - even when you drive a car and are talking to the front seat passenger and don't remember how you got home.

2. What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels very pleasant and comfortable to the vast majority of people and you are likely to feel very safe and secure. During hypnosis it is also likely all your muscles will just let go and relax and you may feel this as a pleasant heaviness or floaty feeling, or a mild and enjoyable sensation of numbness or tingling in your limbs.

3. Will I go to sleep in hypnosis?
No - you remain awake and hear what is being said. Sometimes it may feel like you didn't hear something but that is just because your conscious mind wandered off, which is quite normal. Your subconscious mind remains very alert and listening the whole time.

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4. Will hypnosis make me lose control of my mind?
No - the whole point of hypnosis is for you to achieve greater personal control! You would always be able to open your eyes and stop the session if you wanted to. You operate within your normal moral code, and you are safe from revealing anything you would not want to - in fact, I get you to use very easy finger signals for yes and no when I wish to communicate with you (and then it is only for me to check you have found, for example, the green hill in your imagination that I asked you to find).

5. So why does it seem that way on stage shows when people act like chickens ?
Clinical hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnotism - whose sole aim is to entertain the audience. The media often like to show hypnotists "controlling" people's minds but the truth is that for therapeutic hypnosis to work properly, it requires your complete cooperation. Remember - people who volunteer to go up on stage know they are going to be asked to do something stupid and they WANT that - otherwise they wouldn't go up there!. This simply proves that when you are highly motivated and truly want your change, then hypnosis is very effective. But if you DON'T want your change, then hypnosis CAN'T make you do or have your change against your will.

6. Will I be able to be hypnotised?
Almost anyone can be hypnotised - even if you are someone who thinks you are "too analytical", or "too strong-minded", or even "too stressed out". All that is required is your absolute commitment to making your change and the ability to follow your therapist's easy guide. Remember, you will have been in trance many times before, all by yourself, when you daydreamed, so that will reassure you that you can be hypnotised.

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7. Can I get stuck in a hypnotic trance?
No, you cannot get stuck in hypnosis or hypnotic trance! A trained hypnotist will always be able to easily bring you back to a state of full alertness and your subconscious mind would also do this for you too.

8. Are there any side effects from hypnosis?
On the whole clients leave a session of hypnosis feeling fantastic! It is possible that you may experience some dreams in the days after a session and this is a good sign. If there is emotional release needed, the subconscious mind finds gentle ways to achieve this for you - sometimes you may have a greater need for sleep, other times you may feel a little emotional, or perhaps urinate a bit more than usual etc but again, these only tend to last one or two days and are all good signs that indicate that you are getting a shift.

9. Will hypnosis uncover something in my mind or past that I would rather not know about?
No - unless you specifically want to be regressed to a buried time in your past, in which case the therapist will help you to deliberately unlock those "secrets".

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10. Will hypnosis change my personality?
No, hypnosis cannot change your personality but it can help you modify your behaviours.

11. What professional method do you use?
I deliberately chose to train predominantly in the Traditional/Direct method of hypnosis, which also encompassed some of the best Ericksonian techniques. In my opinion, this equips me with an enhanced flexibility and capability - and allows me to offer you literally the absolute best of both hypnosis "worlds", when it comes to helping you achieve your outcomes. It is also my experience that this combination of styles can, for many people, lead to more powerfully effective sessions, fewer sessions and therefore lower overall cost-outlay.

12. How long is a session of hypnosis and how many will I need?
Session times can vary but usually your first session is about 90mins with subsequent sessions being a little shorter in length. Some people only need 1-2 sessions to get their result - others may need 3-5 (especially smokers). Your therapist would discuss this with you at the outset.

13. Any other questions?
Feel free to phone or to email me!

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