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What if I can’t be hypnotised?

How many sessions will I need?

I’ll answer all those questions and more on this page.

How many sessions will I need?

Most issues can be fixed within 2 to 6 hours of hypnotherapy but everyone is different.

Most people think that hypnotherapy works like this:

  1. Get hypnotised
  2. Be read a magic script
  3. Problem fixed

It isn’t that simple.

Successful hypnotherapy is like building a house. You need to make sure the foundations are deep and strong. It’s no good just plonking a house on top of some grass and expecting it to stay up for years because without strong foundations it’ll come tumbling down.

People who think hypnosis doesn’t work have often been to see a hypnotist who just put them into a light trance, read out a script and thought that would work. That’s like building a house without first preparing the ground properly.

We need to explore your mind using various methods to be sure that we’re ready to build the house. All kinds of things can be going on which you’ll never know about until we start our work.

People often find that after what they have had one thing fixed they want to work on other things too!

I recommend you read my page on what happens on my first hypnotherapy session? where you can watch a video of me explaining this in more detail.

What if I can’t be hypnotised?

Anyone that wants to enter hypnosis can.

I’ts very important to understand that all hypnosis is self hypnosis. I can’t do it for you, only YOU can put yourself into a trance. Read my page on all hypnosis is self hypnosis for more info.

If you’ve tried listening to YouTube videos and they haven’t worked that’s because they are not personlised for you. On a 1-2-1 session I can adapt what I’m doing and saying to suit you rather than making a generic induction which is aimed at everyone.

Don’t worry – if you want to be hypnotised then no power on earth can stop it happening!

See my hypnotic inductions page for more details.

Here’s a man who thought he wouldn’t be very good at hypnosis…

This man thought he couldn’t be hypnotised

How long does it take to be hypnotised?

On the first meeting it can take from 4 to 30 minutes to enter a deep state of hypnosis. It depends on the method we use.

From the second meeting it may only take a few minutes.

It’s quicker on later sessions because on the first one we save the way you feel so that we can load you back to that state quickly next time. Think of it like saving a video game so you can save time by getting back to the same level at a later date.

See my hypnotic inductions page for more details.

What does it feel like to be hypnotised?

People experience hypnosis in different ways.

When I enter hypnosis I start off feeling drowsy before my body feels like it’s pushing down hard into the chair or bed. At the same time I feel very light and like I’m floating.

I get tingling in my fingers and my hearing becomes much sharper. People in hypnosis can often hear better than usual, maybe because closing their eyes heightens the other senses.

I feel like I’m asleep and awake at the same time.

The main feeling is one of total relaxation and peace. Hypnosis is such a calming state that many people don’t want to come out of it.

If you have ever done any of the following things then you have already experienced hypnosis:

  • Been to sleep then woken up
  • Been in a car and felt drowsy
  • Watched a film that made you happy or sad

You have to pass through the layer we call hypnosis every time you go to sleep and then wake up. Hypnosis (Alpha state) lies between the layers of when you’re awake (Beta state) and when you’re asleep (Theta and Delta state).

When you become tired in a car you’re entering hypnosis.

When you watch a film you know the characters aren’t real so why do you feel sad when they die?

You feel that way because you are in hypnosis.

Your mind can’t tell the difference between what’s real and not so someone dying will create the same reaction whether it’s a character in a film or someone you know in real life, so long as you’re in hypnosis.

Can you become stuck in hypnosis?

No. It’s like asking what if I go for a walk, can’t stop my legs moving and end up walking forever?

It just doesn’t happen.

It is true that you can bring someone out of hypnosis incorrectly and that can cause some unpleasant effects.

If come out of a deep hypnotic state too quickly you can get what we call a hypnotic hangover. You can get a headache and feel groggy but that’s about as bad as it gets.

What happens if I reveal all my secrets?

You won’t because you’re still in control when you are in hypnosis.

You’re not a zombie or a vegetable and you can hear and think just as you normally would.

Don’t worry about revealing your secret love of the Eurovision Song Contest.

What if a hypnotist makes me…

A hypnotist cannot make you do anything you don’t want to.

If I was to hypnotise you and tell you that you’re going to take your clothes off and run up the street naked then it just wouldn’t happen – unless of course you wanted to do that.

I can’t make you log in to your bank app and send me all your money. I can’t make you go and punch someone I don’t like.

A hypnotist can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.

Few hypnotists would try these things anyway because it goes against all the codes and ethics we abide by. That’s why it’s vital that you make sure any hypnotist you see is registered with a governing body like the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy).

You can read more about this on my page explaining how hypnosis works.

What happens if the hypnotist walks off and leaves someone hypnotised?

In most cases you’d naturally come out of it within 15 to 60 minutes.

The worst that could happen is you’d fall asleep for a few hours.

Is hypnosis real?

Yes. Medical associations around the world including the NHS (National Health Service) and the BMA (British Medial Assosciation) recognise hypnosis.

Doctors use hypnosis recommend it to patients in hospitals to treat a wide variety of things.

Science and medicine prove hypnosis to be real and effective.

You can find out much more about hypnosis by visiting my page how hypnosis works or my page on hypnosis myths and secrets.

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