Open Minds London Hypnotherapy – FAQs

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

Hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness that we have all experienced in our daily lives.
Have you ever found yourself at the cinema, so engrossed in a film that you didn’t really notice what else was going on around you?
Ever driven a familiar route from A to B and arrived without any recollection of the journey?
Do you daydream or remember doing so as a child?
All these are familiar examples of altered states of awareness.

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?

Hypnotherapy is the technique of enhancing the above-mentioned hypnotic states to create a wonderfully pleasant state of relaxation and to communicate directly with both the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind to help you find solutions and attain your goals.
In order to do this, a light or medium level of trance is usually achieved by calming both mind and body. In this state the brain produces alpha waves as the body gradually relaxes.
You may become aware of this tranquil process as you go into the alpha state, which is similar to meditation and allows the mind to become more receptive, ultimately empowering you to make optimal change for the better.

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL HYPNOTHERAPY?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been developed from the principles of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and, as its name suggests, incorporates both cognitive (thought) and behavioural approaches to help clients in altering and controlling their emotional states and changing disruptive or dysfunctional cognitive, behavioural and emotional patterns.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy incorporates the use of hypnotherapy within a CBT session for deeper, longer-lasting results.
During the session, we will explore and uncover each client’s individual beliefs (personal rules, attitudes and expectations) that lead to their emotional disturbance.
Behavioural work will help to reinforce newly adopted attitudes and belief patterns.

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

The modern understanding of the term Mindfulness describes therapeutic practices, based on Buddhist meditation, to increase awareness, by focusing the attention on the present moment, whilst noticing, acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts in a non-judgmental way.
Research has shown these practices to be useful in treating stress, anxiety, pain, depression and addiction. They have also been shown to strengthen the immune system.
Where appropriate, clients will be taught to use Mindfulness practices between sessions.

WHAT IS EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a trauma protocol, initially developed for Vietnam war veterans, that is currently used in the treatment of a variety of symptoms resulting from trauma such as physical violence, traffic accidents, sexual attack or abuse, terrorism and war.
It is also an excellent technique for shifting what we call ‘stuck states’. These are states in which the client rationally knows that their emotions or behaviour are inappropriate or irrational, but feels unable to change them.
Clients treated with EMDR usually find that this technique enables them to change their emotional and behavioural responses, and to recover from the devastating effects of trauma, in a safe and controlled way.

WHO CAN BE HYPNOTISED?

As mentioned above, we all experience altered states of awareness many times a day so these actually come very naturally to us. The following statistics apply only to people who actually want to be hypnotised.
90% of people can achieve a light trance state.
Between 70-90% of those who go into a light trance will be able to achieve a medium-depth of trance.
Between 10-15% of those who go into a light trance will be able to achieve a deep trance.

CAN I BE MADE TO DO THINGS I DON'T WANT TO DO?

The simple answer to this questions is NO.
The conscious and unconscious parts of your mind will not allow you to accept suggestions that they consider to be harmful to you.
I like to describe the relationship with my clients as one resembling that of car driver (the client) and their navigator (myself). The navigator suggests directions to the driver, but the driver is in full control of the car and chooses whether to take the navigator’s suggestions on board or not.
We have all seen stage hypnotists supposedly control people against their will but what they don’t reveal is that all those on stage have been carefully vetted for their suggestibility and exhibitionism. They want to partake in the show and will do anything to remain part of the act. As soon as they question any suggestions given they are removed from the stage.

WILL I HAVE TO RELIVE TRAUMATIC EVENTS FROM MY PAST?

No you will not.
Sadly, this misconception about hypnotherapy keeps many people from seeking help but the truth is that regression is only one of many hypnotic techniques available to a qualified hypnotherapist and I prefer to use more solution-focussed methods and EMDR to make sessions as comfortable and relaxing as possible for my clients, even in the case of those needing to overcome past traumas.

IS HYPNOTHERAPY SAFE?

When practised by qualified, registered hypnotherapists – Yes it is.
I am fully qualified in both traditional and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, trained by the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and registered with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and therefore governed by their strict codes of ethics.
You will be able to come out of the trance state and open your eyes at any time, if you wish to do so.
Sessions are conducted with complete confidentiality (with the exception of situations in which I am legally obliged to break such confidentiality. These can be discussed in your initial consultation.)

WHAT ABOUT THE STAGE HYPNOTISTS I'VE SEEN ON TV?

This is probably the question I am asked most frequently by new clients.
People chosen for staged hypnosis shows have been tested, together with the rest of the audience, for suggestibility and exhibitionism. Only those who volunteer and will obviously ‘play along’ are chosen. If they stop responding to suggestions they are removed from the stage.
If we apply these facts to a professional hypnotherapy session it shows us that
• 90% of clients will be hypnotised, but only because they have chosen to
• Clients will only go into as deep a trance as is appropriate to them
• They will be able to choose which suggestions they take on board

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

Sessions are personally tailored to each individual client and my aim is to empower those clients to help themselves, even after leaving therapy.
The average number of sessions per client is between 3-6, however it is impossible to give a definite answer. I usually review the situation with my clients in the 4th session (if there is one).
I teach effective Self-Hypnosis free of charge. Practising this wonderful skill enables rapid long-lasting achievement of desired results.
Smoking cessation can be achieved in one session with an optional discounted top-up session if the client feels they need one.

I'M NOT USED TO TALKING ABOUT MY EMOTIONS. IS THERE ANY POINT IN BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT IF I FIND IT HARD TO TALK ABOUT MY PROBLEMS?

Yes, there is.
Talking to a qualified therapist is very different from talking to someone you know in that they will have been trained to help you feel comfortable in a non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment. Sessions will be tailored to your own pace so that you can feel comfortable.
The initial free half hour will also enable you to make sure you feel comfortable talking with me, without any obligation on your part to continue.

CAN SOMEONE LIKE ME BENEFIT FROM HYPNOTHERAPY?

My clients have included people of different ages, cultures, professions and walks of life. What they had in common was their wish to make a positive change to their lives.
If you also want to improve your life then hypnotherapy could be as beneficial for you as it was for them.
As a new client, the first half hour of an initial consultation will be completely FREE OF CHARGE and in total confidence, allowing you to ask questions and ensure that this is the right solution for you.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to contact me using the information or contact form on the CONTACT page. I will personally answer your questions as soon as I can.
As a new client, the first half hour of an initial consultation will be completely FREE OF CHARGE and in total confidence, allowing you to ask questions and ensure that this is the right solution for you.

WHAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

When you are ready, please contact me on 020 8444 9222 or mobile 07956 525 587, or email info@open-minds-uk.com and I will offer a selection of available appointment times for your convenience.

I WORK DURING THE DAY. CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN THE EVENING?

Yes, you can. Appointments are available till 8pm on weekdays, subject to availability.

I'VE LOOKED AT THE LIST OF CONDITIONS ON THIS SITE AND KNOW FRIENDS AND RELATIONS WHO COULD ALSO BENEFIT FROM HYPNOTHERAPY. CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THEM?

I’d be happy to see anyone you refer to me.
As I prefer my clients to make their own appointments, please pass my details to your friends and relations so that they can call when they’re ready.



Contact Sigal now on 020 8444 9222 or Mobile 07956 525 587

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